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Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good


LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential.


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Diverse Functions of the INEE Minimum Standards in Education in Emergencies

An interview with Ken Rhodes, Deputy Director for Strategy and Development FHI 360°

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Why is education never an emergency?

Why is education never an emergency? You know, a blue-lights-flashing, rapid-response, something-has-to-be-done emergency.

Read the full report from the BBC

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Nuevos compromisos sobre agua y saneamiento para transformar las vidas de los niños

WASHINGTON, DC, 11 de abril de 2014 – El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, el Director Ejecutivo de UNICEF, Anthony Lake, y el Presidente del Banco Mundial, Jim Yong Kim, se unieron hoy a más de 50 países para establecer metas concretas a fin de llegar a los 2.500 millones de personas en todo el planeta que carecen todavía de un saneamiento adecuado y a los casi 750 millones que no tienen agua potable.

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De nouveaux engagements en faveur de l’eau et de l’assainissement pour transformer la vie des enfants

WASHINGTON, États-Unis, 11 avril 2014 –Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, le Directeur général de l’UNICEF, Anthony Lake, et le Président de la Banque mondiale, Jim Yong Kim, se sont aujourd’hui joints à plus de cinquante pays pour fixer des objectifs concrets permettant de desservir les 2,4 milliards de personnes qui se trouvent toujours privées d’un assainissement décent et les près de 750 millions d’autres qui se trouvent sans eau potable.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

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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World + 14 others
Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries*.

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UK pledges new focus on disaster preparation

Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.

The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.

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CAF y UNICEF unen esfuerzos por garantizar acceso al juego y el deporte a niños y adolescentes de América Latina y el Caribe

Trabajarán para fortalecer las políticas públicas que garanticen a los niños este derecho en sus municipios, tal y como recoge la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 7 de abril de 2014 – El Banco de desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF) firmaron un acuerdo para impulsar de manera conjunta su labor por garantizar el acceso al deporte a las niñas, niños y adolescentes de la región.

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Dallaire Initiative participates in formal launch of DPKO training for peacekeepers in child protection

New York—The Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations, formally launches Train, Act, Protect: A new standard in child protection training for peacekeepers. The launch at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations marks new training that is the product of collaboration between international actors and organizations, including the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

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Integrated Community Case Management: How Can We Ensure Its Sustainability?

World Bank

Submitted by Patricio V. Marquez On Thu, 03/27/2014

Re­­cently I was part of a panel at an international symposium on Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) that was held in Accra, Ghana, and hosted by UNICEF and other organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Gates Foundation and Save the Children. The goal of the panel was to consider the role of partners in sustaining iCCM, in particular in supporting countries and their governments to scale up, deliver and fund iCCM.

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Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum

UN News Service

7 April 2014 – Member States today kicked off a week-long assessment at United Nations Headquarters of action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.

This year’s session of the UN Commission on Population and Development will take stock of the progress and challenges since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994.

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Securing Children’s Rights: A Guide for Professionals Working in Alternative Care

SOS Children’s Villages and the Council of Europe have teamed up once again to advocate for the rights of children in alternative care.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

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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5 questions à Dr Jean-Pierre Papart, Conseiller santé chez Tdh

1) Pouvez-vous nous expliquer en quelques mots le phénomène de « stunting » ?

Il s’agit d’une forme de malnutrition, la plus fréquente, celle associée à une petite taille des enfants (encore appelé retard de croissance). Cette petite taille ne serait pas préjudiciable en soi si elle n’était pas associé, comme c’est souvent le cas, avec un développement cognitif insuffisant.

2) Quelles en sont les causes principales ?

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5 questions about malnutrition

Dr. Jean-Pierre Papart, Health Advisor at Tdh, answers our questions on stunting.

1) Can you briefly explain the phenomenon of “stunting”?

It is a very common form of malnutrition associated with children being undersized (also known as growth retardation). The small size is not in itself a problem unless it is associated, as is often the case, with poor cognitive development.

2) What are the main causes?

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Immunization: The best investment for our children’s future

By Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi,
Minister of International Cooperation and Development,
United Arab Emirates

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UN Secretary-General Message on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

It is often said that women hold up half the sky. This year on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance, we focus on the important role of women in safeguarding the earth.

Women worldwide are vital to our drive to clear landmines and protect against their indiscriminate effects, teaching people how to live safely in contaminated areas, assisting victims, clearing landmines and disposing of explosive ordnance.

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African Union Commission and ADEA pledge collaboration to improve education as Africa’s young population booms

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely together on the development of education across the continent of Africa. The ceremony for the signing of the MoU took place in Tunis on March 24 at the African Development Bank, where ADEA is hosted.

The two organizations will jointly develop and implement programs aimed at achieving Africa’s collective goals in education.