Rising food prices could force 64 million Asians into extreme poverty and damage the region’s economic growth this year, according to a report released on Tuesday from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Agence France-Presse reports (Morella, 4/26).
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Delegation Of Retired World Leaders Traveling To North Korea To Address Food Shortages, Other Issues
Former President Jimmy Carter will lead a four-member delegation of retired world leaders on a trip to North Korea this week to discuss “how to ease sanctions on Pyongyang that have exacerbated a serious food crisis” and other issues, Agence France-Presse reports (Saiget, 4/25).
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Foreign Policy Magazine Focuses on Food, Hunger Foreign Policy magazine’s May/June 2011 edition is titled “The Food Issue,” and features several articles on food- and hunger-related topics. Some of the headlines include: More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World, The New Geopolitics of Food, and How Food…
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World Must Prepare For More Nuclear Accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Says The world must prepare for more major nuclear accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday at a Kiev conference marking the explosion of a reactor at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor 25 years ago, the Associated Press reports. “To many,…
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Brazil Senate Approves Air Travel Fee To Be Donated To UNITAID Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to allow the transfer of $1 million a year for 20 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Xinhua/People’s Daily reports. Under the measure, air travelers leaving Brazil will…
A WHO team has visited the western region of Cote d’Ivoire to assess damage to the medical system and identify ways to improve access to care, following months of violence after the country’s presidential election last year, U.N. News Centre reports.
U.N. agencies have begun providing humanitarian assistance in the western region of Libya for the first time since civil unrest began in February, following an April 17 agreement between the organization and the Libyan government to allow a “humanitarian corridor,” Bloomberg reports (Varner, 4/19).
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Russian President Says Country Has Failed To Reduce Injection Drug Use Russia has failed to curtail an injection drug epidemic that cuts economic growth by up to three percent annually, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of federal and regional senior officials on Monday, Reuters reports. “In spite of…
G20 finance ministers “concluded three days of talks late Saturday with pledges of greater cooperation to avert another financial crisis, leaving uncertain how far they would go in changing their domestic policies in response to international pressures,” the Associated Press/Christian Science Monitor reports (4/17).