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18 Oct 2011 description

By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News

Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London.

Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.

Read the full article on the BBC.

18 Oct 2011 description

Joint Report Highlights Development Potential of Migration in Thailand, Warns of Policy Shortfall

Thailand - Migration is contributing to growth, development and stability in Thailand, but to harness its full potential, the South East Asian nation must introduce comprehensive and long term migration policies, according to a joint report launched today.

The Thailand Migration Report 2011 says that despite efforts to control irregular migration, large numbers of irregular migrant workers from neighbouring countries continue to arrive and work in Thailand.

18 Oct 2011 description
report United Nations


These are the remarks of UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro to the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok on 13 October:

It is a pleasure to be back in Bangkok to again chair the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) Regional Coordination Mechanism meeting tomorrow.

11 Oct 2011 description
report CARE

CARE releases report about poverty in remote PNG


CARE Australia has today released a unique but bleak report, Rural Poverty in Remote Papua New Guinea, which provides a detailed statistical snapshot of life for remote communities in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The report, which is a result of collaboration between CARE Australia and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, highlights the ongoing issue of disadvantage in an area which is home to 15 percent of the country’s population.

04 Oct 2011 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.

Programme outcome:

The work of the Cuban Red Cross is guided by Strategy 2020 and the Inter American Plan 2007-2011 which puts forward three strategic aims:
1. Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises.
2. Enable healthy and safe living.
3. Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.

04 Oct 2011 description
report Irish Aid


Ireland’s development cooperation programme, which is managed by Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is a practical expression of the core principles of our foreign policy, and of our values as a people. Ireland’s place in the world is defined by our commitment to justice, equality, human dignity and respect for human rights, and by our solidarity with those whose lives and futures are blighted by extreme poverty and hunger.

03 Oct 2011 description

South Sudan Becomes the World’s Newest Nation

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence, marking the culmination of the six-year Interim Period laid out in the landmark 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended Sudan’s long civil war. Independence was a result of the January 2011 referendum that gave the people of South Sudan the opportunity to democratically choose their future. Nearly 99 percent of those who voted chose secession.

03 Oct 2011 description

29 September 2011

A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.

Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.

Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.

30 Sep 2011 description

Measures will strengthen health systems and reduce their carbon footprint

Washington, D.C, 30 September 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Health officials from throughout the Americas agreed today to take a series of actions to prepare their countries to cope with and mitigate the health effects of climate change.

28 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
28th, 29th & 30th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

World Leaders Came to Express ‘Hopes and Needs of Their Nations’,
Salute Courage of Those Who Fought for Freedom, Dignity, Democracy around Globe

“It has been an historic and unforgettable debate,” said the President of the General Assembly this evening as he closed the annual event, but it was now time to shift attention to the crucial next step, “turning talk into real impact”.

27 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
25th, 26th & 27th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Reeling from Economic Downturn, Poorest Nations Pin Hopes on Global Strategies,
Cooperation; Ways Outlined to Ease Horn of Africa Crisis, Enhance Food Security

23 Sep 2011 description
Executive Summary
Sector Reports

Tropical storm Ondoy (international name Ketsana) hit the Philippines on September 26, 2009, causing widespread flooding Tropical storm Ondoy was quickly followed by typhoon Pepeng (international name Parma). It initially brought powerful winds with gusts of up to 230 km/hr then an extended period of heavy rains, with cumulative rainfall amounts exceeding 1,000 mm in some areas. The resulting river floods have been estimated to have a return period of around 50 years, meaning that statistically speaking, such a rainfall event occurs on average once in every 50 years.

23 Sep 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
15th, 16th & 18th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Speakers Ask Organization to Heed Opportunity Presented by Momentous Social,
Political Convulsions to ‘Speak Out and Act’, Stand Up against Persecuting Regimes

16 Sep 2011 description
report UN News Service

15 September 2011 – The world is undergoing “a moment of uncommon turbulence,” facing enormous political, economic, humanitarian and environmental challenges, but the United Nations stands ready to help deal with all of them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York ahead of next week’s opening of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Ban said the agenda of world leaders is more crowded than ever.

01 Sep 2011 description

Yamoussoukro, (Cote d'Ivoire), 1 September 2011 -- World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, has proposed a framework for public health adaptation to climate change in the African Region.

The framework, based on five guiding principles, is designed to guide the formulation of country-specific action plans that will form the health component of national change adaptation plans aimed at minimizing the adverse public health effects in Africa.

31 Aug 2011 description

In this issue

♦ Major Developments for the Quarter
♦ CBA Conference Update
♦ Meet the Team: Fiji
♦ Interview with Dr Lachlan McIver
♦ Jordan Inception Workshop

29 Aug 2011 description
report IRIN

KEFAMENANU, 29 August 2011 (IRIN) - Erratic weather has exacerbated food insecurity in one of Indonesia's driest regions, leaving farmers and families hoping for the best as October's planting season approaches.

"I have a feeling this year we will be OK," Maria Talan, 63, an elder in the remote village of Noenoni, in the district of West Timor (TTS), told IRIN, already looking forward to next April's harvest.

26 Aug 2011 description


The Marshlands are of fundamental importance to Iraq, a unique eco-system providing local inhabitants with an essential source of habitat and livelihoods. Not only are the Marshlands an important national heritage and ecological area, but they have also played a vital role in the economic and social advancement of the people of Iraq.
At their peak the Marshlands were considered to be the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East, and they played an important role in global ecosystems by supporting rare wildlife and rich biodiversity.

24 Aug 2011 description

Sistemas redujeron el índice de desnutrición aguda en el municipio de Huité de 5,8 % a tan sólo 1 %; aumentaron la producción de maíz en 25 % y el consumo de hortalizas en las familias.

Huité, Guatemala, julio de 2011. El municipio de Huité, al este de Guatemala, ha encontrado en los sistemas agroforestales una respuesta a la inseguridad alimentaria y los efectos del cambio climático, señaló hoy la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura, FAO.