Happy World Water Day! Technology can help us find solutions to water scarcity and rising demand.  Check out our blog entry about the Department of State’s USTech H2.O exhibit, and why water security and diplomacy go hand-in-hand. http://goo.gl/ADW4kN

Forests provide an estimated one billion people globally with nutritious foods. Their products are consumed directly by people living in and around forests and are also sold, generating income for rural populations. In this way, forests and trees on farms make a major contribution to global food security. However, they have often been given little priority in national policymaking related to food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, emphasizes the importance of forests and argues that in the light of the Milliennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015, the contribution made by forests and trees to food security and nutrition deserves urgent consideration.

statedept:

Do you think standing up against gender-based violence should be a global priority? Avon Global Ambassador @Fergie does! She is partnering with @VitalVoices, Avon, and the @StateDept to launch a new initiative to #EndGBV.

Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli
 Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli


wfp:

The Central African Republic is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as violence forces more and more people to flee their homes and the national economy edges towards collapse. With local food systems breaking down, WFP and its partners are seeing cases of malnutrition multiply.

Central Africa Republic, Bangui, February 2014

Since mid-February WFP provides extra children rations (Plumpy Sup, Plumpy Doz, Super Cereals Plus) in general food distributions so kids fight malnutrition and keep smiling. Hundreds of children have been diagnosed with moderate or severe malnutrition around sites sheltering people displaced by violence in Bangui.



 

Photo one:

Larissa and her baby, Brenda Alafei, are from the Christian camp, where there were 45.000 people in September 2013.

Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo two:

A Danish Refugee Council emergency monitor explaining to a group of displaced people what food WFP will be distributing at Don Bosco IDP camp.



Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo three:

Juanita (3 year old) eats Plumpy Doz from her mother’s spoon. The supplement will help her fight malnutrition and keep away from disease. 



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

 

Photo four:

A young mother holding her malnourished child at Don Bosco Church IDP camp


Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo five:

The community living in PK12 found shelter here after fleeing violence in Bangui or in towns from the interior of CAR. There are many children, women and elderly.



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

 

Photo six:

IDP women preparing Super Cereals Plus for the first time.



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

united-nations:

Friday is the Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In his latest LinkedIn Pulse piece, Ban Ki-moon honours Nelson Mandela and urges everyone to fight racism. “On this Day, I call on each one of us to speak out and stand up to racism wherever and whenever we see it happen.”Read more and follow the Secretary-General on LinkedIn.

united-nations:

Friday is the Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In his latest LinkedIn Pulse piece, Ban Ki-moon honours Nelson Mandela and urges everyone to fight racism. 

“On this Day, I call on each one of us to speak out and stand up to racism wherever and whenever we see it happen.”

Read more and follow the Secretary-General on LinkedIn.

The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (a joint project by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to poverty and food shortages.  How?  By calling on people around the world to develop and submit technologies that can improve water conservation.  USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will announce the semi-finalists on Friday at the Department of State’s USTech H2.O event. http://securingwaterforfood.org/

The Global Divide: Health Inequalities Among Women and Children
Calling all young people! TheU.S. Youth Observer tp the United Nations Tiffany Taylor is at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and she wants to hear from YOU! Fill out this survey so she can get a better understanding on how young people feel about the issues being addressed at #CSW58:http://svy.mk/1j7lPFR

Calling all young people! TheU.S. Youth Observer tp the United Nations Tiffany Taylor is at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations and she wants to hear from YOU! Fill out this survey so she can get a better understanding on how young people feel about the issues being addressed at #CSW58:http://svy.mk/1j7lPFR

The United Nations will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. It is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre’s role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation. In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The stamps and card are available for download on http://jazzday.com/

The United Nations will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. It is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre’s role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation. In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The stamps and card are available for download on http://jazzday.com/

"At the very least, we should all aim to educate ourselves on the multifaceted ways in which women are oppressed. We have to start looking at gender oppression through a more holistic lens, one that does not stop at economic and/or political inequalities, but also health-related inequalities such as in sexual and reproductive health."
- Tiffany Taylor, US Youth Observer to the UN [Full Text]

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and visionary behind International Jazz Day, Herbie Hancock on what Jazz means to him.

Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

The 3 United Nations postage stamps honoring International Jazz Day are available in US dollars, Swiss francs and Euros and sold at United Nations stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For information about purchasing International Jazz Day stamps and other products available through UNPA, please visit www.unstamps.org

The 3 United Nations postage stamps honoring International Jazz Day are available in US dollars, Swiss francs and Euros and sold at United Nations stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For information about purchasing International Jazz Day stamps and other products available through UNPA, please visit www.unstamps.org

Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan

Today the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations will breif the UN Security Council in South Sudan. Check out the Secretary-General’s latest report.

Three Years After Start of Syria Conflict, Latest Report to Human Rights Council details “Horrific” Violations

We welcome the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria and thank the commission for its extremely important work over the past two and a half years, despite the Asad regime’s refusal to cooperate and grant access to the Commission.

As we gather today, three years after the start of the Syrian revolution, more than 100,000 people have died, 6.5 million internally displaced, and more than 2.5 million have fled to nearby countries as refugees.  The COI has again reported additional and ongoing gross violations carried out by government forces and militias, including murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, unlawful use of child soldiers, targeting civilians, and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs.  We appreciate the COI’s efforts to document the abuses and violations perpetrated by non-state armed groups, including by Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIL, whose conduct we strongly condemn. Full Statement

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