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30 Dec 2011 description

2011 saw Korea at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the existing framework of international cooperation for the provision of development assistance, disaster relief, and NGO-headed aid programs. From leadership at high-level international conferences to a series of historic summit meetings that saw President Lee Myung-bak become the first Korean head of state to visit Africa, the events of the past year pointed to significant contributions by Korea as a key player in the international community.

29 Dec 2011 description

About this document

The aim of this document is to provide workshop participants with basic insights into the selected case studies. It has been prepared by the WFP Office for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction with WFP and partner staff in country offices.

Overview of the selected case studies

22 Dec 2011 description

Change is a constant in the lives of rural people in Africa. For most developing countries, climate change adds another layer of complexity to existing development challenges, such as high levels of poverty and inequality, rapid population growth, underdeveloped markets, poor infrastructure and service provision, and weak governance systems.

20 Dec 2011 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

16 décembre 2011 – Réunis vendredi au siège de l'ONU à New York, les donateurs ont alloué 374,6 millions de dollars au Fonds central des Nations Unies pour les interventions d'urgence (CERF), entité qui permet de débloquer rapidement des fonds en cas d'urgence humanitaire dans le monde entier.

« Le CERF est un véritable succès pour les Nations Unies », a estimé le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, au début de la conférence de promesses de dons qui s'est déroulée vendredi au siège de l'ONU à New York.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2011 – Donors pledged nearly $375 million today to the United Nations fund that ensures that humanitarian workers can quickly begin saving lives when a crisis strikes.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has disbursed more than $2 billion in assistance since it was launched in 2006, making it the world’s largest source of humanitarian funding.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

United Nations humanitarian officials say they are hopeful of raising hundreds of millions from donors for the fund set up to ensure rapid and reliable assistance for people caught up in disasters or conflicts.

The annual pledging conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), launched in 2006, will be held tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York, with donors being asked to meet a target of $450 million.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11196

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
86th Meeting (AM)

Only by streamlining responses to the world’s complex humanitarian landscape would the needs of those affected by disasters and emergencies be met, speakers stressed today as the General Assembly adopted four resolutions relating to humanitarian assistance.

16 Dec 2011 description

Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season to you! We are so thankful for your friendship and partnership that is helping villages transform out of poverty!

Here is our latest News Behind the News and we invite you to contact us if there is any particular country or project you are interested in learning more about, or contributing towards!

Hal Jones
GHNI President/CEO

Afghanistan

13 Dec 2011 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2012

12 Dec 2011 description

Key messages:

• Some evidence is available to show that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in African countries is under threat from the impact of natural hazards, particularly agricultural drought. This evidence remains patchy as availability of data on disaster losses in Africa is low.

11 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

09 Dec 2011 description

POSTED BY KATHARYN LINDEMANN / DECEMBER 10, 2011

Katharyn Lindemann serves in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues.

09 Dec 2011 description
report PlusNews

ADDIS ABABA, 9 December 2011 (PlusNews) - Unless African governments increase their funding for and engagement in HIV research, the continent cannot hope to attain equal status in determining its research agenda and priorities, speakers said at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa.

09 Dec 2011 description

Thank you, Mr President.

One year ago, we brought these negotiations back from the brink. As the global economic crisis deepened, we turned away from low ambition.

This year, we must back high ambition. Economic uncertainty may be dominating the headlines, but emissions are rising fast. Against dark skies, we must summon the strength to commit to a brighter future.

08 Dec 2011 description
report Maplecroft

An annual Human Rights Risk Atlas, analysing the extent of human rights abuses in 197countries, has revealed that human rights and labour standards risks for companies and investors are increasing on a global scale, with 48% of the world now posing ‘extreme’ or ‘high’ risks of corporate complicity in rights violations.

08 Dec 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the year draws to a close, FAO’s latest estimate confirms a record high global cereal production in 2011, which should be sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2011/12 and also allow a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

  • International grain prices remained mostly under downward pressure in November, reflecting the confirmation of a strong recovery in production amid deteriorating world economic prospects and a stronger US dollar.

08 Dec 2011 description

Six million children die of hunger every year. Over 40 per cent of children under five in countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Niger are stunted.

Children that do survive are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and renal damage. Many solutions to malnutrition are nutrition-focused agricultural interventions like bio-fortification, home gardens, dairy and livestock development and aquaculture.

08 Dec 2011 description
report PlusNews

ADDIS ABABA, 7 December 2011 (PlusNews) - HIV patients in Africa frequently suffer shame and depression but the continent’s health systems are ill-equipped to handle the issue, which not only affects their quality of life, but can lead to poor adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

07 Dec 2011 description

Exchange of views with the Development committee of the European Parliament:

Brussels, 5 December 2011

Madame la Présidente, honourable members, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to be back at the European Parliament's DEVE Committee. This is another opportunity to deepen further our dialogue and cooperation.