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31/01/2023

As the Pace of Urbanization Quickens in Asia-Pacific, So Too Does the Threat of Urban Food Insecurity

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In 2021, 396 million people in the region were undernourished and an estimated 1.05 billion people suffered from moderate or severe food insecurity.

©Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos for FAO

Increasingly, food security and nutrition in the urban context will determine progress, or lack thereof, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 to eliminate hunger and the World Health Assembly targets on food security and nutrition. ©Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos for FAO

Bangkok, 14 Januray 2023 (FAO)* – Asia’s cities are growing at such a fast pace that nearly 55 percent of the region’s enormous population is expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, and that will have equally enormous consequences for urban food security and nutrition, according to the main findings of a new report by four United Nations agencies.

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31/01/2023

Israel-Palestine: UNICEF Warns that Children Are Paying ‘the Highest Price’ as Violence Escalates

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(UN News)* — Alarmed by the recent killing and injury of many children in Israel and Palestine, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced an appeal to parties on Monday [] to de-escalate tensions and refrain from violence.

A Palestinian boy inspects his home which was targeted by the Israeli warplanes in Gaza City. (May 2021)
© UNICEF/Eyad El Baba | A Palestinian boy inspects his home which was targeted by the Israeli warplanes in Gaza City. (May 2021)

“Children continue to pay the highest price of violence,” the statement declared.
“As the situation remains very volatile, UNICEF fears that an increasing number of children will suffer.”
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Just a few weeks into the new year, seven Palestinian children and one Israeli child had been killed and many more injured.
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Since 26 January alone, the terrorist attack outside a Jerusalem synagogue left at least seven Israelis dead and three injured, and the raid of a West Bank refugee camp resulted in the killing of nine Palestinians.

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27/01/2023

25 Million Nigerians at High Risk of Food Insecurity in 2023

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ABUJA, 16 January 2023 (UNICEF)* Nearly 25 million Nigerians are at risk of facing hunger between June and August 2023 (lean season) if urgent action is not taken, according to the October 2022 Cadre Harmonisé, a Government led and UN-supported food and nutrition analysis carried out twice a year.

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This is a projected increase from the estimated 17 million people currently at risk of food insecurity. Continued conflict, climate change, inflation and rising food prices are key drivers of this alarming trend.

Food access has been affected by persistent violence in the north-east states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) and armed banditry and kidnapping in states such as Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna, Benue and Niger.

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27/01/2023

More than 20 Million Children across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia Facing Threat of Severe Hunger, Thirst and Disease

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By UNICEF – UN Children Fund*

Millions of children are at risk from one of the worst climate-induced emergencies in decades.

Ethiopia. A baby rests in a stabilization centre at a hospital in the Afar region.
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A baby rests in a stabilization centre at a hospital in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

Four consecutive seasons of poor rainfall, sharp increases in food prices, and conflict have pushed children and families in the Horn of Africa to the brink of climate change-induced catastrophe.

Exceptional drought across large swathes of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Djibouti has unleashed hunger, thirst, displacement and death on already vulnerable communities as crops fail and livestock die.

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26/01/2023

Security Council: 12 Years of War, Leaves 70% of Syrians Needing Aid. Situation as Dire as Ever

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(UN News)* — Almost twelve years into Syria’s devastating civil war, the country remains tattered and deeply divided, facing massive economic hardships, limited political progress and the world’s largest displacement crisis, with 70 per cent of the population now in need of humanitarian aid, senior UN officials told the Security Council on Wednesday [].

A family living in an informal settlement in Raqqa city, northeast Syria.
© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman | A family living in an informal settlement in Raqqa city, northeast Syria.

“As we move into 2023, the Syrian people remain trapped in a profound humanitarian, political, military, security, economic and human rights crisis of great complexity and almost unimaginable scale,” said Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria.

Outlining recent developments, he reiterated his previous calls for calm on the ground, good faith engagement in Syria’s stalled Constitutional Committee process, and the Security Council’s critical humanitarian support.

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26/01/2023

Two-Thirds of Yemenis –Some 22 Million– Need Humanitarian Support and Protection

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(UN News)* — Some 21.6 million people in Yemen – that’s two-thirds of the population – are going to need some kind of humanitarian assistance and protection services during the course of 2023, according to the UN’s Humanitarian Response plan published on Wednesday [].

