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Polio vaccination requirements at borders help to stop polio in its tracks

More countries are introducing compulsory polio vaccination requirements for visa applications, following the declaration of polio as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in May 2014.

These requirements have been influenced by the Temporary Recommendations made by the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to initiate a strengthened and well-coordinated international effort to address the high level of transmission so far in 2014.

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KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents

Editorial

FOCUS

Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3

REPORT

Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6

NEWS

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 28 August 2014 [EN/AR]

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Alerta Epidemiológica Fiebre por chikungunya y dengue en las Américas - 29 de agosto del 2014

Ante la diseminación de la transmisión del virus chikungunya en las Américas, y el inicio de mayor circulación del dengue en Centroamérica y el Caribe, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS) insta a los Estados Miembros en los que está presente el mosquito (Aedes aegypti) transmisor de ambos virus, a que aumenten sus esfuerzos para reducir la densidad del vector, basado en la estrategia de Gestión Integrada (Egi-Dengue); así como también para que establezcan y mantengan la capacidad para el manejo adecuado y oportuno de casos de dengue y ch

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A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Moral Hazard - "Mega" Agricultural public-private partnerships threaten livelihoods for African farmers

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Oxfam

Large-scale partnerships with the private sector could undermine Africans’ land rights, drive inequality and damage the environment

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International freedom of expression rapporteurs urge stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts

GENEVA / WASHINGTON / VIENNA / PRETORIA,1 September 2014 – Recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary and unjustified incarcerations of journalists around the world must be condemned and opposed by the international community, a group of international freedom of expression rapporteurs* said today.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 29 - September 4, 2014

Rainfall expected to alleviate some dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

The outcome document of Rio+20, “The Future We Want” (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012) acknowledged that SIDS remains a special case for sustainable development. Building on the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy, the document calls for the convening in 2014 of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. This was later ratified by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution under the theme “The sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through Genuine and Durable Partnerships”.

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Contributors to the frequency of intense climate disasters in Asia-Pacific countries

A new paper gives an empirical basis to the relationship between climate anomalies and the frequency of disasters, and draws attention to the need for preventive measures.

Asian Development Bank:

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IFRC calls on governments and international organizations to take concrete actions on commitments made to reduce disaster risks in Small Island Developing States

1 September 2014 – Apia, Samoa / Geneva. As the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States begins in the Samoan capital this week, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will be urging governments and the international community to take concrete steps in addressing disaster risk reduction and climate change within the global agenda on sustainable development.

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Health Care in Danger Newsletter - August 2014

9-08-2014 Field Newsletter

More needs to be done to protect health-care workers" says Pascal Hundt, Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles, news about the project, a field case study and a discussion between health care experts.

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Paludisme: mise au point d'un test rapide et peu coûteux

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT

PARIS, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Un nouveau test rapide et peu coûteux pour détecter le paludisme, maladie tropicale qui coûte la vie à 600.000 personnes par an, a été mis au point par des chercheurs de Singapour et des Etats-Unis, ont-ils annoncé dimanche.

"Notre système offre un niveau élevé de sensibilité (...), est moins sujet à l'erreur humaine, utilise un faible volume de sang (...), requiert peu de préparation, peut être utilisé sur le terrain et a un coût très faible par test (moins de 10 cents)", ont affirmé ces universitaires.

Agence France-Presse:

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New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT - HEALTH-DISEASE-MALARIA-TEST - World News (EAA) - AFP

PARIS, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - A new invention can cheaply and accurately diagnose malaria infection in just a few minutes using only a droplet of blood, researchers reported Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

The tool could replace the laborious, error-prone method by which a lab technician looks for malaria parasites in blood through a microscope, they said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Pacific Island MPs commit to Health and Rights Pathway at SIDS

Parliamentarians have a strategic role in implementing the health and human rights goals nations are committing to at the UN’s 3rd Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference, which begins in the Pacific island nation of Samoa today.

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), its national committees, and the Pacific parliamentarians who are in delegations to SIDS will work together to ensure the population and development priorities in the already agreed SIDS outcome document, the Samoan Pathway, can be implemented.

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Boosting Efforts to Support Small Island States

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World Bank

APIA, September 1, 2014 — Climate change, economic growth and the strengthening of regional partnerships are all on the agenda for Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, who arrived in Samoa this weekend for the third international Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference.

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OFDA Boletín del mes de Agosto 2014

Nuevos ‘small grants” del RDAP fortalecerán la RRD comunitaria

Los cinco proyectos nuevos, descritos abajo, están programados para concluir este diciembre.

COLOMBIA—Desarrollando un sistema de alerta temprana para las inundaciones

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).