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14 Dec 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Global

13 November 2017: Save the Children announced that it had fired 16 staff over reports of sexual violence in the past year. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

26 Sep 2016 description
report Oxfam

Since 2009, Oxfam and others have been raising the alarm about a great global land rush. Millions of hectares of land have been acquired by investors to meet rising demand for food and biofuels, or for speculation. This often happens at the expense of those who need the land most and are best placed to protect it: farmers, pastoralists, forest-dependent people, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples.

07 Sep 2016 description

Twenty-four countries* will participate in a large scale tsunami simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 7 and 8 September.

05 Sep 2016 description

By Brigitte Leoni

PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged.

13 Sep 2014 description

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

05 Sep 2014 description

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. The goal is to measure the capacity and response times of the various stakeholders involved to address such rare but potentially destructive events.

05 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

09 Jan 2014 description

Summary

This document summarises the achievements of mine action activities funded by Australia during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 through its bilateral and global mine action programs.

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22 Mar 2013 description

This year, World Water Day (March 22) highlights the importance of international efforts to preserve and protect the world’s shared water resources.

The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: ‘Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.’

11 Dec 2012 description

Cassava is the staple food for more than 800 million people worldwide, including 45 per cent of those living in sub-Saharan Africa. It is extremely hardy and versatile, ideally suited for growing in drought-prone areas.

Because of this, cassava would seem like a crop made for dealing with the rising temperatures and extreme weather events associated with climate change.

29 Nov 2012 description

Cacilda Justino, 34, lives in Mafalala in Maputo, Mozambique. She is well known for coordinating cleaning campaigns that maintain a safe environment for her community. Mafalala is a very low-income area with poor sanitation conditions which pose an acute health risk to the population.

19 Oct 2012 description

School meals from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) feed more than 11 million children in Africa each year. One of those children is a teenager called Molly Achieng, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

19 Oct 2012 description

Today is the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and a good time to reflect on the Australian aid program’s progress towards this important Millennium Development Goal.

The theme for this year’s day—‘Working together out of poverty’—highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

09 Oct 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Australian International Food Security Centre has established its first office in Africa — in Nairobi, Kenya.

Senator Carr said under-investment in agricultural research and innovation is a key factor affecting Africa's ability to bring about food security.

'The new Centre will help Africa in its transition from a reliance on emergency food aid, to building a viable smallholder farming sector,' Senator Carr said.

02 Oct 2012 description

Australia and the World Bank Group Partnership: Unlocking potential, achieving results

This report highlights the achievements of the Australia – World Bank Group Partnership.

Unlocking potential, achieving results - online version

Headline results in 2012

  • Access to finance provided to more than 500,000 people in the Pacific.

18 Jun 2012 description

Britain will help millions of the poorest farmers across Africa to use innovative technology to boost food security and nutrition through a scheme backed by other world leaders, the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

26 Apr 2012 description

The Australian government is to provide, via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), $3 million to support demining programmes under way in Mozambique.

This financial aid will be channelled over the next three years to the three humanitarian agencies working on mine clearance. The purpose is to ensure that all known minefields are cleared of mines by 2014 – this is the deadline for Mozambique to complete demining under the Ottawa Convention outlawing anti-personnel land mines.

23 Mar 2012 description

In Australia, we take for granted being able to turn on a tap without getting sick, yet for many of the world’s poor, this simple act is fraught with danger.

Diarrhoea, spread through contaminated water, is the second leading cause of death among children under five. Nearly one in five child deaths—about 1.5 million each year—is due to diarrhoea.

Since 2007 the Australian aid program has provided 77,000 water and 5,000 sewerage connections for poor urban households in Indonesia.