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31 Dec 2006 description

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29 Dec 2006 description

The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Programme Update no. 2

Period covered: 8 June to 30 September, 2006

Appeal target: CHF 3,669, 000 (USD 2,796,000 or EUR 2,371,000).

28 Dec 2006 description


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic Watches when there are indications of a possible food security crisis. Decision makers should pay increasing attention to the situation highlighted in this Watch, and prioritize preparedness and contingency planning measures to address the situation.

Staple food shortages may trigger price increases

27 Dec 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Tropical Cyclone Bondo

Tropical Cyclone Bondo developed into a very powerful storm in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The storm intensity peaked at 110 knots before starting to weaken. By the time Bondo made landfall, it had been down graded to a tropical storm with winds at about 60 knots. Bondo developed on December 18th near Diego Garcia and dissipated on December 26th in the Mozambique Channel.

22 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

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

NAIROBI, 22 December (IRIN) - The availability of food for pastoralists in Djibouti next year will be adequate despite poor rainfall in the region recently, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS Net) has reported.

FEWS Net said the "Heys/Dada" rains - which are essential for the viability of coastal dry season grazing areas - performed poorly in November.

"These rains serve a vital function in the migration cycle of pastoralists; by replenishing pasture, browse and water points along …

20 Dec 2006 description

Greater Horn of Africa Outlook

The four month lead in the Greater Horn shows a slight tilt in the odds towards above normal precipitation in northern Somalia and nearby portions of Djibouti and Ethiopia.

19 Dec 2006 description

Weeks of heavy rains have caused extensive flooding in central and southern Somalia and neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia . More than 100 people have died and up to 2 million people are affected across the three countries. Severe food insecurity caused by a prolonged drought throughout the region is affecting up to 8.5 million people.

13 Dec 2006 description


Weekly Introduction:

Positive ENSO conditions and the Indian Ocean Dipole remain in place

Although there has been a slight amount of cooling in the eastern tropical Pacific, sea surface temperatures remain well above normal across most of the basin. Positive ENSO conditions (or El Nino conditions) are expected to remain in place through the end of the southern Africa growing season.

06 Dec 2006 description


FEWS NET Alert Status



Highest Priority—Urgent Action Required

Emergency

Chad: Conflicts have put the entire population of eastern Chad at risk of food insecurity, despite the record harvest this year. Agricultural, commercial and vital humanitarian operations have been severely curtailed. See back page for more details.

30 Nov 2006 description

Although the food security situation for pastoralists is currently satisfactory, the Heys/Dada rains, essential for the viability of coastal dry season grazing areas, performed very poorly (less than 20 percent of average in many areas) in November. These rains serve a vital function in the migration cycle of pastoralists: by replenishing pasture, browse and water points along the coastal belt, they support the nutritional status of small ruminants during the important period of early pregnancy.

30 Nov 2006 description

Editorial

After the crisis of the first half of this year, starting with the long rains in July, and now, since late October, because of the short rains, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have been experiencing heavy downpours that deepen the humanitarian crisis facing the same communities already affected by the drought. Records and forecasts covering October to December 2006(1) show rainfalls above the normal.

29 Nov 2006 description

The Global Appeal 2007

Introduction

UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR.

27 Nov 2006 description

After the provision of a significant pack of veterinary products to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and See, in charge of Hydraulic Resources management, FAO is running, with the former a series of projects dealing with the setting of 35 ha of small agropastoral areas.

The choice of these agropastoral settings has been made according to the priorities of the Ministry, as well as following the United Nations' goals which aims at softening the weakness of the pastoralist population against the effects and consequences of the drought by the realization of durable actions, as …

27 Nov 2006 description

Après la fourniture au Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Mer, chargé des Ressources Hydrauliques, d'un lot important de produits vétérinaires, la FAO conduit, avec ce même Ministère une série de projets qui portent sur l'aménagement de 35 ha de petits périmètres agropastoraux.

Le choix de ces aménagements agropastoraux répond d'abord aux priorités du Ministère de l'Agriculture de l'Elevage et de la Mer chargé des Ressources hydriques, mais aussi à un des objectifs du système des Nations Unies, rappelé par l'Envoyé spécial du …

24 Nov 2006 description

Produced on behalf of FAO, ICAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, OIE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWTO, WFP and WHO by UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC), UN Development Group

INTRODUCTION

In July 2006, the UN Secretary General prefaced the first issue of the UN Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) with reference to our collective responsibility for ensuring that all countries -- rich and poor -- are adequately protected and prepared.

22 Nov 2006 description


Weekly Introduction: Flooding continues in the Greater Horn



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13 Nov 2006 description
report UNAIDS

Somalis unite with Horn of Africa partners to address HIV/AIDS

Hargeisa - (Monday 13 November 2006) - "Due to the high level of mobility in the Horn of Africa, important population groups consistently remain outside the reach of national efforts to address HIV/AIDS.

09 Nov 2006 description

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas, hitting poor farmers, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of the world's malnourished people, estimated at about 830 million people, are small farmers, herders and farm labourers, pointing to devastating effects from global warning and requiring a tripling of yearly farming aid to poor countries.

"Climate change threatens to intensify water insecurity on an unparalleled …