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A Double-Edged Sword: Livelihoods In Emergencies

Executive Summary

During emergencies, women, girls, boys and men draw on their assets while navigating a complex landscape of changing power dynamics, unequal access to resources and information, and threats of violence and displacement. Assets in emergency contexts are a double-edged sword: they can help people overcome crises but can also quickly turn into liabilities, increasing vulnerability to GBV and insecurity. Women, girls, boys and men experience these dynamics differently, and their risks of violence are unique.

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La próxima despensa global en la cuerda floja

Análisis de Diana Cariboni

MONTEVIDEO, 30 sep 2014 (IPS) - “Podemos ser la última generación de latinoamericanos y caribeños en convivir con el hambre”, sentenció Raúl Benítez, representante regional de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO).

La afirmación muestra una cara de la moneda: solamente 4,6 por ciento de la población regional está desnutrida, según las cifras brindadas por la FAO en El Estado de la Inseguridad Alimentaria en el Mundo 2014, difundido el 16 de septiembre.

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Landmark HIV Diagnostic Access Program Will Save $150m

The Global Fund

26 September 2014

Roche has announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$150 million in costs over the next five years.

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With forced displacement at a record high, UN High Commissioner for Refugees appeals for rethink of global humanitarian financing

GENEVA, September 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere.

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European Union praises global engagement of States not party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Geneva, 30 September 2014 - The European Union welcomed the engagement of eleven States that have not yet joined the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention at a one-day seminar in Geneva meant to broaden the debate on the perceived utility of anti-personnel mines.

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Le chef du HCR appelle à ne pas ignorer les crises humanitaires en Afrique

Genève, 29 septembre (HCR) – Le chef de l'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a prévenu la communauté internationale des risques d'ignorer les crises humanitaires en Afrique, en appelant à un engagement renouvelé pour prévenir les conflits et mettre fin aux situations de déplacement prolongé.

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UNHCR Executive Committee renews commitment to Africa’s refugees

GENEVA, September 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom), made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday, to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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International Forum In South Africa Highlights School Nutrition

JOHANNESBURG – School nutrition promotes social and economic development and also helps reduce hunger and poverty, especially when linked to the purchase of food from smallholder farmers. This is the main message of the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum, the world’s foremost event on school feeding, which opens today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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GM Agriculture Technologies for Africa

Agricultural innovations can help African farmers compete, boost food security, says new report

Abidjan, September 29, 2014 – Africa must embrace agricultural innovations to better compete in an evolving global bio-economy, according to findings from a new report issued by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the central Mediterranean


The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.

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La OIM publica nuevo informe sobre las muertes de migrantes en todo el mundo: alrededor de 40.000 víctimas mortales desde 2000

Ginebra - Hoy, 29 de septiembre de 2014, la OIM publicó el informe Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration [Viajes fatales: seguimiento a las vidas perdidas durante la migración], que hasta la fecha constituye el cálculo más completo del mundo respecto a la muerte de migrantes en viajes terrestres y marítimos.

Con la publicación del recuento de unas 40.000 víctimas desde 2000, la OIM hace un llamamiento a los gobiernos del mundo a hacer frente a lo que denomina como “una epidemia del crimen y la victimización”.

International Organization for Migration:

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HCR : la communauté internationale ignore les crises humanitaires africaines à ses risques et périls

UN News Service

29 septembre 2014 – Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Antonio Guterres, a mis en garde la communauté internationale lundi contre les risques qu'il y aurait à ignorer les crises humanitaires en Afrique, l'appelant à renouveler ses efforts pour prévenir les conflits et mettre fin aux situations de déplacement chronique.

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Le Libéria et la Sierra Leone témoignent devant l’Assemblée générale de la lutte pour leur survie face à l’épidémie d’Ebola


Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
17e, 18e & 19e séances plénières
Matin, après-midi & soir

Les États Membres entendent également les avertissements des dirigeants israélien et syrien

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Widespread Indifference, Attempts to Create ‘Pseudo-Religious’ World Government Dominate Debate in General Assembly


Sixty-ninth General Assembly
17th, 18th & 19th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Countries at Epicentre of Ebola Crisis Discuss
Lack of Preparedness, Potential for Political Crisis

There was a danger of “widespread indifference” when a union of States was passive in the face of hostilities suffered by defenceless populations, the Holy See’s Secretary of State told the General Assembly on the penultimate day of its annual debate.

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UN expert urges European nations to rethink policies as migration-related deaths rise

UN News Service

29 September 2014 – In attempting to seal their borders, European nations are facing an “impossible” task, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants said today, as he encouraged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives.

“Sealing international borders is impossible, and migrants will continue arriving despite all efforts to stop them, at a terrible cost in lives and suffering,” Special Rapporteur François Crépeau wrote today in an Open Letter to the EU’s Committee on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

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7 ONG rappellent les vraies causes de la faim et appellent à la mobilisation pour donner le « Clap de fin contre la faim »

Communiqué de presse 29/09/14 - Génération Nutrition

En 2014, 805 millions de personnes souffrent toujours de la faim soit 1 personne sur 9 dans le monde . La sous-nutrition est en cause dans 45% des décès d’enfants. Pourtant, la faim n’est pas une fatalité ; y mettre fin n’a rien d’une fiction.

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Human-caused global warming blamed for some heat waves

09/29/2014 17:59 GMT


WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 (AFP) - Heat waves last year in Asia, Europe and Australia were influenced by human-caused climate change, but not all extreme weather events could be linked to global warming, scientists said Monday.

A total of 16 extreme events -- including rain, flood, droughts and storms -- were analyzed in an annual report called, "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective," published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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The Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action

Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually - UNEP Report

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Promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness initiatives - Study by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Summary (A/HRC/27/66) [EN/SP]


Human Rights Council

Twenty-seventh session

Agenda item 5

Human rights bodies and mechanisms

In its resolution 24/10, the Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to prepare a study on the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in natural disaster risk reduction and prevention and preparedness initiatives, including consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned in the elaboration of national plans for natural disaster risk reduction.