Source: Amnesty International |

Amnesty International to hold its highest decision-making meeting in Johannesburg

The meeting will take stock of the world’s human rights, discuss policy proposals and adopt new policies to guide its future human rights work

More than 300 delegates of Amnesty International, including members, supporters and different sections of the movement from around the world, will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the annual General Assembly meeting. The Global Assembly is the highest decision-making gathering of the movement which takes places annually. The meeting will…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) and Luxembourg join forces to boost Emergency Telecommunications in Emergencies

On 8 July, Paulette Lenert, Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, and Rehan Asad, WFP’s Chief of Staff witnessed first-hand the impact of this partnership

The ability of humanitarian responders to communicate and exchange information in emergency settings is vital to ensuring lives are saved, and that the needs of disaster-hit communities are met rapidly and effectively. The Government of Luxembourg’s partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) demonstrates…

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Protracted conflicts and adverse weather conditions exacerbate food needs

41 countries in need of food assistance – African Swine Fever threatening food security of a large number of people

Ongoing conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that 41…

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019, UN-Habitat Assembly

Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development

On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its considerations of draft resolutions.  Two special events…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

New UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia Ms. Adele Khodr presents credentials

Ms. Khodr’s career with UNICEF began in her native Lebanon in 1990

Newly-appointed UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia Ms. Adele Khodr today presented her credentials to State Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ambassador Markos Tekle Rike.   In welcoming Ms. Khodr, the State Minister said Ethiopia believed in multilateralism and the Government was keen to strengthen its partnership with agencies like UNICEF which,…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating “14 million points of hope”

This year’s celebration also coincides with the centenary of the founding of IFRC on 5 May 1919 by the American, British, French, Italian and Japanese Red Cross Societies

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is celebrating the nearly 14 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers around the world who provide a lifeline to countless communities in need. In a statement sent to the…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The State of Qatar |

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Firm Stance Against Violations in Libya

His Excellency urged the international community to take a firm stance against these violations of international law

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani urged the international community to take a firm stance against the violations of international law, not only in Libya but in all regional issues that do not take into account the law. In a joint press…

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Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry

Climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018

Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food…

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Global Report on Food Crises: acute hunger still affecting over 100 million people worldwide

113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity in the world’s most severe food crises in 2018

A report presented today jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. Commissioner for International Cooperation and…

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Japan donates over US $1,468,000 to Mine Action in South Sudan

Currently 361 separate and distinct sites across the country are thought to be contaminated by landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive hazards

The Government of Japan has contributed US $1,468,374 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), for the mine action project “Enabling Humanitarian Operations and Enhancing National Institutional Capacity for Sustainable Mine Action in South Sudan.” Since 2011, Japan has contributed more than US $15 million to mine action operations…