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As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.
In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."
Australia has joined the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and over twenty other governments in a commitment to beat hunger and improve nutrition. Signed at a Summit in London on June 8, the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact will bind the international community in its efforts to make nutrition one of the world’s top development priorities.
Everyday more than 8,000 children across the world die from complications caused by a lack of nutrition. In some countries such as Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Cambodia and Laos, over 40 per cent of children are stunted.
This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012
This report presents findings from a mapping initiative that aimed to capture how faith-based organizations respond to violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region. As a collaborative initiative between UNFPA and the Asia-Pacific Women Faith and Development Alliance (AP-WFDA), it sought to identify examples of strategies used by faith-based organizations. The report brings together the experiences of 58 organizations collected through an online survey, supplemented by in-depth interviews conducted with selected agencies.
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Release of the 2011-12 Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness
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New Asia Impact Report provides greater donor accountability
CARE today launched the Asia Impact Report which provides a review of the impact of CARE’s work in Asia from 2005 to 2010. The report is the first of its kind in Australia and is part of CARE’s commitment to transparency, which is important for the 87 per cent of Australian donors who want to know more about how donations are spent.
Asia leads in hunger, more work needed on stunting
Press Briefing Notes Friday 12th October 2012 Spokesperson: Jumbe Omari Jumbe
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The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide.
BANGKOK, 18 September 2012 (IRIN) - Stunting is a key factor holding back progress on children's well-being, and Asia faces a significant challenge with millions of children under five stunted, says the 2012 Child Development Index (CDI) [ http://www.savethechildren.nl/Publicaties/child_development_2012/ ] published by NGO Save the Children.
*Little change to estimates of cereals harvests
Maize and wheat prices remain high, but may have peaked*
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Hence the sharp price rises seen in the maize and wheat markets in July have probably reached their limit — even if at more than US$320 a tonne for maize, US$365 a tonne for wheat, prices are high.
Yogyakarta, 5 September 2012: Eleven countries in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are now on track to declaring the Region Polio free, this was recognized during an event at the WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting in Yogyakarta, today. The last case of wild poliovirus in the Region was reported on 13 January 2011 in India making a regional polio free certification possible in early 2014. However, the Region remains at risk with poliovirus circulating in the endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket, terms of trade and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the second quarter of 2012 (April to June, Q2-2012)1.