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31 Dec 2007 description

The concept of the "Right to Water" has emerged over the past few years, emphasizing a human-centered approach to meeting basic needs among vulnerable populations. The concept's scope gathered momentum in 2002 when the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) adopted General Comment No. 15, which, for the first time, recognized the right to Water as a fundamental human right.

31 Dec 2007 description
report ActionAid

This document provides guidelines and framework for conducting Rapid Foundational Analysis [RFA], which is linked directly to current responses and develops plans for new responses and consolidating current responses in accordance with findings from the analysis.
It is therefore a framework which integrates analysis and response programming into one single process.

SECTION ONE: ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT
SECTION TWO: ActionAid's CURRENT RESPONSE
SECTION THREE: PROPOSALS FOR EFFECTIVE PROGRAMMING

31 Dec 2007 description

In pursuing its goal to attain the implementation of "national commitments to advance gender equality and womens empowerment in stable and fragile states" (Strategic Plan 2008-2011), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), has been working to increase the number of women in decision-making positions and building their capacities for effective engagement and influence. UNIFEM draws together womens organizations, governments, the United Nations and the private sector to build partnerships that foster womens roles in governance.

31 Dec 2007 description

Presentación La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), como centro de conocimiento, tiene la responsabilidad institucional de sistematizar experiencias y comunicar aquellas lecciones que se han aprendido a partir de los diversos apoyos brindados al Gobierno de Guatemala y, en particular, al Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA), en la construcción de estrategias rurales para la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional familiar.

31 Dec 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS ISSUE:

- REGIONAL OVERVIEW

-  UPCOMING & ONGOING MEETINGS

Focus on Ethiopia is produced by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in collaboration with other UN agencies and partner NGOs. Focus on Ethiopia provides a monthly overview of humanitarian trends and activities in Ethiopia, as well as focusing on particular issues of interest.

31 Dec 2007 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is supporting the needy in Myanmar with 500,000 kroons, donated through the World Food Program (WFP).

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the humanitarian crisis and the blatant violation of human rights in Myranmar are very alarming. "According to UN data, one third of the nation's residents live below the poverty line," said Paet. "We hope that our small contribution, made through the WFP, can help to alleviate the situation for those in need," he added.

31 Dec 2007 description

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New Indian Ocean Warning System Sounds Alert for Tsunamis

The tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean region in December 2004 caught hundreds of thousands of people off guard and cost them their lives. Within months, work began on a multinational warning system designed to relay reports of an undersea earthquake-and potential tsunami-to country officials who can pass the warning on to everyone in the storm's expected path.

The two-year, $16.6 million U.S. Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS) program is being implemented by a USAID-led consortium of five U.S.

31 Dec 2007 description

Affected population numbers are based on the Darfur Humanitarian Profile No.29 (01 Oct 2007).

31 Dec 2007 description

Multiple humanitarian actors with different objectives, principles and modi operandi intervene in situations of armed conflict and internal violence in order to alleviate the plight of the victims: governmental and non-governmental organisations, international organisations, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and private companies, among others. The diversity of actors and approaches can help to alleviate suffering if they manage to act in a complementary fashion, on the basis of their respective operational abilities.