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Global Bio-Disaster Response Urgently Needed In Ebola Fight

MSF Denounces International Inaction in Ebola-stricken African Countries; UK Government Must Deploy Specialised Medical Assets Now

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Include animals in revised HFA

By Brigitte Leoni

APIA, 2 September 2014 – The need for animals to be included in disaster risk management planning was highlighted yesterday at the International Conference on Small Island Developing States which heard an appeal for them to be included in the revised Hyogo Framework for Action, the international framework for disaster risk reduction.

Over one billion of the world’ s poor depend on animals for jobs, food, income, transport and social status and yet animals are the least protected when disasters happen.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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#WWWeek day 1: new technology could provide cheap clean water for millions


A round-up of the news, highlights and announcements from the first day of the annual water conference in Stockholm

Holly Young in Stockholm

As World Water Week gets going Stockholm, here’s the first of our daily round-ups.


The big event today was the opening plenary which introduced the week’s theme: energy and water.

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Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

TOKYO, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently in use in west Africa where the virus has already killed more than 1,500 people.

Agence France-Presse:

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Involve communities and the media in communicating climate information

By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa

Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.

Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.

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SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

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SIDS hears call for free mobile access in disasters

By Brigitte Leoni

APIA, 1 September 2014 - The private sector is set to have a major impact on the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which opened today in Samoa, with a strong focus on how to reduce the exposure of 52 million island dwellers to future disaster events amplified by climate change.

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Global Environment Outlook - Small Island Developing States Outlook

The report explores the state of SIDS in today's world - from extreme sea level rise - to the natural disasters that disproportionately affect SIDS and recommends action as part of a “blue-green economy” outlook.

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African Green Revolution Forum to Call for New Push for Agriculture Transformation

African Leaders to Identify Investments and Actions Needed to Ensure Smallholder Farmers are Prepared for New Challenges to African Food Security Posed by Climate Change

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Statelessness: Hoping to acquire a nationality and put down roots

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 1 (UNHCR) – Three years ago, Railya Abulkhanova told a UNHCR film crew that she felt like a tumbleweed. "It rolls . . . with the breeze it rolls away. That is what it is. That is statelessness," she said in the story-telling series interview. "And me; I want to put down roots," Railya added.

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Polio vaccination requirements at borders help to stop polio in its tracks

More countries are introducing compulsory polio vaccination requirements for visa applications, following the declaration of polio as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in May 2014.

These requirements have been influenced by the Temporary Recommendations made by the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to initiate a strengthened and well-coordinated international effort to address the high level of transmission so far in 2014.

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KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents



Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3


Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6


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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Alerta Epidemiológica Fiebre por chikungunya y dengue en las Américas - 29 de agosto del 2014

Ante la diseminación de la transmisión del virus chikungunya en las Américas, y el inicio de mayor circulación del dengue en Centroamérica y el Caribe, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS) insta a los Estados Miembros en los que está presente el mosquito (Aedes aegypti) transmisor de ambos virus, a que aumenten sus esfuerzos para reducir la densidad del vector, basado en la estrategia de Gestión Integrada (Egi-Dengue); así como también para que establezcan y mantengan la capacidad para el manejo adecuado y oportuno de casos de dengue y ch

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A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Moral Hazard - "Mega" Agricultural public-private partnerships threaten livelihoods for African farmers


Large-scale partnerships with the private sector could undermine Africans’ land rights, drive inequality and damage the environment

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International freedom of expression rapporteurs urge stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts

GENEVA / WASHINGTON / VIENNA / PRETORIA,1 September 2014 – Recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary and unjustified incarcerations of journalists around the world must be condemned and opposed by the international community, a group of international freedom of expression rapporteurs* said today.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 29 - September 4, 2014

Rainfall expected to alleviate some dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

The outcome document of Rio+20, “The Future We Want” (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012) acknowledged that SIDS remains a special case for sustainable development. Building on the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy, the document calls for the convening in 2014 of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. This was later ratified by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution under the theme “The sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through Genuine and Durable Partnerships”.