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  • Food and Nutrition Assistance for Relief and Recovery, Supporting Transition and Enhancing Capabilities to Ensure Sustainable Hunger Solutions

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    On 15 December, fighting broke out in Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan, between government forces and anti-government forces loyal to ex-Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar. The fighting and related, targeted violence against civilians, caused immediate displacement of large numbers of people either away from violence or to the bases of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

    South Sudan became an independent nation on 9 July 2011, after more than five decades of war and a six-year interim period following signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the Government of the Sudan.

    The country is at a critical juncture: severe neglect or destruction of basic infrastructure and the absence of public services have resulted in some of the worst socio-economic indicators in the world. South Sudan is not on track to meet any of the Millennium Development Goals.
    In South Sudan’s first year of statehood, WFP focused on providing life-saving relief assistance, primarily through general food distributions;  in 2012, it launched a country strategy (2014–2017). This protracted relief and recovery operation is part of that strategy, which has four pillars:

    i) meeting the emergency food needs of vulnerable groups; ii) improving community resilience and livelihoods; iii) expanding market access and the food value chain; and iv) enhancing access to social services in support of good nutrition and learning. WFP’s strategy is guided by the need to increase the capacity of state institutions and enhance partnerships to promote sustainable hunger solutions. 

    In 2013, through emergency operation 200338, WFP continued to meet urgent needs while exploring the potential for self-reliance and household food security in areas where conditions are favourable to the transition from relief to recovery, and to improving resilience to shocks.
    In line with the WFP Strategic Plan (2014–2017), this operation will provide food assistance to up to 3.1 million people over two years, and aims to:
     save the lives of groups at high risk including refugees, socially vulnerable and food-insecure residents and displaced persons, and stabilize the food security and nutrition status of returnees and people with HIV, tuberculosis and kala-azar (Strategic Objective 1);
     assist the creation of community livelihood assets to enhance access to food and essential social services and reinforce the ability of government institutions to address national food insecurity (Strategic Objective 2);
     enhance the capacities of households, communities and the Government to employ sustainable hunger solutions through disaster mitigation, adaptation and management (Strategic Objective 3);
     facilitate the reduction of mother-and-child undernutrition, particularly during the first 1,000 days; and
     support education and skills training, especially for girls and women, to establish and rebuild livelihoods (Strategic Objective 4).

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    South Sudan

    The conflict in South Sudan has disrupted the livelihoods of millions of people and has had a negative impact on food security in the world’s newest country.   Market disruptions due to the conflict, population displacement and a rise in prices of local food has all increased the level of food insecurity in the country. The Int…

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  • UN CALLING ASIA: Poverty and inequality on the increase in Pacific

    4 Sep 2014

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    Poverty and inequality are on the increase in the Pacific according to a report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The “State of Human Development in the Pacific” report reveals that one in four people on twelve Pacific Ocean islands are living below the poverty line. The findings have been released on the margins of the Small Island Developing States or SIDS conference which is being held in Samoa. Daniel Dickinson asked Haoliang Xu, the UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, about poverty across the region.

    Sustainable development of SIDs a global litmus test

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    Through its new Blue Growth Initiative, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world sustainably use their aquatic resources. The goal is to advance food security, improve nutrition, and reduce poverty in vulnerable areas. During this week’s Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, FAO is highlighting the need to improve the management and use of natural resources. Indroyono Soesilo, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division at FAO, spoke with Sandra Ferrari about the Blue Growth Initiative and why it is crucial for Small Island Developing States.

    An ICT project helps people in Vanuatu

    ICT Day Event in Vanuatu

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is encouraging its Member States to implement projects that promote digital inclusion. The ITU says that successful digital inclusion projects that people implement in one country can serve as practical inspiration for others to carry out similar projects in their own countries. One such project is being implemented in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez of ITU discussed the project with Doreen Lango of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund.

    Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
    Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
    Duration: 10’00”

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  • The Re-Birth of a Landmark

    Development of a year-round cultural hub in Liverpool to revitalize and strengthen economy

    September 4, 2014 – Liverpool, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

    Liverpool’s National Historic Site will soon become a year-round cultural community hub for the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM), thanks to a federal contribution of $129,820 as announced today by the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for ACOA and Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s).

    The former Town Hall, completed in 1902 and distinguished by its Classical Revival style, is being modernized over the next year to create a multi-functional building that will benefit the local arts and culture sector. This project will support a number of upgrades to the facility, including lighting and flooring modernization, the establishment of a box office and concession area, the development of a space for an Acadia First Nation artifact display as well as required improvements to restrooms. The Astor Theatre, housed within the building and billed as the oldest performing arts venue in the province, will gain additional space that will improve operations and allow for expanded events and activities.

