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Drought Hits Policies

Half of the world's population will live in areas of high water scarcity by 2020. Drought also severely affects food security in developing countries.

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The state of environmental migration 2011

Case studies analyze the migration flows that were induced by some of the most dramatic events of 2011—both sudden disasters and slow-onset events.

International Organization for Migration:

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Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, 10 September 2012

I would like to begin by expressing sympathy with the victims and families of those who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquakes in China and the bombings across Iraq.

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Evidence, Monthly UNISDR Newsletter: Issue 06, March 2012

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the start of consultations on a new international blueprint for reducing disaster losses in advance of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction; (ii) the Sixth World Water Forum's disaster risk reduction (DRR) pledge; (iii) private sector's risk revolution; (iv) the drought situation in the Horn of Africa; and (v) Kiribati's climate change insurance.

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Development and Climate Action: Reinforcing Synergies

World Bank


Creating climate-resilient and low-carbon development paths has become a development imperative. The World Bank continues to face unprecedented demand from many countries for support in their efforts to address development and climate change challenges. The World Bank has responded with a broad range of assistance through a combination of financial and other resources.


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2011 - A Year of Weather Extremes, with More to Come

Analysis by Janet Larsen and Sara Rasmussen*

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2012 (IPS) - The global average temperature in 2011 was 14.52 degrees Celsius (58.14 degrees Fahrenheit). According to NASA scientists, this was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of recordkeeping, despite the cooling influence of the La Niña atmospheric and oceanic circulation pattern and relatively low solar irradiance.

Since the 1970s, each subsequent decade has gotten hotter - and nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the 21st century.

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UN optimistic about donations to pledging session for emergency relief fund

UN News Service

United Nations humanitarian officials say they are hopeful of raising hundreds of millions from donors for the fund set up to ensure rapid and reliable assistance for people caught up in disasters or conflicts.

The annual pledging conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), launched in 2006, will be held tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York, with donors being asked to meet a target of $450 million.

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation No. 4 - December 2011


  • As the year draws to a close, FAO’s latest estimate confirms a record high global cereal production in 2011, which should be sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2011/12 and also allow a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

  • International grain prices remained mostly under downward pressure in November, reflecting the confirmation of a strong recovery in production amid deteriorating world economic prospects and a stronger US dollar.

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, October 2011

  • Prospects for global cereal production in 2011 have improved since September, following better expectations for rice and wheat. At the expected record level of 2 310 million tonnes, world cereal production would be 3 percent, or 68 million tonnes, above the reduced 2010 level.

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México se suma al apoyo internacional por crisis humanitaria en África

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
México, D. F., 18 de agosto del 2011

Con objeto de contribuir al esfuerzo internacional para superar la crisis humanitaria padecida en Somalia, Djibouti, Etiopía y Kenia y atendiendo con ello al llamado de emergencia planteado por las Naciones Unidas y por la Unión Africana, el Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa autorizó una aportación de México por un millón de dólares.

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Global food price monitor with focus on the Horn of Africa - August 2011

Highlights Countries in this issue: - International prices of wheat decreased for the third consecutive month but those of rice continue to increase. Maize prices declined marginally. - In Eastern Africa, cereal prices are at generally high levels with new peaks reached in several countries. - In Western and Southern Africa, prices of coarse grains remained overall low despite some seasonal increases. - In Far East Asia, domestic prices of rice and wheat are moving upward. - In CIS countries, prices of wheat remained virtually unchanged despite ongoing harvests.

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Uganda + 8 others
Regular press briefing by the Information Service

Alessandra Vellucci, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was also attended by spokespersons for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.