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09 Jul 2014 description
  • Torrential rains impacted coastal Cote D’Ivoire during the past week.

  • An increase in rain was observed across dry areas in northwestern Ethiopia and southeastern Sudan

1) Heavy and above-average rains since May have oversaturated the grounds of southern Mali and lead to rainfall surpluses greater than 200% of normal in some locations. With heavy rain forecast during the next outlook period, the risk for new flooding across the region will be increased.

15 Jul 2013 description
report CGIAR

Efforts to transform agriculture in Africa have received a boost as researchers met under the Support for Agricultural Research and Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC)’s event, “Partners, Possibilities and Prospects,” on 15 July 2013 at the 6th African Agricultural Science Week in Accra to draw more support from partners into project.

The SARD-SC project will raise the productivity of maize, cassava, wheat, and rice by 20% in twenty selected countries in Africa.

05 Mar 2012 description
report CGIAR

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 63.24 million fund package for the implementation of a 5-year project dubbed “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC).

The SARD-SC is a research, science, and technology development initiative aimed at enhancing the productivity and income derived from cassava, maize, rice, and wheat – four of the six commodities that African Heads of States, through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program, have defined as strategic crops for Africa.

06 Apr 2011 description

GENEVA, April 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie expressed "deep shock" on Wednesday at the reported drownings of 213 people in rough waters some 60 kilometres off the southern coast of Italy.

03 Nov 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/EF/3263

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Second Committee
29th & 30th Meetings (AM & PM)

One out of every three people residing in cities around the globe lived in a slum, and unless the problem was dealt with, another 400 million people would join their ranks by 2020, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today, as it continued its consideration of sustainable development.

26 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 26 October 2009 (IRIN) - Seventeen countries signed the African Union convention on internally displaced persons (IDPs) after years of preparation culminated in a week of meetings in the Ugandan capital but a lot more hard work remains before it becomes effective, according to observers.

"The most important step now is implementation," Julia Dolly Joiner, AU commissioner for political affairs, said.

01 Sep 2009 description

Brussels

Référence: SPEECH/09/357

Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED

Development Committee of the European Parliament

1 September 2009, European Parliament, Brussels

Honourable members of Parliament,

It is a real pleasure for me to be in the European Parliament today as Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

As you probably know I spent some 14 years of my political career in this institution.

10 Jul 2009 description

PARIS, France, July 10 (UNHCR) - A group of 92 people in need of international protection received the red carpet treatment at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on Thursday, as they completed the last leg of a long and hazardous journey via Malta from their homes in Africa and Asia.

French Immigration Minister Eric Besson greeted the newcomers after they flew into a cloudy Paris on Thursday afternoon from sunny Malta. The group, including 20 children, was made up of people from various nationalities. More than half (57) were Somalis.

02 Jul 2008 description

The Middle East, African issues, and an open debate on children and armed conflict will constitute the focus of the United Nations Security Council's work programme during July, Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam and Council's President for the month, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference in New York today.

Briefing on the Council's programme of work during his country's presidency, Mr.

07 Jul 2005 description

Según el Barómetro 8, que publica trimestralmente la Unidad de Alerta de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la UAB, más de la mitad de los conflictos armados que se deterioraron en el último trimestre se concentraron en África, concretamente en Côte d'Ivoire, RD Congo, Somalia, Sudán y Uganda. Además, en el mismo continente también se agudizaron notablemente las tensiones que atraviesan Etiopía, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe y la subregión del Río Mano y prosiguieron su curso, mayoritariamente con dificultades, 12 procesos de negociación.

21 Oct 2003 description
report UN General Assembly


Draft Resolutions Introduced on Crime Prevention, Drug Control, Family Issues
GA/SHC/3748

Fifty-eighth General Assembly
Third Committee
19th & 20th Meetings (AM & PM)

Delegates highlighted the urgency of combating child trafficking and child labour around the world as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today concluded its review of the protection and promotion of children's rights.

04 Mar 2003 description

Agnes van Ardenne, Minister for Development Cooperation, is donating 9 million euros to the UN to alleviate the food crisis in Africa. Of this sum, 5 million will go to the Horn of Africa, 3 million to Southern Africa and 1 million to West Africa. 40 million Africans are threatened by famine. Ethiopia has been worst hit by food shortages and faces widespread starvation.