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11 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address tradeoffs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

05 Jan 2017 description
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This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

10 Aug 2016 description

Introduction

There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.

13 May 2016 description

HOUSE OF LORDS European Union Committee 14th Report of Session 2015–16

Summary

“Migrants in boats are symptoms, not causes, of the problem.”

26 Apr 2016 description

The 2015 Foreign Office Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy shows that human rights remain at the heart of British foreign policy.

The Foreign Office has issued its Annual Human Rights Report for 2015. The report, published on 21 April 2016, illustrates the priority attached to human rights across the FCO network.

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.

11 Apr 2014 description

Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.

The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.

21 Jan 2014 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

19 Oct 2012 description

The Foreign Office has published new reporting on 28 Countries of Concern, along with updates on the case study countries featured in the annual human rights report. The quarterly updates cover the period from July to September 2012.

The 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report is online to make it as accessible to the public as possible. It highlights the UK’s human rights policies and concerns on key issues, and features 28 Countries of Concern where the FCO has the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.

13 Jul 2012 description

Executive Summary The Conflict Pool is a funding mechanism for conflict prevention activities, managed jointly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID and the Ministry of Defence.
Based on case studies of Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this evaluation of the Conflict Pool’s Official Development Assistance element assesses whether it has led to a coherent, strategic and effective UK approach to conflict prevention.

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08 Nov 2011 description

Vital help for people who lost their homes in 2011 monsoon floods

A ship laden with emergency aid provided by the UK Government has arrived in Karachi docks, to help thousands of children, women, and men who have lost their homes in southern Pakistan in this year’s monsoon floods. The new aid includes emergency shelter for 105,000 people, 24,000 buckets, and 57,000 blankets. The items are being loaded on to trucks today and will be transported immediately to flood-affected districts in Sindh.

11 May 2011 description

Written evidence submitted by Age UK

ABOUT HELPAGE INTERNATIONAL

  1. HelpAge International is an international NGO established in 1983 by Age UK (formerly Help the Aged) with the vision of a world in which older people fulfil their potential to lead secure, healthy and dignified lives. It leads an international network of 75 affiliate organisations and over 400 partner organisations in over 50 countries; a major donor and partner is Age UK.

10 May 2011 description

Summary

The Pakistan floods of 2010 affected more than 18 million people, one tenth of the total population and more than the Haiti earthquake. Eight months later humanitarian needs remain unmet and there are still thousands living in camps.

The main actors involved in the response were the Government of Pakistan and the UN agencies. DFID also played a role as did many non-governmental organisations and other humanitarian agencies such as the Red Cross.

11 Apr 2011 description

The UK Government today announced it will help more than half-a-million people in Pakistan recovering from last year’s floods by building flood-resistant homes, restoring vital irrigation and drainage systems, creating jobs, replacing animals and fodder, as well as providing seeds, tool, and fertilisers ahead of the upcoming planting season.

This latest allocation of UK aid will among other things:

Build 5,000 flood resistant one room brick homes in Sindh, benefitting some 35,000 people;

11 Apr 2011 description

The UK Government has committed £134 million in response to the UN Pakistan Floods appeal. In addition, a £10 million bridge project has been brought forward.

To find out how UK aid has helped hundreds of thousands of people who were affected by the floods, select a story from our multimedia 'six-months on' report, or scroll down to see a summary and timeline of our response.

Summary of UKaid to those affected by the floods:

In total the UK government is providing , mainly via aid agencies:

Safe drinking water to 2.5 million people.

31 Mar 2011 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

I am delighted to introduce the 2010 Human Rights Command Paper. Our coalition government is determined to strengthen the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as part of our commitment to a foreign policy that has the practical promotion of human rights as part of its irreducible core.

12 Oct 2010 description

Improving the way scientists, NGOs and policy makers work together to address natural disasters will be the focus of a one-day conference at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday, 13th of October.

Over 150 experts from the UK 'disasters community' will explore how research, policy and humanitarian sectors can combine their experience, skills and expertise to reduce the widespread loss of life and economic damage caused by natural disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The event is part of the UK's contribution to the United Nations Day for …

20 Sep 2010 description

The UK will provide a substantial boost to Pakistan's emergency relief and recovery by committing a further =A370m, British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today (Sunday 19 September) at the United Nations in New York.

The announcement comes in response to the United Nations' revised appeal to provide relief and recovery support for the next 12 months for up to 14 million people affected by the floods.

Andrew Mitchell made clear Britain was expressing strong support for the appeal from Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief …

25 Aug 2010 description

RAF personnel are continuing to spearhead Britain's international aid effort to assist people affected by Pakistan's devastating floods.

A C-17 Globemaster operated by 99 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, took one of the latest consignments of UK aid to the country's capital Islamabad at the request of the Department for International Development (DFID).

The C-17 is the RAF's largest transport aircraft, capable of carrying 73,800kg of freight and 138 personnel over ranges up to 8,300km, and is already operating every day in the region providing vital …