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23 Oct 2009 description

GENEVA, 23 October 2009 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and its Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) welcome the African Union's adoption of the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. The Convention was adopted in Kampala today at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa.

"The African Union is the first regional organisation worldwide to adopt a legally binding instrument to protect the rights of internally displaced people," said NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson.

22 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Eastern Africa region covers 14 National Societies (NS) - Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The region has four country representations in Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia and two other representations covering the Indian Ocean Islands and east Africa countries. Initially, this region was known as the Eastern Africa Zone (EAZ).

21 Oct 2009 description

Geneva (ICRC) - Tackling the problem of internal displacement in all its dimensions requires a huge concerted effort at both the State and international level, says the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

20 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

Kampala, Uganda 20 October 2009 - After two-days of deliberations, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has adopted the Draft AU Convention on protection and assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) and the Draft Kampala Declaration. African Ministers of Foreign Affairs were meeting at an Extraordinary Session within the framework of the AU Special Summit on refugees, Returnees and IDP's in Africa which is being held in Kampala, Uganda from 19 to 23 October 2009.

During this …

08 Oct 2009 description

This map shows flood prone areas and population densities in the Horn of Africa based on The LandScan Global Population Database

06 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10867

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Assembly Also Decides to Convene High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation in Nairobi, from 1 to 3 December

In the General Assembly today, Member States threw their support behind the Secretary-General's push to inject multilateralism with the renewed vigour it needs to combat today's global crises.

07 Sep 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By MATHIAS RINGA

Countries from the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa are to harmonise their laws to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

"In order to address the problem effectively, we have resolved to harmonise our laws so that we can rein in the culprits.

31 Aug 2009 description


- The performance of current crops, whose harvest dates are mainly in the third quarter of the year, is below normal in all the major cropping areas of Ethiopia, southern Sudan, central and western Kenya, and parts of north central bimodal areas of Uganda. In Ethiopia, southern Sudan and Kenya, these crops contribute at least 70 percent of annual food production.

26 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 43 of the provisional agenda
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and

26 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Eastern Africa Zone continues to prioritise enhancing the capacities of the 14 National Societies (NS) as one of the core focal areas in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges that plague the region.

25 Aug 2009 description

24 - 25 August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

Introduction

The Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) countries will experience generally above normal transmission of malaria during the September to December 2009 rainfall season. The malaria workshop, which was held in tandem with the Twenty-fourth GHA Climate Outlook Forum (COF24) from 24 - 25 August 2009 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi, Kenya, anticipates malaria outbreaks in the epidemics prone parts of the region during the season.

20 Aug 2009 description

Editorial

by vasu gounden

In the last nine months, there have been several major armed crises in the world. These crises included the massive onslaught of Russian forces against Georgian forces, the Sri Lankan government forces against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, Israeli forces against the forces of Hamas, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government forces against the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) forces of rebel leader, General Laurent Nkunda.

28 Jul 2009 description

DECATUR, United States, July 28 (UNHCR) - The publically funded International Community School is located in the city of Decatur in Dekalb County, Georgia, one of the largest refugee resettlement areas in the United States. It was set up in 2002 to provide a top international primary education to a mix of US-born local children and young refugees and immigrants. One of the pupils, 4th Grader Genevieve Wilson from Liberia, won first prize this year in a UNHCR World Refugee Day poster contest sponsored by Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.

11 Jul 2009 description
map EARS
14 July 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 17% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 50%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -9% is foreseen.
 
In Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya very dry conditions are seen in all sorghum growing areas. Due to reduced water availability and poor crop growth, well below average yields of -9% to -14 % are expected. The yields will be 5% to 10% lower than last year.
 
11 Jul 2009 description
map EARS
14 July 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 20% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 60%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -7% is foreseen.
 
In Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya very dry conditions are seen in all maize growing areas. Due to reduced water availability and poor crop growth, well below average yields of -15% to -20 % are expected. The yields will be 10% to 20% lower than last year.
 
30 Jun 2009 description

Highlights

Ethiopia - Drought contributes to worsening food insecurity

Over 12 million people are currently classified as food insecure in Ethiopia, with those in the Somali and Oromia regions the most affected. Compounding the problem, drought has caused significant crop and livestock losses.

17 Jun 2009 description

New York, 17 June 2009

Desertification and land degradation affect one third of the Earth's surface, threatening the livelihoods, well-being and development of as many as 1 billion people. Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land. There are already an estimated 24 million environmentally induced migrants.

02 Jun 2009 description

By Jasmin Melvin

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - Climate change could cost the African continent more farmland than the United States uses to plant its eight major field crops combined, according to a study published in the June issue of Environmental Science and Policy.

Farming on up to 1 million square kilometers (247 million acres) of land in Africa could subside by 2050 as climate change makes areas too hot and dry for growing crops, the study said.

The latest U.S. Agriculture Department data puts plantings of the eight major U.S.