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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.

24 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Egypt

Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga said on 23/12/2009 Egypt attaches much importance to the issue of refugees, referring to great attention the country gives to refugees living in it.

As many as 41,000 refugees live in Egypt from 38 countries mainly Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.

At a meeting here Wednesday with Saad al-Attar, the outgoing regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Abul-Naga reiterated the importance of continued cooperation between the Egyptian government and UNHCR to provide basic needs and services …

18 Dec 2009 description

Human Rights Council
Thirteenth session
Agenda item 2
Annual Report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High

17 Dec 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


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.

08 Dec 2009 description

Genève - Aujourd'hui, les donateurs ont promis d'allouer une somme initiale de 477,5 millions de dollars, en réponse à l'appel de fonds pour 2010 lancé par le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés et s'élevant à trois milliards de dollars. Ce montant est le plus important qui ait jamais été demandé et il vise à répondre aux besoins élémentaires d'un nombre croissant de personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR.

Les promesses ont été faites mardi à l'occasion de la conférence annuelle d'annonces de contributions du HCRse déroulant à Genève, …

08 Dec 2009 description

Geneva, December 08 (UNHCR) -- Donors today committed an initial US$ 477.5 million towards the UN refugee agency's US$ 3 billion funding appeal for 2010, its largest ever such request and aimed at meeting the basic needs of a growing number of persons under its care.

The commitments came on Tuesday during UNHCR's annual pledging conference in Geneva, where High Commissioner António Guterres asked donors to fund a US$ 3.007 billion requirement.

The 2010 funding appeal is based on the most comprehensive assessment to date of the needs of persons under UNHCR's care.

05 Dec 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 5 December 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 43,650 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. There are 452 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 18 Member States in the Region.

04 Dec 2009 description

Paper presented by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of War-Affected Children

22-23 October 2009 - Brussels, Belgium


01 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2009 (IRIN) - In all the talk about adapting to climate change, "scant attention" is being paid to "the dangers of ...

30 Nov 2009 description

Sometime soon, rinderpest will officially be declared extinct, marking the first time mankind has ever eradicated an animal disease

Rome, 30 November 2009 - In animal health circles, it's the equivalent of the Apollo 11 moon landing: some time in the next 18 months, FAO jointly with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and other partners will officially declare one of the most devastating animal diseases known to man, rinderpest, as eradicated.

It will be the first time in history that humankind has succeeded in killing off an animal disease and only the second time a …

30 Nov 2009 description


MAG Burundi started in 2007 with a programme to support the government of Burundi in reducing the threat of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and unsecured stockpiles. MAG is currently offering technical support to the Weapons Destruction Workshop and supporting the Burundian Government in implementing the Nairobi Protocol, Articles 6, 7 and 8.

This month MAG was pleased to receive a contract from UNDP to collect and destroy SALW handed-over by the population to the National Commission for Civilian Disarmament and SALW (CDCPA) during the civilian disarmament campaign.

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

23 Nov 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 21 November 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 38,859 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Somalia has reported the first 2 cases on the beginning of November. There are 330 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 17 member states in the Region.

18 Nov 2009 description


18 Nov 2009 description

MIAMI, United States, November 18 (UNHCR) - With its hundreds of secluded islands surrounded by azure seas, the Caribbean attracts not only tourists but also ruthless opportunists. Smugglers, peddling their services to migrants sold on the dream of finding a better life in the United States, keen to turn a quick profit regardless of the human cost.

For these unscrupulous gangs, nothing is easier than dumping an unsuspecting Asian refugee on a small Caribbean island state and telling him he is near Canada, or telling a Middle Eastern refugee he is already in Florida.

Days or even …

18 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 18 November 2009 (IRIN) - More people have died from H1N1 influenza in Iran than in any of the 22 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region, according to WHO's 14 November update.

With 33 deaths to date, Iran made up about 17 percent of the 188 total deaths in the region since May 2009. Saudi Arabia has had 28 deaths, Oman 25 and Syria 22.

Syria had by far the highest rate of deaths to cases with 9.5 percent of all cases being fatalities.

17 Nov 2009 description
report European Union

Brussels, 17 November 2009

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

1. "Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the inception of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), the Council commended the success of this policy which saw the deployment of some 70.000 personnel in 22 ESDP missions and operations, of which 12 are ongoing, in support of international peace and security.

17 Nov 2009 description

Berlin, 17 November 2009

As the world economy begins to register a tentative recovery and some nations continue to wrestle with ongoing conflict and insecurity, it is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption, according to Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released today.

"At a time when massive stimulus packages, fast-track disbursements of public funds and …

17 Nov 2009 description

The last two years had been remarkable for the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) given its destruction of more than 41 million stockpiled anti-personnel mines and the termination of their production, transfer and sale in many parts of the world, Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Accompanied by UNMAS Director Maxwell Kerley in providing an update and overview of that Service's work, Mr. Titov said mine action was an indispensable …