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31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

20 Dec 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

19 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

LUSAKA , 19 December 2007 (IRIN) - The high level of gender-based violence in Zambia is preventing many women from accessing HIV/AIDS services, according to a new report by global watchdog Human Rights Watch.

The researchers warned that the ability of Zambian women to get HIV/AIDS counselling, testing and information has been "seriously impaired by the perceived and real control of men [particularly intimate partners] over their lives".

In the report, Hidden In The Mealie Meal: Gender-Based Abuses and Women's HIV Treatment in Zambia, the New-York based lobby group found …

18 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 5,358,211 (USD 4,792,675 or EUR 3,247,400) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

Poverty is very high in rural areas of Zambia where two thirds of the population is extremely poor compared to a third in the urban areas. In order to address the socioeconomic challenges; the government launched Vision 2030 in 2006, which articulates the country's development agenda for the next 25 years.

18 Dec 2007 description

MOBA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 18 (UNHCR) - It was before dawn in Zambia's Kala camp when a truck began collecting refugees who had registered for voluntary repatriation. An enthusiastic Marie Kizyala Sandwe headed to the vehicle waiting outside her one-roomed thatched hut, clutching a small bag holding her personal belongings: clothes, kitchen utensils and a sleeping mat.

For 32-year-old Marie, the seven years she lived in Zambia under the protection of the government and the UN refugee agency felt like an eternity.

18 Dec 2007 description

Johannesburg, 18 December 2007: Faced with the worsening impact of floods and cyclones, disaster managers in eight Southern African and Indian Ocean countries have agreed to work more closely together to combat the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

17 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 25,489,509 (USD 22,799,203 or EUR 15,448,187) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

The Southern Africa region faces enormous humanitarian challenges, which have eroded livelihood the coping mechanisms for most people in the region. The human and social cost of these disasters in terms of life and property loss as well as the disruption of communities and livelihood has placed a considerable strain on the social fabric of the affected areas and the ability to recover and further develop.

14 Dec 2007 description

CONTEXTE :

D'une manière générale, la situation sécuritaire est restée relativement calme cette semaine, sur l'ensemble de la province du Katanga.

District du Haut Katanga

Lubumbashi

Recrudescence du taux de criminalité dans la ville de Lubumbashi. L'UNDSS qui rapporte cette information appelle les acteurs humanitaires à redoubler de vigilance surtout en cette période où l'on s'approche des fêtes de fin d'année.

District du Tanganyika

La situation sécuritaire est restée relativement calme dans l'ensemble du district.

13 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

NEW YORK, 13 décembre 2007 (IRIN) - Le monde dispose aujourd'hui des capacités techniques, mais pas de la volonté politique nécessaire, pour éradiquer la faim dans le monde, un fléau qui touche une personne sur huit et constitue une violation des droits humains au même titre que la torture, selon un rapport publié par l'organisation non-gouvernementale (ONG) Action contre la faim.

Un des principes fondamentaux soutenus dans cette étude, intitulée the Justice of Eating - the Struggle for Food and Dignity in Recent Humanitarian Crises [la Justice de la faim ou la lutte pour …

12 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10674

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
69th, 70th & 71st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Also Stress That, despite Progress in Target Areas of 2002 Action Plan, Millions of Children Remain Victims of Hunger, Violence, HIV/AIDS, Exploitation

12 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

NEW YORK, 12 December 2007 (IRIN) - The world has the technical ability but lacks the political will to eliminate global hunger, a scourge afflicting one in eight people that is as much a violation of human rights as torture, according to a report by the NGO, Action Against Hunger.

A main tenet of the study, the Justice of Eating - the Struggle for Food and Dignity in Recent Humanitarian Crises, is that the right to food is an inextricable part of the basic set of freedoms embodying human rights that are collectively the minimum conditions necessary for the realisation of human …

10 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

BALI, 10 December 2007 (IRIN) - Increasing pressure caused by climate change on essential resources like water could not only trigger domestic conflicts but also have a destabilising effect globally, warn UN officials.

"It is not far-fetched to begin to see growing tensions; not far fetched to think climate change will globally have a destabilising effect," said Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who drew a scenario in which countries heavily affected by climate change would blame those not seen as doing enough to cut …

06 Dec 2007 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Dec 6, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The donor community Thursday reaffirmed its support for Zambia in its poverty reduction program by committing funds for the country's next year budget.

The European Commission (EC), Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden made the affirmation at a press briefing held here Thursday.

The donors confirmed their commitment to provide 160 million U. S. dollars in poverty reduction support for Zambia's 2008 budget.

01 Dec 2007 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Dec 1, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Landmine has been a major problem in Zambia, hindering development and shattering lives of hundreds of victims, according to Times of Zambia on Saturday.

The Zamia Mine Action Center ZMAC director Sheila Mweemba was quoted as saying that Zambia was still carrying out demining operations.

ZMAC estimates that up to 41 sites could have been contaminated with landmines especially along the border areas with Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the ZMAC, up to 500 landmine explosions have occurred in various …