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20 May 2011 description

Key Messages

Food security and livelihoods are threatened by high food prices and persistent conflict and civil unrest which also limit access to food assistance.

Despite the good harvests of the 2010 season, different agencies are extremely concerned about the hunger situation which is reported as alarming or very high.

Insecurity and violence have increased in the last few months as protests in major cities are taking place against the governments.

12 May 2011 description

I. Introduction

  1. Le présent rapport portant sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2010 (ainsi que sur certaines situations qui ont subsisté au-delà de la période considérée) est soumis en application de la déclaration du Président (S/PRST/2010/10) du 16 juin 2010, par laquelle le Conseil m’a prié de lui présenter un rapport sur l’application de ses résolutions 1261 (1999), 1314 (2000), 1379 (2001), 1460 (2003), 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005) et 1882 (2009) et des déclarations présidentielles sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé.

11 May 2011 description

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts

An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today. The annual report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict finds that out of 22 conflicts that were monitored, attacks against schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15.

06 May 2011 description

Reference Date: 27-April-2011


  • Record cereal production in 2010

  • Civil unrest restricts humanitarian aid delivery

Planting of 2011 crops starts under normal weather conditions

Land is being prepared for 2011 sorghum, maize and millet crops, due for harvest from September, while sowing of 2011 wheat, barley and pulses crops is underway under generally normal weather conditions.

Bumper crop gathered in 2010

04 May 2011 description

Africa still faces numerous security issues that continue to challenge its political viability, stability, prosperity and sustainable peace. This monograph attempts to uncover the complexity of the most salient security issues facing the Horn of Africa. It provides in-depth analysis on intra-state conflicts and insurgencies and their consequences on and beyond the region. It also investigates the root causes of several inter-state conflicts in the Horn of Africa as well as the possibilities of their effective management.

01 May 2011 description

New York — In light of developments in the region, UNDP is deferring its upcoming five-year programmes for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria pending further review. The decision was taken by UNDP to ensure that new programmes address the evolving development needs of the people in each country.

01 May 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Council Should Act on Bahrain and Yemen

April 30, 2011

(Geneva) - Syria should end its violent repression of peaceful protests following unequivocal condemnation of its actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. The council's resolution, adopted by a large majority on April 29, 2011, also calls for an urgent investigation by the UN high commissioner for human rights into killings and other human rights violations in Syria.

30 Apr 2011 description

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programs missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines 1) as well as an update of the DRM Country Program for Haiti (to take into account the impact of the January 2010 earthquake), Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica.

29 Apr 2011 description

KEY developments

· Despite progress in negotiations regarding a Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered transition agreement to resolve the recent political unrest in Yemen, countrywide demonstrations continue, including in the capital city of Sana’a. · USAID/OFDA is closely monitoring the security situation and reviewing emergency response contingency plans with grantees and other humanitarian agencies to facilitate a rapid and flexible response to evolving conditions.

29 Apr 2011 description

UNHCR is alarmed by the continuing deterioration of the situation in Somalia, forcing an increasing number of Somalis into displacement. The number of Somali refugees arriving to neighbouring countries during the first quarter of this year has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2010.

Between January and March this year, nearly 50,000 new Somali refugees have been registered in the neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. By comparison, some 23,000 fled during the same quarter last year.

29 Apr 2011 description
  • Yemen set for another Friday of rival demonstrations

  • Fate of Gulf-brokered transition deal hangs in balance

  • Pact would give Saleh immunity and 30 days to step down

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA, April 28 (Reuters) - The fate of a Gulf-mediated deal to ease Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power could hang on how he handles mass protests on Friday, two days after plainclothes gunmen shot dead 12 demonstrators in Sanaa.

29 Apr 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Laurie GoeringLONDON (AlertNet) - Accelerating climate change and competition for limited supplies of water, food and energy are poised to ignite long-simmering conflicts in fragile states, monopolising the world's military resources and hampering development efforts, security experts say.Defusing these new 21st century conflicts – or at least preparing governments and citizens to cope with them – will require a broad range of innovative interventions, a gathering at Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) heard earlier this month.

28 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

11 More Protesters Killed in Worst Violence in 5 Weeks

(New York, April 28, 2011) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh cannot use his promised immunity from prosecution as a carte blanche to tolerate attacks on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Gunmen shot dead 11 more anti-Saleh protesters and wounded more than 130 on April 27, 2011, marking the worst violence in Yemen in more than five weeks.

28 Apr 2011 description


28 April 2011

Experts to Review Reports of Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Yemen

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 2 to 20 May to examine measures taken by Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Yemen to comply with the standards of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

28 Apr 2011 description
report UN News Service

28 April 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for restraint after more violent clashes during protests in the Yemeni capital reportedly left 12 people dead and several hundred wounded.

28 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 28 April 2011 (IRIN) - One year has passed since the Yemeni government agreed a ceasefire with Al-Houthi rebels in the northwestern region of Sa'ada, but peace has remained elusive and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are still living in hardship.

"We do not expect the situation to improve," said one man displaced from Sa'ada to Haradh, in neighbouring Hajjah governorate. "We expect it to get worse. What can we go home to? We heard there are landmines in our home areas."

28 Apr 2011 description
report European Union

Summary: 27 April 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement on the Political Agreement on the GCC initiative for peaceful transition in Yemen:

"I welcome the news that both the ruling party and the opposition coalition have accepted the GCC transition plan proposed on Thursday 21 April, including its provision for the rapid formation of a national unity government.