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13 Sep 2010 description

Conseil des droits de l'homme

13 septembre 2010

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a ouvert, ce matin, les travaux de sa quinzième session, qui se tient au Palais des Nations jusqu'au 1er octobre.

13 Sep 2010 description


Human Rights Council
MORNING 13 September 2010

Hears Update from High Commissioner for Human Rights on Work of her Office

The Human Rights Council this morning opened its fifteenth regular session, hearing an update by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the activities of her Office, following which it held a general debate, in which speakers addressed, among other things, the importance of protecting human rights defenders and the upcoming review of the Council. The Council also adopted the agenda for the session.

27 May 2010 description

Human Rights Council
BACKGROUND RELEASE

30 Sep 2009 description

(extract)

Briefs

Zinc Seen as Breakthrough Cure for Diarrhea

Sogola, Mali-Generations of residents have watched their children fall ill each rainy season with diarrhea, which kills an astonishing 1.6 million children under 5 every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)-more than either malaria or AIDS. It also stunts growth, and forces millions-adults and children alike-to spend weeks at a time off work or school.

But USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups have begun distributing zinc supplements to villagers in Bangladesh, India, Mali, …

20 May 2009 description

Ten years of the Mine Ban Treaty: A Success Story

On 1 March 2009, the Mine Ban Treaty celebrated the tenth anniversary of its entry into force as international law. The treaty bans all Anti Personnel mines, requires that States destroy stockpiles within four years of becoming a party, requires clearance of Anti Personnel mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges support to the victims of mines.

By Stuart Maslen, NPA

The treaty has proved a major success in stigmatising Anti Personnel mines.

01 Oct 2008 description


Introduction

This annual report describes bilateral development cooperation between Norway and 30 of the countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East that received the most assistance in 2007. Norwegian development assistance totalled NOK 21.8 billion in 2007. Of this amount, bilateral assistance (including multi-bilateral assistance) accounted for NOK 15.7 billion.

10 Sep 2008 description

MAG initially became involved in the destruction of small arms light weapons (SALW) informally during the 1990s. This was through provision of technical support to UN-run DDR (disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration) programmes in Angola and Cambodia, with regard to assessment of the safety of weapons and ammunition handed in and implementing their destruction.

In 2001, large abandoned stockpiles of ammunition in southern Sudan, close to the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), came to MAG's attention whilst conducting mine clearance activities in …

30 Jun 2008 description

FOCUS

All agricultural commodities covered in this report are of critical importance to global food and feed markets. They constitute much of the world's food consumption, generate income to farmers and represent the largest portion of food import expenditures across the world.

30 Apr 2008 description

Unexploded remnants of conflict: Turning deadly legacies into safe futures

The legacy of conflict hinders the development of a country after peace has been declared and the guns have fallen silent. It has severe human and social consequences that affect both opportunities and productivity.

21 Jan 2008 description

This year, three key developments have influenced WHO's emergency work: 1) the increasing demands from Member States to strengthen WHO's emergency response operations; 2) the implementation of the humanitarian reform, resulting in new responsibilities for WHO; and 3) lessons learned during recent crises.

14 Dec 2007 description

Release number IFAD/52/07

Rome, 14 December 2007 - IFAD's Executive Board approved more than US$236 million in loans and US$20 million in grants for projects and programmes that will help poor rural people in developing overcome poverty.

The 92nd session of the Board was held from 11 to 13 December at IFAD headquarters in Rome.

The Board also approved US$6.24 million in grants to support agricultural research and development activities in rural regions of poor countries.

Western and Central Africa to receive US$76.09 million in loans and US$1.2 million in grants

In …

30 Sep 2007 description

September 2007 - Internally displaced persons (IDPs) were central to the humanitarian reform initiated by Jan Egeland, then-Emergency Relief Coordinator in 2005. It was widely recognized that the collaborative approach which had been developed to assign institutional responsibilities for IDPs was not working. Humanitarian reform was intended to "fill the gaps" in humanitarian response - particularly for IDPs -- but over time it became something else.

17 Jul 2007 description

FAO NEW SRELEASE 07/85 E

28 countries face food shortages

Rome, 17 July 2007- An anticipated slowdown in growth of cereal production in low-income food-deficit countries, coupled with prospects for continued high international prices, could result in a tighter food supply situation for these countries in the coming year, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

30 Jun 2007 description

FOCUS

Food import bills reach a record high partly on soaring demand for biofuels Based on FAO's latest analysis, global expenditures on imported foodstuffs look set to surpass US$400 billion in 2007, almost 5 percent above the record the previous year. The bulk of the increase can be levelled against rising prices of imported coarse grains and vegetable oils, the commodity groups which feature most heavily in biofuel production. Import bills for these commodities are forecast to rise by as much as 13 percent from 2006.

18 May 2007 description

Pledges & contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of nine new contributions totalling $138,956,623.78 as of 2 May. The contributions were made by Antigua and Barbuda ($5,000), Azerbaijan ($20,000), France ($1,263,800), Liechtenstein ($123,243.78), Netherlands ($53,300,000), Portugal ($268,540), South Africa ($240,000), Sri Lanka ($10,000) and the United Kingdom ($83,726,040). Furthermore, Pakistan pledged 20,000 for 2007.

01 Feb 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Favourable prospects for 2007 world cereal crops, mainly following expansion of plantings in Europe and North America, coupled with generally satisfactory weather conditions.

FAO's latest estimates put global cereal output in 2006 at just under 2 billion tonnes, 2.7 percent lower than in the previous year but still above average.

22 Jul 2005 description

This week 's report covers the following sectors/countries:

30 Jun 2005 description
  • Con excepción de Argelia, existían negociaciones formales o exploratorias en todos los conflictos africanos. A escala global, en el 73% de los conflictos armados existentes hay negociaciones abiertas.

  • Una vez completado el despliegue de las misiones de mantenimiento de la paz en Côte d'Ivoire, Somalia, Sudán y RD Congo, en estos cuatro países habrá unos 54.000 cascos azules.

  • Finalizaron sin éxito los intentos de negociación con la guerrilla ELN, en Colombia, y con el grupo maoísta CPI, en el estado de Andra Pradesh (India).