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09 Aug 2016 description

Mature swarm arrives on Pakistan coast from Yemen

11 Jun 2014 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Eighteen months ago, as 2012 drew to a close, optimism was running high for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Polio transmission in India had been interrupted. The three remaining endemic countries (Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan) had made significant programmatic improvements. Some believed that success was imminent; that polio would soon be history.
Within a matter of months, this optimism quickly unwound:

• Targeted killing of polio vaccinators in Pakistan shocked the world and created major operational constraints.

19 Aug 2011 description

World Humanitarian Day has been celebrated by over 40 countries worldwide on 19 August since 2009. The day was chosen to commemorate the death of 22 humanitarian workers who, in 2003, were killed when the UN Office in Iraq was bombed.

Among those killed was Sergio Viera de Mello, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. His widow, who set up the Sergio Viera de Mello Foundation, fought for 19 August to be recognised as World Humanitarian Day.

22 Mar 2011 description


- Inflation trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suggest that the steep rise in grain prices in international export markets between June 2010 and early 2011 has been passed through to consumer prices.

- Governments have taken measures to contain the cost of food to consumers and to raise households' disposable income, such as reductions in food import tariffs, increases in food price subsidies, and increases in welfare transfers.