Archive for February 9th, 2012

09/02/2012

Nuclear Free Middle East “High Priority”

Human Wrongs Watch

Q&A with UN General Assembly President

By Ramesh Jaura* – IDN-InDepthNews, New York – UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser is committed to convening an international  conference directed at establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

**Credit: WMD world map - User:Fastfission | Wikimedia Commons

“I continue both personally and through my office to lend all possible support to formal and informal efforts and events dedicated to a timely convening of the 2012 conference,” Al-Nasser told Global Perspectives, IDN’s monthly magazine for international cooperation in a wide-ranging, exclusive question-and-answer interview. Finland offered to host the related international conference.

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09/02/2012

No Food for Half of Oil-Rich South Sudan Population

Human Wrongs Watch

Food shortages have worsened, with the number of South Sudanese without enough to eat rising from 3.3 million last year to 4.7 million currently, according to a new UN report. This figure represents more than 50% of the recently independent oil-rich country, estimated in less than 9 million.

*Image: Steve Evans | Wikimedia Commons

In fact, two United Nations agencies have warned that millions of people in South Sudan are facing worsening hunger and called for urgent action to improve food security through adequate food aid and projects to boost agricultural production, the UN informed.

World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an estimated one million of those affected are facing severe food shortages, compared to 900,000 last year, according to the report, which was released on 8 Feb.

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