    Local arts and cultural organizations will use the refurbished historic site to offer more programming, host workshops, establish office and exhibit spaces. In addition, aerial photography and video footage of the infrastructure and natural assets of the Queens coastline, the community of Liverpool along with several others and the Mersey River will be used to encourage investment attraction, promotion and community revitalization.

    The Government of Canada is providing a contribution of $129,820 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team is contributing $2,273 towards this modernization project.

    Quick Facts:

    • The Liverpool Town Hall was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984.
    • The Liverpool Town Hall was designed to accommodate a range of community functions including civic offices but also the community library, the registry of deeds for Queens County, and an opera house. Its size and formal design reflected Liverpool’s continuing importance as a commercial centre at the turn of the century.
    • The Astor Theatre is the oldest performing arts venue in the province and is the home of the Liverpool International Theatre Festival founded in 1992.

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    “Our Government is pleased to support the Region of Queens Municipality as they undertake upgrades to the former Liverpool Town Hall to transform it into a year-round key community facility. This transformation will strengthen this cultural hub and will result in increased visitor traffic that will benefit the local economy for years to come.”

         – The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
     
    “The heart of Liverpool remains one of its greatest strengths, evident through its collective efforts to make this project a reality. Creating a year-round facility focused on promoting arts and culture is a critical component in the continuing effort to enhance and diversify opportunities for rural communities such as Liverpool.”  
     
         – Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s

    “The former Town Hall will soon undergo an important transformation, benefitting the community in more ways than one. The Centre will help to attract and keep businesses in the area as well as promote local arts and culture.”

         – Christopher Clarke, Mayor, Region of Queens Municipality

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    Kelsie Corey
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of State
    Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
    613-941-7241

    Alex Smith
    Director, Communications and Outreach
    Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
    902-426-9417 / 902-448-2748 (mobile)
    Email: Alex.Smith@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

    Christopher Clarke
    Mayor
    Region of Queens Municipality
    Phone: 902-354-3453
    Email: cclarke@regionofqueens.com

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  • WFP Resumes Food Assistance In Iraq’s Largest Governorate, Al-Anbar

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    Al-ANBAR, IRAQ – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed delivering food assistance in al-Anbar Governorate for the first time since May, targeting a total of 76,000 people with urgently needed food.

    This week, WFP distributed the first batches of food to displaced Iraqi families in Ramadi and Heet cities in the war-torn governorate.

    These initial deliveries bring the total number of people assisted by WFP in Iraq since mid-June to over 838,000. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate because of fighting. Throughout the country, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced in precarious conditions – many without access to food, water or other basic essentials.

    WFP workers spoke to a displaced father of four in Heet en route to Baghdad to seek medical attention for his wife. They fled to Heet in January,  escaping violence that broke out in their hometown, Ramadi. He said they were living together in relatives’ homes in Heet, depending on what was available. He described their lives and the situation for displaced people in Iraq as a “tragedy with no sign of hope.”

    “The number of people displaced by violence across Iraq is increasing at an alarming rate and access to certain areas is very difficult. WFP and its partners are working around the clock to provide urgently needed assistance to over 800,000 displaced Iraqis in 10 governorates since June,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

    “Based on assessments of the food crisis in the country, we are using new routes to deliver food and expect in the coming days to reach families displaced in volatile areas such as the southern region of al-Anbar,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director for the WFP Office in Iraq.

    WFP’s operations in Iraq have been rapidly scaled up in recent weeks, thanks to a US$148.9 million contribution in July from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that has helped the agency respond quickly to the humanitarian crisis. The assistance is part of a $500 million package that Saudi Arabia gave to the United Nations to assist the people of Iraq.
     

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  • Finland Donates €29 Million Over Four Years To Provide Life-Saving Food In Crises

    Greeting (former) President Halonen, who hosted a special dinner debate, with civil society leaders, on the eve of Ertharin Cousin’s first visit to Finland. Copyright WFP/Caroline Hurford

    HELSINKI/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution of €29 million (US$40 million) from the Government of Finland. This contribution will support WFP’s life-saving humanitarian work in countries gripped by crises, as well as those struggling with hunger beyond the media spotlight.

    The multi-year funding commitment was announced during a two-day visit to Finland by Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director, who emphasised the critical importance of this flexible and reliable funding for the organization, which depends entirely on voluntary donations.
                                                   
    “Finland stands out among our partners, providing an example of good humanitarian donorship,” Cousin said after meeting leading members of government and civil society.  “The importance of predictable and flexible contributions cannot be overstated. It is absolutely crucial. WFP depends on these funds which ensure our ability to respond quickly and innovatively in various emergencies. Finland enables WFP to meet the increasing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable – as they deserve, and the world expects.”

