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26 Nov 2014 description

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.

26 Nov 2014 description
report European Union

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.

26 Nov 2014 description
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(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”.

26 Nov 2014 description

Two years on, promoting innovation and evidence-based approaches to humanitarian crises

An overview of DFID's approach to building resilience to natural disasters and responding to humanitarian emergencies.

Every year, the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are pushed to the brink by war and natural hazards.

26 Nov 2014 description

Document Summary

UNDP works with a range of civil society organizations (CSOs) at regional and local levels in Africa to help lift people out of poverty, build resilient communities and promote human rights and thereby advance the millennium Development Goals. To achieve this, UNDP facilitates dialogue between governments and civil society to ensure civic participation in policy planning and reform and enhances partnerships with CSOs for development results.

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-ninth session
Third Committee
Agenda item 105
Crime prevention and criminal justice

Note by the Secretariat

By its resolution 2014/18 of 16 July 2014, the Economic and Social Council recommended to the General Assembly the adoption of the following draft resolution:

United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

26 Nov 2014 description

GENEVA, November 25 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday condemned child marriage and said his organization must do its utmost to help stop the practice, which affects an estimated 15 million girls every year. His remarks came in a short ceremony in Geneva to mark the annual 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, where he said it was UNHCR's duty to counter child marriage.

26 Nov 2014 description

JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK—The recent call by UNAIDS to “close the gap”around access to HIV services will not be met unless the delivery of antiretroviral treatment (ARV) is radically reshaped into community-led approaches that adapt to the realities of those living with HIV, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of World Aids Day, December 1.

26 Nov 2014 description

Today, 24 November 2014, marks the start of the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV). The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) prioritises gender-sensitive aid and supports projects which address gender-related issues. To unpack GBV in the humanitarian context, ECHO's Regional Information Officer for Central, East and Southern Africa, Malini Morzaria, caught up with our Nairobi-based Global Gender specialist, Eliana Irato.

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

CS/11671

7323e séance – matin
Conseil de sécurité
Couverture des réunions

Il est nécessaire de renforcer l’efficacité des régimes de sanctions des Nations Unies à travers une meilleure coordination des parties prenantes et une plus grande intégration, ont souligné, ce matin, de nombreux intervenants devant le Conseil de sécurité. Le projet de résolution, visant à refléter ce constat et appelant à assister davantage les États Membres tenus de mettre en œuvre ces mesures juridiquement contraignantes, sera adopté, demain, mercredi 26 novembre.

26 Nov 2014 description

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) held high-level discussions in Abidjan on Thursday, November 20 with a view to addressing challenges faced by Africa’s smallholder farmers.

Both institutions have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to speed up Africa’s agriculture transformation.

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11671 7323rd Meeting (AM) SECURITY COUNCIL MEETINGS COVERAGE

Sanctions regimes have been proven to be a valuable tool for the maintenance of international peace and security, but continuous improvement was needed for better targeting, awareness, respect for rights and partnership, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council today.

25 Nov 2014 description

A new guide to help Ministries integrate disaster risk reduction in school curriculums, within an Education for Sustainable Development framework, has been published by UNESCO in partnership with UNICEF.

25 Nov 2014 description

Purpose and scope

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) and its member States have been committed to applying a comprehensive and integrated human rights-based approach in all areas of EU external action, including EU development cooperation. The 2009 Treaty on European Union (Treaty of Lisbon) contains an explicit commitment to protect and promote the rights of the child, and in 2011 the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced the promotion of the rights of the child as one of the Union’s three explicit foreign policy priorities.

25 Nov 2014 description

Jakarta, Indonesia, 24 Nov 2014 -- With the ten year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami just weeks away, representatives from ASEAN member countries are assessing the lessons they’ve learned and action taken since then to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to natural disasters.

25 Nov 2014 description

Any organization that wants to make a difference on a global level needs a global network to support it, because no single actor possesses the whole set of required skills. Since its establishment, UN-SPIDER has therefore devoted considerable efforts to building its network of Regional Support Offices (RSOs). This newsletter informs on the critical support that the network of RSOs provides to UN-SPIDER's programme of work. It describes how the members of the network contribute their experience, knowledge and resources to UN-SPIDER's various activities.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Key messages

  • The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016 is the culmination of a global consultation process. The objective is to identify solutions to reshape the humanitarian system so it can efficiently address the growing humanitarian needs through closer partnerships and a strengthened principled basis.

  • As the world's largest donor, the European Union considers it a responsibility to seize every opportunity to make humanitarian assistance more effective and humanitarian work less dangerous.

25 Nov 2014 description

Consultation, Consent, Participation: Words Matter

Central to any discussion about planned relocations is the notion that communities to be affected should be involved in the process. In legal terms, this is frequently referred to as ‘consent.’