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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 …

30 Nov 2009 description

From the Editor

While there are at least four distinct thematic areas addressed by articles in Field Exchange 37, there is arguably one cross-cutting issue - namely the tendency towards fragmentation and lack of coordination within the emergency nutrition sector. We will return to this later. This issue of Field Exchange carries a number of research summaries related to the role of data and indicators in emergencies.

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

24 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

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 …

24 Nov 2009 description

Speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre

Pretoria, 24 November 2009

Your Majesties,

Your Excellencies Minister and Deputy Minister,

Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria,

Ambassadors,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to be addressing you here today. The issues we will discuss are important not only for this region and for Africa, but for the whole international community.

16 Nov 2009 description

We stand at a critical crossroads. At this moment in time we must galvanize all nations, all people, all resources to defeat hunger. Or we can watch helplessly as the first - and most foundational - Millennium Development Goal of halving the percent of poverty and hunger continues to slip out of our grasp.

This is the emergency issue of our generation. Since the food crisis started, the numbers of hungry have increased by almost 200 million people to more than one billion. One in every six people on earth wake up each morning not knowing whether they will have enough to eat.

04 Nov 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


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
report UN General Assembly


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 .

30 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SPD/440

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
20th Meeting (PM)

Speakers Cite Perverse Nature of Mines, Activated by Victims, Whether Civilians Or Combatants; Committee Postpones Action on Outer Space Draft, Pending Consensus

23 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


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.

21 Oct 2009 description
report World Bank

updated October 21, 2009

In response to the severity of the food crisis and the need for prompt action, the World Bank Group set up the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) in May 2008 to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food high prices. The Bank response has been articulated in coordination with the United Nations' High-Level Task Force on food security.

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
report IRIN

ROME, 14 October 2009 (IRIN) - The 2008/09 economic crisis has hit poor households in developing countries harder than any crisis in recent times, pushing more than a billion people into hunger, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its latest annual report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World.

Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq and Eritrea top a list of 16 countries identified as the most vulnerable, all of which have experienced either man-made or natural crises, or both, at least once in the past 10 years.

The financial crisis has been …

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.