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16 Dec 2008 description

1 Introduction

1.1 The Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework has changed for the period 2008-11. Thirty PSAs now reflect a collective set of the UK government's priorities.

1.2 The Department for International Development (DFID) is the lead department on PSA 29: Reduce poverty in poorer countries through quicker progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

05 Nov 2008 description
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GA/SHC/3935

Sixty-third General Assembly
Third Committee
37th Meeting (AM)

Warn Future Displacement Could Be Due Not to Political Strife, But Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, Adding to Complexities of Issue

29 Oct 2008 description
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SC/9487

Security Council
6005th Meeting (AM & PM)

Hears 50 Speakers in Day-Long Debate on 'Women and Peace and Security',
Reaffirms Commitment to Implementation of Resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008)

After a day-long debate on "Women, peace and security", in which more than 50 speakers participated, the Security Council today issued a strong condemnation of all violations of international law committed against women and girls during and after armed conflicts.

29 Oct 2008 description
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CS/9487

Conseil de sécurité
6005e séance – matin & après-midi

« Malgré des progrès, les femmes continuent d'être marginalisées », constate la Conseillère spéciale pour la parité entre les sexes et la promotion de la femme

Le Conseil de sécurité a, aujourd'hui, au terme d'un débat sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité, « demandé instamment » aux États Membres et aux organisations internationales, régionales et sous-régionales d'élargir la participation des femmes à la prévention et au règlement des conflits, ainsi qu'à la consolidation de la paix.

24 Oct 2008 description
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Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a lancé un mécanisme de financement rapide doté de 1,2 milliard de dollars - le Programme d'intervention en réponse à la crise alimentaire mondiale (GFRP) - afin d'accélérer les apports d'aide aux pays qui en ont le plus besoin. Le GFRP a approuvé et commencé à décaisser, en date du 24 octobre 2008, 200 millions de dollars pour des projets dans 21 pays. Trois projets de 159 millions sont en cours d'approbation.

01 Oct 2008 description

Note: The map included a table showing the number of primary-aged children out of school. Map production date estimated.

29 Sep 2008 description
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Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a lancé un mécanisme de financement rapide doté de 1,2 milliard de dollars - le Programme d'intervention en réponse à la crise alimentaire mondiale (GFRP) - afin d'accélérer les apports d'aide aux pays qui en ont le plus besoin. Le GFRP a approuvé et commencé à décaisser, en date du 26 septembre 2008, 152 millions de dollars pour des projets dans 18 pays. Un projet de 36 millions est en cours d'approbation. 393 millions de dollars supplémentaires sont en cours d'affectation pour des programmes dans 12 autres pays.

26 Sep 2008 description
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Food Crisis

What the World Bank is Doing

The World Bank Group created a new $1.2 billion rapid financing facility-the Global Food Response Program (GFRP)-in May 2008 to speed assistance to the neediest countries. GFRP has approved and begun disbursing $152 million in 18 countries as of September 26, 2008. One project totaling $36 million is pending approval.

24 Sep 2008 description

Purchase for Progress (P4P) is a groundbreaking initiative to transform the way the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) purchases food in developing countries.

It aims to give small-scale farmers access to reliable markets and the opportunity to sell their surplus at competitive prices. "It's a win-win," says WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

23 Sep 2008 description
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GA/10749

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

Assembly President Decries Undemocratic Institutions; 26 Heads of State, Government Address Session's First Day

09 Sep 2008 description

OSRSG/080909

Geneva, 9 September 2008 - Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presents her report to the Human Rights Council today.

31 Aug 2008 description

The objective of this briefing note is to provide early warning information on recent price developments and their potential contribution to the cost of the food basket, using staple food commodities that are essential in terms of calorie contribution to households' food basket at individual country-level. The note is not meant for crosscountry comparison as the main staple food items and their calorie contributions to the food basket are different.

29 Aug 2008 description
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  • Funds to help countries with immediate and longer-term food needs

    - Programs providing seeds and fertilizers, offering social protection, tackling policy issues

    - Fifteen countries receive $130 million; $284 million more earmarked for food needs

    The rapid rise in food prices has been a burden on the poor in developing countries, who spend roughly half of their household incomes on food.

11 Aug 2008 description
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DSG/SM/410

Following is the text of Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro's remarks to the American Bar Association, in New York on 9 August:

It gives me great pleasure to address the Opening Assembly of the American Bar Association's 2008 Annual Meeting. Before I assumed office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and before I was Foreign Minister of Tanzania, I was a practising lawyer and a professor of law.

06 Aug 2008 description
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Sixty-third session
Item 59 of the provisional agenda*

31 Jul 2008 description

The UN system has rapidly taken note of the seriousness of the challenges to world food security by the recent dramatic escalation of the food price crisis worldwide and recognized the need for Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) to address the crisis and its root causes.

The UN System has mobilized to provide a common response to the crisis that takes into account the comparative advantages of all stakeholders.

31 Jul 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

16 Jul 2008 description


DC/3122

Countries awash with weapons -- especially in poorer regions where arms-smuggling was rampant -- needed ‘real assistance’ from technical experts and civil society organizations to curb illegal commerce in small arms and light weapons, speakers stressed yesterday, as the Third Biennial Meeting to halt the illicit trade reached the halfway mark of its week-long session.

09 Jul 2008 description
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Christopher Delgado
Strategy and Policy Adviser
Agricultural and Rural Development Department