"On World Food Day, U.S. reaffirms our commitment to fight poverty, hunger, and under-nutrition – and to addressing one of the greatest threats to food security: climate change."
- Secretary Kerry, October 16, 2014 (via statedept)

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"It is not like the flu. It is not airborne. The only way that a person can contract Ebola is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is showing symptoms." —President Obama on Ebola and what we’re doing to respond

WFUNA Secretary-General will meet with UN Youth Delegates

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WFUNA Secretary-General Bonian Golmohammadi will meet with UN Youth Delegates from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania and Sri Lanka on October 17th, 2014 for an informal conversation. The meeting will serve as an opportunity to learn about the delegates…

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WFP Responding With Food and Logistical Support In Ebola Effected Areas

 As of 30 September, WFP has provided food assistance to 430,000 people in the three countries (5,971 metric tons) in response to the Ebola outbreak, since April 2014. Food distributions are ongoing in both urban and rural areas, often house-to-house, one family at a time. Under the regional Emergency Operation, which started on 25 August, WFP plans to provide food to 1.36 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over six months.

 In the photos:

- The construction work seen on two of the four Ebola Treatment Units being built by the World Food Programme for the World Health Organization in Monrovia. The Ebola Treatment Units are located in front of the old Defense Ministry and will be completed by end October.

- Workers loading and offloading emergency food stocks in the WFP warehouse facilities in Monrovia.

 All photos: WFP/Martin Penner

These five inspiring 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureates have a message to share with the world: Science is for everyone, and if they can do it, so can you! Read more on DiscovHER http://discov-her.com/en

"The U.S. Government, including USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and others are using a broad disaster management approach to contain the epidemic. Since the spring of 2014, the United States has been providing health equipment and emergency supplies, training and supporting health care workers on infection control and case management, supporting public outreach campaigns, and helping build the capacity of local health care and emergency response systems."
Check out some of the best gender equality quotes from the UN General Assembly (via UN Women)

Check out some of the best gender equality quotes from the UN General Assembly (via UN Women)

The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa
Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.
Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.
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The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.

Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals:
  • Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
  • Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
  • Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
  • Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States.

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What does it take to fight #Ebola? See what’s inside a household protection kit.

ICN2 Photo Contest: Why Nutrition Matters. The UN Food And Agricultire Organization and National Geographic will select the best photos. You can join in the fun until October 16th. More information

ICN2 Photo Contest: Why Nutrition Matters. The UN Food And Agricultire Organization and National Geographic will select the best photos. You can join in the fun until October 16th. More information

Matthew Dee, Head of WFP Logistics for the Syria operation, explains how WFP food is delivered inside the country to feed 4.25 million Syrians every month.

united-nations:

Child marriage destroys childhoods, disrupts schooling, and contributes to cycles of poverty. It’s time to end it! On 22 July, UNICEF will co-host an international summit to rally leaders, communities and girls themselves to end these practices everywhere, forever.  Read more here.

united-nations:

Child marriage destroys childhoods, disrupts schooling, and contributes to cycles of poverty.

It’s time to end it!

On 22 July, UNICEF will co-host an international summit to rally leaders, communities and girls themselves to end these practices everywhere, forever.  Read more here.

This morning, President Obama made a statement on the situation in Ukraine (including Malaysian flight MH17) and the conflict in Gaza.

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Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix

To learn more about the stories behind the pictures, follow @stephsinclairpix and @tooyoungtowed on Instagram. To see how you can get involved, visit the Too Young To Wed website and the Girl Summit website.

“She looked at me with tears in her eyes and spoke quietly, ‘In my whole life, I have never felt love.’ I continued to hear similar stories as I traveled, researching and photographing child marriage in countries like Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and even Europe and the US,” says photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.

Stephanie’s long-term photography project, Too Young To Wed (@tooyoungtowed), joins the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF at the first Girl Summit in London.

"I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind."

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