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1. Executive Summary
Recognizing the important and positive issues on considerable developments in Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction made by national societies in Asia Pacific during the last decade, the level of risks and vulnerabilities remains important especially in the following aspects:
This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012
Asia leads in hunger, more work needed on stunting
Food prices fall at year’s end, but still at record highs
Bumper crops of cereals, sugar and oils led to a sharp decline in the FAO Food Price Index as 2011 drew to a close, but the Index’s average for the year was still a record high, and FAO analysts said near-term trends were difficult to predict.
December saw the FPI shed 5 points, or 2.4 percent, from November, finishing the year at 211 points. That represented a 27 point, or 11.3 percent fall from its peak in February 2011.
Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer
A year of complex challenges for UN peace operations 2010 was in many ways a watershed one for UN peace operations.
Conflict and Disaster
As noted in the discussion of the Sri Lanka irrigation project above, cofinancing provides an important tool for rebuilding basic infrastructure in countries recovering from prolonged military conflict.
Citizen Security, Justice and Jobs Key to Breaking Cycles of Political and Criminal Violence: World Bank Report
Press Release No:2011/412/DEC
1.5 billion people in countries affected by repeated cycles of violence, with poverty rates more than 20 percentage points higher than other countries, says WDR 2011
8 March 2011, Rome/Bangkok - In response to the current rise in food prices, FAO will, in partnership with stakeholders, run a series of seminars in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Near East to help governments to make informed decisions on how to respond to high food prices, the Organization announced today.
Global food prices increased for the eighth consecutive month in February, with prices of all commodity groups monitored rising again, except for sugar, according to the FAO Food Price Index.
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.
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
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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).
6216th Meeting (AM & PM)
Expressing deep regret that civilians continued to account for the vast majority of casualties in armed conflicts, the Security Council reaffirmed today its readiness to respond to the targeting of civilians and the blocking of humanitarian aid, as it opened a day-long debate on the matter.
This bulletin provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and the potential impacts of these changes on the cost of the food basket. Staples contribute 40 - 80% of energy intake for the most vulnerable population groups in developing countries. Therefore, even a small increase in staple food prices has a high impact on overall food consumption, especially when the food basket is composed of very few staples.
The bulletin covers 60 countries over the period July to September 2009 .