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30 Jun 2006 description

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.

29 Jun 2006 description

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).

27 Jun 2006 description

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.

22 Jun 2006 description

LAGOS, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - West African ministers will meet in the Nigerian capital on Friday to develop measures aimed at fighting the deadly avian influenza, an official statement said Thursday.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said the one-day meeting of ministers in charge of agriculture, health, livestock, environment and integration will develop a coordinated regional framework for preventing and responding to the disease.

19 Jun 2006 description


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.

15 Jun 2006 description

" Investing in school safety and disaster risk education pays off"

12 Jun 2006 description

Summary of sections

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.

07 Jun 2006 description

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.

03 Jun 2006 description

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 …

01 Jun 2006 description

The relationship between pursuing human rights and resolving conflict is by and large complementary, as one generally advances the other. This paper explores the areas of complementarity among both agendas, as well as some of the ways in which they clash. Notwithstanding these clashes, it argues, such tensions can generally be resolved with political skill and deft institutional design.

01 Jun 2006 description
report UN General Assembly

Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS

1. We, Heads of State and Government and representatives of States and Governments participating in the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the targets set out in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS,1 held on 31 May and 1 June 2006, and the High-Level Meeting, held on 2 June 2006;

01 Jun 2006 description

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.

01 Jun 2006 description

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.