The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children has been partnering with UNHCR on its global rollout of age, gender and diversity mainstreaming (AGDM) since 2004. In recognition of the significant amount of work implemented by NGO partners for and with refugee/displaced populations, this study was undertaken to identify the existence of gender and child protection policies, as well as mainstreaming policies if any, amongst UNHCR's major international and national NGO partners.
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Geneva(ICRC) - The text of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance was approved today by the recently established UN Human Rights Council.
"The Convention raises hopes for the future because its provisions are aimed at preventing disappearances. We trust that it will rapidly be adopted by the UN General Assembly and then widely ratified by States," said Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The European Commission has adopted its 2006 Annual Work Programme for grants in the area of food aid and food security with a global budget of Ä 197 million. The EC approach is focused on the integration of food security policy within the fight against poverty, hence recognizing hunger as the basic dimension of poverty. Activities foreseen in the Annual Work Programme aim at contributing to the achievement of the first Millennium Development Goal: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
By David Brunnstrom
United Nations, New York — United Nations organizations and civil society groups today announced a Joint Partnership to tackle sexual violence in conflict and crisis situations around the world. This Joint Partnership builds on existing initiatives and will address not only the threat that sexual violence poses to life and livelihood of survivors, but also the longer-term impact on community and national development.
" Investing in school safety and disaster risk education pays off"
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Section 1. Introduction
Summary: Civil defence emergency management (CDEM) planning is essential if the impacts of emergencies on people and our communities are to be managed and reduced.
International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, today called on the international community to support the new UN humanitarian fund with long term financing, as the UK announced a three year pledge of £120 million.
Mr Benn, who led the campaign for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), speaking at the British Red Cross at the launch of DFID's new humanitarian policy paper, said:
"The setting up of the CERF in March this year was a big step forward for humanitarian relief. The UN now has the money to enable it to get going quickly when disaster strikes.
Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced contributions of €43.5 million by Ireland to the United Nations Funds and Programmes for development.
The contributions include €10.6 million for UNICEF, €16.2 million for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), €3.1 million for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), €3.3 million for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and €2.75 million for the World Health Organization.
Speaking in New York, Minister Lenihan said:
"This funding is an important element of our overall national support …
This study of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was undertaken jointly by UNMAS and the Peacekeeping Best Practices Section (PBPS) at the request of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The main purpose of this review is to assess the lessons learned and best practices from the Mine Action Service's "United Nations focal point" role that might be useful for others trying to coordinate the activities of various UN and non-UN agencies on a single issue.
This paper wishes to explore the concept
of food security. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have
physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that
meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy
life. This widely accepted definition points to the following dimensions
of food security:
Food availability: The availability of sufficient quantities of food of appropriate quality, supplied through domestic production or imports (including food aid).
This Policy Brief was presented at the
First Review Conference on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action
to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light
Weapons in All Its Aspects (26 June - 7 July).
The number of people affected by disasters
continued to rise in 2005.The year began with the response to the South
East Asia tsunami and finished with the response to the South Asia earthquake.
Each year, one in five WHO Member States experiences a crisis that endangers
the health of its people. Estimates indicate that more than 150 million
people were directly affected by natural disasters.
The ratio of injuries to deaths in acute natural disasters is a useful indicator for many purposes. It describes a disaster type by the epidemiological profile of its immediate impact on populations. For instance, a high injury to death ratio could be expected in certain types of disasters such as cyclones, and a lower one in earthquakes where people tend to die or survive. While injuries in earthquakes are serious, they are rarely widespread.