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31 Dec 2010 description

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Favourable production prospects for 2010 main season cereal crops.

The political situation in the country remains tense.

International agencies agree on severe and extremely high food insecurity throughout the country.

The government is investing to increase production and social welfare.

23 Dec 2010 description

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During its participation in the Security Council over the last two years, Mexico had focused on strengthening the role of conflict prevention and resolution; the promotion and protection of human rights and international humanitarian law; and enhancing transparency of the Council, the country's Permanent Representative, Claude Heller, said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on Mexico's work in the primary body …

20 Dec 2010 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council

SC/10131

6457th Meeting* (AM)

The outgoing members of the Security Council =97 Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda =97 delivered briefings this morning on the work of subsidiary bodies they had chaired during their two-year tenure.

Austria's Representative reported on the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005), which had placed sanctions on those "impeding the peace process" in Darfur, as well as the Informal Working Group on International Tribunals.

The representative of Japan described the activities of the Committee …

14 Dec 2010 description
report UNIDO

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

VIENNA, 14 December 2010 - The Government of Japan will fund UNIDO projects worth a total of over USD 10.6 million in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan, as well as in Afghanistan.

The projects aim to provide vocational training and equipment for productive activities to help increase employment opportunities and income generation to vulnerable groups, especially those affected by natural disasters.

The partnership was sealed in Vienna today by the Permanent Representative of …

07 Dec 2010 description

UNHCR is concerned about a group of some 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by traffickers in the Sinai, Egypt.

UNHCR has very limited information about this group. We have noted media reports that the traffickers are demanding payments of US$8,000 per person for their release, that people are being held in containers and are subject to abuses, and that some may have been held for months.

We are, at this time, in contact with the Egyptian government over this matter.

03 Dec 2010 description

Situation Générale en novembre 2010

Prévision jusqu'à'mi-janvier 2011

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin reste préoccupante au Soudan. Malgré les efforts en lutte du mois de novembre, des ailés ont formé de petits groupes qui se sont déplacés vers le nord-est du Soudan o=F9 ils ont pondu, tandis que plusieurs autres groupes ont traversé la mer Rouge en direction de la côte septentrionale de l'Arabie saoudite. Si de bonnes pluies tombent dans ces deux pays, les effectifs acridiens pourraient augmenter rapidement et menacer la région.

02 Dec 2010 description
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General Situation during November 2010
Forecast until mid-January 2011

24 Nov 2010 description
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Eritrean children caught in Ethiopian no-man's land

An increasing number of young Eritrean children are leaving their country without their parents and ending up in refugee camps in Ethiopia. They're leaving for a variety of reasons. Many discover that life is actually better at home but they are unable to cross back into Eritrea, because they don't have the right papers.

09 Nov 2010 description

VIENTIANE, Laos, 9 November 2010-Max Kerley, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN focal point for mine action, expressed his satisfaction with the new Convention on Cluster Munitions during the First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Laos. "This is the most important step for global conventional disarmament since the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty.

04 Nov 2010 description
report Roll Back Malaria

DAKAR, Senegal, 4 November 2010 - Senegal's malaria control efforts have enabled the country to significantly reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality, according to Focus on Senegal, a report released today by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) as part of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Progress and Impact series.

Senegal's health minister, the Honourable Modou Diagne Fada, summarized the results as follows: "Senegal's northern areas could be malaria-free in the next …

29 Oct 2010 description

An analysis and projections based on actual persons registered in the UNHCR refugee database (proGres)

25 Oct 2010 description

An innovative new software application that keeps real-time tabs on rainfall and its impact on local farmers could help WFP anticipate droughts in Africa before they're felt. The first platform of its kind, Africa RiskView could also gauge the effects of climate change over the long term.

ROME-Imagine that it's the end of a growing season in East Africa and the harvests have been poor. The rains this year were too little and too late and now millions of people stand to go hungry.

20 Oct 2010 description

OVERVIEW, PRIORITY GAPS, ACTIONS REQUIRED:

UNHCR continues to render protection and humanitarian assistance to 149,289 refugees and asylum seekers countrywide, the majority of whom are hosted in various settlements in Western Uganda. Additionally, some 37,298 others in urban areas, Kampala specifically, are under the care of UNHCR.

14 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG/DAKAR, 14 October 2010 (IRIN) - A UN initiative will push countries to design nutrition policies based on new studies that show good quality food for mothers and children in the first 1,000 days, including pregnancy, would not only save millions of lives but raise literacy and economic growth rates.

The initiative - designed with input from UN agencies, NGOs, academics and think-tanks - known by its acronym SUN (Scaling Up Nutrition) and led by David Nabarro, head of the UN High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, is only likely to come together in …

12 Oct 2010 description

INTRODUCTION

1. This second update on WFP management actions in Somalia responds to the Board's request at the 2010 Annual Session that the Secretariat provide a time-line for dealing with the issues raised by the Monitoring Group on Somalia (MGS) and the Inspector General and on the preparations for the External Auditor's review of the Somalia operation. A time-line covering June 2009 to September 2010 is contained in Annex I.

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11 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 octobre 2010 (IRIN) - Pour faire face au pouvoir croissant d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique (AQMI), les analystes préconisent davantage d'opérations conjointes de recherche du renseignement, la mise en ouvre de mesures répressives contre le crime organisé et l'adoption d'une approche coordonnée en vue de traiter les demandes de rançon.

Bien que, selon les estimations, les branches d'AQMI dans le sud du Sahel ne comptent que 400 à 800 membres, les réseaux commerciaux et de crime organisé, de plus en plus vastes, ont développé leur puissance financière et …

06 Oct 2010 description

6 octobre 2010, Rome - Vingt-deux pays dans le monde sont confrontés à des difficultés colossales, telles que les crises alimentaires à répétition et la prévalence extrêmement élevée de la faim, dues à l'effet combiné des catastrophes naturelles, des conflits et de la faiblesse des institutions.

06 Oct 2010 description

Rome, 6 October 2010 - Twenty-two countries are facing enormous challenges like repeated food crises and an extremely high prevalence of hunger due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak institutions.

04 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

MADRID, 4 October 2010 (IRIN) - The refugee and displacement problem is one of the most complex humanitarian issues facing the Middle East, aid workers say.

Elizabeth Campbell, senior advocate at US NGO Refugees International, believes it is likely the Middle East hosts the highest number of refugees and asylum-seekers in the world.