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08 Jun 2010 description

08 Jun 2010 04:00:04 GMT

* Crisis boosts crime, violent demonstrations

* Defence spending, conflict risk broadly falling

* Fringe euro zone unrest risk rises

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - The global financial crisis has made the world less peaceful by fuelling crime and civil unrest, a worldwide study showed on Tuesday, but the risk of outright armed conflict appears to be falling.

The 2010 Global Peace Index -- which examines several dozen indicators from the crime rate to defence spending, conflicts with neighbouring states and …

27 May 2010 description

(London) A global justice gap is being made worse by power politics despite a landmark year for international justice, said Amnesty International today in its annual assessment of human rights worldwide.

Launching Amnesty International Report 2010: State of the World's Human Rights, which documents abuses in 159 countries, the organization said that powerful governments are blocking advances in international justice by standing above the law on human rights, shielding allies from criticism and acting only when politically convenient.

"Repression and injustice are …

11 May 2010 description

General Assembly Hall

Thank you for attending this meeting, which is an update for member states on the latest on the Central Emergency Response Fund, as at the end of the first quarter of 2010.

27 Apr 2010 description

Highlights

Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices - directly affect the nutritional status especially of children under two years of age and, ultimately, have an impact on child survival. Appropriate and timely support for infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in emergency situation can save life, ICYF practices have been investigated by ACF, UNICEF and UNHCR in Côte d'Ivoire, Uganda and Syria. The newly revised indicator list was applied by SC-UK in Afghanistan and in the Gaza strip of the occupied Palestinian territory.

19 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 19 avril 2010 (IRIN) - Environ 200 000 femmes de moins que ce que l'on pensait meurent chaque année des suites de complications liées à la grossesse. Une étude mondiale réalisée par l'université de Washington, aux états-Unis, révèle que le développement de nouvelles méthodes d'études et de meilleures mesures de la mortalité maternelle permet de générer des estimations de la mortalité plus précises.

Selon la plus récente estimation des Nations Unies sur la mortalité maternelle dans le monde, 535 900 femmes sont mortes en 2005.

16 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

AKAR, 16 April 2010 (IRIN) - Almost 200,000 fewer women die each year from pregnancy-related complications than previously thought, because new survey methodology and better maternal mortality data mean more accurate mortality estimates, says a global study by the US-based University of Washington.

The most recent UN-funded assessment of worldwide maternal mortality estimated there were 535,900 deaths in 2005, while the new study put the number at 342,900 in 2008, after …

31 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

DAMASCUS, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of non-Iraqi and non-Palestinian refugees and asylum-seekers in Syria risk deportation and ill-treatment, and cannot get the help they need, according to refugee agencies.

Most are Somalis but there are also sizeable communities of Afghanis, Sudanese and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to agencies working on the ground.

There are no accurate numbers, but registrations by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) give an idea of the proportions, if not the sizes, of the various …

19 Mar 2010 description

Introduction

The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

16 Mar 2010 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This strategy covers the UK's commitment to spend £30 million on mine action over the financial years 2010 - 2013 announced by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander on 25 November 2008. Drawing upon lessons from the last fifteen years of support to mine action, it presents some changes to the way in which public funding for mine action is managed and delivered.

The global context of mine action has changed radically in the last decade for three key reasons: firstly, the number of conflicts has approximately halved since 19903; secondly, the effectiveness of the …

08 Mar 2010 description
report World Bank
  • Bank continues to strengthen its support for women and gender-related issues in developing countries.

    - Gender issues informed the design of 45% of all Bank lending operations in FY08, up from 35% in FY06.

    - Gender-focused programs help women gain access to electricity, own property and make the transition from schooling to work.

    Women have much to celebrate on International Women's Day.

02 Mar 2010 description

WFP UNHAS plans to transport 323,000 passengers and 10,700 metric tons of cargo in 44,400 flight hours using 58 aircraft in 2010. The overall budget for implementation of the Special Operations is US$ 138.1 million. Wherever possible, WFP shall pursue existing cost-recovery schemes with expected income of US$ 31 million.

02 Mar 2010 description

To save lives during emergencies, time is of essence. Air transport is the fastest way to get aid workers, food and non-food relief materials, medicines and medical equipments to an emergency hot spot where lives and livelihoods have been compromised. The challenge is even more when such emergencies run into years of humanitarian intervention as experiences have shown from Sudan to Afghanistan and from Somalia to Democratic Republic of Congo.

18 Jan 2010 description

(New York: 18 January 2010): The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, today allocated some US$100 million to boost humanitarian response in 14 neglected emergencies around the world, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease and conflict.

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

06 Jan 2010 description

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Jan 6 (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama seeks to improve the United States' image overseas and make U.S. aid more effective, there is support for an overhaul of the way the United States distributes foreign assistance.

Leading Democrats and Republicans say they want to rewrite the 50-year-old legislation governing U.S. foreign aid.

Here are some facts about U.S. foreign aid:

* Almost 50 percent of U.S.

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

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, …

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.

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.