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17 Nov 2017 description

Opening remarks at COP23 Side Event in Bonn, Germany

Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator

As prepared for delivery.

I am pleased to participate in this side-event that aims to promote island and community resilience. This topic is important because climate change continues to pose an existential threat to humanity and local communities are on the front lines of this challenge due to their dependency on ecosystem services and climate-sensitive resources for their livelihoods.

16 Nov 2017 description

As rain patters away on a flimsy tin roof, baby Afeena lies sleeping. On the walls, pieces of cardboard are tacked up, to give warmth, while across a window, a piece of fabric, mint green and paper-thin, blows gently.

In the district of Alieu, set amid the country’s rocky highlands, this family home is typical. Described locally as ‘Uma bai bain’, meaning ‘a simple house’, walls are made of bricks fashioned from crushed rock and concrete, while the floor consists of ruddy soil, moistened and packed tight.

15 Nov 2017 description

BONN – A compelling new report about the impact of climate change on global food security has been launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of Sweden.

How Climate Change Drives Hunger was unveiled today at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference - known as COP23 - which is being held in Bonn, Germany.

03 Nov 2017 description

WHAT is this Analysis Compendium?

This document is part of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience for Food Security: Analysis, Innovations and Standards Series.It provides a compendium of the main findings and lessons learnt from food security climate analyses that have been undertaken by WFP and partners under the Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT).

WHO is this Compendium for?

25 Oct 2017 description

As of August 2017:

  • 30 out of 37 countries in the UNFPA Asia-Pacific region completed at least one violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey

  • 4 countries have completed more than one national VAW prevalence survey with comparable methods

  • 26 countries have national statistics on intimate partner violence

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • From January 2015 to September 2017, a total of 43,991 children under the age of 5 years and 56,865 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 – September 2017, 338.89 mt of locally produced Timor Vita, a specialized nutritious food for women, and 123.32 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

19 Oct 2017 description
report The Asia Foundation

The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

Despite global hunger levels falling, one in nine worldwide still face hunger. Here are the ‘ten hungriest’ countries according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index.

12 Oct 2017 description

Rural communities in the Pacific that rely on fishing for subsistence and income face serious risks due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting, and climate change.

The ongoing degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting of valuable species, and climate change (including more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and ocean acidification) are lowering the production of fish, which is the Pacific region’s primary source of protein.

03 Oct 2017 description
report New Mandala

Mount Agung’s rumbling may or may not portend a massive eruption on the scale of a century. Fortunately the probability this time is for great disruption to air traffic, tourism, and the local economy, rather than massive death and homelessness.

01 Oct 2017 description

Five island countries in the Asia-Pacific region are teaming up with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to boost their resilience to weather events.

WMO is working with the governments and civil society partners in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu to develop a potential Green Climate Fund (GCF) project that aims to markedly improve the countries’ Early Warning Systems (EWSs).

28 Sep 2017 description

CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • From January 2015 to August 2017, a total of 42,816 children under the age of five years and 59,772 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • Since January 2015 – August 2017 331.83 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, and 162.760 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

25 Sep 2017 description
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Map (German version)

171 projects in 39 countries – last year, Kolping International was able to support vocational training, agriculture, micro credit, and water projects with over 11 million euro. The donations by private donors increased significantly, amounting to nearly 7.3 million Euro – that’s an increase of over 20% compared with last year.

21 Sep 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 21 Sep 2017.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country and region. Calculated each year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the GHI highlights successes and failures in hunger reduction and provides insights into the drivers of hunger. By raising awareness and understanding of regional and country differences in hunger, the GHI aims to trigger actions to reduce hunger.