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31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.

Highlights:

- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

19 Dec 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

16 Dec 2008 description

Rome - Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) lance un appel urgent à la communauté internationale pour faire un pas en avant et affecter à la lutte contre la faim, une fraction des sommes proposées pour les plans de sauvetage de l'économie.

« Nous devons envoyer un message d'espoir avec un plan de sauvetage humain » a déclaré Josette Sheeran, Directrice Exécutive du PAM, depuis New Dehli où elle effectuait son premier voyage en Inde, le pays qui compte le plus de personnes sous-alimentées au monde. « Alors que nous nous occupons de Wall Street et de 'Main …

16 Dec 2008 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/AB/3884

Sixty-third General Assembly
Fifth Committee

16 Dec 2008 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged countries to step up and allocate to urgent hunger needs a fraction of what is proposed for financial rescue packages to address the global economic downturn.

"We need to send a bold signal of hope to the world with a human rescue package," said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, speaking from New Delhi during her first visit to India, the country with the single largest population of undernourished people in the world.

11 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

by Gu Zhenqiu

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- UN staff members from Algiers and New York gathered here Thursday to pay tribute to 17 of their colleagues, who were killed in the terrorist attacks in Algiers, on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the UN Headquarters in the Algerian capital.

The UN staff members, who were from Algeria, Denmark, the Philippines and Senegal, were killed while working for various UN agencies to render humanitarian relief to the Algerian people in need.

"One year after the attack, we still feel the …

09 Dec 2008 description

Le bilan s'est alourdi du fait des prix élevés des denrées alimentaires et la crise économique ne présage rien de bon

9 décembre 2008, Rome - Quarante millions de personnes supplémentaires ont rejoint cette année les rangs des sous-alimentés de la planète du fait principalement de la hausse des prix des denrées alimentaires, selon les estimations préliminaires de la FAO. Cela porte le nombre d'affamés dans le monde à 963 millions, contre 923 millions en 2007.

09 Dec 2008 description

High food prices to blame - economic crisis could compound woes

9 December 2008, Rome - Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by FAO today.

04 Dec 2008 description

Introduction

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2009 provides a snapshot of the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 33 countries, territories and peacekeeping missions, and describes the strategies for eliminating each of these threats.

This 12th edition of the annual portfolio is a collection of mine action project proposals that reflect a strategic response by field-based partners to the landmine and ERW problems in specific countries or territories.

19 Nov 2008 description

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to all of you gathered here today for the Humanitarian Appeal 2009, and a particularly warm welcome to my fellow speakers today, Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Aeneas Chuma, who is the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya.

We are here to ask for a response to the urgent call of 30 million people across 31 countries …

19 Nov 2008 description

Rome, 19 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

Afghanistan

- As part ofthe July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP has begun food delivery to high food price and drought affected people in the Eastern and Northern region. Under this programme, 4.5 million people will benefit from 198,000 mt of WFP food assistance both in rural and urban areas in most parts of the country.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

05 Nov 2008 description

Rome, 5 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

Afghanistan

- As part of July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP is implementing projects on high food price mitigation targeting 6,500 vulnerable people through food for work activities in the eastern region; plans are underway to begin similar activities in most parts of the country.

Chad

- WFP continues to provide monthly food rations of 2,147 Kcal per person per day to some 4,500 people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Moundou, southern Chad.

29 Oct 2008 description

FEWS NET overviews

For an analysis of refugee flows into Kenya, see back page

AFGHANISTAN: Severe drought, high food prices, and ongoing conflict have led to widespread food insecurity. Ongoing wheat imports and increased humanitarian aid are expected to ensure sufficient food availability until early 2009. However, another emergency appeal will likely be required by February/March 2009 due to poor response to the current appeal and expected price increases during the February- April hunger season.

28 Oct 2008 description

Millions of children living in states affected by fragility are denied the right to education or have their education interrupted due to conditions in which they live and the inadequate funding arrangements for their education in such contexts.

21 Oct 2008 description

Background

Since the beginning of the UN-led humanitarian reform process, there have been several suggestions about the need to better involve NGOs - particularly national and local NGOs - in the various aspects of reform.