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17 Oct 2018 description

FAO Director-General calls for guaranteeing healthy diets through legal and institutional frameworks

13 October 2018, Rome - As long as we continue to consider nutrition an individual problem of the people and not a state responsibility, we will not advance in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the world, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

17 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/L/3576

General Assembly Sixth Committee
Seventy-third Session, 16th Meeting (AM)

As international and non-international armed conflict becomes more complex, the universal ratification of the three Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions remains vital for the promotion of international humanitarian law, the Sixth Committee (Legal) heard today.

17 Oct 2018 description

If you knew 20 minutes before that a severe flood or tsunami would occur, what would you do? Early warning systems allow individuals and communities a window of time for fight or flight. For time-critical events such as tsunamis, mudslides and flash floods, the warnings are a trigger to action – to move quickly out of the danger area. For more moderate hazards e.g. street flooding, or slower arriving hurricanes, warnings provide an opportunity to fight to protect your family and property, either by relocation or barrier protection in doorways and windows.

17 Oct 2018 description

Harnessing the power of livestock to drive sustainable development

Sector can make major contributions to the 2030 agenda, but important choices have to be made

17 October 2018, Rome - A new FAO report highlights the multiple contributions made by the global livestock sector — especially to the lives of millions of poor, animal-dependent small-scale producers in developing countries — but also says that changes in policies and practices are needed in order to optimize those contributions.

17 Oct 2018 description

HPC.TOOLS AND THE PROJECTS MODULE WHY ARE WE REPLACING “OPS”?

HPC.Tools is a suite of applications, referred to as modules, designed by OCHA to enable the humanitarian community to manage the structured information around the humanitarian program cycle (HPC): needs indicators, strategic and cluster plan frameworks, response indicators, activities and projects, 3W and financial data. They support the cycle at all stages: identification of needs; strategic, cluster-level and project planning; periodic monitoring; presence mapping and financial tracking.

17 Oct 2018 description

HPC.TOOLS AND THE VIEWER

HPC.tools are the information services provided by OCHA which enable the humanitarian community to manage the structured information around the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC): needs indicators, strategic and cluster plan frameworks, response indicators, activities and projects, 3W, and financial data. They support the cycle at all stages: identification of needs; strategic, cluster-level and project planning; periodic monitoring; presence mapping and financial tracking.

17 Oct 2018 description

*This guidance outlines the major changes in functionality and workflow procedures when using the new HPC.tools Projects Module for 2019. It complements a more detailed technical manual, available separately, which provides exact instructions on how to navigate and use the new tool. *

Support

As 2019 is the first year in which the Projects Module is in widespread use (after field piloting in Libya and Chad in 2018), there is full hands-on support available at all times.

Training

17 Oct 2018 description

I: Introduction:

UNHCR and OCHA issued the Joint UNHCR – OCHA Note on Mixed Situations: Coordination in Practice on 24 April 2014 and three subsequent joint letters (29 September 2015 / 2 September 2016 / 5 June 2018, see annex) stating the respective accountabilities, roles and responsibilities of the Humanitarian Coordinator and UNHCR Representative in mixed situations (where the populations of humanitarian concern include refugees, IDPs, and other affected groups).

17 Oct 2018 description

Internal displacement affects the lives of displaced people, their host communities and those they leave behind in many ways. We identified seven dimensions that need to be considered - health, livelihoods, education, housing and infrastructure, security, the environment and social life. This report presents the results of a systematic review of nearly 1,000 publications on the impacts of internal displacement in each of these dimensions.

17 Oct 2018 description

Untapped potential

Food fortification – adding vitamins and minerals to commonly eaten foods - has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Countries in North America and Europe have been fortifying foods since the 1920s, which led to the virtual eradication of nutrition-related diseases like goiter, rickets, beriberi and pellagra. But today 2 billion people across the world still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as nutritious foods are still not accessible to all.

17 Oct 2018 description

By Brigitte Leoni

PARIS, 17 October, 2018 - A meeting to raise tsunami awareness opened with one minute’s silence yesterday in memory of the 2,000 confirmed dead and 680 officially missing in the tsunami and earthquake which struck Indonesia on September 28.

The double disaster left almost 70,000 people homeless and 11,000 injured in the Indonesian cities of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi.

17 Oct 2018 description

WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova was one of the speakers at the annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference, with a presentation on a foundation for weather- and climate-resilient sustainable development.

17 Oct 2018 description

Ahead of this week’s meeting of European Union (EU) Heads of State and Government, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are together appealing to European leaders to urgently take steps to address this year’s record rate of drownings on the Mediterranean Sea.

17 Oct 2018 description
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La transición mundial de altas a bajas tasas de fecundidad

Hasta hace poco tiempo, la mayoría de las familias eran numerosas, con un promedio de cinco niños. Si bien antes existía una sola tasa de fecundidad mundial, hoy existen múltiples tasas, y las diferencias entre ellas son abismales.

17 Oct 2018 description
report UN Women

This report reflects discussions held during the May 2018 Expert Group Meeting hosted by UN Women on women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements. The meeting included some 50 experts from a diverse range of countries and contexts, including Bosnia, Colombia, Kenya, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Georgia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Philippines, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

17 Oct 2018 description

The debate surrounding cash assistance in conflict is back on the agenda this week, as Cash Week 2018 gets under way in London.

17 Oct 2018 description

The dependence of many African economies on a few mineral commodities exposes them to a number of risks, including economic instability, conflict and damaging environmental effects.
Structural, institutional and regulatory reforms are needed to break the mineral dependence and promote economic diversification.

George Adu and John Bosco Dramani, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Cameroon

13 August 2018: In Ngo-Ketunjia division, Northwest province, an arson attack of unknown origin completely destroyed the administrative building of the Government Bilingual High School Ndop. Source: Cameroon-Info

Ivory Coast

27 August 2018: In Sikensi town, Lagunes district, a group of men armed with Kalashnikovs and dressed in military fatigues attacked and looted a school before tying up and beating a member of staff.
Source: ACLED

Niger

17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Asia

Nepal

22 September 2018: In Rajbiraj city, Saptari region, Sagarmatha zone, the emergency ward of the Gajendranarayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital was vandalized by locals who claimed that doctors had pronounced dead a child who was still living. Source: ACLED

Middle-East and North Africa

Libya