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01 Mar 2011 description

This review has focused the UK's bilateral aid programme in fewer countries so we can target our support where it will make the biggest difference and where the need is greatest.

01 Mar 2011 description

Milestone Convention continues to be a guiding light for the global disarmament movement.

NEW YORK, New York, March 1, 2011- Twelve years ago, the milestone Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction entered into force. Since the Convention's inception, 156 countries have become States Parties.

The Mine-Ban Convention commits member states to prevent future landmine contamination and to work to solve the existing landmine problem.

28 Feb 2011 description

Co-funded grants aim to reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia as world food prices mount

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a coordinated effort to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries by supporting agricultural research projects to help small farmers increase their yields and incomes.

24 Jan 2011 description
report InterAction

InterAction is pleased to release its second Foreign Assistance Briefing Book (FABB). The book outlines the U.S.-based international nonprofit community's views on foreign assistance challenges expected to be at the forefront of the 112th Congress and the remaining two years of the Obama administration's first term.

Sixteen key areas and sectors are featured, including climate change, food security and agriculture, health, urban poverty and U.S. government funding trends, with specific problems highlighted and suggested recommendations.

18 Jan 2011 description
report UN News Service

18 janvier 2011 - La Secrétaire générale adjointe de l'ONU aux affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos, a alloué 84 millions de dollars pour renforcer la réponse humanitaire dans 15 situations d'urgence négligées à travers le monde, où les populations souffrent de la guerre, de la faim, de la malnutrition et de maladies, a annoncé mardi le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA).

Les acteurs humanitaires en Somalie vont bénéficier de 15 millions de dollars, les agences des Nations Unies en Ethiopie vont obtenir 11 millions de dollars, les agences …

18 Jan 2011 description

(New York, 18 January 2011): The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has allocated some US$84 million to boost humanitarian response in 15 neglected emergencies around the world, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, displacement and conflict.

The funds were made available from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

16 Nov 2010 description

Brussels, 16.11.2010

SEC(2010) 1428 final

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) is responsible for formulating EU humanitarian aid policy and for funding humanitarian aid - including food aid - to victims of conflicts or disasters, both natural and man-made, in non EU countries.

15 Nov 2010 description

DOCUMENT DE TRAVAIL DES SERVICES DE LA COMMISSION

Direction Générale Aide Humanitaire et Protection Civile

Copie de courtoisie de la DG ECHO du document SEC(2010)1428 du 15/11/2010

INTRODUCTION

La Direction Générale pour l'Aide Humanitaire et la Protection Civile (DG ECHO) est responsable de la formulation de la politique d'aide humanitaire de l'Union Européenne et du financement de l'aide humanitaire - y compris l'aide alimentaire d'urgence - en faveur des victimes de conflits ou catastrophes, tant d'origine naturelle que d'origine humaine, dans …

25 Oct 2010 description

Vicenç Fisas

Director of School for a Culture of Peace

?? In the Philippines, the MILF abandoned its request for independence for certain regions of Mindanao and instead agreed to create a sub-state or an autonomous republic.

?? In Kosovo, the International Court of Justice handed down a non-binding ruling that the 2008 declaration of independence did not violate either international law or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

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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 …

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

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.

17 Sep 2010 description

It was a pledge heard around the world. After a century which brought unprecedented gains in such areas as national freedoms and medical and scientific advances, but which also produced two world wars, the atomic bomb and unspeakable daily conditions for hundreds of millions of people, the world's nations decided there should be a better way of living together.

At the "dawn of a new millennium" 189 countries met in New York in September 2000 and agreed a United Nations Millennium Declaration, a sweeping document which pledged to erase the 'scourge of war', combat …

19 Aug 2010 description
report Maplecroft

Commodity price hikes due to climate events will hit the neediest countries

With global wheat prices expected to spike following an export ban in Russia due to fires destroying millions of hectares of crops, a new study measuring global food security has identified the food supplies of Afghanistan and nine Africa states as the countries which are most at risk and vulnerable to rising costs.

The Food Security Risk Index 2010, released by risk analysis and rating firm Maplecroft, evaluates the risks to the supply of basic food staples for 163 countries.

18 Aug 2010 description

Pakistan - polio infrastructure supports flood relief effort: Polio eradication staff and resources are being used to help in the response to the devastating floods affecting Pakistan. Polio epidemiologists and surveillance officers in the worst-affected areas of North West Frontier Province (NWPF, now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Punjab are equipped with vehicles, radio equipment, satellite phones, vital medicines and potable water tanks.

12 Aug 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda*

Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report covers activities from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. Within this period, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $448.3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to implement life-saving activities in 52 countries and territories. Funding was provided to 15 humanitarian agencies, many of which carried out their programmes in conjunction with non-governmental partners.

31 Jul 2010 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors and reports staple food prices in cities and towns in food-insecure countries. The Price Watch presents a summary of key trends in selected markets. Prices for all commodities and markets monitored are available in the Price Watch Annex.