As part of a week-long meeting with U.S. diplomats from around the world taking place in Washington, D.C., this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday gathered with 300 U.S. diplomats from around the world to discuss “strategies to energize diplomacy and streamline development,” the New York Times reports.
Food Security and Nutrition
World food prices reached a new record high in January, continuing a trend for the seventh consecutive month, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, the Guardian reports (Kollewe, 2/3).
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) monthly food price index for January is expected to be at a similar level to the record highs measured in December’s index, Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist with the agency, said on Monday, Reuters reports. “FAO’s expectation is that the January index would be very close or slightly below December,” Abbassian said ahead of the release of FAO’s monthly food index, which is due to be published on February 3.
Six months after monsoon flooding hit Pakistan, the U.N. reports that about 4 million people remain without temporary or permanent shelter, VOA News reports.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Friday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, announced “extra financing for polio eradication, easing a shortfall in funding that hinders a global effort to stop the crippling virus,” Bloomberg reports.
“Poverty and unemployment reared their heads at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, with speakers urging the elite audience to bridge a growing gap between booming multinationals and the jobless poor,” Reuters reports.
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The World Economic Forum launched the Risk Response Network (RRN) at its meeting, which opened Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, the Economic Times reports.
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