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23 Dec 2010 description

Full Report

The Information Office of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, published a white paper on China-Africa economic and trade cooperation on Thursday.

06 Oct 2010 description

Acute crises

General Background

The polio outbreak threatens the efforts to eradicate the disease in Africa. Only three African countries have recorded cases of the disease in the last four months - Nigeria, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, Angola is the biggest threat against eradication efforts at the continental level.

06 Oct 2010 description

Contexte général

La flambée de poliomyélite menace les efforts d'éradication de la maladie en Afrique. Seuls trois pays africains ont enregistré des cas de cette maladie dans les quatre derniers mois - le Nigeria, l'Angola et la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). La menace de la poliomyélite en Angola est très préoccupante et pourrait retarder les efforts d'éradication au niveau continentale. =C0 cet effet, le pays a lancé une campagne d'immunisation ciblant quelque 5,6 millions d'enfants.

08 Sep 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/251, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.

28 Jul 2010 description

Step towards targets in new polio eradication strategy

28 July 2010, Atlanta, Evanston, Geneva, New York - On Friday, 30th July, the Horn of Africa is again polio-free, with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda having reported no wild poliovirus cases for more than a year.

01 Jul 2010 description

Period covered by this Final Report:

14 December 2009 - 29 February 2010

Summary: In 2009, there were 1,606 cases of wild poliovirus (WPV) reported globally (as of 10 March 2010); 738 of these cases were in Africa. The year proved to be challenging for the polio eradication effort, with outbreaks reported across a number of African countries.

28 Jun 2010 description

Gugu Dube, Junior Researcher, Arms Management Programme

African states reinforced their ownership of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at a global conference hosted by the governments of Chile and Norway in collaboration with UNDP held 7-9 June in Santiago, Chile. The CCM is the most significant international disarmament treaty since the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

27 May 2010 description

Joint press release

NAIROBI, KENYA, 27, May 2010 - Government representatives from 20 African countries highly affected by HIV/AIDS gathered today in Nairobi to discuss ways to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

The three-day-consultation from 26 to 28 May is co-organized by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UN agencies, including UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. Participants are exploring how to expand and strengthen services for pregnant women and increase treatment for infected mothers and children.

22 Apr 2010 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and is a core component of a comprehensive U.S. Government (USG) Global Health Initiative (GHI), announced in May 2009 by President Barack Obama to reduce the burden of disease and strengthen communities around the world. The 2008 Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act (Lantos/Hyde Act) authorizes up to $5 billion in USG funding for malaria prevention and control for the period FY2009-2013.

31 Mar 2010 description

Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia have signed and ratified the CCM. African states made up 20% of the first 30 ratifications to trigger the entry into force of the CCM.

Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have yet to sign the CCM.

Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, and Swaziland adopted the CCM at the end of negotiations in Dublin, but have not yet signed.

10 Jan 2010 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.