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19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

Read more on AlertNet.

26 Sep 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

September 26, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - An Egyptian security official Saturday said the authorities rescued 174 illegal immigrants, mostly Sudanese as they were heading to Europe on a boat, 47 nautical miles north west of Mersa Matruh.

Egypt’s al-Youm al-Sabi’i daily newspaper quoted the director of security in Mersa Matruh, Maj. Gen. Hashim Lutfi, as saying that the rescued immigrants include 23 Egyptians and 151 from nine other countries.

25 Mar 2014 description
report The Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

09 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Pictures of starving children give donors an instant justification to release aid. Predictions of starvation, however accurate, do not

After the hunger crisis that engulfed east Africa last summer, there was plenty for the world to think about. After all, we'd been warned it was coming – the first alerts of a potential crisis came the previous year. But not enough was done to avert it, and we now know that failure cost tens of thousands of lives and millions of dollars in aid money.

03 Sep 2010 description

Experts think sanctions unlikely against countries that fail to act on International Criminal Court indictment.

By Tajeldin Adam, Assadig Mustafa, Simon Jennings - International Justice - ICC

ACR Issue 268,

3 Sep 10

After Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir visited Chad and Kenya unimpeded, observers say they doubt the United Nations will take stern measures against countries that violate their obligation to detain individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, ICC.

Bashir has been indicted by the Hague court and is accused of genocide as well as seven counts of war …

26 Aug 2010 description

26 Aug 2010 00:01:05 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Drought tolerant maize boosts yields up to 25 percent

* Gains from full adoption: $907 million - $1.53 billion

* Africa suffers worsening drought linked to climate change

By Tim Cocks

ABIDJAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Distributing new varieties of drought tolerant maize to African farmers could save more than $1.5 billion dollars, boost yields by up to a quarter and lift some of the world's poorest out of poverty, a study found.

The study published on Thursday by the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre …

20 Oct 2009 description

C'est par un débat sur le projet de Déclaration de Kampala sur les réfugiés et personnes déplacées en Afrique que débutera la seconde et dernière journée des travaux du Sommet extraordinaire intitulé "L'Union africaine pour relever le défi des déplacements forcés en Afrique", à l'issue duquel se réuniront, toujours à Kampala (Ouganda), mercredi et jeudi les chefs d'État et de gouvernement de l'organisation continentale pour adopter le document.

07 May 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Dan Robinson

U.S. strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, continuing support for Iraq, and Middle East peace efforts figured highly in debate Thursday in a key House of Representatives committee. Debate on these issues occurred as the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2009 Supplemental Bill funding ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting economic and other needs in Pakistan:

At just over $94 billion, the measure exceeds President Obama's initial request by more than $9 billion. Of the total, $81.6 billion is for U.S.

26 Mar 2009 description
report Internews Network

Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.

The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.

11 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

by Gu Zhenqiu

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- UN staff members from Algiers and New York gathered here Thursday to pay tribute to 17 of their colleagues, who were killed in the terrorist attacks in Algiers, on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the UN Headquarters in the Algerian capital.

The UN staff members, who were from Algeria, Denmark, the Philippines and Senegal, were killed while working for various UN agencies to render humanitarian relief to the Algerian people in need.

"One year after the attack, we still feel the …

29 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Oct 29, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudanese and Somali refugees in camps in Kenya will benefit from 144 million dollars donated by U. S. towards the victims of violent conflicts and natural disasters, U.N.

22 Aug 2007 description
report AllAfrica

Elizabeth Guthrie and Walker Ristau

Flooding has affected millions of Africans throughout the continent in recent days.

From Senegal to Somalia, from Chad to South Africa, hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, and many more need food and other supplies. Countries along the Sahel, a stretch of savannah south of the Sahara desert, have been hit particularly hard.

09 Nov 2006 description

By Gordon Bell

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas, hitting poor farmers, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of the world's malnourished people, estimated at about 830 million people, are small farmers, herders and farm labourers, pointing to devastating effects from global warning and requiring a tripling of yearly farming aid to poor countries.

"Climate change threatens to intensify water insecurity on an unparalleled …

07 Mar 2006 description

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Hunger and starvation among African children could be eliminated for $5 billion, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

01 Oct 2004 description

By Peter Apps

JOHANNESBURG, October 1 (Reuters) - Locust plagues in West Africa and ongoing food shortages in southern and eastern Africa will leave millions needing food supplies in the next few months, aid agencies say.

Food shortages in some East African countries have long been endemic, but now experts say the same could be happening in the south of the continent.

Several west African countries have been hit by locusts, which have devastated local crops.