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21 Dec 2006 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NEW YORK, 21 December (IRIN) - The high-level conference on the expanded United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) held in New York on 7 December was significant for two reasons: it was well attended, and the response was unprecedented, with 51 donors - including 16 new ones - pledging US $345 million for 2007.

Some donors were not yet able to confirm their contributions, while the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway, promised multi-annual funds.

18 Dec 2006 description

President Bush made $5.215 million available from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund (ERMA) to meet unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs resulting from the conflicts in Somalia and Sri Lanka. This funding will provide protection and assistance in the form of food, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits, and other basic items, as well as water, sanitation, emergency medical services and health care, and other community services for victims of the conflicts in Somalia and Sri Lanka.

17 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.

30 Nov 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

The global cereal supply and demand situation has further tightened, with a downward revision of the 2006 world cereal production forecast and a projected increase in cereal utilization in 2006/07. At current forecast levels, the utilization would exceed production by 3.3 percent in 2006/07.

29 Nov 2006 description

The Global Appeal 2007

Introduction

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.

24 Nov 2006 description

Produced on behalf of FAO, ICAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, OIE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWTO, WFP and WHO by UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC), UN Development Group

INTRODUCTION

In July 2006, the UN Secretary General prefaced the first issue of the UN Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) with reference to our collective responsibility for ensuring that all countries -- rich and poor -- are adequately protected and prepared.

21 Nov 2006 description
report AUSTCARE

Recovering women's livelihoods together

SRI LANKA: More than 30,000 people were killed and 550,000 lost their homes when the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka.

Two years later, people are still struggling. As well as losing family and friends, many survivors lost their farms, businesses, and even simple tools of trade, like hoes and weaving equipment. Earning an income has become difficult.

In partnership with ActionAid International and Women and Child Care Organisation (WACCO), Austcare is contributing to a livelihood recovery project for tsunami-affected women living in …

20 Nov 2006 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As 2006 draws to a close, all contributions that WFP receives now will finance beneficiary needs in 2007. However the Programme of Work balances recent funding against the estimated 2006 needs to allow the organisation to provide an overview of needs and shortfalls in an annual framework. Donors are requested to consult the "Projected 2007 Needs for WFP Projects and Operations" (the Blue Book) for further details on 2007 estimated needs.

13 Nov 2006 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10532

Sixty-first General Assembly
Plenary
52nd & 53rd Meetings (AM & PM)

Assembly Also Considers Strategies to Forestall Disasters, Boost Response; Assistance to Palestinian People; Three Texts on Regional Cooperation Adopted

29 Oct 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

HORN OF AFRICA

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.

12 Oct 2006 description

(Geneva and New York: 12 October 2006): Convening in Geneva today, the Advisory Group to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will examine the success of the Fund in its first seven months of operation and recommend a funding goal for 2007.

Fifty-two Member States, Japan's Hyogo Prefecture and the private organization Disaster Resource Network have pledged more than $273 million to the Fund's grant facility since its 9 March 2006 inauguration.

09 Oct 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS CONTENTS

- The FAO's latest assessment shows that 40 countries are facing food emergencies and require external assistance. Among them, the most pressing humanitarian problem remains the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. The already precarious food supply situation may worsen if deteriorating security disrupts the main harvest due to start in the coming few weeks.

- Prospects for the 2006 world cereal harvest have deteriorated further since July.

29 Sep 2006 description
report UN News Service

Le Bureau de la Coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) a indiqué aujourd'hui que les Nations Unies avaient dépensé quelque 173,5 millions de dollars du Fonds central d'intervention d'urgence (CERF) pour répondre à des crises dans plus de 26 pays.

Au cours des sept premiers mois de fonctionnement du CERF, quelque 97 millions de dollars ont été dépensés pour répondre à de nouvelles urgences dans 16 pays, indique un communiqué de OCHA publié à New York.

Les pays concernés sont l'Afghanistan, la République centrafricaine, le Tchad, la Côte d'Ivoire, la …

29 Sep 2006 description

(New York: 29 September 2006): As of 30 September 2006, the United Nations will have committed $173.5 million from the new Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for more than 250 projects in 26 countries.

During the Fund's first seven months, $96.6 million has been disbursed from the rapid response facility for new and/or rapidly deteriorating emergencies in 16 countries, including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and …

22 Sep 2006 description

Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Mine Action, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Ethiopia (4) Kenya (5) Rwanda (6) Somalia (7) Sudan (8) Tanzania (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Cote d'Ivoire (3) Guinea (4) Liberia (5) Niger

(E) Asia: (1) Afghanistan (2) Sri Lanka (3) Timor Leste

(F) Latin America and …

20 Sep 2006 description
report GOAL

GOAL currently employs 175 GOALies who work alongside over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programmes in 13 countries.

15 Sep 2006 description

Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Mine Action, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon (2) occupied Palestinian territories

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Ethiopia (4) Kenya (5) Rwanda (6) Somalia (7) Sudan (8) Tanzania (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Angola (2) Lesotho (3) Madagascar (4) Malawi …

15 Sep 2006 description

(Extract)

Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

INTERNATIONAL: NGOS URGE UNHCR TO BE FAIR

On 1 September, JRS together with a number of other human rights NGOs working with refugees urged the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, to take immediate steps to fully implement basic standards of fairness in refugee status determination at all UNHCR field offices.

Organisations, such as Asylum Access, Christian Action, the International Refugee Rights Initiative, the Refugee Consortium of …