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29 Feb 2008 description

The increasing impact of natural disasters on communities, cities, and regions in the last 10 years has received special attention from multilateral agencies. They have concluded that the same factors which cause many countries to remain underdeveloped also contribute to an even greater vulnerability when faced with disasters. Overcoming this situation implies changing the traditional approach of reacting to major emergencies that result from disasters to a more integrated and preventive approach.

29 Feb 2008 description

The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws. This involved interviewing UN human rights and agency officials working in both Geneva and New York and also reviewing the reports and jurisprudence of human rights committees and special procedure mechanisms.

29 Feb 2008 description
report Plan

29 February 2008 - Plan has told UN members that girls' rights are being continually violated in countries involved in armed conflicts - restricting them to a cycle of insecurity for decades to come.

Sarah Hendriks, Plan Canada Advisor - Gender Equality & HIV and AIDS, addressed the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, telling them that girls and young women face specific risks before, during and after conflict.

Ignored and marginalised, girls …

29 Feb 2008 description

Geneva, 29 February 2008 - As the world moves closer to a new treaty to ban cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians, the Mine Ban Treaty provides a solid example of how committed governments can successfully cooperate to eradicate inhumane weapons, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said today. The ICBL urges governments to show once again courage and vision and negotiate a strong and comprehensive treaty where the lives of civilians are not traded in for military or economic interests

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, …

27 Feb 2008 description

New York - Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital mutilation/cutting, 10 United Nations agencies* pledged in a statement today to support governments, communities, and women and girls to abandon the practice within a generation, with a major reduction in many countries by 2015, the year the Millennium Development Goals are set to be achieved.

Female genital mutilation violates the rights of women and girls to health, …

25 Feb 2008 description

LONDON, Feb 25, 2008 (AFP) - The United Nations agency in charge of alleviating world hunger will be forced to consider rationing food aid because of rising prices, its executive director said in an interview published Monday.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Josette Sheeran said that if World Food Programme (WFP) donors did not contribute more money, the agency would have to look at "cutting the food rations or even the number of people reached".

According to …

25 Feb 2008 description

Note: Index to flood locations on the map
11. Argentina
13. Ecuador
14. Namibia
17. Peru
20. Australia
22. Zambia
23. Philippines
24. Madagascar
25. China
26. Indonesia
27. Kazakhstan
235. Mozambique
239. Bolivia

25 Feb 2008 description
report Tufts University

Executive Summary

The devastating earthquake that struck northern Pakistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir on October 8, 2005, killed approximately 75,000 people, injured 70,000 more, left an estimated 3.5 million people homeless, and devastated the basic infrastructure of a region the size of Belgium.

22 Feb 2008 description

Historic treaty to ban cluster bombs moves forward

Brussels and Wellington, 22 February 2008 - After a week of tough talks in Wellington (New Zealand) attended by 122 states, the voices of survivors and committed nations has prevailed. A draft treaty to ban cluster munitions, assist victims and ensure clearance of their land has been endorsed for formal negotiation.

22 Feb 2008 description

Wellington, 22 February 2008 - After a week of tough diplomatic talks, the voice of survivors and committed states has prevailed and a draft treaty to ban cluster munitions has been endorsed for formal negotiation.

21 Feb 2008 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Edward Luck of the United States as his Special Adviser with a focus on the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Currently Vice President and Director of Studies of the International Peace Academy and Director of Columbia University's Center on International Organizations, Mr.