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31 Dec 2008 description

In response to poverty as a result of the recent increases in food prices, the Government in collaboration with WFP, FAO, UNICEF, and other partners have designed interventions aimed at mitigating the impact of high food prices on vulnerable households in urban and peri-urban areas. Actions include re-introduction of school feeding in Western Area, expansion of nutrition interventions as well as cash and food for work programs for vulnerable youths in urban and peri-urban areas.

31 Dec 2008 description


No more brand new wheels

It is time to stop reinventing the wheel!
How many times have we heard this? We talk, write and feel very seriously about this, but how can we go from words to action? What are the practical things that must be in place in order for us to stop reinventing? What do we have to do to learn how to improve the wheel, and how to adapt it to our vehicles and our roads? This is something we discuss a lot at the PS Centre these days.

26 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08.

In brief

Programme purpose: Together with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, and in line with the International Federation's Strategy 2010 and the Global Agenda goals, the West and Central African zone (WCAZ) is committed to:

- Establish appropriate mechanisms for effective technical coordination, planning, performance monitoring and evaluation as to assist its 24 National Societies in developing and establishing sustainable community-based health projects, and develop improved …

23 Dec 2008 description


In Kabul, Laghman, and Nangahar, 763 families received packages of fresh Udhiyah meat.


Over 10,000 pounds of fresh meat was distributed to 2,300 poor Iraqi families, as well as a number of orphans, in the provinces of Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala, and Mosul.


Udhiyah meat was distributed to 580 families living in Palestinian refugee camps and isolated rural villages.


In the governorates of Tripoli and Sidon LIFE distributed Udhiyah meat to 130 needy families.

22 Dec 2008 description

Press Release No. 08/341

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the third review of Sierra Leone's performance under a four-year arrangement under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF). The Board also approved an SDR 10.4 million (about US$16.1 million) augmentation to help strengthen Sierra Leone's foreign reserve position to cope with the external shocks from world food and fuel price increases and the unfolding global financial crisis.

22 Dec 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Nico Colombant

Makeni, Sierra Leone, 22 December 2008 - War amputees in Sierra Leone are complaining of their treatment and of a stalled reparation program, nearly seven years since the end of the country's brutal civil war.

18 Dec 2008 description
report European Union

Provisional edition


The European Parliament ,

- having regard to the 1907 Hague Regulations, the four Geneva Conventions from 1949 and their Additional Protocols I and II of 1977,

- having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

- having regard to all United Nations (UN) human rights conventions and the optional protocols thereto,

- having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 and the two optional protocols thereto,

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

18 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 18 December 2008 (IRIN) - For the second consecutive year Sierra Leone has come last in the UN Development Programme ranking of human development indicators of 179 countries.

Some analysts say Sierra Leone is nonetheless advancing in some areas and that the impact of the country's 11-year civil war must be taken into account for a full true measure of progress.

The UN human development index measures development based on three principal dimensions: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

17 Dec 2008 description


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It's a great pleasure to meet you.

16 Dec 2008 description

1 Introduction

1.1 The Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework has changed for the period 2008-11. Thirty PSAs now reflect a collective set of the UK government's priorities.

1.2 The Department for International Development (DFID) is the lead department on PSA 29: Reduce poverty in poorer countries through quicker progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

16 Dec 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General Assembly
Fifth Committee

16 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

"1 euro is a fortune..." seeks to raise €5 million

NEW YORK, 16 December 2008 - In keeping with a tradition started four years ago, this holiday season the IKEA Social Initiative will use proceeds from the sale of IKEA soft toys to help finance education projects run by UNICEF and Save the Children.

As part of the "1 euro is a fortune..." campaign, which kicked off in November and will continue until 24 December, 1 euro from every soft toy that IKEA Group sells in its 258 stores worldwide will go to projects aimed to improve children's …

15 Dec 2008 description

Freetown (ICRC) - Nearly seven years after the end of Sierra Leone's decade-long armed conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is considerably curtailing the operations it has carried out in the country without interruption for almost 18 years.

The ICRC will no longer run an independent delegation in Sierra Leone, but will maintain an office in Freetown under the supervision of the ICRC delegation in neighbouring Guinea.

11 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA, 11 December 2008 - Ishamel Beah, Grace Akallo and Kon Kelei know the consequences of war. All three have lived through and participated in conflict in their native countries of Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sudan. They share not only common experiences as former child soldiers, but also agree that it was education that enabled them to become the writers and advocates they are today.

During a podcast recorded at the UN Radio studios in New York recently, the three survivors spoke about a recently-launched network for young people affected by conflict.