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United Nations Development Group affirms support for Arab Region at a “turning point”

Amman, 14 October – Today the regional leadership of the United Nations Development Group met in Amman and confirmed its support for the Arab States, Middle East and North Africa region at the critical juncture it faces.

“We meet today at a turning point, between progress and crisis, between development and regression, between a brighter future and a darkness that is terrible to contemplate,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional United Nations Development Group. “We come together today to ensure that this turning point we face, is a turning point for the better.”

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Farmerline joins the Business Call to Action with commitment to provide mobile communication services to rural farmers

October 15, 2014 Accra-- Leading Ghana-based technology provider Farmerline has announced plans to join the Business Call to Action. The company plans to empower 500,000 small-scale farmers by 2019 in West Africa to advance their livelihoods by accessing information that helps them to improve their harvests. The company also plans to provide a specialized mobile communication and data-collection platform to 5,000 development organizations and agribusinesses in the next five years.

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Imploring States to Uproot Violence, Exploitation, Online Predators, Speakers Tell Third Committee Children Deserve Childhoods


Delegates Highlight Protecting Youngest Generation, Conclude Debate on Women’s Advancement

Sixty-ninth session,
16th, 17th & 18th Meetings (AM & PM)

Violence against society’s most vulnerable, in all its forms, needed to be uprooted and eradicated in order to pave a sure path towards sustainable development, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) heard today as it continued its debate on the rights of children, and concluded its consideration of the advancement of women.

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On international Day, Ban declares eradication of poverty a 'most fundamental obligation'

UN News Service

17 October 2014 – Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms.

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Ebola: On Experimental Treatments and Vaccines

Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?

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Climate Change Matters Issue 28 — October 2014

Director’s Note and About Us


SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

‘Vital Harbour’ launch

SIDS & Pacific Resilience Showcase

Renewable energy: The wind beneath our wings

The Solomon Islands way

Natural solutions

IFRC and SPREP sign partnership & Involve communities and the media

Weatherfront & Monthly calendar

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UN Women and SPC sign memorandum of understanding

Wednesday 15 October 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Suva, Fiji UNW-SPCUN Women and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) commemorated International Day of Rural Women with an event that showcased stories from rural women themselves and culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Communiqué of the 461st Meeting of the Peace and Security Council

African Union


The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 461st meeting, held on 14 October 2014, in Addis Ababa, convened an open session on sexual violence in conflict situations in Africa and adopted the following decision:

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For many journalists Ebola's invisible threat scarier than war

10/19/2014 - 13:35 GMT

by Laurence BENHAMOU

You can't see shells falling, guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war.

Along with health workers and aid workers, journalists have to get right up close to the epidemic to do their job, donning gloves, masks and rubber boots and washing hands with chlorine countless times a day.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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Discussion Paper: Cash Transfers and HIV Prevention

New UNDP report highlights the role that cash transfers can play in preventing HIV

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Central and South America The 2014 Rainfall Season


• Severe and widespread rainfall deficits affected Central America during the first half of 2014 leading to major crop losses during the Primera season (first cropping season).

• The start of the agricultural season was delayed due to the late arrival of the rains. The situation was further exacerbated due to rainfall shortages during the critical crop development stages causing serious damage. This has caused significant maize and bean production losses resulting in significantly higher market prices.

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Complacency Could Jeopardize Africa’s Development Gains, Fight against Malaria, General Assembly Warns, Also Urging Immediate Action to Combat Ebola


Sixty-ninth session,
26th & 27th Meeting (AM & PM)

Sounding a note of optimism about the progress of African development, the international community should guard against complacency that might lead to backsliding on gains already made, the General Assembly was told today as it debated the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as well as the ongoing battle against malaria.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Alimentation, énergies fossiles et financements indécents


Le changement climatique aggrave d’ores et déjà la faim au sein de certaines populations, et ce en grand partie en raison du recours massif aux énergies fossiles, qui représente la source la plus importante d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre à l’échelle mondiale.

Sur la base des tendances actuelles, la température de la planète augmentera de 4 à 6ºC d’ici à la fin du XXIe siècle, et de plus de 2ºC durant la vie de la plupart des lecteurs du présent rapport.

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National Geographic et la FAO ensemble pour sensibiliser aux problèmes de la faim et de la nutrition

Un accord vient d’officialiser leur collaboration sur les questions d’alimentation

17 octobre 2014, Rome - La National Geographic Society et la FAO ont convenu aujourd'hui de travailler de concert pour diffuser des informations destinées à sensibiliser le public aux problèmes de la faim et de la nutrition.

En particulier, lors de la couverture de questions relatives à l'alimentation et à l'agriculture, National Geographic puisera dans les statistiques, données et tendances émises par FAOStat, le service des statistiques de la FAO.

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Future Humanitarian Financing: A new initiative to find new solutions

As this year’s GHA report showed us, humanitarian funding grew by 27% last year reaching a historic high of USD$22 billion. Institutional and private donors dug deep to meet unprecedented levels of humanitarian need arising from disasters and crises of prodigious number, scale and complexity. But the data also showed us that it wasn’t enough. In fact it’s never enough.

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OSCE trains fire management authorities and brigades on preparedness, prevention and response to wildfire disasters

A regional training course designed to build the capacity of national authorities, fire brigades and unit leaders on fire management was organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in Antalya, Turkey on 15-17 October 2014.

The course brought together fire management authorities and fire brigades from the South Caucasus and Western Balkans.

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National Geographic/FAO: Raising awareness on hunger and nutrition

Joint agreement formalises collaboration on food issues

17 October 2014, Rome - The National Geographic Society and FAO today agreed to work together to provide information and raise awareness about hunger and nutrition.

In particular, when reporting on food and agriculture, National Geographic will utilize food and agricultural statistics as well as trends and data sets, sourced from FAO's statistical service, FAOStat.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

In the past decade, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.