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03 Dec 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected 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.

29 Nov 2006 description

The Global Appeal 2007


UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR.

31 Oct 2006 description

This report covers the period from 9/18/2006 to 10/17/2006


Heavy rains since October have caused severe flooding in areas already suffering from high levels of food insecurity. In the medium term, however, the rains will allow an improvement in crop and livestock production and food security in previously drought affected areas, which had suffered a drought that left a large population dependent on humanitarian aid.

13 Oct 2006 description
report Welthungerhilfe

(Berlin: 13/10/2006) Warfare and armed conflict has devastating ramifications for the fight against hunger in affected countries. This is one of the central conclusions of a report presented by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Friday in Berlin.

12 Oct 2006 description

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) had been successful because it was a regional initiative nurtured by African leaders, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa, said today at a Headquarters press conference.

While recognizing NEPAD's remaining problems, including those relating to regional security and conflict, he said it was important that the international community notice that progress had been achieved on the continent.

11 Aug 2006 description

The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity an d a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Programme Update no.

24 Jul 2006 description

BRUSSELS - The United Nations World Food Programme today welcomed a 105 million euro donation by the European Commission for its global operations in 2006.
"The Commission's very generous commitment gives a vitally important boost to our capacity to respond to food crises in the poorest countries, and to our campaign to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people in the world," said WFP's Executive Director, James Morris.

18 Jul 2006 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

01 Jun 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006. Countries in Southern Africa and the more north easterly parts (for example, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) are worst affected - accounting for nearly 24 million people in need.

23 May 2006 description

(New York: 23 May 2006): The Advisory Group on the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today held its inaugural session at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

17 May 2006 description

(New York: 17 May 2006): The Government of Japan today announced a pledge of $7.5 million for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), approved by the General Assembly in December 2005 and officially launched by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in March 2006. The pledge makes Japan one of the top ten donors to the CERF and brings the total number of Member States contributing to the Fund to 41. Total pledges and contributions now amount to more than $261 million.

17 May 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of El Niño

Synopsis: ENSO-neutral conditions are expected to prevail during the next 3-6 months

16 May 2006 description

Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation, announces €10 million in support for NGOs bringing humanitarian and recovery support to Africa.

Minister Lenihan said:

"I am delighted to announce this package of support to some of our key NGO partners.

03 May 2006 description
report ActionAid

The East Africa food crisis continues to be a serious threat to millions faced with starvation in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi and Tanzania. It is feared that as many as 15 million people are in desperate need of food. ActionAid is working to ensure that food and water reaches areas where it is most needed, distributing aid to remote affected communities.

21 Apr 2006 description

To help the 15 million victims of drought in the Horn of Africa, Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne has increased Dutch emergency aid to 21.8 million euros. Earlier this year, the Dutch government made 7 million euros available for international aid organisations to alleviate famine. Because of the persistent drought, over a third of the livestock have died in some parts of the region; wells have run dry and the land has become parched. In Somalia, cereal production has dropped by 80%. Food and seed prices have rocketed.

19 Apr 2006 description
report World Vision

by Christine Head -- World Vision Relief Communications Manager (Horn of Africa)

The United Nations and non-governmental organisations have launched a joint appeal for US$426 million to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa.

"The Horn of Africa is one of the most food insecure regions in the world with more than 40 per cent of people undernourished. At present millions of people are threatened with starvation following the recent severe drought," stated Jan Egeland, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who launched the appeal.

06 Apr 2006 description

Funds will help stop spread of famine, diminish food insecurity in region