    Finland’s support is vital to WFP’s current emergency operations in conflict-affected South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Syria and Gaza, as well as in countries affected by Ebola in West Africa.  

    WFP adapts the delivery of food assistance according to the situation on the ground, for instance by using e-cards or vouchers when markets are functioning instead of in-kind food distributions. This type of flexible response, provided with Finnish support, is welcomed by recipients such as Syrian refugees in Lebanon or Jordan because it offers them a choice of fresh foods and a sense of normality. At the same time, the economies of host communities benefit through increased trade.

    “An unusually difficult situation in the Middle East and in several countries in Africa have increased the need for assistance to an unprecedented level,” said Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s International Development Minister. “WFP is irreplaceable in this context, and in many other humanitarian crises.”
    Finland also supports countries affected by climate change, such as Ethiopia, which receives assistance through resilience building programmes that enable farmers to save, diversify their livelihoods, create assets and insure against drought.  

    The announcement of the contribution coincided with the annual conference in Helsinki, “Towards a global agenda for sustainable development post 2015” opened by Minister Haavisto and addressed by Executive Director Cousin.  
     
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  • The Trillion Dollar Scandal

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    The activists at the ONE Campaign are setting their sights on a type of corruption that stymies international development. “Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the 20 largest economies to act decisively at an annual summit in November against money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and corruption which it estimates costs the world’s poorest countries more than $1 trillion a year. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group launched its report on the economic cost of corruption on the developing world on Wednesday in the Australian capital Canberra at a Parliament House event attended by diplomats from the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. ONE is lobbying Australia to use its presidency of the G20 leaders’ summit in the city of Brisbane on Nov. 15-16 to end what it calls a culture of secrecy that allows corruption and criminality to thrive in many countries. (AP http://yhoo.it/1vOmVjo)

    And here’s ONE’s report: http://bit.ly/1uBhuAl
    Ebola

    Nigeria now has 18 Ebola cases, after a fourth case surfaced in Port Harcourt, home to Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry, the health minister said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1oDEQkd)

    Another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia. He is the third American health care worker to contract the virus. (NPR http://n.pr/1oDIkTB)

    Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1vOfkkA)

    Guinea’s government said on Wednesday that Ebola had spread to a previously unaffected region of the country, as U.S. experts warned that the worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus was spiralling out of control in West Africa. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1oDF3E2)

    The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1oDFoX6)

    The Ebola outbreak in Africa is beginning to have an impact on agriculture and shipping as far away as Asia, with Thailand’s rice industry among the first to experience a serious impact. (VOA http://bit.ly/1oDJDBX)

    A British nurse infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was discharged from a London hospital on Wednesday after recovering from the disease following treatment with the experimental drug ZMapp. http://yhoo.it/1oDOCma

    More than 1,900 people have died in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, marking a major acceleration in fatalities from just over 1,500 last week. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1xbWG83)

    Africa

    Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane returned to State House in the capital Maseru on Wednesday, four days after he fled to South Africa following an apparent bid by the military to oust him, an aide said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1vOi0yW)

    One group is addressing the problem of public health by providing sealed floors to households that once had dirt ones, in Rwanda. (NPR http://n.pr/1vOj7yl)

    African leaders are meeting in Nairobi Tuesday to discuss how to tackle terrorism and extremism across the continent. (VOA http://bit.ly/1oDIYAD)

    Britain has sent another $50 million to help South Sudanese who are suffering in the young country’s conflict, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said at the start of a three-day visit to South Sudan. (VOA http://bit.ly/1vOkWLW)

    Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the east African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law “null and void”, a report said. (AP http://yhoo.it/1vOpim4)

    MENA

    The International Monetary Fund approved a $553 million loan for Yemen to help the struggling country stabilize its finances and boost growth. http://yhoo.it/1vOmlBY

    The UN peacekeeping chief strongly denied on Wednesday allegations from the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were ordered to surrender their weapons to Islamist militants who had trapped them.(GMA News http://bit.ly/1uBhalj)

    Asia

    Police have arrested three men over the suspected rape and murder of a teenager who had protested against village elders’ harassment of her father in India’s east, an officer said. http://yhoo.it/1vOotJY

    Activists in Asia warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank’s safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1xbWTrQ)

    The Americas

    The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States continued to decline in August, according to figures disclosed Wednesday by the Homeland Security Department. (AP http://yhoo.it/WbXxED)

    The racist Peruvian television show La Paisana Jacinta loses prime-time slot following a UN admonishment, but racism against indigenous people and African-Peruvians far from eradicated. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1oDy7qf)

    A United Nations panel reviewing the US record on racial discrimination has expressed unusually pointed concern over a new pattern of laws it warns is criminalising homelessness. (IPS http://bit.ly/1vOfuZo)

