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21 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Chaque année, 2,6 millions de bébés meurent avant l’âge d’un mois. Un million d’entre eux rendent leur dernier souffle le jour même de leur naissance. Pourtant, des millions de jeunes vies pourraient être épargnées chaque année si les mères et les bébés avaient accès à des soins de santé abordables et de qualité, à une nutrition correcte et à de l’eau potable.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Todos los años, 2,6 millones de bebés mueren antes de cumplir un mes de edad. En el caso de 1 millón de estos niños, su primera y su última respiración se producen el mismo día en que nacen. Sin embargo, millones de estas vidas podrían salvarse cada año si todas las madres y todos los bebés tuvieran acceso a servicios de salud asequibles y de calidad, una buena nutrición y agua potable.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF

Babies from the best places to be born up to 50 times less likely to die in the first month of life

NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2018

15 Feb 2018 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children calls for greater protection for children and accountability for perpetrators ahead of Munich Security Conference

One in six children globally living in areas impacted by conflict

More children than ever before—at least 357 million globally—are now living in areas affected by conflict, a new report by Save the Children reveals.

08 Feb 2018 description

With conflict and climate-related shocks sending global hunger numbers marching back up after declining for decades, FAO is asking for $1.06 billion to save lives and livelihoods and address acute hunger in 26 countries.

07 Feb 2018 description

Total requirements: $23.18 B

People in need: 137.0 M

People to receive aid: 94.0 M

Countries affected: 26

07 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, 7 February 2018

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues,

I am delighted to be here today to open the first strategic meeting of the Leading Edge Programme.

Before we proceed, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Government of Switzerland for generously hosting us here this week, as well as the UK Department for International Development for its continuous support to the Leading Edge Programme.

01 Feb 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

In West Africa, regional staple food production for the 2017/18 marketing year is projected to be above average, increasing for the fourth consecutive year. Locally-produced grain prices declined seasonally in December as post-harvest sales and trade flows intensified. Staple food prices remained above average across much of the region. Below average pastoral conditions continue to influence livestock markets in many areas. Market anomalies remain largely concentrated in the eastern marketing basin.

31 Jan 2018 description

Overview

Kuwait will have the presidency in February and has chosen as its centrepiece a ministerial-level briefing on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in the maintenance of international peace and security, with the Secretary-General as the main speaker. It is also planning to hold an open debate on working methods (Kuwait is the chair of the Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions).

31 Jan 2018 description

Extrajudicial killings increase by 146% in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 24 January the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) released its annual statistics, documenting at least 6,495 human rights violations during 2017. State security forces perpetrated 61 percent of the violations, including 1,176 extrajudicial and arbitrary executions – a 146 percent increase as compared to 2016.

30 Jan 2018 description

29 janvier 2018, Rome – L’insécurité alimentaire dans les pays touchés par un conflit continue de se détériorer, ce qui signifie que les efforts humanitaires pour apporter une aide alimentaire aux communautés affectées et pour soutenir leurs moyens d’existence demeurent particulièrement vitaux, ont affirmé la FAO et le PAM devant le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU. 

29 Jan 2018 description

Correction: An earlier version of this news release published on 29 January 2018 reported that 26 percent of the population in Ukraine currently faces acute hunger. The correct information is that 2.6 percent (rpt: 2.6 percent) of the total population in Ukraine is in need of food assistance. The error was due to a typographic error in the report, which has now been corrected.

25 Jan 2018 description
report Rotary

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic: