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29 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (IRIN) - Here is a selection of our best stories of the past year from central and eastern Africa, chosen to reflect the diversity of humanitarian issues affecting the vast region. They range from coverage of historical landmarks with global repercussions, such as Southern Sudan's imminent referendum, to a project that makes a big difference to just a few people in a Kenyan slum.

14 Dec 2010 description

Areas of high concern persist despite overall regional improvement

Overall, the food security situation in the region is still slightly improving, confirming the trend registered over the past 3-4 months. Those improvements follow the above-normal to normal harvests from the past long rains season and good rangeland conditions.

However, despite those improvements, areas of high concern persist in the region.

02 Dec 2010 description

Key messages

- Food security in East Africa has improved following above?average harvests from the long rains season (March to May) and good rangeland conditions. Food security is likely to continue to improve as main season harvests take place and staple food prices decline over the outlook period (October 2010 to March 2011), particularly in northern and western parts of the region.

- Forecasts for the October to December rainy season indicate a likelihood of below?normal rains in the eastern sector of the region due to a La Niña event.

12 Nov 2010 description

Call for Preemptive action to protect Livelihoods from confirmed La Niña event

KEY MESSAGES:

  • Preemptive action is needed to protect livelihoods & avoid later costly lifesavings emergency interventions.
  • The FSNWG calls for The Humanitarian Community (donors, UN, NGOs) to be prepared NOW at regional & country levels.
  • Focus should be on contingency planning & fun mobilization.

02 Nov 2010 description

The recent IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) forecast confirms that a La Niña event continues and will likely persist into 2011. As a result, rainfall during the October?December period is likely to be below?average in the eastern sector of East Africa (Figure 1). An analysis of rainfall during past La Niña years suggests that while early season rainfall may be favorable, precipitation later in the season is likely to be erratic and end early.

29 Oct 2010 description

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

28 Oct 2010 description

SIPRI Background Paper

October 2010

Pieter D. Wezeman

SUMMARY

A United Nations arms embargo restricts arms flows to Somalia. However, supplies to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) are allowed and the UN has urged the international community to supply arms to the TFG and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Somali non-state actors continue to obtain weapons from external sources. Eritrea, in particular, is accused of having supported Somali opposition groups since at least 2005.

16 Oct 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/3981

Hears from 49 Speakers on Third Day of Debate; Nigeria : 'Investment in Children Is the Best Investment a Government Can Make'

From the reintegration of child soldiers to rural schools-on-wheels and the daily recital of a national pledge, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) was told today of the many ways in which Member States have been promoting and protecting the rights of children, in light of their respective socio-economic and cultural situations.

Representatives from 48 countries and one observer took the floor during a full-day …

14 Oct 2010 description

General Background

The major concerns in the region are political instabilities in Guinea and Niger as well as the floods in Benin. In addition there are several foci of outbreaks of diseases especially cholera.

14 Oct 2010 description

Contexte général

Les principales préoccupations de la région sont l'instabilité politique en Guinée et au Niger ainsi que les inondations au Bénin. De plus, il existe plusieurs foyers d'épidémies notamment le choléra.

13 Oct 2010 description

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future

12 Oct 2010 description

Note: The last situation report was dated May 3, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

h In FY 2010, above-normal October to December 2009 rainfall in many areas of eastern Africa resulted in decreased food insecurity due to above-average harvests and improved pasture conditions for livestock, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

06 Oct 2010 description

Acute crises

General Background

The polio outbreak threatens the efforts to eradicate the disease in Africa. Only three African countries have recorded cases of the disease in the last four months - Nigeria, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, Angola is the biggest threat against eradication efforts at the continental level.

06 Oct 2010 description

Contexte général

La flambée de poliomyélite menace les efforts d'éradication de la maladie en Afrique. Seuls trois pays africains ont enregistré des cas de cette maladie dans les quatre derniers mois - le Nigeria, l'Angola et la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). La menace de la poliomyélite en Angola est très préoccupante et pourrait retarder les efforts d'éradication au niveau continentale. =C0 cet effet, le pays a lancé une campagne d'immunisation ciblant quelque 5,6 millions d'enfants.

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

Palais des Nations, Geneva

4 October 2010

Check against delivery

Mr. Chairman, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies. May I express my very deep gratitude and appreciation for your leadership and support. Thank you very much on behalf of UNHCR.

In December of this year, UNHCR will mark its 60th birthday. Next year we will celebrate that same anniversary for the 1951 Refugee Convention, as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

30 Sep 2010 description

Regional update - Africa

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and developments in the region since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.

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