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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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ECHO Factsheet – Nutrition – 2014

Humanitarian situation and needs

Key messages

  • Fighting acute undernutrition is a priority for the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). €164 million of humanitarian assistance was allocated in 2013 alone. Through its funding ECHO contributes to addressing the root causes of this problem.

  • Women and children are particularly vulnerable to undernutrition, which has dramatic impact on morbidity, mortality but also on children's physical and cognitive development.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
USAID Press Office
+1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov |​​ Twitter: @USAIDPress

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Le Canada se porte à la défense des filles à l’occasion d’un sommet mondial pour mettre fin au mariage d’enfants

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il assistera au Sommet sur les filles 2014 à Londres, au Royaume-Uni, afin d’appuyer les efforts mondiaux déployés pour mettre fin aux mariages précoces et forcés ainsi qu’à la mutilation génitale des femmes.

« Le mariage d’enfants est un problème mondial qui exige une action concertée de tous les pays, a déclaré le ministre Baird. Son élimination donnera aux femmes et aux filles l’autonomie dont elles ont besoin pour contribuer au développement et à la prospérité de leurs collectivités. »

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Climate Change: A humanitarian challenge for the 21st century

The global climate is changing. Humanitarian organisations must now meet new and increasing challenges to continue their life-saving work. The number of climate-related natural disasters has doubled over the last ten years—and scientists predict in the coming decades that there will be more frequent and more severe disasters due to changes in world weather patterns.

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Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.

Accounts

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Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012

The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes describes the distribution and impacts of disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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Ending Child Marriage: Canada Speaks Up for Rights of Girls Worldwide

July 4, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada is contributing $20 million over two years to UNICEF toward ending child, early and forced marriage.

“Today’s announcement is the latest step in Canada’s campaign to end child, early and forced marriage”, said Baird. “This troubling practice is a violation of human rights and also hinders economic development. When girls can’t reach their full potential, everyone suffers—girls, their communities and their countries.”

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What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

Nisbett, N., Wach, E., Haddad, L., and Shams, E. L.

IDS Working Paper 447

Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition.

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Adding to the Agenda of the 6th AMCDRR, Southasiadisasters.net Special Issue no.113, June 2014

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 113, June 2014:

The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be held from June 22—26, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. As we inch closer to this conference, it becomes necessary to introspect on important issues that should be raised there. The theme of this conference is Promoting Investments for Resilient Nations and Communities. This is a vast theme that merits deliberation on a lot of important factors related with DRR in Asia.

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The 2013 Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2013)

Executive summary

What is the HANCI?

This report presents the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2013. It seeks to:

1 . Rank governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition;

2 . Measure what governments achieve and where they fail in addressing hunger and undernutrition – providing greater transparency and public accountability;

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Preparing for the 6th AMCDRR, Southasiadisasters.net Issue no.112, June 2014

The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is scheduled to happen from 22–26 June, 2014. A biennial conference, organized jointly by UNISDR and various Asian Countries, the AMCDRR brings together several stakeholders to exchange ideas, innovations and best practices related with disaster risk management. The theme of this year's conference is Promoting Investments for Resilient Nations and Communities.

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10

Highlights

  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.

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Liaison Magazine Vol. VI 2014: Advances in Disaster Management that are Shaping the Future

In this issue:

Comfort makes better Doctors Lessons learned during the Haiti medical response that can enable other organizations

One Drop at a Time Sri Lankan hospitals find life-saving water solution

From the Ashes The city of Higashi Matsushima, Japan rebuilds after tsunami

Advancing the Agenda Urban Risk Reduction in Bangladesh

Interview with Richard Hough U.S. Agency for International Development

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UN-SPIDER May 2014 Updates

In this issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
- New brochure on UN-SPIDER available
- UN-SPIDER speaks at International Peace Institute Seminar
- UNOOSA co-chairs 14th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting in New York
- UN-SPIDER participates in International Symposium of Integrated Disaster Risk Governance
- Floods in Balkan: UN-SPIDER compiles list with satellite resources
- UN-SPIDER publishes article in Geospatial World magazine
- 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space