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20 Dec 2011 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11196

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
86th Meeting (AM)

Only by streamlining responses to the world’s complex humanitarian landscape would the needs of those affected by disasters and emergencies be met, speakers stressed today as the General Assembly adopted four resolutions relating to humanitarian assistance.

11 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

22 Nov 2011 description
report AmeriCares

Ongoing programs and emergency response helps tens of thousands in crisis
November 17, 2011

These happy faces say it all: 3,200 Vietnamese children no longer go hungry, thanks to a Pediatric Nutrition Program supported by AmeriCares and its partners. In Vietnam, where one-third of children under age 5 suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition, this program is a shining example of hope and progress.

21 Nov 2011 description

31st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT

Geneva, Switzerland

28 November – 1 December 2011

Background report

Document prepared by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Executive Summary

10 Nov 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake urges focus on most disadvantaged

The Global Partnership for Education has helped more than 19 million children go to school for the first time. A campaign to renew support for these efforts culminates in a pledging event in Copenhagen on 7-8 November 2011. This series of stories seeks to highlight the Partnership’s work during this critical time.

By Joan Howe

31 Oct 2011 description

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs often represent vital components of the response by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. As a result, WASH interventions include latrine construction, provision of safe drinking water, and hygiene promotion—commonly focused upon improved hand-washing, water collection and storage, and sanitation practices.

18 Oct 2011 description

GENEVA, 18 October 2011 (UNHCR) - Industrialized countries saw a 17 per cent increase in asylum applications in the first half of this year, with most claimants coming from countries with longstanding displacement situations. This is according to a report released today by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

UNHCR’s Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2011 report shows that 198,300 asylum applications were lodged in the period between 1 January and 30 June 2011, compared to 169,300 in the same period a year earlier.

17 Oct 2011 description

MEMO/11/699

For the fourteenth year in a row, the European Commission convenes its humanitarian partners for their Annual Conference in Brussels on 18 and 19 October. More than 350 participants from the partner organisations are expected to attend, making this a gathering of the world's top humanitarian professionals.

14 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4011

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Third Committee
15th & 16th Meetings (AM & PM)

Also Approves Resolution on Year of Cooperatives, to Be Launched 31 October; Hears Final Speakers on Advancement of Women, 30 Speakers on Rights of Children

11 Oct 2011 description

We need to get used to the idea that modern technologies are reaching and affecting not only researchers and agencies but even the displaced and uprooted themselves. In fact it may be the agencies which – despite their own use of technology – need to catch up with the importance of technology in the lives of displaced people. Technology can have a transformative effect for displaced people and for their relationships to governments, the agencies, the diaspora and each other.

07 Oct 2011 description

KEY STATISTICS

  • The UK’s Gross Public Expenditure on Development (GPEX) amounted to £9,007m in 2010/11. The DFID aid programme accounted for £7,689m (85%) of this expenditure.

  • GPEX increased to £9,007m in 2010/11 from £7,767m in 2009/10. This represents an increase of £1,240m (16%).

  • Excluding debt relief, GPEX totalled £8,829m in 2010/11; this represents an increase of £1,161m (15%) over the 2009/10 total of £7,668m.

26 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11153

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
22nd, 23rd & 24th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Leaders Can No Longer Use Sovereignty as ‘Wall to Violate Rights of Citizens’,
Some Say; Others Say Mediation Less Costly, Saves Lives, Aligns with UN Charter

22 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11147

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
11th & 12th Meetings (AM & PM)

General Assembly President Welcomes Newest Member State; Calls for Transparent, Impartial Negotiated Israeli-Palestinian Peace

09 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

8 September 2011 – With nearly 800 million people unable to read or write, the United Nations today marked International Literacy Day with a warning that illiteracy undermines efforts to eliminate a host of social ills such as poverty and sickness and threatens the very stability of nations.

08 Sep 2011 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York –- First Ladies, health and finance ministers and parliamentarians from 12 developing countries meeting here today affirmed that voluntary family planning, secured by a steady supply of contraceptives, is a national priority for saving women’s lives. More than 215 million women in developing countries want to avoid or space pregnancies but are not using modern methods of contraception.

05 Sep 2011 description
report Food for the Hungry

"I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it's one of the most successful prevention methods," says FH's HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. "You can have an HIV-free generation."

By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect themselves from the deadly virus, instead of being born with it.