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18 Nov 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.


31 Jan 2007 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NAIROBI, 31 January (IRIN) - A drought-tolerant maize seed has been launched in a bid to boost food security in African countries.

"Giving more African farmers good seeds that can tolerate erratic weather patterns and yield [greater] crops will foster development on the African continent," said Wilfred Mwangi, project leader with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), during the launch in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday.

The project, which is based at the …