Yemen: Food Crisis


Some developing countries have been hit hard by the economic crisis. Yemen is responding by creating jobs so people can afford the rising food costs.

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IMF Completes Second Review Under Senegal’s ESF Arrangement, Approves US$51 Million Disbursement and Completes Fourth Review of PSI


Press Release No. 09/462
December 16, 2009

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second review of Senegal’s performance under an economic program supported by an Exogenous Shock Facility (ESF) arrangement. The approval enables Senegal to draw an amount equivalent to SDR 32.36 million (about US$51 million), bringing total disbursements under the ESF arrangement to SDR 88.99 million (about US$141 million). The Board's decision was taken on a lapse of time basis.1

Lamy outlines roadmap to Doha stocktaking in March

17 December 2009 - Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 17 December 2009 as chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee, said members should reserve the last week of March next year for stocktaking to assess whether concluding the Doha Round in 2010 “is doable”. Expressing the hope that “2010 is the year in which we build on the foundations for a safer global economy,” he said that “we can and must make our contribution through clinching a Doha deal”.

Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee

Since my last report to the General Council on 17 November the WTO has seen a couple of Senior Official Weeks as well as a fully fledged Ministerial Conference.

UN agencies respond to deadly outbreak of cholera in north-western Kenya


17 December 2009 – United Nations humanitarian agencies are providing emergency supplies and other forms of assistance to Kenyan Government officials as they respond to an outbreak of cholera in the northwest of the country that has left at least 26 people dead.

More than 200 cases of cholera have now been reported in the outbreak, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, with most deaths occurring in relatively remote and inaccessible areas.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided hygiene and sanitation supplies and begun working with authorities in Turkana East district to finalize a joint response plan to the outbreak.

Central African Republic faces critical moment in bid to recover from conflicts


15 December 2009 – International assistance is vital to prevent the Central African Republic (CAR) from falling back into political crisis and potential new fighting as it prepares for elections next year after a decade of violence and conflict between Government and rebel forces, the top United Nations official for the country warned today.

Increased aid to fight malaria paying off though much more needed

15 December 2009 – The global drive to eradicate malaria is beginning to show dividends, with more than a third of the most affected African nations slashing the number of cases of the deadly infection by half, according to a new United Nations health agency report released today.

The 2009 World Malaria Report, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), said that funding to fight the mosquito-borne disease had more than doubled, from $730 million in 2006 to $1.7 billion in 2009, allowing for a wider distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and drug treatments to combat malaria around the world.

UN launches $177 million appeal to tackle mounting humanitarian crisis in Yemen


14 December 2009 – The United Nations humanitarian arm today appealed for more than $177 million to provide the basic survival needs for some 1.6 million Yemenis suffering from acute poverty and a recent escalation in violent clashes in the country’s north.

The funding is needed for the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which will allow UN agencies, national and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their Government counterparts to provide life-saving assistance, bolster livelihoods and contribute to the stability of the country throughout 2010.

“Humanitarian needs are serious and increasing, and we fear that vital development gains are being lost,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Pratibha Mehta.

UN gathers experts to help strengthen agriculture in poor nations, tackle food shortages

14 December 2009 – The United Nations agency that promotes commerce to fight poverty kicked off a meeting today aimed at finding ways in which trade, investment and technology transfers between developing countries – so-called “South-South” cooperation – can improve farming to boost food security in poorer nations.

Experts from more than 20 countries gathered at the headquarters of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva for the three-day meeting on “international cooperation: South–South cooperation and regional integration.”

UN agency resolves to help growing numbers of refugees fleeing to urban areas

10 December 2009 – A United Nations gathering aimed at tackling some of the urgent problems suffered by the mounting number of refugees seeking shelter in cities and towns has wrapped up today with calls for greater efforts to help the forcibly displaced.

More than half of the 10.5 million refugees served by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now live in urban areas, with only a third sheltering in tents in sprawling camps and the remainder living outside camps in rural areas.

UN crisis relief fund raises record $424 million in pledges as needs mount

9 December 2009 – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) raised a record $424 million at its annual pledging session today as top officials warned of rising needs in 2010 for one of the world’s leading tools in disaster response, whether for sudden-onset crises such as earthquakes or ongoing but neglected emergencies.

“That’s more than we’ve raised at any similar pledging meeting before, so that’s extremely encouraging particularly when you consider we’re doing that against the background of a major economic and financial crisis which has affected the budgets of many donor countries in a very significant way,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters.

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