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23 Oct 2013 description
  • World Polio Day - 24 October! Partners, governments, civil society and communities worldwide are today marking World Polio Day, as efforts to eradicate this disease once and for all are being intensified. More

  • In Syria, reports of suspected polio cases have emerged. A cluster of hot cases is currently being investigated, and has prompted planning for a comprehensive outbreak response across the region. See ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more.

31 Mar 2013 description

Introduction

This is one of five Country Case Study Reports that are mandated as a contributing part of the Global Evaluation of ERFs, which is taking place in the latter half of 2012. This case study report reflects the findings arising from a 10 person day mission to Afghanistan by a staff of two, one from Universalia and one from OCHA’s Evaluation and Guidance Section (EGS). Details of the mission can be found in Appendices I and II.

20 Jul 2012 description

Food and nutrition support is essential for keeping people living with HIV healthy longer and for improving the effectiveness of treatment.

People living with HIV have weakened immune systems and increased nutritional needs. Poor people living with HIV often only begin treatment after HIV — and malnutrition — have already reached an advanced stage.

Poor nutritional status and HIV can reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. The combination of food insecurity and HIV can result in greater poverty, malnutrition and health risks.

30 Mar 2012 description

UNHCR is very grateful for the USD 113.18 million received from the Government of Japan during the first quarter of the 2012. 19 operations worldwide will benefit with some USD 83.18 million allocated to Africa and the Middle East while USD 30 million will help internally displaced persons and returnees inside Afghanistan as well as countries hosting Afghan refugees in the region. The Japanese funding will contribute toward UNHCR’s 2012 global requirement of USD 3.59 billion.

28 Feb 2012 description

Yokohama - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two countries.

13 Feb 2012 description

Summary

The Working Group expresses its strong objection to the decision of the United Nations Secretariat not to grant a waiver to the 10,700 word limit to the present report, as has been the case for almost every year since such a limit was imposed by the General Assembly in 1993.

20 Jun 2011 description

World Refugee Day: UNHCR report finds 80 per cent of world's refugees in developing countries

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR report released today reveals deep imbalance in international support for the world's forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world's refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialized ones.

23 May 2011 description

The WFP Aviation Service had a busy and challenging year in 2010 responding to emergencies in Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Niger, in addition to providing year-round air services for the humanitarian community in 13 countries affected by war and poverty. WFP Aviation is the world’s leading air service when it comes to saving lives. It is unlike any other airline: 80 percent of the 240 destinations served by WFP Aviation are in places which commercial airlines consider no-fly zones.

08 Apr 2011 description

This bulletin covers 63 countries over the period January to March 2011 (Q1-2011).1 In addition to looking at changes and trends in staple food prices and the cost of the food basket this issue also examines trends in fuel prices, terms of trade and consumer price index (CPI) at country level.

18 Mar 2011 description

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes.

07 Mar 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF launches USD 1.4 billion appeal in response to most extreme crises

GENEVA, 7 March 2011 - UNICEF released the Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAC) 2011 today, requesting $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to donors to assist children and women caught in the throes of crises.

07 Mar 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Renforcer la résilience : l'UNICEF lance le rapport sur l'« Action humanitaire pour les enfants 2011 »

Le rapport demande 1,4 milliard de dollars é.-U. pour répondre aux crises les plus extrêmes

Par Chris Niles

NEW YORK, états-Unis, 7 mars 2011 - L'UNICEF a lancé un appel de 1,4 milliard de dollars é.-U. pour répondre à des crises humanitaires de plus en plus graves.

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.

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 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 …

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.