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22 Dec 2009 description

After a year of consolidation and challenge, the Japan International Cooperation Agency will move into 2010 determined to seize the initiative on the most urgent development issues facing the globe, according to President Mrs. Sadako Ogata.

Africa, which is 'starting to win' will remain top of JICA's agenda Mrs.

21 Dec 2009 description

Click on placemarks above for more on MAG's work in 2009

"MAG is about to enter its 21st year as an organisation and I am very proud to have been a part of what has been achieved over those years.

17 Dec 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/AB/3937

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fifth Committee
20th Meeting (AM)

With the United Nations poised to spend $599 million on 27 special political missions in 2010, including two large missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, speakers in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today called for greater accuracy in budget projections, as well as greater clarity on the rationale used to decide the type, size and scope of each mission.

09 Dec 2009 description

The top United Nations peacekeeping officials today reported significant progress in the ongoing discussions among Member States on a study of wide-ranging proposals to bolster the world body's peacekeeping capacity, in their quarterly press conference during which they also updated reporters on peace operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Southern Lebanon, and in the Western Darfur region of Sudan.

Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that while the Secretariat's New Horizons initiative "would never make any headlines", …

04 Dec 2009 description

Denial of a crime and its cover-up could constitute crimes in themselves, said Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, alluding to the case he was building against Sudanese officials for atrocities committed in Darfur.

Mr.

04 Dec 2009 description

This week - a year early - Rwanda was officially declared landmine-free

DFID's support is helping draw the deadly sting out of millions of square miles of land in countries recovering from the pains of recent conflict.

Inches beneath the surface of countries like Rwanda, Afghanistan and Angola, millions of mines and munitions lie unexploded, a chilling legacy from their recent past.

About 70 countries remain affected by landmines, which claimed nearly 5,200 casualties around the world last year.

The UK has actively supported mine action since 1993, donating more than £100 …

16 Nov 2009 description

We stand at a critical crossroads. At this moment in time we must galvanize all nations, all people, all resources to defeat hunger. Or we can watch helplessly as the first - and most foundational - Millennium Development Goal of halving the percent of poverty and hunger continues to slip out of our grasp.

This is the emergency issue of our generation. Since the food crisis started, the numbers of hungry have increased by almost 200 million people to more than one billion. One in every six people on earth wake up each morning not knowing whether they will have enough to eat.

11 Nov 2009 description
report UN Security Council


SC/9786

Security Council
6216th Meeting (AM & PM)

Expressing deep regret that civilians continued to account for the vast majority of casualties in armed conflicts, the Security Council reaffirmed today its readiness to respond to the targeting of civilians and the blocking of humanitarian aid, as it opened a day-long debate on the matter.

31 Oct 2009 description

This bulletin provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and the potential impacts of these changes on the cost of the food basket. Staples contribute 40 - 80% of energy intake for the most vulnerable population groups in developing countries. Therefore, even a small increase in staple food prices has a high impact on overall food consumption, especially when the food basket is composed of very few staples.

The bulletin covers 60 countries over the period July to September 2009 .

27 Oct 2009 description

"My mandate covers any killings which are in contravention of international law, whether humanitarian law or human rights," said Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.

Mr.

21 Oct 2009 description
report World Bank

updated October 21, 2009

In response to the severity of the food crisis and the need for prompt action, the World Bank Group set up the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) in May 2008 to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food high prices. The Bank response has been articulated in coordination with the United Nations' High-Level Task Force on food security.

30 Sep 2009 description

From Kosovo to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan or China, UNEP has responded to crisis situations in more than 30 countries since 1999, delivering highquality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. On this basis, UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 designates “Disasters and Conflicts” as one of the organization’s six priority areas of work.

24 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10862

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

To effectively tackle terrorism, entrenched poverty and the threat of weapons proliferation, a more equitable multilateral system that valued diversity and fostered a "climate of dialogue" was urgently needed, world leaders attending the General Assembly's annual debate stressed today, as they pushed for a more democratic United Nations.

16 Sep 2009 description
report World Bank

(extract)

The Food Crisis is Not Over...

World cereal prices have fallen rapidly since mid-2008, although they remain substantially above 2005 levels. Despite this decline, FAO now estimates that the ranks of the chronically malnourished exceed one billion due to income compression due to the global recession. Compounding income short-falls, staple food prices in many LICs have remained higher even as world prices have fallen, and in many cases, are higher than a year ago when world prices were at their peak.