    Mass deportations and obstacles to travel are not keeping Hondurans from migrating to the US. (IPS http://bit.ly/1vOfSHf)

    US major pharmacy, CVS Caremark, has pulled cigarettes from its shelves a month ahead of schedule. (NPR http://n.pr/1vOiJAa)

    Central America’s years of neglect of agriculture, poor water management and lack of planning to help farmers cope with climate change are worsening food shortages caused by a widespread drought, aid agencies say. (TRF http://bit.ly/1oDLl6m)

    Opinion/Blogs

    With Sewing and Sowing, Self-reliance Blooms in Central Asia (UN Women http://bit.ly/1vOfF6X)

    Israel’s Settlement Push Damages Peace Chances (VOA http://bit.ly/1vOl7qC)

    Africas economic rise does not reflect reality (Guardian http://bit.ly/1xbWdCR)

    Global Prosperity Wonkcast: Unpacking WHO’s Shocking Ebola Maps (CDG http://bit.ly/1xbWx4n)

    Who Are You Calling Corrupt? Good Governance Begins at Home (Think Africa Press http://bit.ly/1t0Gno4)

    ‘Beyond our two minutes’: which international bodies are good/bad at consulting civil society organizations? (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1u1afDE)

    Solving Political and Development Issues in Africa’s Food Security (Development Diaries http://bit.ly/1u1aNt0)

    How to (Not) Win Friends and Influence Voters (Cherokee Gothic http://bit.ly/1t0HN1K)

    Research/Reports

    The Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute Torgny Holmgren said water should be a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal in the UN’s post-205 development agenda. (IPS http://bit.ly/1oDEGJC)

    More women are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, even though there’s little evidence that removing both breasts improves their survival compared with more conservative treatments.The biggest study yet on the question has found no survival benefit with bilateral mastectomy compared with breast-conserving surgery with radiation. (NPR http://n.pr/1oDIryu)

    A new study says the growing popularity of the Western diet could help worsen climate change. As more people make meat a principal part of their diet, the authors say it will be very difficult to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (VOA http://bit.ly/1oDKRxj)

    Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as “hotspots” for extinction risk. http://yhoo.it/1vOnzgy

    Nearly three billion people risk ill health and early death merely from breathing the air in their homes that is polluted by fires made for cooking and heating, researchers said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/WbXIQ5)

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  • Article – Borg: EU has “moral obligation” to help countries affected by Ebola outbreak -…

    The EU has a “moral obligation” to help the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, said health commissioner Tonio Borg. Speaking during a meeting with the Parliament’s public health committee on 3 September, he added: “The more we contain it, the less the chances are for the disease to reach Europe.” MEPs agreed more needed to be done, but highlighted there were budget limitations. They also underlined the importance of financing research.

    “The risk of this disease spreading to Europe remains low,” Mr Borg said. The main reasons for this are the type of infection, the EU’s higher hygiene standards and members states’ preparedness to contain cases that may arise. However, the commissioner added that although the EU is prepared, it needs to remain alert.

    Limited resources

    Peter Liese, a German member of the EPP group, said helping the affected countries is essential “because otherwise we would have a massive catastrophe”.

    Matthias Groote, a German member of the S&D group, added: “Europe has to stand by and help and therefore we need money.” He said that the EU’s budget was tight and questioned how the necessary funds would be found.

    Mr Borg announced that the Commission expected to increase funding by moving part of the funds available under development to humanitarian assistance. The EU has allocated €11.9 million in humanitarian aid to the epidemic since March 2014. The Commission has also deployed experts and equipment.

    Financing research

    Some MEPs stressed the need to support the funding of non commercially viable research. Currently research on the Ebola vaccine is being done in Oxford University, which is going to carry out human trials in the coming days. Catherine Bearder, a UK member of the ALDE group, said that this research “was only possible because the institute has received the funding from the EU”. 

    Flights ban

    Mr Borg said that a flight ban could aggravate the problem as humanitarian assistance and personnel are not be able to go in into the affect areas. “We need to isolate the disease, not the countries,” he said.

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographic coverage ever recorded for the disease. Up until 26 august 2014, it was responsible for causing more than 3,000 cases and 1,552 deaths.

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  • Guyana Goldfields Completes US$185 Million Project Finance Facility: Aurora Gold Project Fully Funded

    (TORONTO) – September 3, 2014

    Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX: GUY) (“GGI”) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AGM Inc., are pleased to announce the signing of a common terms with International Finance Corporation, Export Development Canada, ING Capital LLC, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, and The Bank of Nova Scotia and other definitive documentation with respect to its previously announced credit approval for a US$185 Million (M) project finance facility to fund the development and construction of, and general matters relating to, the 100%-owned Aurora Gold Project located in Guyana, South America. Read More

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