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31 Dec 2007 description

INTRODUCTION

From Afghanistan to Sudan, WFP is on the frontline of crises across the globe.

20 Dec 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

18 Dec 2007 description

Le rapport établi par l'ONU en 1996 et intitulé « Impact des con.its armés sur les enfants », largement connu sous le nom d'Étude Machel, a été le premier à appeler l'attention de la communauté internationale sur les problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les enfants en période de con.it armé. Dix ans après, il a été décidé de procéder à un examen stratégique pour évaluer les progrès réalisés et dé.nir les principales tâches restant à accomplir, et priorités à respecter, dans le programme pour les enfants et les con.its armés.

18 Dec 2007 description

Preface

The 1996 UN report "The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children", widely known as the Machel study, for the first time brought the issues faced by children in armed conflict to international attention. Ten years later, a strategic review has now been convened to assess progress and look forward to identify key challenges and priorities for the future of the Children and Armed Conflict Agenda.

13 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10675

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
72nd & 73rd Meetings (AM & PM)

Assembly President: 'Best Advocates for Children are the Children Themselves'; Kenyan Youth Says Meeting 'Our Final Chance to Urge You to Keep Your Promises'

03 Dec 2007 description

How does climate matter to the world's hungry?

Erratic weather affects agricultural productivity, contributing to chronic hunger and food shortages. Lack of food makes the longer-lasting sustainable solutions we all hope for harder to reach.

When food is scarce, subsistence farmers may sell livestock; exchange land for food; sell firewood, leading to further deforestation; consume seeds; take children out of school; migrate in search of food or work.

The poorest and most vulnerable communities are heavily dependent on rain-fed agriculture and water resources.

20 Nov 2007 description

Foreword

Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty was adopted in September 1997, mine action has helped an ever-increasing number of civilians reclaim their lives and restore their livelihoods. The treaty has helped mobilize the international community's response to landmines and their impact on people.

15 Nov 2007 description

OTTAWA, Canada, November 15 (UNHCR) - Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller learned about the challenges of integration in Canada during a meeting in an Ottawa reception centre with resettled refugees from Asia and Africa.

The senior UNHCR official met families originating from countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Somalia at a special reception centre on Wednesday hours after starting her first official visit to Canada.

"It is gratifying to see first hand newly arrived refugees about to embark in rebuilding a new and hopeful future in …

13 Nov 2007 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the protection of civilians in armed conflict must remain an absolute priority, noting that even though the number of hostilities around the world has decreased, millions of men, women and children continue to bear the brunt of war.

"In conflicts around the world, civilians continue to be killed, maimed, raped, displaced and unable to meet their basic needs," Mr.

08 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SHC/3903

Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
39th & 40th Meetings (AM & PM)

Refugee Figures Rise to Nearly 10 Million After Several Years of Decrease, High Commissioner Tells Committee

A draft resolution that would have the General Assembly declare 15 October of each year as the International Day of Rural Women was approved as orally revised without a vote today by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), as Member States stepped up collective efforts to better the lot of women living in rural areas.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

29 Oct 2007 description

WASHINGTON, DC - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Monday welcomed donations totaling US$144 million from the United States government.

28 Oct 2007 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present sixth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is submitted in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1674 (2006) and 1738 (2006).

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

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04 Oct 2007 description

Belgrade, 4 October 2007 - Cluster bomb survivors gathered in Serbia this week to ensure their rights were at the heart of international efforts to ban the weapon by 2008.

Twenty-two of the 26 affected states participated in the Belgrade Conference of States Affected by Cluster Munitions, the latest development in the Oslo Process for a new treaty banning these weapons, which has gathered the support of 82 countries in just seven months.

25 Sep 2007 description

INTRODUCTION

Countries where violence persists and populations live in fear. People in Hunger's Global Hotspots don't know what tomorrow will bring and they often have to rely on WFP for their next meal.

AFGHANISTAN

On 13 September a convoy of three commercial trucks carrying 84 metric tonnes of WFP wheat was attacked by armed assailants on the Kabul-Kandahar highway reroute to Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province.

17 Sep 2007 description

Produced on behalf of FAO, ICAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, OIE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWTO, WFP and WHO by UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC)

INTRODUCTION

The changing context for Avian Influenza response and Pandemic Preparedness

Two years ago we were working in a climate of widespread international concern about a potential pandemic, including unprecedented media coverage and political engagement.