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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Africa - Ebola Coordination and Preparedness, Emergency Appeal MDR60002

The Regional Coordination and Preparedness Emergency Appeal is launched by the IFRC to supplement and to support the current country-level Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Emergency Appeals and preparedness operations supported by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The aim of this appeal is to strengthen and scale up operations support, coordination, communication, capacity building and preparedness for at risk countries in the region and to prepare for the potential spread of Ebola outbreak to other countries in Africa and beyond.

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El ACNUR rinde homenaje al valor y al sacrificio de los trabajadores humanitarios

GINEBRA, 19 de agosto de 2014 (ACNUR) – El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, António Guterres, rindió homenaje este martes a la enorme contribución aportada año tras año por los trabajadores humanitarios, observando al mismo tiempo cómo su trabajo se ha vuelto cada vez más peligroso.

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Fragility Index for a Differentiated Approach

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Fragility is a complex and dynamic issue that is very difficult to be captured in one quantitative measure. However, an indicator that can gauge the level, degree, and trend of fragility at a country level is needed as a basis for allocating limited resources and as a guide for a differentiated approach toward engagement in countries with fragile and conflict-affected situations.

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Water and sanitation a critical development issue for the Pacific

Water and sanitation are among the key challenges facing the Pacific Island region and will be a focus for discussion at the upcoming Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, 1‒4 September.

According to Mike Petterson, Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, all Pacific SIDS have made some progress in water and sanitation but not enough.

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Ebola: Experimental therapies and rumoured remedies

The scale, duration, and lethality of the Ebola outbreak have generated a high level of public fear and anxiety, which extends well beyond west Africa. Such reactions are understandable, given the high fatality rate and the absence of a vaccine or cure.

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Secretary-General, marking World Humanitarian Day, honours aid workers, pledges commitment to end impunity for attacks on staff and offices

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks at the event marking World Humanitarian Day, in New York today:

Eleven years ago today, a massive truck bomb tore through United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The blast killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. The Canal Hotel attack violated every principle of humanity and solidarity on which this Organization is founded.

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Le Conseil de Sécurité examine les raisons de l’augmentation du nombre d’attaques contre les agents humanitaires

L’année 2013 a enregistré un nombre record de travailleurs humanitaires enlevés, gravement blessés ou tués, affirme le Vice-Secrétaire général

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Increased Attacks on Aid Workers Due to Lack of Respect for International Humanitarian Law, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Security Council

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Paying Tribute to Fallen Personnel, Speakers Call For More Effective Use of Judicial Tools, Sanctions, Resolutions

The international community must reverse the loss of respect for international humanitarian law and the resulting increase of attacks on those workers providing life-saving aid on the frontline of world crises, the Deputy Secretary-General told the Security Council this morning on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.

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Deputy Secretary-General, in Remarks for International Observance, Says Attacks on Humanitarian Workers at Historic High, Calls for Increased Protection

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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks at the Security Council open briefing on the protection of humanitarian workers in New York on 19 August:

I want to thank the President of the Security Council for this initiative to mark World Humanitarian Day with a briefing on the protection of humanitarian workers. This subject is critical to mobilizing awareness and mobilizing action and to improving our response to people caught in conflicts and disaster.

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With migrants in Benghazi under the bombs

The money that the Church provides to help foreign migrant workers caught in the fighting in Libya is needed to buy bread, send the children to school, pay return trips home and treatment in hospital, said to MISNA Monsignor Sylvester Magro, Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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"Today the UK has announced a further $1.5 million of funding to protect humanitarian workers"

Statement by Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Security Council meeting on Protection of Civilians

I would like to warmly thank the speakers Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, ICRC President Peter Maurer and Director of The Liaison Office Masood Karokhail, for their powerful briefings today.

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Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia

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With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve.

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World humanitarian day - Protection of humanitarian workers

World humanitarian day 2014 - Statement by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Mr President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

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Las mujeres y los niños primero

Artículo de Opinión del Director Regional de Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) para América Latina y el Caribe con motivo del Día Mundial Humanitario hoy, 19 de agosto de 2014

Por Miguel Barreto*

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Paying Homage to Fallen Humanitarian Heroes

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By Olive Thiong'o

“Don’t kill us.” Those were the final words of Adan Mohammed Ibrahim, Adeso’s then security officer, in response to the man holding a gun towards him. Minutes earlier, the same gunman who shot and killed him had said: “Guys, we’re here to take the money, not to kill.” Unfortunately that turned out to be false.

This scene happened on December 4, 2010 as Adeso staff members were headed for a cash transfer distribution exercise in the Sanaag region of Puntland, Somalia, as part of one of the organization’s humanitarian interventions.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

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This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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Saving lives and making a difference

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41 year old James Roland Carew, medical coordinator in DanChurchAid's mine action in Mali, is profiled as a humanitarian hero on UN's World Humanitarian Day on August 19th.

James became an aid worker to make a difference and save lives. This is what he does in Mali through his mine action work with DanChurchAid.

He trains UN staff in incident management and life-saving techniques, and provides medical advice, training and programme support.

Remnants of war limits recovery

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150 ans d’engagement humanitaire de la Suisse

Signée il y a 150 ans, la première Convention de Genève est l'acte de naissance du droit international humanitaire qui fait foi lors de conflits armés. Dans le respect de sa tradition humanitaire, la Suisse défend les victimes et s'emploie à faire respecter et développer le droit international humanitaire. Ce webdossier donne une vision d'ensemble des différentes facettes de l’engagement humanitaire de la Suisse.