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World + 9 others
RCA implements development programmes abroad

WAM ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2014 (WAM) -- The Higher Committee for Foreign Aid at the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), has approved over AED 57.9 million to implement various development projects and programmes in a number of Arab and Foreign countries.

The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

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World + 11 others
Œuvrer pour un monde sans mines antipersonnel

Le 4 avril, Journée internationale de la lutte antimines, l’ONU aidera à attirer l’attention sur le coût humain dévastateur des restes explosifs de guerre dans certaines communautés, parfois des dizaines d’années après la fin d’un conflit.

Cette année, alors que la Jordanie et l’Ouganda viennent de se déclarer débarrassés de leurs champs de mines, l’Éthiopie et le Mozambique s’apprêtent à annoncer qu’ils devraient bientôt faire de même. Comme d’autres pays sont, eux aussi, en train d’éliminer leurs armes à sous-munitions, le monde est en passe de devenir moins dangereux.

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World + 34 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 04 – 11 February

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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World + 21 others
Assistance in mine action - Report of the Secretary-General (A/68/305)

The present report, covering the period from August 2011 to July 2013, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/69 , in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to it at its sixty-eighth session on the implementation of that resolution and on follow-up to previous resolutions on assistance in mine clearance and mine action, including relevant United Nations policies and activities.

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Albania + 8 others
CrisisWatch N°94, 1 June 2011

Amid mounting tensions between North and South Sudan over the disputed border area of Abyei, clashes broke out between the two sides at the beginning of the month. Northern Sudanese forces invaded Abyei on 20 May and asserted control in breach of existing peace agreements. Tens of thousands are reported to have fled south. The attacks threaten renewed conflict and weaken confidence between North and South as critical post-referendum arrangements remain unresolved.

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2011 - Fourteenth Edition

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes. The portfolio also provides proposals for

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Lebanon + 7 others
Swift implementation of cluster munition ban saves lives

According to Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 released today

(Bangkok, 1 November 2010) - The destruction of millions of stockpiled cluster submunitions years before deadlines mandated under the Convention on Cluster Munitions-a legally-binding treaty banning the weapon which entered into force on 1 August 2010-shows the treaty's effectiveness in saving civilian lives, according to Cluster Munition Monitor 2010, a report released today.

Seven states that have joined the convention

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Afghanistan + 24 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2010

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including

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Bangladesh + 8 others
Mercy news and year 2008 annual report - Nov 2009

Improving the Academic Performance and Nutrition of Children in Gaza

From October 2009 to June 2010, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is partnering with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide daily school lunches/snacks to approximately 6,200 children attending 8 elementary and preparatory schools in Gaza. This project is helping to improve the overall nutritional status of the children, as well as their academic performance.

The food items used to make the daily

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Voices from the ground - Landmine and explosive remnants of war survivors speak out on victim assistance


Korab Mula (27) from Albania lost his two arms and injured both legs when he stepped on a mine and then fell on another one in June 2000. With international assistance, he was fitted with conventional prosthetic arms, but they give him problems and he cannot use them which has caused him to feel dejected and depressed. Only with more advanced electronic prostheses, which are not available in Albania, does Korab stand a realistic chance to train up for a job, and even get married. "I want to live with hope," Korab says, "I believe

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Afghanistan + 32 others
Demanding reforms, speakers say outdated UN structure leaves organization ill-equipped to address twenty-first century realities


Addressing Assembly via Cell Phone, Honduran President Zelaya Calls on United Nations to 'Restore Rule of Law and Freedom that Honduras Deserves'

Concerned that the United Nations outdated structure left it ill-equipped to deal with twenty-first century realities, Government Ministers addressing the General Assembly today pressed the world body to revamp its institutions, extend its alliances and break old mindsets that had hampered its credibility as the world's pre-eminent negotiating forum.

For Osman Mohammed Saleh, Eritrea's Minister

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Afghanistan + 11 others
RCA implements 446 projects in 16 countries at cost Dh54million

The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) implemented over the last years 446 charity endowments at cost Dh54million in 16 countries across the world.

The endowments, which include schools, clinics and commercial shops, received positive response from the philanthropists in the UAE, who donated money to set up the projects in the countries of their choice. The projects were executed in Somalia, Yemen, Albania, Bosnia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Thailand, Sudan, Togo, Pakistan, Niger, India, Senegal and Chad.

HE Mohammed Khalifa Ahmed Al Qamzi, Secretary

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Afghanistan + 32 others
Assistance in mine action - Report of the UN SG (A/64/287)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 29 of the provisional agenda


On the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention), civil society, Governments and the United Nations have come a long way to end the suffering caused by landmines. Over 41 million landmines have been destroyed. Land has been cleared and returned to communities. Increased numbers of at-risk populations have

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Afghanistan + 31 others
Assistance à la lutte antimines - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/287)


Dix ans après l'entrée en vigueur du Traité sur l'interdiction de l'emploi, du stockage, de la production et du transfert des mines antipersonnel et sur leur destruction (Traité d'interdiction des mines antipersonnel), la société civile, les États et l'ONU ont beaucoup fait pour mettre fin aux souffrances causées par les mines terrestres. Plus de 41 millions de ces mines ont été détruites. Des terres ont été déminées et rendues aux communautés. Un nombre croissant de populations à risque disposent des connaissances et des compétences pour réduire les

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Afghanistan + 29 others
New 8th edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety" shows continued United States progress in clearing landmines and destroying conventional weapons

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has released the 8th Edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety," a report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the world's largest such operation.

In 2008, the Department of State provided $123.1 million in mine clearance and weapons destruction assistance to 35 countries. Among the report's success stories is Cambodia, where U.S.

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2008


Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty was adopted in September 1997, mine action has helped an ever-increasing number of civilians reclaim their lives and restore their livelihoods. The treaty has helped mobilize the international community's response to landmines and their impact on people. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we collectively take on a grave humanitarian and development challenge.

The United Nations pledges to assist mine-affected countries in meeting their obligations under the Anti-Personnel

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Iraq + 11 others
Mine Ban Convention boasts large swathes of 'mine-free' land, 40 million mines destroyed, near halt to production, sale, transfer, Fourth Committee told


Sixty-second General Assembly
Fourth Committee
17th Meeting (PM)

Explosive Remnants of War Still Contaminate Territories Worldwide; Speakers Seek Assistance for Victims, Mine Clearance, End to Proliferation of ‘Killer Toys’

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Afghanistan + 87 others
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jan 2006 - mid-2007 (A/62/12)

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

2. Despite a plethora of complex challenges,