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18 Dec 2012 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have agreed on establishing a Regional Fund for Water and Basic Sanitation. The Fund will be financed with an initial grant contribution of EUR 10 million by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. The Fund will be managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

13 Dec 2012 description

Vienna, Austria, December 12, 2012. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 141st Session, has approved 22 loans and grants totaling nearly US$300 million to boost socio-economic development in 23 partner countries. The bulk of the public sector loans will co-finance projects aimed at enhancing the transportation and energy sectors of the recipient countries, as well as the agriculture, education and health sectors.

06 Dec 2012 description


  • Firmer production estimates for 2012 confirm tightening wheat and maize supplies while the outlook for rice remains positive. In spite of a contraction in overall cereal utilization in 2012/13, the world cereal stock-to-use ratio is projected to decline by 2 percentage points from the previous season.

23 Oct 2012 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-seventh session
Item 81 of the provisional agenda
Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva
Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection
of victims of armed conflicts


The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 11 of General Assembly resolution 65/29. Eighteen Member States and the International Committee of the Red Cross transmitted to the Secretary-General the information requested by the Assembly in that resolution. A list of States parties to the Additional Protocols of 1977 is contained in the annex.

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

09 Oct 2012 description
report Voice of America

Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

08 Oct 2012 description

This month’s Conflict Trends report is the seventh monthly publication by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED) publishing and analysing realtime disaggregated data on political conflict on the African continent. This issue will focus on developments in DR-Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and South Africa. We also present a thematic focus on violent Islamist groups across the African continent in the third of our special focus features.

04 Oct 2012 description

FAO Food Price Index up 1.4 percent in September

Global cereal harvest down, but record expected in LIFDCs

4 October 2012, Rome - Following two months of stability, the FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in September 2012, up 1.4 percent, or 3 points, from its level in August.

03 Oct 2012 description
report UN News Service

2 October 2012 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a rencontré mardi le Président de la Tanzanie, Jakaya Kikwete, pour une discussion sur la situation dans ce pays et sur les menaces actuelles à la stabilité régionale.

Selon le porte-parole du Secrétaire général, les deux hommes ont abordé le processus de réforme constitutionnelle en Tanzanie et les négociations en cours avec le Malawi pour le tracé de la frontière commune dans le lac Nyassa, l'un des plus grands lacs d'Afrique, situé entre la Tanzanie, le Mozambique et le Malawi.

03 Oct 2012 description
report UN News Service

2 October 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, for a wide-ranging discussion on issues of regional importance.

The African country’s constitutional review process and efforts underway by Malawi and Tanzania to find a solution on the delineation of Lake Nyasa – one of the largest lakes in Africa and located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania – were among the topics discussed by the two men, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

26 Sep 2012 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-seventh General Assembly
6th, 7th & 8th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

General Assembly President Says UN Can Be as Strong as Members Choose to Make It;
Urges Delegations to Find Courage, Tenacity of Purpose to Master Challenges Ahead

17 Sep 2012 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI , 16 septembre 2012 (IRIN) - Le nombre de décès d'enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans est passé d'environ 12 millions en 1990 à 6,9 millions en 2011. Le message, qui a été communiqué dans un rapport récent du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), est que grâce à un plus grand engagement des gouvernements et de leurs partenaires pour la survie des enfants, la mortalité infantile continuera de baisser.

12 Sep 2012 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 13 September 2012 (IRIN) - In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still.

31 Aug 2012 description

MAA00010 August 2012

Period covered: January to June 2012

Overview Seventy three allocations were made by the DREF during the first six months of 2012 for a total of CHF 11,778,445. Eighty per cent of the allocations were made as grants to support response to small or medium-scale disasters, referred to as DREF operations. Twelve emergency appeals received start-up funding loans. The allocations supported response to 69 different operations by 54 National Societies.

28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

21 Aug 2012 description

by Richard Lee

Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) took a momentous decision in Maputo over the weekend—to shut the doors of the SADC Tribunal, preventing the region’s citizens from seeking justice for human rights abuses.

The shocking decision, which was taken at the annual summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Maputo, not only left the tribunal in limbo but also rendered it completely toothless by denying individual access to the court.

18 Aug 2012 description


1 . The 32ndSession of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Maputo,
Republic of Mozambique on 17th and 18th August 2012.

2 . Summit elected H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, the President of the Republic of Mozambique and H.E.President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of SADC, respectively.

09 Aug 2012 description
Press release
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment

(New York, 9 August 2012): The United Nations top humanitarian official, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$55 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster humanitarian operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.