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03 Dec 2009 description

Ottawa, Ontario - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will contribute an additional $30 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support its operations. This will help the WFP to meet the immediate food aid needs of vulnerable populations and respond to a range of humanitarian situations around the world.

30 Nov 2009 description

Sometime soon, rinderpest will officially be declared extinct, marking the first time mankind has ever eradicated an animal disease

Rome, 30 November 2009 - In animal health circles, it's the equivalent of the Apollo 11 moon landing: some time in the next 18 months, FAO jointly with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and other partners will officially declare one of the most devastating animal diseases known to man, rinderpest, as eradicated.

It will be the first time in history that humankind has succeeded in killing off an animal disease and only the second time a …

04 Nov 2009 description
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GA/SHC/3964

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
38th & 39th Meetings (AM & PM)

High Commissioner for Refugees Says Trends Causing Crises to Multiply; Means Humanitarian Action Operating in Difficult International Environment

Five "mega-trends" -- population growth, urbanization, climate change, migration and food, water and energy insecurity –- made contemporary forms of displacement increasingly complex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today.

03 Nov 2009 description
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AG/SHC/3964

Troisième Commission
38e & 39e séances – matin et après-midi

Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, M. Antonio Guterres, a déclaré aujourd'hui devant la Troisième Commission qu'il importait de protéger davantage le personnel humanitaire et de lever les restrictions à l'accès de l'assistance humanitaire aux réfugiés et aux déplacés, de même que dans les situations d'urgence.

31 Oct 2009 description

This bulletin provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and the potential impacts of these changes on the cost of the food basket. Staples contribute 40 - 80% of energy intake for the most vulnerable population groups in developing countries. Therefore, even a small increase in staple food prices has a high impact on overall food consumption, especially when the food basket is composed of very few staples.

The bulletin covers 60 countries over the period July to September 2009 .

23 Oct 2009 description
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GA/EF/3254

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Second Committee
20th & 21st Meetings (AM & PM)

Huge Challenge Posed by Predicted Population Growth in Years Ahead

In a world where 1 billion people already suffered from chronic hunger, global food supplies must increase by 50 per cent to meet expected demand from a growing world population, the United States delegate told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today, as the Committee concluded its consideration of agriculture development and food security.

22 Oct 2009 description

Today, a record one billion people - mostly women and children - go to bed hungry each night. Hunger is on the march, with the food, fuel and financial crises making hunger the Millennium Development Goal most threatened.

WFP's mission of reaching the hungry is more important than ever, and we depend on the support of more than 100 nations. Germany has always been a key donor, and in this year of crises for the world's most vulnerable, it has provided a record contribution to fight hunger.

20 Oct 2009 description

Every year the deaths of more than three million children under five - equivalent to the total UK population of that age - are attributable to undernutrition and yet the problem is being given low international priority.

This is according to a new report published by the Department for International Development which will form the evidence base for their forthcoming Nutrition Strategy.

80 percent of the world's undernourished children under 5 years of age live in just 20 countries .

19 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

As part of its contribution to child survival programming, the International Federation's Global Measles and Polio Initiative aims to enable Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to continue their work as key social mobilization partners in the two related successful global health initiatives: the Measles Initiative (MI) and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

14 Oct 2009 description

New York, 14 octobre 2009 - Malgré l'existence de traitements peu couteux et efficaces, la diarrhée tue plus d'enfants que le sida, le paludisme et la rougeole réunis, selon un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'UNICEF et l'Organisation mondiale pour la santé (OMS).

Le rapport, intitulé, Diarrhée - Pourquoi les enfants meurent encore et ce que l'on peut faire, contient des informations sur les causes des maladies diarrhéiques, des données sur l'accès aux moyens de prévention et de traitement, et un plan en 7 points pour réduire les décès dus à la diarrhée.

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14 Oct 2009 description

NEW YORK / GENEVA - Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children - must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as they released a new report on the disease.

"It is a tragedy that diarrhoea, which is little more than an inconvenience in the developed world, kills an estimated 1. 5 million children each year," said UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman.

24 Sep 2009 description
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GA/10862

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

To effectively tackle terrorism, entrenched poverty and the threat of weapons proliferation, a more equitable multilateral system that valued diversity and fostered a "climate of dialogue" was urgently needed, world leaders attending the General Assembly's annual debate stressed today, as they pushed for a more democratic United Nations.

07 Sep 2009 description

ECRE's Recommendations for the Stockholm Programme

1. Introduction

With the publication of its Communication 'An area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen', the Commission has presented its views on the EU's priorities in the field of justice and home affairs, including in the field of asylum, for the next five years. The Communication will be used as the basis for discussions between the various stakeholders at EU level that should result in the adoption in December 2009 by the Heads of State and Government of the so-called Stockholm Programme.

02 Sep 2009 description

MEMO/09/370

What is resettlement and why is it needed?

A large majority of refugees worldwide find themselves in places far away from the EU. They are to be found in countries neighbouring, or in the same region, as their country of origin, in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. By the end of 2008, developing countries hosted 8.4 million refugees, 80 per cent of the global refugee population, with Pakistan alone hosting 1.8 million refugees and Syria 1.1 million. As host countries are often developing ones, with limited resources, they cannot integrate large numbers of refugees.

01 Sep 2009 description

LIFE for Relief and Development began distributing food baskets to needy families at the beginning of the holy month. These distributions took place in many countries around the world.

In anticipation of the donations that it expected to receive during Ramadan, LIFE for Relief and Development began distributing food baskets to needy families at the beginning of the holy month. These distributions took place in many countries around the world so far.

In Damascus, LIFE Syria prepared an initial Ramadan distribution for 130 families.

27 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: In support of Global Agenda Goal 2, and Millennium Development Goal 4, liaise with global immunization partners to ensure the continued involvement of the International Federation and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in measles and polio supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) to increase uptake of services during both mass vaccination campaigns and routine immunization services and reduce global measles and polio-related morbidity and mortality.

Programme summary:

- During the …

24 Aug 2009 description
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General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

19 Aug 2009 description

Ils fournissent une assistance vitale à des millions de personnes dans le monde. Ils travaillent dans des zones de conflit et des régions frappées par des catastrophes naturelles. Ils mettent leurs propres vies en danger. Ils, ce sont les milliers de travailleurs qui apportent une aide humanitaire aux populations partout dans le monde, et qui sont souvent les cibles directes de ceux qui n'ont aucun respect pour la nature humanitaire de leur travail.

19 Aug 2009 description

Ellos proveen ayuda que salva las vidas de millones de personas alrededor del mundo. Ellos trabajan en zonas de conflicto y en áreas de riesgos naturales. Ellos ponen sus propias vidas en riesgo. Ellos son los miles de trabajadores que proveen ayuda humanitaria a las personas a nivel mundial, quienes a menudo son el blanco de quienes no tienen respeto por su labor humanitaria.

En la =FAltima década, mas de 700 trabajadores humanitarios han hecho un supremo sacrificio al luchar por ayudar a los mas necesitados en algunos de los lugares mas hostiles del mundo.

19 Aug 2009 description

They provide life-saving assistance to millions of people around the world. They work in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. They place their own lives at risk. They are the thousands of workers providing humanitarian aid to people worldwide, who are often direct targets of those who have no respect for the humanitarian nature of their work.

In the last decade, more than 700 humanitarian workers have made the ultimate sacrifice while striving to help those most in need in some of the world's most hostile environments.