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China supports WFP’s assistance to vulnerable people in East and West Africa

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of China have signed agreements to provide food assistance to vulnerable people in Ethiopia and Guinea whose food security is being further undermined by the socio-economic effects of COVID-19. The resulting loss of jobs in the casual labour market and the loss of

UN welcomes nearly $1 billion in recent pledges – to bolster access to lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines to end COVID-19

New commitments from governments, international organizations and the private sector support unified approach to end pandemic, backing a response of unprecedented scale, scope and speed¬—through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator¬—as pandemic claims more than 1 million lives Recent Commitments at a Glance: • United Kingdom – £571m (US$ 732m) for COVAX pillar of the

Small countries’ leaders outline visions for progressive cooperation that makes use of their innovation, strengths, as General Assembly debate continues

Recalling Detrimental Impact of Former Power Structures, Speakers Highlight National Contributions to New Global Alliances Promoting Common Good Undaunted by the global forces shaping their societies and challenging their very existence, the leaders of small countries — which comprise about half of the United Nations membership — took centre stage in the General Assembly today,

UN and EU sign agreement to enhance cooperation and strengthen response in peace operations

29 September 2020, New York—The United Nations and the European Union signed an agreement today in the margins of the 75th session of the General Assembly to enhance cooperation and strengthen collective response in peace operations and crisis management. The “Framework Agreement Between the United Nations and the European Union for the Provision of Mutual

Food loss and waste must be reduced for greater food security and environmental sustainability

Rome/Nairobi/New York , 29 September 2020 – At the global event marking today the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and their partners urged everyone to do more to reduce food loss and waste or risk an even greater

African Risk Capacity Limited Partners with Insuretech Pula to Deliver Best-in-Class Agric Index Insurance Products to Protect African Farmers

Johannesburg, September 28, 2020: The African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd), the commercial subsidiary of African Risk Capacity Group (ARC Group), has announced a partnership agreement with Pula to deliver best-in-class agriculture index insurance products to protect African farmers from climatic risks. Every farming season, African farmers are exposed to a wide range of climate

FAO’s Committee on Agriculture focuses on how livestock sector transformation can contribute to achieving the SDGs

FAO Director-General calls for an integrated agri-food systems approach to better address food insecurity and malnutrition amid COVID-19 28 September 2020, Rome – The agricultural sectors and livestock farming in particular must shift towards sustainability to enhance their contribution to food security, nutrition and healthy diets and build back better to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

Climate Change Impacts, Trends and Vulnerabilities of Children in Sub Saharan Africa

Executive summary Children are the least responsible for climate change, yet will bear the greatest burden of its impact. Nearly 160 million children live in high drought-severity zones and 500 million (almost a quarter of the world’s child population) live in extremely high flood occurrence zones. It is projected that by 2040, almost 600 million

EO4SD – Earth observation for sustainable development – Climate resilience | African Risk Capacity

1. INTRODUCTION The African Risk Capacity’s (ARC) Africa RiskView (ARV) tool combines Earth Observation (EO) data with population vulnerability data to provide an early-warning model that measures food insecurity and estimates response costs, enabling decision-makers to plan and respond quickly and efficiently to drought stresses. The partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the