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1. The present eighth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1894 (2009).
2. The adoption of resolution 1894 (2009) on 11 November 2009 was a fitting commemoration of 10 years of thematic action by the Security Council on the protection of civilians and a welcome manifestation of the ongoing commitment of the Council to that critical issue.
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
Women from civil society and senior UN leaders in conflict-affected countries participated in 25 dialogues on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in June, July and August 2010.
This special issue of Disasters explores the increased interest and engagement by donor and national governments in 'stabilising' contexts affected by armed conflict and complex emergencies, and considers its implications for international humanitarian action.
Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Joint press release
NEW YORK, 23 September 2010 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNICEF today signed a major agreement, joining forces across Asia and the Pacific region to fight disparities, reduce poverty, and ensure that equitable and sustainable development benefits all children.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two agencies comes at a critical time with only five years remaining until the 2015 deadline for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
"The outcome from this agreement will be an improved partnership which …
In one dreary morning, I, the pupil of kindergarten #2, became an IDP; to be more specific, I was forced to become an IDP. In several hours, I lost my friends, home and happy childhood. I experienced the horror of hunger and cold. At age of 6, I realized words "peace" and "bread". The vision of endless flow of people worn out from hunger and cold and the taste of a piece of bread I clutched in my fist will never fade from my memory.
SIPRI Fact Sheet
- More than 88 000 personnel were deployed to nine peace operations in Asia in 2009-the highest number of personnel deployed to any region.
- The number of peacekeepers deployed in Asia was 59 per cent higher in 2009 than in 2008, a greater increase than in any other region.
- The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan was the largest operation worldwide for the fourth year running.
This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.
This programme update focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in the first six months of 2010 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities.
The UN-organized "Global Open Day for Women and Peace" continued in mid-June with senior UN officials and women peace advocates engaging in vibrant exchanges of proposed actions for improving women's participation in peace processes.
In more than 20 countries, the Global Open Day is helping to kick off preparations for the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
Sarah Collinson, Samir Elhawary and Robert Muggah
HPG Working Paper
The international policy context and circumstances of humanitarian action have seen some significant changes over the past decade. Relief and development agencies are operating in an increasingly diverse array of war-affected and difficult contexts, while donor government policy has evolved, reflecting a growing preoccupation with so-called weak and fragile states.
This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.
Programme purpose: In support of Global Agenda Goal 2, and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, liaise with global immunization partners to ensure the continued involvement of the secretariat and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in measles and polio supplementary immunization activities (SIAs).