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06 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 6 December 2009 (IRIN) - Money to help the world's 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - the poorest and most vulnerable - cope with the impact of climate change will be in the spotlight when the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15) kicks off on 7 December.

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was set up in 2001 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help them address their "urgent and immediate" adaptation needs.

The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, …

12 Nov 2009 description

CERF Advisory Group meets to discuss Fund management and operations

On 2 and 3 November, the CERF Advisory Group met in New York. During the meeting, the Advisory Group received a brief from the Emergency Relief Coordinator on the use of the Fund in 2009. The Advisory Group expressed a high level of support for the use and management of the Fund.

28 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/10865

Addressing Assembly via Cell Phone, Honduran President Zelaya Calls on United Nations to 'Restore Rule of Law and Freedom that Honduras Deserves'

Concerned that the United Nations outdated structure left it ill-equipped to deal with twenty-first century realities, Government Ministers addressing the General Assembly today pressed the world body to revamp its institutions, extend its alliances and break old mindsets that had hampered its credibility as the world's pre-eminent negotiating forum.

For Osman Mohammed Saleh, Eritrea's Minister for Foreign …

16 Sep 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: JUDICIAL RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS INSUFFICIENT

On 9 September, a senior UN official for human rights described the judicial response to abuses committed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as wholly insufficient.

Commenting on two recently published UN reports, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), urged the Congolese authorities to take action to hold the perpetrators accountable, particularly as sexual violence continues to take place in the eastern war-torn provinces.

The …

28 Apr 2009 description

Foreword

WFP is deeply concerned that the scourge of hunger and malnutrition is on the increase across the developing world, with now over a billion hungry people on the planet. The global economic downturn is exacerbating the impact of the food crisis and increasing food insecurity for the world's most vulnerable people, reversing progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

26 Mar 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Joanne Tomkinson

Imagine you've been uprooted suddenly by violence or a natural disaster - in the chaos of fleeing for safety, there's a chance you'll be separated from someone you love.