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Pakistan polio campaign hit by fresh attacks - Telegraph

Pakistan polio campaign hit by fresh attacks  - Telegraph | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Gunmen in Pakistan have mounted fresh attacks on health workers carrying out polio vaccinations, taking the death toll to nine and prompting UNICEF and WHO to suspend work on a campaign opposed by the Taliban.

Rumours about polio drops being a plot to sterilise Muslims have long dogged efforts to tackle the disease in Pakistan, but suspicion of vaccination programmes intensified after the jailing of a doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011 using a hepatitis campaign.
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UNDP Opens Data in Transparency Drive

UNDP Opens Data in Transparency Drive | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new online portal allowing open, comprehensive public access to data on the agency’s work in 177 countries and territories, as part of their commitment to reach full transparency by 2013. As scheduled, UNDP has published its data in the IATI standard.

 

The new portal, open.undp.org, comprises comprehensive programmatic information— from income and expenditures to activities and results—on more than 6,000 active UNDP projects, as well as those that financially closed in 2011, along with more than 8,000 outputs or results. As the world’s largest implementing agency and with most of its projects being funded by multiple donors, UNDP has an important role to play in forwarding IATI’s goal of being able to trace aid from origin to final point of spend.

 

Source: http://www.aidinfo.org/undp-opens-data-in-transparency-drive.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aidinfo+%28aidinfo.org+-+Latest+news+and+views%29

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Violence is a serious cause of poverty, the UN needs to address this

Violence is a serious cause of poverty, the UN needs to address this | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The global community must follow Guatemala's lead and fight the use of violence against the vulnerable

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Tackling the jobs crisis: new thinking from the World Bank and UNESCO

Tackling the jobs crisis: new thinking from the World Bank and UNESCO | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Oxfam’s head of research, Ricardo Fuentes reviews two big reports on jobs from the World Bank and UNESCO

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Unige: Combattre la faim au XXIe siècle

Unige: Combattre la faim au XXIe siècle | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

E n ce début de XXIe siècle, plusieurs centaines de millions de personnes de par le monde continuent de souffrir de malnutrition, voire de famine. La communauté internationale poursuit son combat contre ce fléau. Mais quelles sont les solutions et les stratégies qui aujourd’hui permettraient de faire reculer ces terribles statistiques?

 

C’est à cette question que tenteront de répondre les spécialistes invités par l’UNIGE, la FAO et le PNUD pour un débat qui doit marquer la Journée mondiale de l’alimentation 2012.

 

Avec la participation de:

 - Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (professeure à la Faculté de droit),
- Fabien Pouille (directeur du Département de l’agronomie au CICR),
- Cécile Molinier (directrice du bureau du PNUD),
- Jean Ziegler (ancien rapporteur spécial du secrétaire général des Nations unies pour le droit à l’alimentation),
- Ann Tutwiler (directrice adjointe de la FAO).

 

En préambule à la discussion, la chanteuse franco-indonésienne Anggun, ambassadrice de bonne volonté de la FAO, fera un court récital.

 

Les objectifs du millénaire pour le développement et les défis à la sécurité alimentaire mondiale
Uni Mail, salle R080
Jeudi 18 octobre à 18h30

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Hyderabad Erupts in Violence Before United Nations Conference

Hyderabad Erupts in Violence Before United Nations Conference | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Hyderabad police clashed with protesters who were demanding a separate Telangana state in a massive rally a day before a major international conference opened in the city on Monday.

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Witchcraft used as excuse for violence against older women in Tanzania

Witchcraft used as excuse for violence against older women in Tanzania | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

UN report on ageing highlights how traditional practices have resulted in the deaths of thousands of older women

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Should UNITAID Rethink its Raison d’Être?

Should UNITAID Rethink its Raison d’Être? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

UNITAID: maybe you’ve heard of it, or maybe not. Launched in 2006, UNITAID has lived in the shadow of its older and bigger global-health siblings (the Global Fund, GAVI, and PEPFAR, to name a few).

 

Perhaps due to its relative obscurity and late entry to a crowded global-health field, UNITAID has proactively worked to differentiate itself through a focus on commodities, market shaping, novel funding sources, and innovation. To wit, UNITAID’s stated mission is “to contribute to scale up access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for the people in developing countries by leveraging price reductions of quality drugs and diagnostics, which currently are unaffordable for most developing countries, and to accelerate the pace at which they are made available.”

 

But today, as UNITAID celebrates its sixth birthday (happy birthday UNITAID!), it stands at a potential crossroads....

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Latin America struggles to cope with record urban growth

Latin America struggles to cope with record urban growth | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Latin America is no longer a largely rural region. After 60 years of chaotic but rapid urban development, four-fifths of its population now live in towns or cities, a prey to all the ills of modernity and globalisation. Despite the fact that exports from these countries depend mainly on farming and mining, more than two-thirds of their gross national product comes from cities, home to services and industry. Although Latin America has huge expanses of territory, nowhere else has achieved this level of urbanisation.

 

In its most recent report on the state of the world's cities, focusing on trends in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) casts new light on the contrasts.

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The Philippines: Using SMS in disaster response

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The Philippines looks set to expand its rapid monitoring system, based on mobile phone text messaging, to lessen the number of deaths and improve emergency response times. With over 7,000 islands and more than 100 million people, the archipelago experiences an average of 20 typhoons a year, with stronger storms in recent years.

