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01 May 2011 description
30 April 2011 – With announcements of a planned increase in fighting and hostilities in Afghanistan in the coming months, we call, as the United Nations and on behalf of all Afghans, on all parties to take all necessary measures to protect civilians. “Parties to the conflict must not...
30 Apr 2011 description
Introduction In order for action to be meaningful, it must be performed within a global context. Although disaster response begins at the local level, it is carried out within the context of the global humanitarian system. The main purpose of the Guide for Governments is to promote basic...
29 Apr 2011 description
report Google Earth, World Bank
Press Release No:2011/461/AFR WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 - More than 60 members of the Southern Sudanese diaspora came together to help locate schools, hospitals, and other social infrastructure at a “Mapathon” on South Sudan today. Held at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...
29 Apr 2011 description
Climate change measures must be made corruption proof Dhaka, Bangladesh/Berlin, 30 April 2011 As governments prepare to spend up to US$100 billion annually by 2020 to limit climate change and prepare for its impact, Transparency International (TI) warns of the corruption risks of climate finance...
29 Apr 2011 description
In a bid to help end vulnerability in the impoverished Karamoja region, WFP is investing more in support of livelihoods. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has expanded its assets-creation programme to help strengthen livelihoods in the Karamoja region. The programme, which reached an...
29 Apr 2011 description
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...
29 Apr 2011 description
Escalated fighting at the Dehiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia has stopped the outflow of refugees from Libya’s Western Mountains. UNHCR is very concerned that people fleeing Libya could be caught in the cross-fire as government and opposition forces battle for control in the border...
29 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN
BUJUMBURA, 29 avril 2011 (IRIN) - Selon des responsables agricoles, des milliers de personnes manquent cruellement de nourriture après les fortes pluies qui ont détruit, en mars, les récoltes de haricots, de bananes et de manioc dans la province de Ruyigi, à l'est du Burundi. « En ce qui...
28 Apr 2011 description
report UN Security Council
Watch the Webcast SC/10236 Security Council 6525th Meeting (AM) Says Can Be Lifted, Modified Earlier, Depending on Progress in Peace Process; Côte d’Ivoire Says Renewal Needed So Development Not Compromised by Illicit Arms Determining that the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continued to pose a...
28 Apr 2011 description
report UN News Service
28 April 2011 – Unless a major effort is undertaken to replenish food stocks in Libya the country is at risk of a major food crisis within the next two months, a senior United Nations official warned today. Daly Belgasami of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that the disruption of port...
28 Apr 2011 description
Ceasefire follows seven days of clashes Politics seen fueling, complicating conflict More than 60,000 people displaced (Recasts with ceasefire, changes dateline) By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, April 28 (Reuters) - Thai and and Cambodian troops agreed on Thursday to a ceasefire, Cambodia's...
28 Apr 2011 description
Release Date: April 27, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-041 » More Information on Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds » En Español WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid...
28 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN
DHAKA, 28 April 2011 (IRIN) - The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord has yet to be fully implemented, with human rights violations continuing more than a decade after it was signed in December 1997 says the UN. The accord [...
28 Apr 2011 description
Suspension affects some 235,000 people Region beset by violence ahead of secession By Jeremy Clarke JUBA, Sudan, April 27 (Reuters) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday it had suspended operations in two states in South Sudan because of insecurity, deepening the region's...
27 Apr 2011 description
What is the Central Emergency Response Fund? Five years ago, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was established to bring a new dynamic to tackling emergencies. CERF’s creation was an acknowledgement that the humanitarian system had become too slow and cumbersome in...
27 Apr 2011 description
BOGOTÁ, Colombia, April 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is concerned about the growing number of people forcibly displaced from their home areas in western Colombia in recent weeks. In the past two months, more than 1,800 people in the Pacific Coast departments of Valle del Cauca, Cauca,...
27 Apr 2011 description
(Abidjan 27 April, 2011): The post electoral crisis is at the heart of enormous humanitarian needs for thousands of people who are constrained to deal with forceful displacement or who have lost most of their properties including their means of livelihood. The vulnerability of these people is...
27 Apr 2011 description
The people of the Central African Republic have suffered decades of violence and human rights abuse. Government forces, armed groups and criminal gangs have killed unarmed men, women and children with impunity. The catalogue of violations and abuses includes arbitrary arrests, enforced...
27 Apr 2011 description
report Save the Children
Over eight million people are now facing severe food and water shortages after a life-threatening drought worsened in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a consortium of leading British aid agencies hosted by Save the Children has warned. The Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) says a lack...
27 Apr 2011 description
HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from Misrata, but more people waiting to be evacuated. Assessments in Misrata indicate that stocks of basic supplies are available in the town, but the security situation prevents access to stocks. Violence in the Nafusa Mountain...