- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Today mark’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and is a reminder to the global community that landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war continue to maim and kill thousands of people around the world.
These explosive remnants of war are an enduring legacy of conflict, and contaminate more than 70 countries, and kill and injure more than 4,000 people each year, including children. They contaminate farmer’s fields, forests, roads, pathways depriving people of agricultural land and essential services.
Food and nutrition support is essential for keeping people living with HIV healthy longer and for improving the effectiveness of treatment.
People living with HIV have weakened immune systems and increased nutritional needs. Poor people living with HIV often only begin treatment after HIV — and malnutrition — have already reached an advanced stage.
Poor nutritional status and HIV can reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. The combination of food insecurity and HIV can result in greater poverty, malnutrition and health risks.
Introduction to the profiles
Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2011
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2011
Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly
United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries
GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.
The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes.
This review has focused the UK's bilateral aid programme in fewer countries so we can target our support where it will make the biggest difference and where the need is greatest.
Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.
One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.
- The FAO Food Price Index continued to rise in November.
- International prices of wheat and rice increased significantly in November and early December. Prices of maize remained firm.
- In Asia, prices of rice further strengthened in the past month while prices of wheat remained high.
- In Africa, prices of cereals are declining or stable and at low levels in all sub-regions.
- In Central America, prices of beans are at record levels.
The UK Government will overhaul its support for mine clearance programmes in order to focus on high impact zones.
On a visit to Sudan, Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, today announced UK funding for mine clearance programmes which will be used in a more responsive and flexible way, considering factors such as:
The number of lives that will be saved;
The number of mines in the area - known as mine contamination;
The benefit to a community socially and economically; and,
The targeting of funding towards countries who are unable to fund their own mine …
- The FAO Food Price Index further strengthened in October.
- International maize prices increased sharply in October and those of wheat remained firm.
Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats
The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:
- What has happened to food prices and why?
- Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
- How have countries and the international community responded?
- The future
Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda*
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
The present report covers activities from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. Within this period, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $448.3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to implement life-saving activities in 52 countries and territories. Funding was provided to 15 humanitarian agencies, many of which carried out their programmes in conjunction with non-governmental partners.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors and reports staple food prices in cities and towns in food-insecure countries. The Price Watch presents a summary of key trends in selected markets. Prices for all commodities and markets monitored are available in the Price Watch Annex.
GA Thematic Debate on UN Peacekeeping: Looking into the Future
Panel: Multi-dimensional Peacekeeping Operations - toward sustainable peace, peacebuilding and the nexus between security and development
Speaking notes for Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Justin Yifu Lin
22 June 2010, New York
May 20, 2010
Cambridge, MA- Management Sciences for Health (MSH) today announces its newest publication, Health Systems in Action: An eHandbook for Leaders and Managers. The electronic handbook equips health workers at the center of health systems to reduce illness and save lives.
This strategy covers the UK's commitment to spend £30 million on mine action over the financial years 2010 - 2013 announced by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander on 25 November 2008. Drawing upon lessons from the last fifteen years of support to mine action, it presents some changes to the way in which public funding for mine action is managed and delivered.
The global context of mine action has changed radically in the last decade for three key reasons: firstly, the number of conflicts has approximately halved since 19903; secondly, the effectiveness of the …