Arab states must develop a plan to increase food security and create more jobs in order to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets by 2015, according to a report published Sunday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Reuters reports. “Though rich in labor and fertile land, much of the Arab world is plagued by malnutrition, joblessness and a big gap between rich and poor, said the report,” the news service writes.
Environment and Climate Change
The WHO held a “side event” on Thursday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen to highlight climate change’s effect on public health, CNN reports.
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IRIN Examines Increasing Number Of Hospital Births In Guinea-Bissau IRIN examines the increase in the number of women giving birth in hospital settings rather than delivery by a traditional birth attendant â€“ a behavior that health officials hope will lead to a drop in the country’s maternal mortality rate. “According…
The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) said on Wednesday it has joined the Global Research Alliance, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase access to food worldwide, Reuters reports. “The USDA will increase its spending on agricultural climate change mitigation research by $90 million to more than $130 million during the next four years,” the news service writes.
Data Shows Drop In Natural Disaster-Related Deaths, Growing Economic Losses; Sen. Murkowski Moves To Halt EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation
New data from the WHO and the Belgian Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters Deaths and released at the U.N. climate conference show the number of people dying in climate-related disasters has decreased, but that economic losses from natural disasters are growing, Reuters AlertNet reports.
News Outlets Examine Reaction To Uganda’sÂ Anti-Gay Legislation Effect On HIV/AIDS Efforts The Daily Monitor reports on a statement released Friday by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), chair of the Senateâ€™s Committee on Africa, on Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. “Its passage would hurt the close working relationship between our two countries, especially…
Agricultural Alliance Releases Report Calling For Efforts To Prevent Climate Change From Affecting Global Food Security
The “food-security arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR], a global alliance of agricultural experts,” launched a report Friday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that “calls for an intensive effort to speed the implementation of dozens of agriculture-related technologies in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to climate change,” the Globe and Mail reports.
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Bloomberg Reports Uganda To Drop Death Penalty, Life SentenceÂ FromÂ Anti-Gay Bill “Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti-gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said”…
In its latest report, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday said the agency’s Food Price Index had been increasing for four consecutive months and reached a 14-month high in November, Reuters reports.
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Illegal Drug Trade Turning East Africa Into Major Crime Center, U.N. Official Says In a speech to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said the unstable situation in Somalia is contributing to the spread of illegal drug trafficking and…