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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

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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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel - study

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AlertNet

While the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged. Researchers warn that global warming and insurgencies will further exacerbate the food scarcity in the region.

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 17-23, 2014

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

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Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry

Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

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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Podcast #98 – Day of the Girl 2014 – Empowering adolescent girls: ending the cycle of violence

Changing the World for Girls is a collaboration of the Beyond School Books podcast series and United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). In this series you will find discussions on the lasting impact education has on girls, communities and nations around the world.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 10 October 2014 – The theme this year for International Day of the Girl Child is ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’.

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Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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How to Build Resilience to Conflict: The Role of Food Security (October 2014)

This Food Policy Report explains why there is a need to place even higher priority on food security–related policies and programs in conflict-prone countries, and offers insights for policymakers regarding how to do so.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 01–07 October

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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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 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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Human Rights Council concludes twenty-seventh session after adopting 32 resolutions and four presidential statements

Human Rights Council
ROUNDUP

26 September 2014

Creates Mandate on Unilateral Coercive Measures; Adopts Resolutions on Sexual Orientation and on Civil Society Space, and Extends Several Mandates

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Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale

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Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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Governments, international community must better protect health-care workers, facilities during armed conflict, Deputy Secretary-General tells high-level event

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United Nations

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level debate “Health Care and Violence: the Need for Effective Prevention”, in New York today:

I thank the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), my good friend and colleague Peter Maurer, for organizing this important high-level debate. And I thank all of you for being here during this busy week at the United Nations.