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29 Feb 2008 description
report Plan

29 February 2008 - Plan has told UN members that girls' rights are being continually violated in countries involved in armed conflicts - restricting them to a cycle of insecurity for decades to come.

Sarah Hendriks, Plan Canada Advisor - Gender Equality & HIV and AIDS, addressed the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, telling them that girls and young women face specific risks before, during and after conflict.

Ignored and marginalised, girls find that the impact of conflict is far reaching - going beyond their experiences as either child soldiers or …

29 Feb 2008 description

Geneva, 29 February 2008 - As the world moves closer to a new treaty to ban cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians, the Mine Ban Treaty provides a solid example of how committed governments can successfully cooperate to eradicate inhumane weapons, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said today. The ICBL urges governments to show once again courage and vision and negotiate a strong and comprehensive treaty where the lives of civilians are not traded in for military or economic interests

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, …

27 Feb 2008 description

New York - Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital mutilation/cutting, 10 United Nations agencies* pledged in a statement today to support governments, communities, and women and girls to abandon the practice within a generation, with a major reduction in many countries by 2015, the year the Millennium Development Goals are set to be achieved.

Female genital mutilation violates the rights of women and girls to health, protection and even life as the procedure sometimes results in death.

As the …

25 Feb 2008 description

Note: Index to flood locations on the map
11. Argentina
13. Ecuador
14. Namibia
17. Peru
20. Australia
22. Zambia
23. Philippines
24. Madagascar
25. China
26. Indonesia
27. Kazakhstan
235. Mozambique
239. Bolivia

25 Feb 2008 description
report Tufts University

Executive Summary

The devastating earthquake that struck northern Pakistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir on October 8, 2005, killed approximately 75,000 people, injured 70,000 more, left an estimated 3.5 million people homeless, and devastated the basic infrastructure of a region the size of Belgium.

22 Feb 2008 description

Historic treaty to ban cluster bombs moves forward

Brussels and Wellington, 22 February 2008 - After a week of tough talks in Wellington (New Zealand) attended by 122 states, the voices of survivors and committed nations has prevailed. A draft treaty to ban cluster munitions, assist victims and ensure clearance of their land has been endorsed for formal negotiation. States calling for exceptions to the Cluster Munition Treaty have reviewed their positions with eighty-two agreeing to negotiate what will be the most significant disarmament treaty of the decade.

22 Feb 2008 description

Wellington, 22 February 2008 - After a week of tough diplomatic talks, the voice of survivors and committed states has prevailed and a draft treaty to ban cluster munitions has been endorsed for formal negotiation.

21 Feb 2008 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Edward Luck of the United States as his Special Adviser with a focus on the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Currently Vice President and Director of Studies of the International Peace Academy and Director of Columbia University's Center on International Organizations, Mr.

19 Feb 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

New York/Dubai, 19 February 2008 - UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today a new partnership to boost access for children to education.

The move is part of a campaign by Dubai Cares to bring education to one million children in need and help contribute towards Millennium Development Goal 2 - achieving universal primary education by 2015.

Dubai Cares was launched in September 2007 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

19 Feb 2008 description
report Irish Aid

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., and Minister for Overseas Development, Mr. Michael Kitt TD, have launched a new drive to recruit volunteers to expand the Rapid Response Corps.

The Rapid Response Corps, which was launched for the first time one year ago, is a roster of skilled and experienced volunteers available at short notice and for periods of at least 3 months to deploy to humanitarian emergencies anywhere in the world.