A young girl fled conflict in Al Hudaydah with her family and now lives in a displaced camp in Aden, Yemen.

© UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | A young girl fled conflict in Al Hudaydah with her family and now lives in a displaced camp in Aden, Yemen.

The UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA is calling for $4.3 billion to reach the 17.3 million most vulnerable people in need, whose lives have been turned upside down because of protracted war, displacement and economic collapse, compounded by recurrent natural disasters.

Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when Houthi rebels took the capital, Sana’a, forcing the Government to leave, leading to the establishment of a Saudi-led coalition in support of the Government who launched airstrikes on the rebels in early 2015.

The total projected number in need this year has decreased slightly from 23.4 million people in 2022, to 21.6 million in 2023, while the “overall intersectoral target” is down from 17.9 to 17.3 million people.

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25/01/2023

How (Much) Are You Today?

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MADRID, Jan 25 2023 (IPS)* – Gone are those times when catastrophes were measured in terms of human suffering. Now, with an exception: Ukrainians victims of the Russian invasion, everything is calculated in just money.
 
Extreme wealth and extreme poverty have increased simultaneously for the first time in 25 years. The World Bank says we are likely seeing the biggest increase in global inequality and poverty since WW2

Billionaire wealth surged in 2022 with rapidly rising food and energy profits. The report shows that 95 food and energy corporations have more than doubled their profits in 2022. Credit: Clae

Following such a solid trend, major financial, business-oriented institutions, like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, are now devoted to calculating if and how big the recession will be, ergo, how much money could be won or lost due, of course, to the Ukrainian proxy war.

They, likewise the establishment’s politicians and media, just talk about inflation, stagflation, economic (read financial) slowdown and commerce.

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25/01/2023

Empty Stomachs, Hard Times for Afghanistan’s Girls

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By Philippe Kropf

WFP’s school feeding programme has been a lifeline for many young Afghans, especially girls, who face shrinking opportunities growing up.
Afghanistan schoolgirl Hazra, 11, enjoys WFP's energy-packed biscuits and hopes to becomes a doctor when she grows up. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri
Afghanistan schoolgirl Hazra, 11, enjoys WFP’s energy-packed biscuits. She hopes to becomes a doctor when she grows up. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri

Most school days, 11-year-old Hazra begins class in Chardahi village, in Afghanistan’s eastern Jalalabad province, on an empty stomach.

“Sometimes I have tea and some bread for breakfast, but most days I come to school without eating anything,” says the sixth-grade schoolgirl, who wears a white headscarf and long dark robe, like her fellow classmates.

“I am hungry,” she adds, “and it is difficult for me to concentrate on what the teacher says when I have eaten nothing.”

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25/01/2023

The Occident Is Now Militarising Itself to Death for a Second Time

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By Jan Oberg, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

May Others Learn to Avoid That Fate

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The first Cold War played out between the East and the Western Occident and the East lost with the demise of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.

Both built – more or less faithfully – on Western mechanical thinking, one on Marx and other socialist/communist philosophers, the other on twisting moral philosopher Adam Smith into a God’s hand individualist utility market prophet and pair him with various types of liberal, parliamentary democracy thinking.

The Soviet and East European system had come to the end of its history, but what about the twin Occidental brother, the US-EU system? The latter had not only survived or ”won,” it had also forced the Soviet Union to spend an unsustainable proportion of its resources on the military.

And now the Second West is destined to follow suit.

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25/01/2023

Palestinian Refugees Face Hitting ‘Rock Bottom’

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(UN News)* — The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) appealed on Tuesday [] for $1.6 billion to fund core operations this year, as the people it helps face hitting “rock bottom”.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), briefs journalists at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
© UN Photo/Srdjan Slavkovic | Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), briefs journalists at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Head of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, told journalists in Geneva that competing global crises, and skyrocketing levels of poverty and unemployment among Palestine refugees, have put immense strain on them – and the agency – which started the year some $70 million in arrears.

“On the one hand we are asked to deliver public-like services to one of the most under-privileged communities in the region. We obviously are a UN agency (and) abide by UN values, but in reality, we are funded like an NGO, meaning that we depend on voluntary funding from Member States.”

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