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26 Jan 2015 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level internal meeting of the principals on sexual exploitation and abuse, in New York today:

Welcome to this high-level meeting of principals on sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. I am chairing, along with my Chef de Cabinet, to demonstrate our full commitment to addressing this problem and to convey our expectation that you will do everything possible to meet our shared obligations.

26 Jan 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | lundi 26/01/2015 - 17:57 GMT

Le phénomène climatique La Niña, qui provoque périodiquement sécheresses et orages dévastateurs, sera probablement plus fréquent et plus violent au XXIe siècle à cause du réchauffement climatique, indique une étude publiée lundi.

Les épisodes exceptionnellement sévères comme celui qui avait fait des milliers de morts et des millions de déplacés en 1998-99, seront presque deux fois plus fréquents au XXIe siècle qu'au XXe, indiquent les auteurs de l'étude parue dans la revue Nature Climate Change.

26 Jan 2015 description
report GFDRR

Executive summary

The Work Plan FY15-17 lays out how the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) will continue to implement its Strategy 2013–2015. GFDRR also aims to scale up efforts to meet the demand of Priority Countries and those of additional countries by supporting activities that influence and leverage country investment programs to improve resilience to climate change and disaster risk management (DRM).

26 Jan 2015 description

Food insecurity and political instability are interrelated – Graziano da Silva

26 January 2015, New York - Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission held here today.

26 Jan 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 16:00 GMT

by Mariette LE ROUX

La Nina, a weather phenomenon that periodically causes devastating droughts and storms, will likely occur more frequently and more violently this century as a result of global warming, researchers said Monday.

An exceptionally harsh La Nina like the 1998-9 event which killed thousands of people and displaced millions, will become almost twice as common in the 21st century, according to their statistical modelling.

26 Jan 2015 description

En este número destacamos:

  • Violencia contra las mujeres por Boko Haram en Nigeria

  • Impactos de género del conflicto en Ucrania

  • Violencia contra personas LGTBI en conflictos armados

  • Participación de organizaciones de mujeres en las negociaciones de paz de Colombia

Impacto de los conflictos


26 Jan 2015 description

This issue features:

  • Violence against women committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria

  • Impacts on gender of the conflict in Ukraine

  • Violence against LGTBI people in armed conflict

  • Participation of women’s organisations in peace negotiations in Colombia

Impact of conflicts


26 Jan 2015 description

Report by the Director-General to the Executive Board at its 136th Session Geneva, Switzerland 26 January 2015

Mister Chairman, distinguished members of the Executive Board, Excellencies, colleagues in the UN system, ladies and gentlemen,

26 Jan 2015 description
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Executive Summary

Opportunities for Peace in 2015

  • Gender agenda: In 2015, the review of the Beijing Platform for Action, Resolution 1325 and the Millennium Development Goals may provide an opportunity for moving towards stronger and more substantive engagement with genuine sustainable development in which gender equality, the empowerment of women and peacebuilding are key elements.

26 Jan 2015 description
infographic International SOS

Health Risk Map 2015: Signs of improving private healthcare in Africa

• Foreign investment and new private hospitals lead to improved facilities in some parts of Africa

• Countries with improvements moving to a lower risk category include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa

• New ‘Large Rapidly Developing Countries’ category introduced

International SOS has released Health Risk Map 2015, a tool to help organisations understand the medical risks in the markets in which they operate.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide


By Breda Gahan

HIV and AIDS theory and practice in developing countries is sometimes dominated by the power of Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks. Consequently, the resulting interventions may too rarely be locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context.

26 Jan 2015 description

Suiza - How the World Views Migration [Lo que el mundo opina de la migración], un informe que la OIM publicará esta primavera, aporta una visión inesperada de la actitud del público respecto a las migraciones en el mundo. Esta semana, se están dando a conocer aspectos destacados de los resultados iniciales del informe en el Foro Económico Mundial en Davos.

26 Jan 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 January 2015: “The implementation of the Africa’s Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in 2004, has led not only to a paradigm shift from crises management to risk management, but also increased awareness, political commitment and strengthened institutional, legislative, and policy frameworks, capacities, tools and mechanisms for Disaster Risk Management, including early warning and disaster preparedness for response.”

26 Jan 2015 description

Jennie Phillips in Innovations in Humanitarian Aid

So… What is a digital humanitarian?

25 Jan 2015 description
report Redhum

Latinoamerica y el Caribe, 24 de Enero 2015
Fuente: Prensa Latina

Hace varios meses las autoridades de salud de las Américas dieron la alerta sobre la presencia de una nueva enfermedad viral: la fiebre chikungunya, un proceso que se transmite por mosquitos y se caracteriza por fiebre y dolores musculares.

A pesar de la adopción de medidas para detener su expansión, entre las que sobresalen el control en fronteras, eliminación de criaderos y reservorios, fumigación con pesticidas y campañas de autocuidado, se observa un número creciente de pacientes.

25 Jan 2015 description
report Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity‘s 2014 food security programs benefited more than 2.75 million people adversely affected by natural or human-made emergencies and disasters in 55 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe.

24 Jan 2015 description
report New York Times


BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear but the fear of hunger.

With that always weighing on his mind, Mwewa Ndefi gets up at dawn, just as the first orange rays of sun are beginning to spear through the papyrus reeds, and starts to unclump a mosquito net.

24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

23 Jan 2015 description

In January 2015, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$99.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief in 12 countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low. Some $77.5 million will go to six countries affected by the crisis in Syria. Another $14 million will support aid operations in three countries in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, where the long running conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to have disastrous effects.