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22 Aug 2012 description
report Save the Children

Sacred Heart School's Summer Students Sketch Storybook Illustrations for Save the Children's Global Literacy Program

WESTPORT, Conn. (August 21, 2012) — Students from high-tech Silicon Valley are going low-tech to boost reading skills of young children in developing countries.

Summer students at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, Calif. put pencil and paint to paper over the past two weeks in an illustration workshop to create storybook drawings for children in some of the most under-resourced pockets of Africa and Asia.

27 Jun 2011 description
report Plan International

27/06/11

‘UK government must act now to end child marriage’ - charity

ONE girl is married off every three-and-a-half seconds worldwide, a new report reveals.

They face early pregnancy, being pulled out of school and serious health complications including HIV.

The Breaking Vows study by charity Plan UK states ten million under-18s marry every year – one in seven under-15s in the world’s poorest countries.

While acknowledging Britain’s role in tackling early and forced marriage internationally, Plan is calling on the UK government to do more.

15 Jun 2011 description

Mitchell: Britain to lead more effective response to humanitarian disasters

International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, today laid out how the Government will improve the way it responds to man-made and natural disasters to provide more effective help to people devastated by earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and war.

The new proposals follow Lord Ashdown’s review of the UK’s humanitarian emergency response and include:

Better prepared countries

02 Jun 2011 description

These briefs have been elaborated in the framework of the collaboration of FAO and UN-HABITAT, as part of the Natural Disasters Initiatives under the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Humanitarian Assistance work. Their objective is to raise awareness of key government and humanitarian actors on the importance of addressing land tenure issues in natural disasters. Each country brief conveys information allowing to better understand the key role of secure land tenure and access when dealing with natural disasters vulnerability of the poor, women and men.

12 May 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) – Figuring out how to raise the $100 billion a year in climate change assistance promised to poor nations is tough enough, but spending the money fairly and effectively may prove an even bigger challenge, climate finance experts warned this week.

Early flows of money aimed at helping poor and vulnerable countries curb their emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change are bypassing many corrupt or conflict-ridden countries, experts on a panel at the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said on Tuesday.

09 Mar 2011 description

Geneva, Switzerland - A new report from the United Nations confirms what governments already hear but are slow to believe: that disciplined public sector involvement in "disaster risk reduction" can significantly reduce setbacks brought by hundreds of droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes and other hazards that befall the world each year, on average.

Released today, the "Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to …

03 Feb 2011 description

Although worldwide progress in reducing undernutrition rates has been relatively slow and variable, there are some individual success stories that buck the global trend. This review argues that, by studying these successes, we can aim to derive lessons and examples of good practice that can be implemented across other countries. This Phase 1 paper, framed under the ongoing Zero Hunger ACFIN strategy, aims to address the reasons for these successes by drawing on evidence from ?

26 Jan 2011 description

26 January 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for new development projects that will save the lives and improve the health of mothers and children in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

"Canada was the catalyst in 2010 for the renewed global effort to save the lives of mothers, children and newborns in developing countries," said Prime Minister Harper.

18 Nov 2010 description

El PMA está observando muy de cerca los precios internacionales de los alimentos, ya que a medida que estos aumentan se podría aumentar la presión sobre los pobres que padecen hambre y al mismo tiempo elevar el costo de la asistencia alimentaria que se está dando. Un nuevo informe advirtió que los precios de los alimentos podrían llegar a estar más altos en el 2011, especialmente si las cosechas son pobres.

ROMA - El PMA, quien planea alimentar a más de 100 millones de personas para el 2010, está siguiendo muy de cerca los precios internacionales de los alimentos, pues a medida que …

17 Nov 2010 description

WFP is watching international food prices closely, as continued rises could increase pressure on the hungry poor and at the same time raise the cost of providing food assistance.

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 23:01:06 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Bangladesh, India, Madagascar most at risk-Maplecroft

* Nordic region least vulnerable to global warming

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Bangladesh and India are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, according to an index on Wednesday that rates the Nordic region least at risk.

British consultancy Maplecroft said its rankings showed that several "big economies of the future" in Asia were among those facing the biggest risks from global warming in the next 30 years as were …

03 Jun 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 3 June 2010 (IRIN) - Climate change is not only testing the resilience of people, but also of development and disaster risk reduction projects set up to help people. Now, there may be a way to make the gamble more favourable.

If you were a small or medium-size NGO trying to set up a project in a flood-prone area in Bangladesh or Mozambique, you might not be aware of the climate risks.

31 May 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, …

10 Dec 2009 description

Watch the Press Conference

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said today that he and other humanitarian actors would push negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen to guarantee sufficient funding and action plans to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable people adapt to the changing weather patterns threatening their physical and economic survival.

"Our particular concern is that the focus should not just be on mitigation, that is, …

16 Oct 2009 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid's HungerFREE Scorecard Investigates why a Billion People are Hungry

Executive Summary

Over one billion people - a sixth of humanity - don't have enough to eat. Almost a third of the world's children are growing up malnourished. This is perhaps one of the most shameful achievements of recent history, since there is no good reason for anyone to go hungry in today's world.

Even before the food and financial crises, the number of people facing chronic malnutrition was extremely high, and falling extremely slowly. Since 2005, it has jumped by 20 percent.

01 Oct 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - Low-lying Asian nations from Bangladesh to Vietnam have long been thought the most vulnerable to damage if climate change brings rising seas and worsening storm surges.

But a range of major coastal cities in Africa - particularly Lagos and Alexandria - may also bear the brunt of climate-related changes over the next century, according to a report by the Centre for Global Development .

The think tank's study, which projects the vulnerability of coastal populations to …

25 Sep 2009 description

If necessity is the mother of invention, we should be looking forward to a breathtakingly innovative agreement on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Such an agreement would not only outline how we should curb greenhouse gas emissions, but also how we could realistically adapt to climate change, and help countries cope with its negative effects.

The increasing threat to life and livelihood posed by climate change is already palpable and the need for effective action agreed in Copenhagen is increasingly urgent.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

Climate change is damaging people's lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world's poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads off to major international meetings with climate change high on the agenda this week, a new report reveals that seasons which were once distinct are shifting, destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger.

This is just one of the multiple impacts of climate change taking their toll on the world's poorest people, according to the Oxfam report 'Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty'.

The report's release comes ahead of the G8 …

30 Apr 2009 description

Executive summary

The food crisis of 2008 provoked a strong coordinated response from the world community and exposed fundamental problems in the agrofood sector, which continue. Prices remain high in many domestic markets of developing countries, and the risk of future volatility persists. The present economy-wide crisis creates severe economic and social difficulties, which aggravate agricultural problems and the food situation -particularly for least-developed countries and small farmers - and which require stronger actions.