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07 Jan 2004 description
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The Desert Locust situation deteriorated further during December in West Africa and Saudi Arabia. Breeding continued and hopper bands were present in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. Swarms were reported in some of these countries. Although control operations are in progress, more swarms are likely to form in northern Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Saudi Arabia. Many of these will remain in situ but there is a risk that some may invade neighbouring countries.

16 Sep 2003 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

30 Apr 2003 description


INTRODUCTION
During the period leading up to the recent military intervention in Iraq, UNHCR undertook a review of the various humanitarian scenarios which could result from such intervention. Contingency plans and preparedness measures focused on providing protection and relief to a potential refugee outflow. UNHCR also began planning for the possibility of a new state of affairs in Iraq that would be conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Iraqi refugees already residing abroad.

26 Mar 2003 description

Source: UNSECOORD
Produced in Cooperation with the HIC for Iraq

04 Mar 2003 description
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The Desert Locust situation remained calm during February. Small-scale breeding occurred near the Red Sea coast in Sudan. There were also unconfirmed reports of adults and hoppers in northern Mali. Breeding conditions were generally dry throughout the recession area because of poor rainfall. In South-West Asia, unprecedented rains occurred in southern Pakistan, including Baluchistan where small-scale breeding is expected during the forecast period.

03 Feb 2003 description
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The Desert Locust situation remained calm during January. Although conditions continued to be favourable in the winter breeding areas, no locusts have been reported in these places. Only isolated adults were present in Niger, southern Algeria and northern Somalia. There was an unconfirmed report of adults and hoppers in northern Mali. During the forecast period, small-scale breeding could occur along the Red Sea coasts. No significant developments are expected.

01 Jan 2003 description

Data Sources: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Environment Programme, Population Action International

03 Dec 2002 description
report UN Children's Fund

Major Campaign to Get Girls into School in 25 Priority Countries

31 Oct 2002 description
report UN Security Council

S/2002/1218
Letter dated 31 October 2002 from the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

I have the honour to transmit a press release issued today, 31 October 2002, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea on some disturbing developments that would directly affect the peace and stability in my country and the entire Horn of Africa region.

I should be grateful if you would kindly circulate the present letter and its annex as a document of the Security Council.

(Signed) Ahmed Tahir Baduri

11 Oct 2002 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Peter Kessler - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 11 October 2002, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

11 Sep 2002 description

AL KHARAZ, Yemen, September 11 (UNHCR) - Heavy windstorms and unusually strong downpours have drenched Al Kharaz refugee camp in southern Yemen, seriously damaging hundreds of shelters and leaving over a thousand people without adequate cover during the stormy season.