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31 Dec 2003 description


The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is centrally placed towards the North-Northeast. Areas in proximity of the ITCZ will continue to experience relatively higher rainfall while those further away will experience sporadic or localized rainfall. However, even with only localized rainfall, planting need not be delayed any further as the rainfall received so far is adequate to support germination.

31 Dec 2003 description
report World Bank
  1. This report provides an update of activities carried out under the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (MDRP) since the time of the previous quarterly progress report (July to September 2003). The report is organized by the four main components of the MDRP, namely: (i) national demobilization and reintegration programs; (ii) special projects; (iii) regional activities; and (iv) overall program management. A revised work plan for the period January to March 2004 is also included in this report.

    I. National Programs



31 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund


To continue to build the capacities of teachers, and in specific efforts to promote girls' education, the Community Girls Special Project (CGSP) was given a boost when an education expert from the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) conducted a teacher training in Nyal. 15 participants attended this training, which is aimed at ensuring quality education for girls.


31 Dec 2003 description

Niños y niñas en la mira de los secuestradores. 1996 - 2003
Las víctimas del secuestro, una realidad presente

31 Dec 2003 description
report Peace Winds Japan

Peace Winds Japan responded rapidly to the tragic earthquake that hit the south eastern Iran city of Bam on Friday, December 26. PWJ's first dispatch, consisting of two staff members with previous experience in the region, flew out the following day of the 27th and arrived that same night in Tehran.

31 Dec 2003 description

2.7 million beneficiaries will be without WFP assistance in January 2004 !!

A 60,000 MT contribution from the USA and a donation of 9,700 MT from ECHO has been confirmed but the commodities and arrival dates are not yet known. With these two contributions the pipeline for the coming six months looks slightly better than previously feared. However, about 2.7 million beneficiaries will still be deprived of cereal rations in January.

31 Dec 2003 description

OTI Gives Burundi's Parliament Valuable Capacity-Enhancing Tools

31 Dec 2003 description
report UN Security Council

Letter dated 31 December 2003 from the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia addressed to the President of the Security Council

31 Dec 2003 description
report Direct Relief

SANTA BARBARA, CA (December 31, 2003) - Direct Relief has prepared a 3 and a half ton shipment that will be airlifted to Iran on Friday, January 2. The products contained in the shipment have a wholesale value of $330,000 and include the following items:

31 Dec 2003 description

At the direction of President George W. Bush, the United States has initiated a number of extraordinary steps to facilitate the engagement of U.S. relief organizations to assist the victims of last week's earthquake in Iran.

After consultation with Congress, Secretary of State Powell determined that, due to the extraordinary humanitarian needs created by this earthquake, it is in the national interest of the United States to issue additional licenses that will enable the Department of State and USAID as well as U.S.

31 Dec 2003 description

Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, answers a Russian media question regarding Russia's assistance in elimination of consequences of earthquake in Iran

Question: What assistance did Russia render in the elimination of the consequences of the earthquake in Iran?

Answer: Russia was one of the first to respond to the natural disaster that had fallen on Iran - a heavy earthquake entailing a massive death toll and vast destruction.

31 Dec 2003 description

Afin de venir en aide le plus rapidement possible aux victimes du tremblement de terre qui s'est déroulé le 26 décembre en Iran, le Secours populaire français a débloqué une aide d'urgence de 30 000 €.