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31 Dec 2009 description

Introduction

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform WFP programme unit and WFP partners about the trends of key factors influencing food security in Sierra Leone. The bulletin is based on secondary data and will in due course include primary data collected by WFP staff in collaboration with other agencies.

Summary

- The overall food security situation is relatively stable, despite the fact that the supply of rice, which is the staple food, is challenging in terms of meeting the national requirements1. Harvesting of rice, will be completed by end December.

31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

Impact of Food Prices Rises On Malnutrition and Food Security

- International food and oil prices soared until further in 2008 and translated in varying degrees into higher domestic food prices causing food riots in over 30 countries. Even though food prices are falling on the global markets, surveillance showed that local prices have continued to increase or have remained at their inflated level in a number of vulnerable countries.

31 Dec 2009 description

Emergency Aid Reaches Gaza

The recent war on Gaza caused great suffering among the 1.5 Palestinians who live there. The UN estimated that at one point during the war 500,000 people were displaced from their homes. Some 4,000 dwellings were destroyed, forcing homeless families with nowhere else to go to live in tents.

from day one of the war, LIFE for Relief and Development delivered food medical supplies, ambulances, blankets, tents, and other relief items to beneficiaries across the Gaza Strip.

31 Dec 2009 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to the request contained in the letter dated 21 December 2007 from the President of the Security Council (S/2007/754), in which the Council called on me to report on the fulfilment of the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) every six months. The report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

31 Dec 2009 description

Highlights

- The prices of local rice dropped significantly in all markets from 3rd to 4th quarter

- Harvesting of rice continued throughout the period, but yields might be below expectations because of late rains, dry spells and flooding

- Palm oil prices increased in all the markets in the country

- Terms of trade favoured cacao farmers during the period

- The US dollar continued to fluctuate until December 2009

31 Dec 2009 description

SAMUEL ATUOBI

KAIPTC MONOGRAPH No. 6

ABSTRACT

Using Sierra Leone as a case study, this paper examines the role of peace support operations (PSOs) and electoral assistance in post-conflict elections, and how they contribute to peace implementation and the restoration of democracy. In this paper, the role of PSOs and electoral assistance is seen as essential for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in post-conflict states.

31 Dec 2009 description

Résumé

Le Mali est principalement un pays d'émigration, bien que l'immigration de transit, encore faiblement appréhendée à ce jour, constitue également un élément important du profil migratoire malien. Le taux net de migration (pour 1 000 personnes) était de -5,7 sur la période 1995-2000 et de -2,4 sur la période 2000-2005 (Division de la population des Nations Unies (DPNU), 2008). L'immigration joue un rôle secondaire puisque en 2007, 98,5 % de la population vivant au Mali était de nationalité malienne.

29 Dec 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Issa Davies

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 29 December 2009 - The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Ambassador Keiichi Katakami has exchanged notes with the UNICEF Representative to Sierra Leone, Mahimbo Mdoe for the Government of Japan's grant of 1.3 million dollars for the prevention and control of infectious diseases, in support of efforts by the Government to reduce child and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.

29 Dec 2009 description

Bednets delivered by UKaid have prevented more than 80,000 child deaths in the developing world, Douglas Alexander announced today.

In all, 14.6 million bednets have been provided so far and another 2.7 million are currently on their way some of the world's poorest countries.

With just one year to go, today's announcement means the UK is on track to meet the pledge the Prime Minister made in 2008 to deliver over 20 million bed nets by the end of 2010 to help prevent 110,000 child deaths.

Every year 250 million people become severely ill with malaria and around one million …

22 Dec 2009 description

2009 marked a year of new opportunities for UMCOR to open doors with new offices, new resources, new opportunities for disaster trainings, and a new birthing kit added to UMCOR's relief supplies.

22 Dec 2009 description

UNMIL PR 73

Freetown, Sierra Leone - UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj, has awarded two hundred and fifty members of the Mongolian Guard Force peacekeeping medals for their role in contributing to peace-building efforts and the dispensation of justice while guarding the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

In her remarks in Freetown on 21 December, Ms.

17 Dec 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/AB/3937

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fifth Committee
20th Meeting (AM)

With the United Nations poised to spend $599 million on 27 special political missions in 2010, including two large missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, speakers in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today called for greater accuracy in budget projections, as well as greater clarity on the rationale used to decide the type, size and scope of each mission.

17 Dec 2009 description

BRUSSELS - The Government of Belgium has announced a new €10.6 million (US$ 15.9 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), capping a record year in which it donated a total of €26 million (US$ 37.6 million) to help fight hunger worldwide.

Belgium's 2009 donation is its largest-ever donation to WFP - more than 50 per cent higher than in 2008, when it contributed €18 million (US$ 24.7 million).

"Belgium has shown great solidarity with those who are less fortunate.

17 Dec 2009 description

J. Nealin Parker

Center on International Cooperation

Introduction

Robust peacekeeping and, in particular, protection of civilians garnered significant attention in 2009. In January, the Australian and Uruguayan governments hosted a conference on civilian protection designed to convince wary member states.

16 Dec 2009 description

A group of teenage boys are sitting in their classroom having a lively conversation about climate change: how local weather patterns are shifting, disrupting the planting and gathering of crops, and all that this means for their community. They are concerned but they are also articulate, confident and knowledgeable.

The boys, like several thousands of other children in the West African state of Sierra Leone, are participants in a novel educational programme.

16 Dec 2009 description

La Commission européenne décide d'allouer 30 millions d'EUR pour amortir l'impact de la crise économique en Haïti

La Commission européenne a approuvé les premières décisions de financement en faveur d'onze pays d'Afrique et de deux pays des Caraïbes, dont Haïti, pour 230 millions d'EUR au total, dont 215 millions au titre du «mécanisme FLEX relatif à la vulnérabilité (V­FLEX)». Il s'agit de la première série de décisions de financement dans le cadre du mécanisme V­FLEX, doté de 500 millions d'EUR, qui a été adoptée en août 2009 en réponse à la crise …

15 Dec 2009 description

The African Development Bank-backed Bumbuna hydropower plant meant to provide electricity to Sierra Leonians and thus boost the economy was inaugurated on November 6, 2009. For Samuel Onwona, Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Freetown, Bumbuna will bring down the cost of business in the country with a much cheaper, sustainable and reliable source of energy.

Question: What are the immediate or short term benefits of Bumbuna for the economy and the people of Sierra Leone?

Answer: The immediate benefits the project brings to the economy are manifold.

15 Dec 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Issa Davies

KABALA, Sierra Leone, 15 December 2009 - Hawa Marrah, 12, is a pupil of the Islamic Primary School in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone.

15 Dec 2009 description

IP/09/1920

Brussels, 15 December 2009 - The European Commission approved the first financing decisions in favour of eleven African and two Caribbean countries for a total of € 230 million, including € 215 million under the so-called Vulnerability FLEX mechanism (V-FLEX).