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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

Humanitarian reform is an issue at the centre of the UN policy agenda; Donors and international agencies are working together to improve the predictability, timeliness and effectiveness of humanitarian response through a range of measures including the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative; the CAP Needs Analysis Framework; the Cluster Leadership Approach and the newly upgraded Central Emergency Response Fund. In this rapidly evolving scenario, how can a food security perspective contribute to improved humanitarian response?

01 Jun 2006 description
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) refer to plants and animals that have been manipulated at the genetic level through a special set of technologies that alter the makeup of living organisms, which is also called biotechnology.

The controversies about GMOs are basically around the food supply and their impact on social, economic, cultural and environmental welfare. Scientific studies are currently insufficient and inconclusive to state categorically that GMOs are harmful or beneficial to human health.
01 Jun 2006 description

The 2005 Annual Report discusses UN-HABITAT's activities and actions with regard to (a) responding to the global challenge (b) better information for cities (c) promoting sustainable urbanization (d) operational activities and disaster response (e) financing for the urban poor.

01 Jun 2006 description

The UN Secretary-General's Programme for Reform launched in 1997 underscored that human rights are a concern that cuts across the entire UN system, entailing commensurate responsibilities for its various organs and agencies. Thus, although some UN agencies have expressly designated mandates and possess specialised technical expertise in different aspects of the promotion, protection and realization of human rights, it is incumbent on all entities to address human rights concerns as part of their routine work programme.