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09 Mar 2007 description
report Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam today called on the international community to commit to strengthening the UN Central Emergency Response Fund's (CERF) potential for providing quick, life-saving humanitarian assistance for millions of people around the world.

In a report, The UN Central Response Fund One Year On, launched on the emergency fund's first anniversary, Oxfam shows its performance has been mixed.

09 Mar 2007 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 9 March 2007 (IRIN) - Le Programme alimentaire mondial vient de publier un document sur le débat actuel « nourriture ou argent » comme meilleur moyen de venir en aide aux populations, document dans lequel l'auteur, Ugo Gentilini, plaide en faveur d'une « ouverture d'esprit » face aux deux solutions.

09 Mar 2007 description
report Oxfam

Dans un rapport lancé à l'occasion du premier anniversaire du Fonds (Le Fonds central d'intervention d'urgence des Nations Unies après un an), Oxfam a démontré que les performances du Fonds étaient mitigées.

09 Mar 2007 description
report Oxfam

Résumé

Chaque année, des millions de personnes sont frappées par des catastrophes naturelles et des conflits. Rien qu'en 2006, on estime à 46 millions le nombre de personnes ayant nécessité une aide humanitaire. Néanmoins, malgré la réforme en cours du système humanitaire mondial et malgré les augmentations de financement humanitaire, l'aide reçue a été insuffisante et est arrivée trop tard pour de nombreuses personnes, ce qui a entraîné une augmentation de la pauvreté, des souffrances et du nombre de morts.

08 Mar 2007 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 8 March 2007 (IRIN) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has published a paper in the ongoing 'food vs cash transfers' debate on the best method of dispensing aid, in which author Ugo Gentilini suggests an "open-minded" approach to both.

08 Mar 2007 description
report UN News Service

From the violence-scarred cities of Afghanistan to the rape-wracked lands of Darfur, from the teeming Palestinian refugee camps of Gaza to the lofty halls of its Headquarters in New York, the United Nations system today marked International Women's Day with the focus on ending impunity for violence against women and girls.

"Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message, calling on Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to work for a …

08 Mar 2007 description

GENEVA, March 8 (UNHCR) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres marked International Women's Day here on Thursday by announcing concrete support for measures aimed at ending impunity for violence against females and reaffirming UNHCR's commitment to the empowerment of women.

"International Women's Day is a welcome opportunity to express our commitment to prioritising women's and girl's protection risks and support gender equality so that displaced women and girls can live in safety and dignity," he said in a special message to …

08 Mar 2007 description
report Cruz Roja Española

8 de marzo, Día Internacional de la Mujer - "Tuve que escapar de mi pueblo porque hombres armados nos hacían cocinar, lavar y hacerles todo", cuenta Elena, una colombiana que vive ahora en Bogotá. "Si no hacíamos lo que nos pedían, nos amenazaban con quitarnos a nuestros hijos.

08 Mar 2007 description

Geneva (ICRC) - "I had to run away from my village because armed men were making us cook, wash and do everything for them," says Elena, a Colombian who now lives in Bogotá. "If we didn't do what they said, they threatened to take our children away from us.

08 Mar 2007 description

GENEVE, 8 mars (UNHCR) - Le Haut Commissaire de l'UNHCR António Guterres célèbre la Journée internationale de la femme jeudi en annonçant un soutien concret à des mesures visant à mettre fin à l'impunité suite aux violences à l'encontre des femmes et en réaffirmant l'engagement de l'UNHCR pour donner plus de pouvoir aux femmes.

« La Journée internationale de la femme est une opportunité bienvenue pour exprimer notre engagement à agir en priorité contre les risques de protection des femmes et des filles et à soutenir la parité pour que les femmes et les filles …

08 Mar 2007 description

Location of operation: Global

Amount of Decision: EUR 23,000,000

Decision reference number: ECHO/THM/BUD/2007/01000

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population.

1.1.

08 Mar 2007 description

On this, International Women's Day 2007, the Swiss Campaign to Ban Landmines announces the launch of a global survey to gather comprehensive information on the significance of gender in the impact of mines and in the effectiveness of mine action. This is the first time that comprehensive global information on the significance of gender in mine action has been collected.

07 Mar 2007 description

ROME - "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls" is the theme chosen by the United Nations and the World Food Programme for tomorrow's International Women's Day.

Through its operations to relieve hunger around the world, WFP sees first hand how a lack of adequate food often creates situations in which women and girls are vulnerable to all forms of violence.

05 Mar 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rachel Bonham Carter

NEW YORK, USA, 5 March 2007 - Impassioned pleas to end the use of sexual violence against women during armed conflict were heard at United Nations headquarters in New York this afternoon.

05 Mar 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Myth: Cluster munitions are essential for fighting today's wars.

Reality:

- The vast majority of cluster munitions stockpiled today have limited, if any, utility in contemporary conflicts, which often involve asymmetric forms of warfare between parties of unequal strength.

05 Mar 2007 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2007/261/OPCS

Washington, March 5, 2007 - The World Bank has launched a new framework that will enable it to swiftly respond to disasters and emergencies, and allow for more effective long-term support of recovery efforts.

The policy establishes a new mechanism that will provide initial funding for critical start-up activities within a few weeks of a disaster.

The time taken to disburse funds for longer term reconstruction will be cut from 9 months to a targeted 12 weeks, by simplifying administrative and processing procedures in the critical early stages of …

05 Mar 2007 description
report Xinhua

PHNOM PENH, Mar 5, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Cambodia Mine Action Authority and the Embassy of Canada announced that they are to co- host an international mine action conference in Phnom Penh from March 12 to 14, a press release said here on Monday.

The dire consequences that landmines have on a country's economic and social development will be a significant topic of discussion during the conference, which entitled "Mine Action: Implications for Peace and Development", the press release said.

Delegates from across Southeast Asia, as well as participants from …

02 Mar 2007 description

March 2, 2007, Panama City- Some 37 participants from 12 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in Panama, 6th - 8th March, for the First Regional UN Emergency Technical Teams (UNETT) meeting. The event is organized by the United Nations Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The objective is to train and structure the UNETT in order to strengthen national coordination mechanisms for a better preparedness and response to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean.

02 Mar 2007 description
report IRIN

DUBAÏ, 2 mars 2007 (IRIN) - Le Secrétaire général des Nations-Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé le 3 janvier 2007 la nomination de Sir John Holmes du Royaume-Uni au poste de Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence. A compter du mois de mars, il se retrouve à la tête du Bureau des Nations Unies pour la Coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) dirigé précédemment par le norvégien Jan Egeland.

02 Mar 2007 description

This meeting is an important reminder that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which is meeting across the street, should give special attention to the plight of the tens of millions of refugee and internally displaced women in more than 100 countries. Most have been uprooted by war, communal violence and human rights abuse and can be found in the most destitute conditions, vulnerable to abuse, and subject to the worst discrimination and marginalization that you will ever see.