Allan Dow, Communication Officer
25/04/2015 Bangkok, Thailand
Representatives and scientists from 15 countries in Asia have agreed the establishment of a regional network to exchange information on conservation, preservation and utilization of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 – The Peace Corps is leading efforts to eradicate malaria in partnership with the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and non-governmental organizations around the world through the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month. In recognition of World Malaria Day this Saturday, Peace Corps spotlights volunteer projects that are saving lives across Africa.
New York—The Italian Government announced that it will increase its 2015 core contribution to the United Nations Development Programme to €4.2m to help UNDP fulfill its coordination role for the UN system.
“I think the UN can have better effects on the ground if it has predictable financing,” Italian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi said. “This is why core financing to UNDP is critical, and Italy would like to participate.”
25 April 2015 – In a message to mark World Malaria Day today, the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the UN health agency reported in 2014 that the rate at which people are dying from malaria had halved since the turn of the century.
This DREF operation is focusing on supporting, as a priority, the Sicily Regional Branch of the Italian Red Cross (ItRC), and the allocation is to be considered as a start-up loan for a future Emergency Appeal which will cover the whole territory of Italy. The Emergency Appeal will be launched tentatively during the first week of May if it is still needed. If the arrivals of migrants expand to other Italian coasts, then the support will also be extended to those regions.
Zarzis, Tunisie | AFP | samedi 25/04/2015 - 12:21 GMT
Trois bateaux de pêche ont amené samedi au port de Zarzis (sud tunisien) 98 migrants africains en perdition en Méditerranée après avoir tenté de rallier illégalement l'île italienne de Lampedusa, a indiqué à l'AFP le capitaine d'un des navires.
Vendredi, le Croissant rouge avait fait état de 80 migrants perdus en mer.
GENEVE, 24 avril (HCR) – Le HCR a déclaré vendredi qu'en avril, les drames de la migration en Méditerranée avaient causé plus de 1 700 décès pour environ 40 000 personnes ayant déjà effectué la traversée depuis début 2015. Ce sont les symptômes d'une « immense tragédie qui s'intensifie » et qui se joue aux frontières du sud de l'Europe.
Key issues arising included:
Context is all important, as well as understanding the complexities of conflict situations. No one model or solution fits all, and different types of conflicts and conditions require different measures. There is also a need for flexibility, and adaptation as a peace process evolves.
L’aspect recherche et sauvetage est renforcé, mais l’accent est toujours mis sur la prévention de départs
In recent decades, the peacebuilding landscape in Africa has shifted dramatically both in response to the changing dynamics of conflict as well as the emergence of new conflict actors on the continent. In many cases, the changing landscape of conflict has thrown up challenges that exceed the initial scope of provisions of existing peacebuilding norms and frameworks. These changes have exacerbated the peacebuilding dilemma in a context where post-war peace tends to unravel within the first decade of the signing of a peace agreement/cessation of hostilities and conflict.
Exploring the potential of cross-border trade in peacebuilding
A three-day advocacy campaign to support women’s civic, political and economic empowerment in the Great Lakes region of Africa has ended with calls to ensure that the rights of women cross-border traders are respected and their contribution to peacebuilding is recognised.
By Nines Lima, MSF’s advisor on tropical medicine
Since 2000, malaria deaths have fallen by 47% globally, and by 54% in the African region, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The use of rapid diagnostic tests and treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have played a key role in this great progress. However, malaria still kills in Africa, where 90% of global malaria deaths occur, killing more than 430,000 children a year.
Worldwide, 8.5 million infants aged less than 6 months (<6m) are acutely malnourished. For the first time, 2013 WHO Malnutrition Guidelines describe their treatment, but on the basis of “very low quality” evidence, per WHO. More and better research is urgently needed.
Beyond the P4P pilot – dialogue on future opportunities
The sixth P4P Annual Consultation was held in Rome from 24 to 26 February 2015. The meeting brought together 170 stakeholders from around the world to discuss lessons and opportunities that could be built upon in the post-pilot phase, identify main challenges and propose new ways to improve the effectiveness of future P4P-like efforts. A report on the consultation has been published online.
LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN) - Anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics explains why an EU plan to destroy migrant smugglers' boats is doomed to fail.
OXFORD, 24 April 2015 (IRIN) - A closer look at the list of commitments from Europe’s leaders after their hastily-arranged migrant crisis summit in Brussels reveals no substantial change in response and few measures likely to have any major impact on the flows of migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.
By Damien Naylor, IFRC in Sicily
The figures keep rising until eventually they become impossible to ignore. Thousands of people are making the perilous crossing from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to Europe. And as a consequence, thousands have died. For those that make it, the first words of comfort they receive – in Rhodes, Lampedusa or Sicily – is likely to be from the Red Cross.
GENEVA, April 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday said the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants on the Mediterranean this year and the sea crossing of almost 40,000 people since January were symptoms of an "enormous and intensifying tragedy" that is playing out on Europe's southern frontiers.