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• A total of 655,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 26 December)
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.
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 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), internally displaced populations are facing severe challenges related to the lack of access to cooking fuel. Most households depend largely on firewood and charcoal for domestic energy needs, including cooking.
Efficient and clean cooking can reduce toxic air pollution, save lives, protect the environment, and improve livelihoods.
Accelerating the transition to clean stoves and fuels requires sustained engagement in local markets, innovative approaches such as results-based financing, and a concerted global effort.
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"I'm scared that if it ever floods at night, it will come into my house and the flood will take me away. That's one of my greatest fears" - Freddy Sei, 15
By Lin Taylor
SOUTH RIVER, Vanuatu, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Each time teenager Freddy Sei hears the rumble of thunder, sees rains pound the earth in his small coastal village or watches strong winds whip palm trees, he is gripped with fear.
Persons of concern - refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs and returnees - for UNHCR operations in Chad.
Refugees interviewed by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless persons (OFPRA) for potential resettlement.
Go and see/ Come and tell
visits undertaken by Sudanese and Chadian refugees in accordance with the Tripartite Agreements.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Southern Africa continues to recover from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)1. The substantial government- and SADC-led response, supported by $900 million from the international humanitarian community2, empowered farmers to take advantage of a good 2016/2017 rainfall season, delivering an April 2017 cereal harvest 3 per cent above the 5-year average.
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Comunicado de prensa conjunto CCNUCC/OMS
12 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2017 | BONN (ALEMANIA) - Hoy, en la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, la Organización Mundial de la Salud, en colaboración con la secretaría de Naciones Unidas – Cambio Climático y en alianza con la Presidencia de Fiji en la 23.ª Conferencia de las Partes (COP23), ha puesto en marcha una iniciativa especial para proteger a los habitantes de pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo de las consecuencias del cambio climático para la salud.
12 NOVEMBRE 2017 | BONN, ALLEMAGNE - Aujourd’hui, à la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP23), l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé a lancé, en collaboration avec le secrétariat de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et en partenariat avec la présidence fidjienne de la vingt-troisième Conférence des Parties (COP23), une initiative spéciale pour protéger les habitants des petits États insulaires en développement des conséquences sanitaires des changements climatiques.
A Fiji Ministry of Health official says climate change increases the risk from mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
By Inna Lazareva
DOSSEYE, Chad, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leila Ousmane and her 10-year-old daughter walk in disbelief atop the crumbling bricks that, until a few days earlier, formed the walls of their family home.
Heavy rains and floods in late September ravaged the Dosseye refugee camp where they live, toppling their house of mud bricks and wooden stumps into rubble.
"We went to live with my neighbour," said Ousmane. "But last night, the storm made their house collapse too."
12 novembre 2017 – Alors que la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le climat (COP 23), à Bonn, en Allemagne, entame sa dernière semaine de négociations, la Présidence fidjienne a annoncé dimanche la finalisation d'un plan d'action sur le genre, qui reconnaît le rôle des femmes dans l'action climatique.
Lors d'une conférence de presse, le Président de la COP 23 et Premier ministre de Fidji, Frank Bainimarama, a déclaré que les Parties avaient finalisé ce plan. « Il reconnaît le rôle des femmes dans l'action climatique », a-t-il souligné.
12 November 2017 – With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23), in Bonn, Germany, entering its final week of negotiations, the Fiji Presidency today announced the Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action.
At a press conference, President of COP 23 and Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, announced that the States Parties had finalized the plan.
“This recognizes the role of women in climate action,” he said.
Joint news release UNFCCC/WHO
12 NOVEMBER 2017 | BONN, GERMANY - Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), WHO, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), has launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
Around the world, CARE celebrated its anniversary in 2016, remembering that day 70 years ago when the first CARE Packages arrived in Europe, bringing food and other essential survival supplies.
Today, a CARE Package looks very different.
Climate change has far-reaching impacts on human health and well-being. Changing temperature and rainfall patterns impact crop yield, food and water security, and nutrition. The increased frequency and intensity of extreme events can cause not only injury, but also increase the risk of water-borne diseases (diarrhoeal disease, Hepatitis A and E, bacterial diseases such as cholera), diseases associated with crowding (measles, meningitis, acute respiratory infections) and vector-borne diseases (malaria, dengue), as well as psychological and emotional distress related to traumatic events.