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17 Jan 2018 description
  • 606,595 Persons of concern - refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs and returnees - for UNHCR operations in Chad

  • 942 Chadian refugees voluntarily repatriated from Darfur, the Sudan to Chad

  • 657 Supplemental Judgments rendered to deliver birth certificates to Nigerian refugees

16 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18855-GA/11999 16 JANUARY 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal meeting of the General Assembly, in New York today:

Let me start by thanking all Member States, all of you for your support across our agenda.

12 Jan 2018 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13161
11 JANVIER 2018 8156E SÉANCE – MATIN

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a expliqué, ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, qu’en dépit de progrès continus réalisés en matière de transition démocratique et politique, la situation sécuritaire dans la région demeurait une source de grave préoccupation.

11 Jan 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13161

SECURITY COUNCIL
8156TH MEETING (AM)

Despite progress in West Africa and the Sahel, particularly regarding democratic and peaceful political transitions, the security situation in the region remained a grave concern, the Security Council heard today in a briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary‑General in the region.

10 Jan 2018 description

This paper is one in a series of briefings that analyse how the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) builds rural households’ resilience to different climate shocks. This paper examines how MGNREGS is helping households in West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand, India, build resilience to drought.

10 Jan 2018 description

This paper examines how the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) helps households in South Sikkim, India, build resilience to winter drought. It is one in a series of briefings that analyse how the scheme builds the resilience of rural households in different states to different climate shocks. The goal of the series is to identify options for Indian policymakers to integrate climate risk management into MGNREGS.

10 Jan 2018 description

This paper is one in a series of briefings that analyse how the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) builds rural households’ resilience to different climate shocks. This paper examines how MGNREGS is helping households in Mayurbhanj District, Odisha, India, build resilience through convergence with other government departments to help households develop new horticulture livelihoods that strengthen rural livelihoods and improve productivity in the face of drought and flooding.

09 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 9 2018 (IPS) - Conditioned that ploughing is the sure way to produce crops, Zimbabwean farmer Handrixious Zvomarima surprised himself by trying a different method. He planted cowpea seeds directly without tilling the land. It worked.

The new method tripled Zvomarima’s cowpea yield when many farmers did not harvest a crop following the El Nino-induced drought which affected more than 40 million people in Southern Africa.

05 Jan 2018 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Xiang Bo

HOHHOT, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, known for its vast grasslands and cold weather, recorded its warmest year in 56 years in 2017.

The average temperature of the region last year was 6.5 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees higher than the historical average and the highest since 1961, according to local meteorological authority Thursday.

03 Jan 2018 description

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and CARE Honduras commenced a cooperative project—Improving Community Resilience in the Dry Corridor of Honduras Project– in December 2017. This project aims to assist targeted areas in improving resilience to drought.

31 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Salazar

SAN JOSE, Dec 31 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

28 Dec 2017 description

Saving lives through SAFE cooking

WFP works to ensure that the food assistance provided can be consumed as safely and nutritiously as possible. While cooking may be thought of as a safe activity, in many circumstances, especially humanitarian settings, it poses serious health, safety and environmental risks. In Senegal, vulnerable populations are facing severe challenges related to a lack of access to cooking fuel in rural areas.

FACTS Senegal

28 Dec 2017 description

Le Gouvernement du Tchad et le PNUD lancent la formulation du projet ‘’Gestion Communautaire Des Risques Climatiques’’ d’un montant de $ 6 500 000 financé par le Fonds Mondial pour l’Environnement (FEM).

21 Dec 2017 description
report IRIN

Décrit comme le plus vaste programme de restauration de mangroves au monde, le projet du delta du Saloum, dans l’ouest du Sénégal, vise à réparer les dégâts causés pendant des décennies à cet écosystème vital. Ses détracteurs estiment toutefois que le programme dépossède la communauté locale et ne constitue rien de plus qu’une forme d’« appropriation des océans ».

En lire plus sur IRIN

20 Dec 2017 description

Review the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017. Relive some of WHO's major achievements in the past year.

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20 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

SAN JOSÉ, 20 dic 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca vive en el municipio de Esquías, en el occidente de Honduras, uno de los más afectados por la plaga del gorgojo descortezador, que dañó casi 500.000 hectáreas de bosque de su país entre el 2013 y el 2015.

Se suponía que la plaga que aniquilaba los pinos detendría su paso con la lluvia, pero pasaron los meses húmedos y nada cayó del cielo. Hoy, con menos árboles, contó a IPS que su pueblo tiene, también, menos agua, sus suelos están erosionados y algunas de las comunidades vecinas enfrentan sequías.

20 Dec 2017 description

Savings groups are helping farmers - particularly women - get through bad times when harvests are lost

By Elias Gebreselassie

GANTA KANACHAMA, Ethiopia, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workinesh Denda, a stocky middle-aged woman, arranges hand-made stoves in a neat line in a small shop in Ganta Kanachama village, in southern Ethiopia.