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18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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21 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 21 octobre 2013 (IRIN) - Plus de deux cents ans après l'interdiction de l'esclavage, 29,8 millions de personnes dans le monde sont toujours soumises à de nouvelles et diverses formes de servitude. C'est ce que montre un nouvel indice de classement de 162 pays.

18 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - More than two centuries after slavery was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to new and diverse forms of servitude, a new index ranking 162 countries shows.

07 Dec 2012 description
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DHAKA/BANGKOK, 7 December 2012 (IRIN) - In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning.

26 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 26 novembre 2012 (IRIN) - Les crises de réfugiés semblent commencer et se terminer. En 2011, tous les yeux étaient tournés vers le complexe de réfugiés de Dadaab, dans le nord du Kenya, alors qu’il accueillait des centaines de milliers de Somaliens qui fuyaient la famine et le conflit. Cette année, c’est l’exode des réfugiés syriens qui a attiré l’attention du public, même si la majorité des Somaliens qui sont arrivés à Dadaab l’an dernier y sont toujours.

21 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee crises appear to come and go. In 2011, all eyes were on the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya as it received hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. This year, attention has shifted to the refugee exodus from Syria, even though the majority of Somalis who arrived at Dadaab last year are still there.

16 Oct 2012 description
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LONDRES, 16 octobre 2012 (IRIN) - Il y a dix ans, on parlait peu de la résilience dans la communauté humanitaire. Aujourd'hui, elle est partout. Les bailleurs de fonds l'exigent, les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) l'intègrent dans leurs programmes et des publications en font la promotion. Les décideurs - des climatologues aux sociologues - considèrent la résilience comme une solution plus holistique et durable aux problèmes mondiaux.

15 Oct 2012 description
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LONDON, 15 October 2012 (IRIN) - Ten years ago, resilience was little spoken of within the aid community; now the word is everywhere. Donors are demanding it, NGOs are mainstreaming it, and publications are promoting it. Policy makers - from climatologists to social theorists - see in resilience a more holistic and lasting solution to the world’s problems.

17 Sep 2012 description
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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
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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.

08 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 8 août 2012 (IRIN) - Selon l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), les pays du Sahel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, de la Corne de l'Afrique et de l'Afrique centrale et du Sud - dont plusieurs dépendent principalement des importations de céréales pour nourrir leur population - sont les plus exposés aux conséquences de la hausse des cours mondiaux des céréales.

06 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2012 (IRIN) - As global grain prices begin to climb, the Sahel countries of West Africa, those in the Horn, and in central and southern Africa - many of which depend mainly on imported cereals to feed their people - are most exposed to the impact of more expensive food, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Around the world plenty of people are already living with high food prices, and more will be joining them.

13 Jun 2012 description
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RIO DE JANEIRO, 13 June 2012 (IRIN) - Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), popularly known as the Rio+20 Conference, IRIN has released a new publication "Living with Climate Change", that contains a series of articles compiled into a booklet.

The UNCSD that is taking place in Brazil in June has been organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

14 Feb 2012 description
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MUSINA, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) - Four months ago, Clemence Uzizo, 21, a welder living in Soweto, Johannesburg's most populous suburb, made the mistake of venturing out to a local shop without his asylum-seeker permit. Neither the police who arrested him, nor the immigration officials who detained him, verified Uzizo's legal status before deporting him to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth.

31 May 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, …

24 Nov 2009 description
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DAKAR, 24 November 2009 (IRIN) - It would take US$8.8 billion annually over several years to halve the number of malnourished children worldwide, currently at some 178 million, says Save the Children in a new eight-point action plan.

In its report, Hungry for change, Save the Children focuses on eight countries where it says half of the world's malnourished children live: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sudan and Vietnam.

Political leaders have …

16 Jun 2009 description
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GENEVA, 16 June 2009 (IRIN) - Natural disasters may be unavoidable, but human vulnerability to those disasters is not. "What kills, and what destroys, is the vulnerability of the population," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The second biennial session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which opened in Geneva on 16 June, has adopted the slogan, Invest today for a safer tomorrow.

17 Dec 2008 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 17 December 2008 (IRIN) - High food prices and continued market volatility will increasingly make the UN World Food Programme (WFP) tap non-traditional donors like China and the corporate world for funds, as it warned that it would run out of cash by March 2009 to feed millions in hunger hotspots across the globe.

Christopher Barrett, a leading food aid expert who teaches development economics at Cornell University, New York, warned that the world should not forget the need to pull the poor out of the poverty trap; which the global food and fuel price crisis has made all …

02 Dec 2008 description
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JOHANNESBURG , 2 December 2008 (IRIN) - In another 12 years, 16 million more children could be malnourished at a time when even fewer people will be able to afford staple cereals like maize, rice and wheat, which would cost between 13 percent and 27 percent more.