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08 Dec 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6233rd Meeting* (AM & PM)

Illicit Trade Enriching Terrorists, Anti-Government Forces, Chief of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Warns in Briefing

Concerned about the serious threat posed by drug trafficking to global security, particularly in Africa, the Security Council today called on the international community to strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations and regional organizations in fighting the scourge.

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 décembre 2009): Les acteurs humanitaires de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ont lancé aujourd'hui un appel de fonds de plus de 160 milliards de FCFA (368 millions US$) pour répondre aux besoins de millions de personnes démunies dans la région au cours de l'année 2010.

Cet appel permettrait de sauver des vies à travers les 15 pays membres de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et la Mauritanie en finançant des opérations dans des secteurs vitaux tels …

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 December 2009): West Africa's humanitarian actors launched today an appeal for US$368 million (160 billion CFA) in order to respond to the humanitarian needs of millions of vulnerable people in 2010.

This appeal would contribute in saving lives throughout the 15 countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States and Mauritania by financing projects in life-saving sectors such food security and nutrition, health, water and hygiene, and protection.

Comprised of …

30 Nov 2009 description

(Geneva: 30 November 2009): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $7.1 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 48 million people in 25 countries worldwide.

"Our aim is to help people survive the coming year, and start working their way out of vulnerability towards the dignity, safety and self-sufficiency to which every human being has a right" the Secretary-General said in the foreword to the Appeal.

The Humanitarian Appeal 2010 is the biggest Appeal ever launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991.

30 Nov 2009 description


Responding to humanitarian emergencies in West Africa is challenging due to the region's diverse crises. Each crisis is complex, severe and affects the population's coping capacities. At least 139 million people live in extreme poverty in West Africa. These people are particularly vulnerable to overall food insecurity, the effects of recurrent and regular natural disasters, and cyclical epidemics compounded by climate change and socio-political instabilities.

30 Nov 2009 description


The 2010 Humanitarian Appeal addresses twelve major humanitarian crises around the world. It presents a strategic, concerted action plan for each crisis, bringing together hundreds of aid organizations working together to deliver vital aid effectively and efficiently. It requires donors also to act together to ensure that these joint efforts receive the urgent funding needed to save lives, prevent irrecoverable harm, maintain dignity and restore self-reliance.

25 Nov 2009 description
  • La situation alimentaire des ménages s'améliore globalement dans toute la région avec la généralisation des récoltes.

    - Les missions conjointes CILSS-FAO-FEWS NET-PAM ont estimé des productions moyennes à bonnes dans les zones soudaniennes et guinéennes de tous les pays de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Par contre, dans la zone sahélienne les productions sont globalement mauvaises avec d'importants déficits au Tchad, au Niger et à l'extrême nord du Nigeria.

23 Nov 2009 description

With the ratification by the government of Benin, the 'Convention against the proliferation of light and small caliber weapons' (ALPC) adopted in June 2006 in Abuja by the 15 member states of Western African States Economic Community (ECOWAS).

The Dakar based organism issued a note saying that the importance of Benin's ratification last September 29, (joining Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), allows for the convention to be adopted.

17 Nov 2009 description

Il s'agit de plus grande campagne de vaccination antiamarile jamais organisée.

17 NOVEMBRE 2009 | GEN=C8VE/NEW YORK -- La plus grande campagne de vaccination antiamarile jamais organisée doit démarrer la semaine prochaine dans trois pays africains.

17 Nov 2009 description

A two-day regional conference on refugee protection and international migration in the Americas, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and organized by IOM, UNHCR and the OAS, with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), opens on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, San José.

The conference, which will be officially opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Stagno and Interior Minister Janina Del Vecchio, will bring together some officials from 20 countries as well as IOM, UNHCR, OAS, OHCHR, national and international NGOs, civil society and …

09 Nov 2009 description

Abuja (ICRC) - From 27 to 29 October, legal experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 35 government officials representing all 15 States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Abuja to discuss the implementation of international humanitarian law at the national level.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict were among the treaties discussed. The main topic, however, was progress made on ratifying the ECOWAS Convention on …

06 Nov 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

Dakar, Senegal, 6 November 2009 - The cumulative effects of the global financial and food shocks on West Africa's children have been pieced together at a series of meetings of experts convened by UNICEF.

The region has some of the most vulnerable children in the world and under 5 child mortality remains at a stubborn two out of every ten births.

There is scant real-time evidence of the impact of the crisis on communities in the region, but lessons from past events, survey results and indications from specially commissioned economic modeling have been given at a four day …

31 Oct 2009 description

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 .

30 Oct 2009 description

Mensajes principales

El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009 es el 10.=BA informe de situación de la FAO sobre el hambre en el mundo desde la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Alimentación (CMA) de 1996. En el informe se destaca el hecho de que, incluso antes de que se produjeran la crisis alimentaria y la crisis económica, el n=FAmero de personas que padecían hambre había aumentado lenta pero constantemente.

28 Oct 2009 description
report UN Radio

Ecouter les nouvelles

La 17e réunion de haut niveau des chefs de mission des Nations Unies d'Afrique de l'Ouest s'est terminée mardi à Dakar.

Etaient présent lors de ces assises, les Représentants du Secrétaire général en Côte d'Ivoire, du Liberia, de la Guinée Bissau, la Sierra Leonne et bien entendu la délégation hôte du Sénégal, du bureau pour l'Afrique de l'ouest.

Lors de cette réunion, ils ont fait le diagnostic de la situation dans la sous région, notamment en Cote …

26 Oct 2009 description

General Context

Pandemic A (H1N1): There is an overall slight decline in the incidence since 4 weeks mainly due to the declining trend in South Africa. Twenty seven (27) countries are now affected in our Region with a total case load of 13,583 and 102 deaths. Floods in West Africa which affected 635,273 people and killed 187 others are subsiding but we continue to monitor the health consequences.

26 Oct 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie A (H1N1): Il y a une légère baisse globale de l'incidence depuis 4 semaines due principalement à la baisse de la tendance en Afrique du Sud. Vingt et sept (27) pays sont actuellement touchés dans notre Région avec un total de cas s'élevant à 13 583 et 102 décès. Les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest qui ont touché 635 273 personnes et tué 187 autres ont cessé mais nous continuons de suivre les conséquences sanitaires.

21 Oct 2009 description
report World Bank

updated October 21, 2009

In response to the severity of the food crisis and the need for prompt action, the World Bank Group set up the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) in May 2008 to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food high prices. The Bank response has been articulated in coordination with the United Nations' High-Level Task Force on food security.