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04 Mar 2015 description

In March, the French presidency of the Security Council would focus on a broad range of issues, from peace and security on the African continent to efforts to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Syria, the Permanent Representative of the country said this afternoon.

04 Mar 2015 description

Costs of Climate Change Adaptation Expected to Rise Far Beyond Africa’s Coping Capacity Even if Warming Kept Below 2°C

Ambitious Cuts in Global Emissions, Increased and Innovative Adaptation Financing Needed to Spare Continent Worst Climate Change Impacts, Finds UNEP Report

04 Mar 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Addressing the needs of the millions of people around the world affected by humanitarian emergencies will be critical to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, top experts agreed at a meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 March.

Calling for a new way of addressing HIV in humanitarian emergencies, the experts examined ways to ensure that the specific needs of people affected by humanitarian emergencies are taken in to account as the response to HIV is fast-tracked over the next five years.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Maplecroft

The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.

04 Mar 2015 description

As fighting was escalating in northern Iraq in August last year, more than 500,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Many were stranded in scorching heat on Sinjar mountain. In desperation, people called the UN asking for food and water. And mobile phone chargers.

Read more on the OCHA website.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

Only by turning our response to Ebola upside down can another epidemic be avoided: communities need to be front and centre to eradicate this disease.

Today in Brussels African political leaders and experts will meet to discuss how west Africa should be supported to respond to the Ebola catastrophe that has killed nearly 10,000 people.

Read the full article

03 Mar 2015 description

Seven recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of Pacific Island nations in Apia, Samoa on 26-27 February. The meeting, gathering eight Pacific countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

03 Mar 2015 description

3/03/2015

By Marcus Skinner

Preparations are well underway for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) that will take place in Istanbul in May 2016. HelpAge has been actively engaged in the process to ensure that the Summit recognises the significance of global ageing and the implications for humanitarian action. Older people have been severely affected by humanitarian crises in the Middle East.

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

03 Mar 2015 description
report CARE

By David Lai, Ebola Crisis Policy and Information Management Coordinator

March 3, 2015

Today a major international donor conference is taking place in Brussels to plan the rebuilding of Ebola hit countries. Having just recently returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia, I would like to share my reflection on how the impact of the crisis is affecting women and girls. Quite a crucial aspect, and a gender transformative approach should inform donor commitment in Brussels this Tuesday.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

03 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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03 Mar 2015 description

Issue 2 of the SPC BSRP (Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific) bi-monthly newsletter covers:

· The European Union (EU) working with development partners to highlight impacts of their work by telling stories as part of the EUs Year for Development

· The review of the Federated States of Micronesia Disaster Response Plan

· Special focus on Tuvalu

· Renovation of the Palau National Emergency Management Office

· Niue develops roadmap to guide the development and strengthening of emergency management

03 Mar 2015 description
report Peace Direct

March 2 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on youth and conflict, adaptation to climate change, and more.

03 Mar 2015 description

ICRC president Peter Maurer addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva

High Commissioner,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the third time and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Mr. President, on your recent election.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works in the midst of conflict and violence in more than 80 States around the world. Most of the countries you will discuss during this session are countries where we witness – day after day – the effects of war on people.

03 Mar 2015 description

In February, the political crisis worsened in Yemen, whose territorial disintegration is in danger of accelerating, while in Bangladesh political violence threatens to further destabilise the country; Venezuela’s downward spiral also continued amid deep political polarisation. Deadly violence rose in Libya, where the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the internal conflict receded further; in Syria, where the regime and its allies initiated a major campaign against rebels in the south; and in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and Niger.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Almost 30 countries vulnerable to a new Ebola-style Epidemic, jeopardising the future of millions of Children – Save the children

Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’.

02 Mar 2015 description

MIDDAY

Hears Statements by the President of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Prime Minister of Fiji and Dignitaries from 20 States

02 Mar 2015 description

El Director General de la FAO se dirige a la Cumbre de la Comunidad del Caribe

27 de febrero 2015, Nassau - La agricultura, y particularmente la agricultura familiar, es crucial para que los países del Caribe logren la seguridad alimentaria mientras enfrentan el cambio climático y otros desafíos, y también puede estimular su desarrollo económico mediante la creación de puestos de trabajo, especialmente para los jóvenes, señaló el Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva.