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27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

27 Feb 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:12 GMT

By Maina Waruru

NAIROBI, Feb 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa.

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27 Feb 2015 description

5 issues worth underscoring based on the discussions we’ve been having over the past two days:

27 Feb 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:32 GMT

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, Feb 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday.

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27 Feb 2015 description

Introducing the guide

**What is the purpose of the guide?

The Guide to Business Engagement has been requested by SUN countries to help inform the development of local strategies to engage business in national nutrition priorities. Drawing on a wide range of insights and experiences, the guide aims to:

• Summarise the capabilities and potential opportunities for business to support local nutrition priorities and plans

26 Feb 2015 description
report InterAction

Aid effectiveness and transparency are driven by open, accessible, and easy to use data. InterAction's NGO Aid Map now has a simple report mechanism that allows individuals to better explore and share data from over 9,500 NGO projects in the NGO Aid Map database.

NGO Aid Map aims to increase the amount of publicly available data on international development and humanitarian response. With the report tool, users can now take that data from past and current projects worldwide and create specific, visual reports in a matter of minutes.

26 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

Dans l’édition 2014 de son rapport intitulé Financer le changement : la BAD et les FIC pour une Afrique climatiquement intelligente, rendue public ce 26 février 2015, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) montre que le soutien qu’elle apporte à l’Afrique, par le biais des Fonds d’investissement climatique (FIC), a connu une croissance exponentielle en 2014 : ce sont désormais pas moins de 25 plans d’investissement nationaux et 1 plan d’investissement régional qui sont ainsi financés, outre 9 pays pauvres pour lesquels sont financées des …

26 Feb 2015 description

Welcome to the AfDB CIF 2014 Annual Report. In this report, we invite you to explore developments in the AfDB CIF portfolio, which has advanced to leverage finance and knowledge for 25 countries in Africa as they work to pilot transformations in clean technology, sustainable forest management, renewable energy access, and climate resilient development.

26 Feb 2015 description

This report carries out a rigorous literature review around four key areas:

Is education seen as a ‘high priority’ amongst emergency affected populations?

To what extent is schooling disrupted by different types of emergencies? And how are different groups affected?

What are the economic and human costs of emergencies on education? And what are returns to investment in education in emergencies?

What is the nature of funding for education in emergencies?

The report finds that:

26 Feb 2015 description
  • The fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened last week. Outcomes and the Committee’s final report will be made available on www.polioeradication.org.
26 Feb 2015 description

Michael von der Schulenburg

On 11 June 2014, the UN Secretary-General, speaking in the UN Security Council, expressed his concerns about what he perceived as unprecedented violence and complexity facing present UN peacekeeping operations around the world. He suggested a thorough review of all UN peace operations was necessary ; this paper is intended to make a contribution to this review.

26 Feb 2015 description

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner is joining a French delegation to the Philippines, led by President François Hollande, to highlight the fight against climate change and convene a forum intended to encourage faster and more determined action on the global challenge of climate change, ahead of the UNFCCC Climate Change talks in Paris later this year.

26 Feb 2015 description

Argentina – La OIM y el Gobierno de Argentina, en representación del Mercado Común del Sur (MERCOSUR), firmaron un memorando de entendimiento que permitirá una colaboración más estrecha en asuntos de interés común, tales como proyectos relacionados con la migración.

El memorando de entendimiento fue suscrito por el Director Regional de la OIM para América del Sur, Diego Beltrand, y el Director Nacional de Migraciones de Argentina, Martín Arias Duval. Argentina ocupaba la Presidencia Pro Tempore del MERCOSUR en diciembre de 2014, cuando se aprobó el acuerdo.

26 Feb 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: American Samoa, Tonga Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Tonga Prolonged Fever: Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Cook Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia. Outbreaks in American Samoa, French Polynesia and Samoa are waning.

26 Feb 2015 description

ABIDJAN, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, 25 February 2015

Following two days of high-level consultations on 23-24 February, Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted today a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

26 Feb 2015 description
report United Nations

DSG/SM/849-WOM/2014

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL
PRESS RELEASE

Following is Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks, as delivered, at the panel discussion on “A Transformative Approach to Transitional Justice: Building a Sustainable Peace for All”, today, in New York:

26 Feb 2015 description

This editorial, written by the Humanitarian Coalition Executive Director, Nicolas Moyer, first appeared in Embassy News on February 24, 2015.

When the earth starts shaking under your feet, or when rising flood waters breach window sills, it is not long before you need urgent assistance to deal with the sudden exposure to imminent danger. But who is best positioned to provide that emergency help?

26 Feb 2015 description

La nouvelle évaluation met en évidence les résultats obtenus en travaillant de façon plus stratégique avec les pays membres