 

Surveillance in post extreme emergencies and disaster (Speed), a project supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), uses SMS/text messages on mobile phones or the internet to alert emergency health officials to dangerous situations and send them health information, and receive data on health conditions in communities and reports of disaster damage.

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Enhanced Cooperation Task Force For Internet Governance?

Enhanced Cooperation Task Force For Internet Governance? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
An unconventional proposal to solve the international fight around internet governance has been put forward that would create multi-stakeholder working groups to tackle tough issues.

 

The proposal for an Enhanced Cooperation Task Force (ECTF) comes from a member of the Swiss Internet User Group (SIUG) and Internet Governance Caucus, Norbert Bollow.

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Sustainable development goals: UN must take simple, sensible approach

Sustainable development goals: UN must take simple, sensible approach | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Progress on goals to succeed MDGs hinges on support from emerging and developing countries – and on clearing confusion...

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UN and NGOs appeal for Sahel aid

UN and NGOs appeal for Sahel aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Relief groups are stepping up their appeals for aid to tackle the worsening food crisis in west Africa, where more than 18 million people face hunger.

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Somalia's journey from disaster to resilience a test case for development

Somalia's journey from disaster to resilience a test case for development | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Local head of Food and Agriculture Organisation wants co-ordinated aid approach to helping Somalia be self-sufficient

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UN unveils plans to eliminate child labour by 2020

UN unveils plans to eliminate child labour by 2020 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

UN report to be launched by Gordon Brown says there will still be 190m child labourers in eight years unless issue is tackled

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En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays

En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Depuis plusieurs mois s’affrontent plusieurs groupes opposés à Joseph Kabila. Situés pour la plupart dans le Nord-Kivu, à l’Ouest de la RDC, la vingtaine de factions rebelles s’opposent notamment pour le contrôle des ressources de cette région, la plus riche du monde en métaux et minerais rares. Sous couvert de vouloir « renverser Kabila et de construire un Congo juste », les soldats, dont beaucoup sont des dissidents de l’armée congolaise régulière font régner leur loi dans une zone abandonnée par Kinshasa et les Casques Bleus.

 

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UNESCO releases the Education for All Global Monitoring Report

UNESCO releases the Education for All Global Monitoring Report | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards Education for All.

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

 

• Global grain reserves hit critically low levels
• Extreme weather means climate 'is no longer reliable'
• Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest

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Ageing: Get ready now, UN warns poor countries

Ageing: Get ready now, UN warns poor countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Developing countries urged to prepare for population ageing as study predicts they will house four out of five over-60s by 2050. Countries with ageing populations can reap a "longevity dividend" with the right measures on healthcare, pensions etc...

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U.N. Presses Pakistan on Disappearances

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The United Nations on Thursday stepped up pressure on Pakistan over the fate of hundreds of people who have disappeared into the illegal custody of the country’s powerful intelligence and law enforcement agencies over the last decade.

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Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening

Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Justine Greening, the new international development secretary, has reassured Britain's main aid charities that she remains committed to meeting a UN target on overseas aid spending.

As George Osborne told MPs that the government would abide by its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid by 2013, Greening told Save the Children and other charities that this is the "right thing to do".

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Erythrée : un rapport révèle l'existence d'une route de trafics d'armes et d'êtres humains

Erythrée : un rapport révèle l'existence d'une route de trafics d'armes et d'êtres humains | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Selon un rapport présenté le mois dernier par le Groupe de monitoring sur la Somalie et l’Erythrée au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU - qui a fuité en début de semaine -, un trafic d’armes et de personnes provenant d’Erythrée se déroule avec la collusion des autorités. Une route de contrebande d’armes appuyée sur un trafic de réfugiés érythréens part des collines de l’Erythrée, traverse les camps de réfugiés du Soudan et se prolonge jusqu’au désert du Sinaï. Les milliers de migrants érythréens kidnappés dans les camps de réfugiés sont torturés et rançonnés par des gangs criminels, avec la complicité de l’Etat érythréen.

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In Yemen, Little Relief for Hunger

In Yemen, Little Relief for Hunger | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The international community has been slow in its response, and concerns are growing that the country’s already tenuous democratic prospects may be at risk unless the transitional government receives more foreign assistance in meeting people’s essential needs.

 

“It’s worse than we had thought,” said Jamal Benomar, the United Nations envoy to Yemen. “The latest figures for Yemen are not far from the situation in Sahel in Africa or Afghanistan, but unfortunately this is not attracting attention from the world.”

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New UN Human Rights Council Resolution On Internet Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a new resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. The resolution ties such rights to development, and is said to be the first UN resolution to put online human rights on par with those offline.

 

The resolution calls on all states “to promote and facilitate access to the Internet and international cooperation aimed at the development of media and information and communications facilities in all countries.”

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Buy me a river

Buy me a river | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The UN has created the "Inclusive Wealth Index", a comprehensive look at a country's wealth that takes things like forests and rivers into account.

 

Comprised of human, natural and produced capital, the index covers 20 countries between 1990 and 2008. Between them they account for 58% of the world's population and 73% of its GDP.

 

As GDP does not consider natural-resource depletion or environmental degradation, the UN's index records lower annual average growth in wealth compared with GDP, of 1.7 percentage points.


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