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20 Mar 2012 description

Sri Lanka today donated 10,000 mertic tons of rice to the World Food Programme which will be sent to Ethiopia, where tens of thousands of refugees have fled, after devastating drought contributed to famine in Somalia last year.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic hand over of the rice to WFP's Acting Country Director Ms. Azeb Asrat at Temple Trees this morning.

This is the first ever donation from the Government of Sri Lanka to WFP's food operations abroad and the first shipment of 500 mertic tons is scheduled to leave Colombo port in the next few days.

15 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

Handwashing with soap could save lives of millions

NEW YORK/GENEVA 15 October 2010 - For the third annual Global Handwashing Day, more than 200 million schoolchildren, parents, teachers, celebrities and government officials around the world will lather up, but at the end of the day, they aim to have more than just clean hands.

This year the theme of Global Handwashing Day - more than just a day - aims to make the simple, life-saving practice of washing hands a regular habit long after the sun sets on October 15.

Global Handwashing Day partners are promoting this behavioural change …

03 Nov 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


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.

16 Oct 2009 description

Press release 263/2009

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has granted EUR 14 million for victims of conflicts and natural catastrophes from the appropriations earmarked for humanitarian assistance for the last months of the year. The aid will be channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement and Finnish NGOs.

Ten million euros will be allocated to Africa - the Horn of Africa area, East Africa and southern Africa in particular. In the Horn of Africa area, Ethiopia and Kenya suffer from drought and Somalia also from a prolonged conflict.

08 Apr 2009 description

Small-scale projects scrutinised from jatropha electrification in Mali to animal waste biogas in Vietnam

8 April 2009, Rome - Bioenergy, when produced on a small-scale in local communities, can play a significant role in rural development in poor countries, according to a new report jointly published by FAO and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

The study, "Small Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies …

18 Apr 2008 description

While Americans are cringing every time they pump gas, others around the world are feeling it too, although not just at the pump. Rising gas prices also cause a rapid increase in the price of staples.

31 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-second General Assembly
Second Committee
19th Meeting (PM)

Reports on Science and Technology for Development, Corrupt Practices Introduced

13 Aug 2007 description

Campaign launched for a better deal for minorities

The voices of minorities at the UN are under threat.

09 Mar 2007 description


The present Report consolidates in one document the successes achieved and challenges confronted by each of the nine cluster working groups as they endeavoured over the past year to build global humanitarian response capacity in line with their agreed work plans. Each global cluster working-group has provided an update on its financial situation, achievements against objectives, indicators, field impact, attention to cross-cutting issues and risks and challenges.

05 Nov 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.

22 Oct 2006 description


Assessments and events:

- Ethiopia: the acute watery diarrhoea epidemic continues with five regions now affected (Oromiya, Amhara, SNNPR, Tigray, Afar). The risk for malaria outbreaks due to flooding is imminent

- 1 350 families have crossed the border from Somalia (Central Southern zone) into Bare district.

- A joint government and humanitarian partners mission is assessing the impact of the floods, the response and gaps in relief and rehabilitation needs .

- Kenya: the movement of refugees from Somalia into the North Eastern Province continues.

23 May 2006 description

During the month of May 2006, Brother's Brother Foundation provided 50 tractor trailer load shipments to those in need in Albania, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal and Uganda. These donated items exceed 1,200,00 pounds in weigh. Include were anti- convulsives, antidepressants, anti-hypertensives and allergy medications that totaled 300,000 bottles as well as hospital beds and medical supplies.

10 Apr 2006 description

(Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 10 April 2006)

Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (UAE Vice-President, Prime-Minister and Ruler of Dubai) (tbc),
And / or
Your Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (tbc),
And / or
Your Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Deputy Prime-Minister and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority) (tbc)

22 Mar 2006 description
report Oxfam

El agua es un elemento fundamental para la vida y el desarrollo sostenible, la erradicación de la pobreza y el hambre, y esencial para la salud de las personas. Sin embargo, sigue siendo un lujo para millones de habitantes del mundo que viven en los países en vías de desarrollo. En la actualidad unos 1.100 millones de personas no tienen acceso a agua potable. Es decir que uno de cada 6 ciudadanos del mundo no pueden disponer de agua para vivir. Otros 2.600 millones de habitantes, el 40% de la población mundial, carece de acceso a saneamiento básico.