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PARTNERSHIPS FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
In the past financial year we have continued our commitment to working through partnerships that improve the quality of people’s lives.
This report provides analysis of the 593 killings of journalists as condemned by the Director-General of UNESCO between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2013 with an emphasis on cases which took place in 2012 and 2013.
18 November 2014
World’s 1.8 Billion Young Can Propel Socioeconomic Development, New UNFPA Report Shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 18 November 2014—Developing countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.
Civilians continue to be the majority of victims of armed conflict, demonstrating the continuing need to translate the commitment of the Security Council into enhanced protection and real change on the ground.
The Security Council Aide Memoire for the Consideration of Issues pertaining to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict remains an important tool for identifying key issues pertaining to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts and for actions that can be taken by the Council to respond.
This paper examines developments in Security Council (the Council) language relating to the protection of civilians (PoC) in its situation-specific resolutions4 from January 2009 to October 2013. During this period, concerns relating to PoC have been included more frequently and more comprehensively in situation-specific resolutions. Nonetheless scope remains for greater consistency in the Council’s approach on how it addresses PoC from one context to another, and in some cases in successive resolutions addressing the same situation.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, UNAIDS published Women living with HIV speak out against violence, a collection of powerful essays written by women living with and affected by HIV. Intimate partner violence affects one in three women globally and has been shown to increase the risk of acquiring HIV, while research shows that preventing such violence can reduce HIV incidence by 12%.
The following statement by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:
Ms. Valerie Amos has informed me of her intention to step down as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. I would like to express my utmost gratitude for her outstanding service to the United Nations, the humanitarian community and people in need.
From 17th to 20th November, Geneva Call held in Geneva its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment and gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders and officers and legal advisers – of 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) coming from 14 different countries including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most are signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.
By Jenna Stern:
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, have some form of disability.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 80 per cent live in poor countries, where communities are already more vulnerable to disasters and crises such as the current Ebola epidemic, with people with disabilities often disproportionately affected.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) in collaboration with NUI Galway has embarked on a research project that strives to biofortify and climate-proof common food crops for maternal and child nutrition in some of the most affected parts of Africa – namely Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.
La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) acogió hoy en su sede en Washington, DC el tercer Encuentro Hemisférico de la Red Interamericana de Mitigación de Desastres (RIMD), convocado bajo el lema “Integrando la gestión de riesgo de desastres y la adaptación al cambio climático en la agenda de desarrollo”, con el fin de compartir, entre los Estados Miembros, experiencias y prácticas para hacer frente, básicamente, al impacto de fenómenos naturales y emergencias de otro tipo.
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El Secretario General Adjunto de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), Albert Ramdin, presidió hoy una sesión del Comité Interamericano para la Reducción de Desastres Naturales (CIDRN), en representación del Presidente del Comité y Secretario General de la OEA, José Miguel Insulza, en la cual los miembros establecieron un nuevo reparto de sus labores.
Switzerland - IOM and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council, the organization’s governing body, which is taking place 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva.
Switzerland - IOM has joined a group of international agencies participating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Trust Fund with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership aims to increase the capacity of affected communities to deal with migration and displacement linked to the impact of climate change and environmental pressures.
This report is a timely input into the ongoing development agenda for Africa South of the Sahara (SSA). The 2013 report on agriculture and food systems by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a set of post–2015 development goals, including recommendations that low- and middle-income countries increase their spending on agricultural research and development (R&D) by a minimum of 5 percent per year during 2015–2025, and that they allocate at least 1 percent of their agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) to public agricultural R&D.
A pocos días para el inicio de la COP20 en Perú, se lanza un portal en español para periodistas y líderes de opinión de América Latina que busca facilitar el trabajo de la prensa a través del acceso y la actualización diaria de noticias, entrevistas, reportajes, datos, reportes clave e historias relacionadas con el cambio climático. Iniciativa se realiza en el marco de Programa EUROCLIMA y es cofinanciada por la Unión Europea.
(Tbilisi, 24 November) – Government representatives from Central Asia, South Caucasus regions and Ukraine are taking part in a three-day workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Tbilisi.
GIS are powerful systems that can provide solid situational analysis, thus improving decision-making in response to humanitarian emergencies. In his opening remarks to the workshop, Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, stressed that “timely and cooperative information management is essential to effective disaster preparedness and response”.