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3 October 2011

The “path-breaking” 2006 Millennium Villages initiative was now the largest scale project to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through an integrated rural development approach in sub-Saharan Africa, Jeffrey Sachs said today at the launch of the project’s second phase, for which George Soros had pledged an extra $47 million.

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10 October 2011

Deeply saddened by the loss of life in Cairo last night, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to all Egyptians to remain united and to preserve the spirit of the historic changes of early 2011. He called on transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties for Egyptians of all faiths.

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11 October 2011

The Head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, has strongly condemned the attack, yesterday night, that killed three peacekeepers and injured six others. Three peacekeepers where killed last night when a patrol came under attack by armed assailants in Zam Zam internally displaced persons camp.

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11 October 2011

Despite the prevailing global financial woes, the financial situation of the United Nations had undergone an overall improvement in 2011, with all its funds enjoying positive cash balances and a drop in the debt it owed to Member States expected by year’s end, the world body’s top management official said at Headquarters today.

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12 October 2011

The World Food Programme warned today that more people in Yemen are slipping into hunger as the country faces a serious humanitarian situation. Citing rising prices, fuel shortages and political instability, WFP is scaling up programmes to feed 3.5 million vulnerable people in the country’s northern and southern regions.

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13 October 2011

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the situation in Yemen continues to be extremely volatile. The price of bread is 50 per cent higher than it was a few months ago, which is very damaging for the poorest families. The World Food Programme is increasing its assistance in the country.

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12 October 2009
GA/SHC/3949

Embarking on a two-day discussion on the advancement of women, members of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today encouraged speedy completion of proposals for a new United Nations body to oversee gender equality and women’s empowerment, in a process overseen by the Secretary-General with involvement from the Deputy Secretary-General, which was expected to conclude at year’s end.

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1 December 2011

Describing a “rather grim” world economic situation, senior officials of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs warned today that the global economy was at real risk of a “double‑dip” recession due to a trend towards more fiscal austerity, among other things.

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9 December 2011

Showing sad parallels with the climate crisis, the effects of the financial and economic crisis had been felt most seriously by those in no way responsible for it, Roberto Bissio, Coordinator of the non-governmental organization Social Watch, said at Headquarters today.

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15 December 2011

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, briefed the Security Council this morning on his investigations regarding Darfur. He reiterated his call for Sudan to transfer indicted suspects to the Court, noting its repeated failure to do so.