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Price Monitoring and Analysis Country Brief: Yemen, January-April 2011

Key Messages

Food security and livelihoods are threatened by high food prices and persistent conflict and civil unrest which also limit access to food assistance.

Despite the good harvests of the 2010 season, different agencies are extremely concerned about the hunger situation which is reported as alarming or very high.

Insecurity and violence have increased in the last few months as protests in major cities are taking place against the governments.

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Afghanistan + 22 others
Le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/65/820–S/2011/250)

I. Introduction

  1. Le présent rapport portant sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2010 (ainsi que sur certaines situations qui ont subsisté au-delà de la période considérée) est soumis en application de la déclaration du Président (S/PRST/2010/10) du 16 juin 2010, par laquelle le Conseil m’a prié de lui présenter un rapport sur l’application de ses résolutions 1261 (1999), 1314 (2000), 1379 (2001), 1460 (2003), 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005) et 1882 (2009) et des déclarations présidentielles sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé.

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Afghanistan + 22 others
Children and armed conflict: Report of the Secretary-General (A/65/820–S/2011/250)

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts

An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today. The annual report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict finds that out of 22 conflicts that were monitored, attacks against schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Yemen 27-April-2011

Reference Date: 27-April-2011

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Record cereal production in 2010

  • Civil unrest restricts humanitarian aid delivery

Planting of 2011 crops starts under normal weather conditions

Land is being prepared for 2011 sorghum, maize and millet crops, due for harvest from September, while sowing of 2011 wheat, barley and pulses crops is underway under generally normal weather conditions.

Bumper crop gathered in 2010

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Egypt + 6 others
Regional Security in the Post-Cold War Horn of Africa

Africa still faces numerous security issues that continue to challenge its political viability, stability, prosperity and sustainable peace. This monograph attempts to uncover the complexity of the most salient security issues facing the Horn of Africa. It provides in-depth analysis on intra-state conflicts and insurgencies and their consequences on and beyond the region. It also investigates the root causes of several inter-state conflicts in the Horn of Africa as well as the possibilities of their effective management.

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Bahrain + 10 others
CrisisWatch N°93, 1 May 2011

The situation deteriorated in Sudan (Northern) as both North and South appear to be militarising Abyei ahead of the South Kordofan elections scheduled for May. Tensions triggered militia attacks in el-Faid town leaving at least seventeen dead and over 250 houses burned. President Bashir’s removal of Salah Gosh from the national security committee signalled growing divisions within the ruling party.

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Bahrain + 2 others
UNDP defers programmes for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria

New York — In light of developments in the region, UNDP is deferring its upcoming five-year programmes for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria pending further review. The decision was taken by UNDP to ensure that new programmes address the evolving development needs of the people in each country.

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Yemen opposition says Gulf-proposed deal is over

SANAA — Yemen's opposition coalition says it will not go to Riyadh on Sunday to finalise a Gulf-brokered deal aimed at ending three months of deadly protests, after embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign.

Delegations from Yemen's ruling party and the Common Forum opposition coalition had been expected to join Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers in the Saudi capital to sign the deal stipulating Saleh's departure.

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Bahrain + 2 others
UN: Syria Should Heed Call to End Violence

Human Rights Council Should Act on Bahrain and Yemen

April 30, 2011

(Geneva) - Syria should end its violent repression of peaceful protests following unequivocal condemnation of its actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. The council's resolution, adopted by a large majority on April 29, 2011, also calls for an urgent investigation by the UN high commissioner for human rights into killings and other human rights violations in Syria.

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Yemen pact in tatters after Saleh refuses to sign

By Hammoud Mounassar (AFP)

SANAA — A deal aimed at ending three months of bloody unrest in Yemen was in tatters on Saturday after embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign the Gulf-brokered pact, the opposition said.

Abdullatif al-Zayani, the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council which tabled the plan, quit Sanaa after Saleh declined to put his name to it "as president of the republic," opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan said.

"This is an essential point in the plan which we will not back down on," Qahtan told AFP.

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World + 31 others
Disaster Risk Management Programs for Priority Countries - 2011

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programs missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines 1) as well as an update of the DRM Country Program for Haiti (to take into account the impact of the January 2010 earthquake), Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica.

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Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

KEY developments

· Despite progress in negotiations regarding a Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered transition agreement to resolve the recent political unrest in Yemen, countrywide demonstrations continue, including in the capital city of Sana’a. · USAID/OFDA is closely monitoring the security situation and reviewing emergency response contingency plans with grantees and other humanitarian agencies to facilitate a rapid and flexible response to evolving conditions.

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Number of Somali refugees grows sharply in 2011

UNHCR is alarmed by the continuing deterioration of the situation in Somalia, forcing an increasing number of Somalis into displacement. The number of Somali refugees arriving to neighbouring countries during the first quarter of this year has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2010.

Between January and March this year, nearly 50,000 new Somali refugees have been registered in the neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. By comparison, some 23,000 fled during the same quarter last year.

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Yemeni protesters to decry Saleh transition deal

  • Yemen set for another Friday of rival demonstrations

  • Fate of Gulf-brokered transition deal hangs in balance

  • Pact would give Saleh immunity and 30 days to step down

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA, April 28 (Reuters) - The fate of a Gulf-mediated deal to ease Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power could hang on how he handles mass protests on Friday, two days after plainclothes gunmen shot dead 12 demonstrators in Sanaa.

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World + 5 others
World not prepared for climate conflicts - security experts

Report
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By Laurie GoeringLONDON (AlertNet) - Accelerating climate change and competition for limited supplies of water, food and energy are poised to ignite long-simmering conflicts in fragile states, monopolising the world's military resources and hampering development efforts, security experts say.Defusing these new 21st century conflicts – or at least preparing governments and citizens to cope with them – will require a broad range of innovative interventions, a gathering at Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) heard earlier this month.

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Deadly Attacks Follow Saleh Immunity Pact

11 More Protesters Killed in Worst Violence in 5 Weeks

(New York, April 28, 2011) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh cannot use his promised immunity from prosecution as a carte blanche to tolerate attacks on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Gunmen shot dead 11 more anti-Saleh protesters and wounded more than 130 on April 27, 2011, marking the worst violence in Yemen in more than five weeks.

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World + 1 other
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to hold forty-sixth session from 2 to 20 May in Geneva

BACKGROUND RELEASE

28 April 2011

Experts to Review Reports of Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Yemen

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 2 to 20 May to examine measures taken by Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Yemen to comply with the standards of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.