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31 Dec 2007 description

Note: Map production date estimated.
Note: Map title modified. Original map title: Prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) by administrative level in Mauritania, latest year available

28 Dec 2007 description


- Four French tourists killed in Mauritania

- An anti-tank mine exploded in southern Niger

- The Niger government warns against sabotage acts

- Hostages detained by rebels are to be released on 28 December

- Mali and Guinea make efforts to bring durable solutions to border conflict

- Agricultural production decrease in Cape Verde, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal

- Disarmament launched in Côte d'Ivoire

- Avian flu detected in Benin

- Future opening of an OHCHR office in West Africa

- Dear cost of living cause violent protests in …

26 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

NOUAKCHOTT, 26 décembre 2007 (IRIN) - Les croyances traditionnelles et les coutumes empêchent de lutter efficacement contre la fistule en Mauritanie.

« La fistule est vécue comme une sanction », a expliqué Jacques Milliez, un gynécologue qui se rend deux fois par an en Mauritanie dans le cadre d'un programme de traitement des femmes fistuleuses. « La tradition veut qu'une femme qui rencontre des difficultés pour accoucher soit soupçonnée de tous les torts possibles.

26 Dec 2007 description

Du 29 au 31 octobre 2007, s'est tenue à Dakar au Sénégal, la réunion de concertation technique sur les bilans céréalier et alimentaire expost 2006/2007 et prévisionnels 2007/2008 des pays membres du CILSS et des pays côtiers de l'Afrique de l'ouest non membres du CILSS.

25 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

NOUAKCHOTT, 25 December 2007 (IRIN) - Efforts to reduce cases of obstetric fistula in Mauritania have been slowed by local customs and beliefs.

"Fistula is seen as a punishment," said Jacques Milliez, a gynaecologist who travels to Mauritania twice a year as part of a treatment programme.

21 Dec 2007 description
report UN Security Council

I have the honour to inform you that your letter dated 28 November 2007 (S/2007/753) concerning the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) has been brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council.

The members of the Council concur with your recommendation to extend the mandate of UNOWA for a further period of three years from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2010.

21 Dec 2007 description
report UN Security Council

I wish to refer to an exchange of letters between my predecessor and the President of the Security Council in November 2001 (S/2001/1128 and S/2001/1129) relating to the establishment of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). I also wish to refer to an exchange of letters between my predecessor and the President of the Security Council in October 2004 (S/2004/797 and S/2004/858) relating to the extension of the mandate of UNOWA for three years, from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007, subject to a mid-term review.

21 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 36,634,285 (USD 32,767,696 or EUR 22,202,596) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

The West and Central African zone is a diverse region comprising 24 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) and has an estimated population of 350 million people.

A …

20 Dec 2007 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

18 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 18 December 2007 (IRIN) - With levels of malnutrition in West Africa slightly lower in 2007 than the previous year, the overall amount of money aid organizations are requesting from donors for the 2008 Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for the sub-region is also lower, UN officials say.

"There is less of a malnutrition crisis this year but [structural] problems of food security are still a serious concern," Herve Ludovic de Lys the regional head of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told IRIN at the launch of the 2008 CAP which called on …

18 Dec 2007 description

Dakar, 18 décembre 2007 : Les Nations Unies lancent ce mardi à Dakar un appel de fonds de 312 millions de dollars pour l'Afrique de l'ouest afin d'assurer le financement de projets d'assistance humanitaires pour 2008, dans cette partie du monde où se concentrent certains des pays parmi les plus pauvres de la planète.

L'appel humanitaire pour l'Afrique de l'ouest fait partie d'un appel global de 3,8 milliards de dollars, lancé le lundi 10 décembre 2007 à Genève par John Holmes, le Secrétaire général adjoint pour les affaires humanitaires, afin d'aider …

18 Dec 2007 description

(Dakar/New York: 18 December 2007): The United Nations launched on Tuesday an appeal requesting over $312 million in support of humanitarian activities in West Africa in 2008, in order to ensure humanitarian assistance for some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for West Africa, launched on 10 December 2007 in Geneva by John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, is a part of a global appeal for $3.8 billion that will allow humanitarians to assist 25 million people in 24 …

17 Dec 2007 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 17 de diciembre de 2007.- Cáritas Española acaba de aprobar el desembolso de diversas partidas económicas por valor total de 1.322.334 euros para apoyar el trabajo humanitario de ayuda a las víctimas que están llevando a cabo las Cáritas locales en diversas emergencias olvidadas de Africa, Asia y América Latina.

11 Dec 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 11 December 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In Geneva this morning, Tuesday, UNHCR's annual Pledging Conference gets underway. The agency will present to donors its 2008 annual budget of US$1.096 billion and is asking for early pledges of funds to help millions of refugees, displaced and stateless persons around the world.

11 Dec 2007 description


December 11, 2007 Vienna, Austria - Three developing countries in Africa are to benefit from fresh financing extended on December 11 by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

11 Dec 2007 description

Prevailing high international cereal prices, coupled with soaring freight rates and record world fuel prices, have resulted in substantial rises in retail prices of cereal based food staples, such as bread, pasta and tortillas, as well as milk and meat, in countries across the world, generating inflationary pressure on domestic food markets and fuelling social unrest.

10 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

BALI, 10 December 2007 (IRIN) - Increasing pressure caused by climate change on essential resources like water could not only trigger domestic conflicts but also have a destabilising effect globally, warn UN officials.

"It is not far-fetched to begin to see growing tensions; not far fetched to think climate change will globally have a destabilising effect," said Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who drew a scenario in which countries heavily affected by climate change would blame those not seen as doing enough to cut …