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A year of wars, weather and financial woes hit the poor
For thousands of people around the world 2008 was a tough year, with a number of violent conflicts causing widespread suffering, and the triple crunch of climate change, the food crisis and the economic downturn hitting the poorest hardest, said Oxfam today.
In countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Sri Lanka, ongoing conflicts continue to blight the lives of millions of poor men, women and children, and impede progress in reducing poverty. In the DRC, renewed fighting has displaced hundred of thousands, and the Israeli blockade …
Four years on, tremendous improvements can be seen
By Jane O'Brien
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 - The 2004 tsunami left a wake of devastation that stretched across the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Many more were made homeless.
Highlights of a new FAO report
- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.
- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.
Four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, some of the most important aspects of recovery are the least visible. The Red Cross Red Crescent programmes support communities in rebuilding their lives now and coping with future threats - natural disasters, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of disease, conflict or the rapid rise in the cost of food and fuel.
When livelihoods are secure, children are educated, safe water is plentiful, healthcare is accessible and houses are sturdy, then people are less exposed to future shocks.
Rome, 11 December 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
- As part ofJuly GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP continues delivery to high food price and drought affected people in eastern, northern and southern region. Under this programme 4.5 million people will benefit from 198,000 tons of WFP food assistance both in rural and urban areas in most parts of the country.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to all of you gathered here today for the Humanitarian Appeal 2009, and a particularly warm welcome to my fellow speakers today, Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Aeneas Chuma, who is the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya.
We are here to ask for a response to the urgent call of 30 million people across 31 countries …
Asia and the Pacific
Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.
Rome, 12 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
- As part ofJuly GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP has begun food delivery to high food price and drought affected people in eastern region. Under this programme 4.5 million people will benefit from 198,000 mt of WFP food assistance both in rural and urban areas in most parts of the country.
Rome, 5 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
- As part of July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP is implementing projects on high food price mitigation targeting 6,500 vulnerable people through food for work activities in the eastern region; plans are underway to begin similar activities in most parts of the country.
- WFP continues to provide monthly food rations of 2,147 Kcal per person per day to some 4,500 people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in Moundou, southern Chad.
Sixty-third General Assembly
26th & 27th Meetings (AM & PM)
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Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are 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. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
Statelessness, or the lack of effective nationality, impacts the daily lives of some 11-12 million people around the world. Perhaps those who suffer most are stateless infants, children and youth. Though born and raised in their parents' country of habitual residence, they lack formal recognition of their existence. A few key steps taken by individual countries and UN agencies can help reduce statelessness among infants and children and prevent millions of youth from growing up isolated from society.
- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.
- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected.
"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.
The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.
Cáritas. 19 de septiembre de 2008.- El próximo domingo, 21 de septiembre, se celebra el Día Internacional de la Paz, una efemérides establecida por las Naciones Unidas en 1981 como una observancia anual por la no violencia y el cese de hostilidades.
Rome, 3 September 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
Heavy fighting between security forces and insurgents in Bajaur district in the north west of Pakistan has forced thousands of Pakistani families to flee into Kunar province of Afghanistan in the past weeks.
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