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08 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
39th & 40th Meetings (AM & PM)

Refugee Figures Rise to Nearly 10 Million After Several Years of Decrease, High Commissioner Tells Committee

A draft resolution that would have the General Assembly declare 15 October of each year as the International Day of Rural Women was approved as orally revised without a vote today by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), as Member States stepped up collective efforts to better the lot of women living in rural areas.

08 Nov 2007 description
report Concern Worldwide

Communities in Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia are witnessing dramatic signs of climate change in their everyday lives. Concern is responding to the effects of climate change through disaster risk reduction initiatives that reduce the impact of hazards on the world's poorest communities and make them less vulnerable to future disasters.

The impact of floods, droughts and other natural disasters is likely to be most acute in the world's poorest, least developed countries, including many of those in which Concern works.

07 Nov 2007 description

In Zimbabwe, food shortages, a near total collapse of the domestic economy, and continued political repression are forcing large numbers of citizens to seek refuge and sustenance for their families in neighboring countries. South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana are focusing entirely on negotiations over the political stalemate in Zimbabwe, either directly or through the Southern African Development Community. In this context, any recognition of large numbers of Zimbabweans inside their borders is seen as counter-productive, as it draws attention to the humanitarian crisis inside Zimbabwe.

31 Oct 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

More than 100 per cent of children between nine months to five years are vaccinated

LUSAKA,31 October 2007 - More than 2.1 million children, aged nine months to five years were immunized against measles during a week long integrated National Measles Campaign in early July.

Before 2003, measles was one of the five major causes of childhood illness in Zambia.

31 Oct 2007 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 31 October 2007 (PLUSNEWS) - Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.

31 Oct 2007 description


Regional: In preparation of the upcoming rainy season, eight countries in the region are revising their contingency plans with support from Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Southern Africa (OCHA ROSA) and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR).

30 Oct 2007 description

This report covers the period from 9/13/2007 to 10/30/2007

The FEWS NET Outlook for Southern Africa incorporates the findings from six country outlooks for the period October 2007 to March 2008. This outlook provides a basis for regional and global resource allocation and contingency planning, as well as in-country planning. This report summarizes the results of this process for Southern Africa, highlighting what FEWS NET believes are the major threats to food security in the period October 2007 to March 2008.

29 Oct 2007 description

This report covers the period of 01/11/2006 to 30/06/2007.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: Following the Federation Operational Zone for Southern Africa's launch of a new, innovative and dynamic five-year regional HIV and AIDS …

26 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Oct 26, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- About 500 Congolese refugees living in Zambia have been repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through a border town in Northern Province, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Friday.

25 Oct 2007 description

President's Malaria Initiative expands to eight more countries

By Jeffrey Thomas

19 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
17th & 18th Meetings (AM & PM)

Presses Case for Special Representative to Address Violence against Children

A year after presenting a landmark report on violence against children, Paulo Sērgio Pinheiro, the Independent Expert who directed the study for the United Nations, reiterated his call to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) for more attention to be paid to the plight of child victims of violence -- wherever they might be in the world.

18 Oct 2007 description


This is a study of the impact of economic reforms on hunger-prone people in three of the world's poorest countries - Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. Its primary purpose is to assess whether food security has improved or worsened, and why.

These three states are among the large number of developing countries that have promoted extensive liberalization of their economies over the past 15 or so years, under the auspices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

17 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Oct 17, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Norway has pledged 70 million U.S.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.


11 Oct 2007 description
report World Bank

A Two-Year Progress Report

Part I: Executive Summary

Every year, malaria infects more than 500 million people around the world. The burden is highest in Africa, where more than 90 percent of the world's approximately 1 million malaria deaths occur annually. Children in many parts of Africa suffer from malaria about four times each year and it is one of the leading causes of child deaths on the continent, yet the disease is completely preventable and treatable.

The impact of the disease extends far beyond the health of victims.

08 Oct 2007 description

MWANGWE CAMP, Zambia, October 8 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has told Congolese refugees anxious to return home from Zambia that it will only resume repatriation operations to Moba on Lake Tanganyika when the UN is able to return to the port town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Hundreds of refugees in northern Zambia's Kala and Mwange camps took advantage of a visit by UNHCR and DRC government officials last Friday to call for a resumption of the programme, which was suspended in early August after a vicious attack on UN premises in Moba.

04 Oct 2007 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 4 October 2007 (IRIN) - At least 43,000 refugees returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January and October, with another 310,000 still in neighbouring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Most of the returnees went to the provinces of South Kivu in the east, Equateur in the northeast and Katanga in the south, UNHCR stated in a report detailing figures of returns to and from the DRC.

"The successful return of 43,000 Congolese refugees this year is the result of the hard work by UNHCR staff in the field; they often …