28 November 2011 - 3:49pm -- Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said today she was “extremely concerned” by Al-Shabaab’s seizure of property and equipment belonging to several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies working to alleviate suffering in southern Somalia.
23rd November 2011 - A new UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund) study analysing child poverty in East Asia and the Pacific emphasises that poverty affects children in vastly different ways than adults. As a result, policy makers need to look beyond family income indicators to gain a more complete picture of poverty and the deprivations children face.
The study entitled “Child Poverty in East Asia and the Pacific: Deprivations and Disparities” noted that family poverty often affects children most directly through their access to shelter, food, water, sanitation, education, health and information. When a child is deprived of one or more of these essential services, their experience of poverty deepens.
Analysing the situation of children living in seven East Asia and Pacific countries with a child population over 93 million, the report found over 30 million suffered from at least one form of severe deprivation, such as the inability to go to school, or access basic health care, safe drinking water, a sanitary toilet or adequate nutrition – and more than 13 million suffered from two or more forms of severe deprivation.
“The study demonstrates that income gains, including in middle income countries in the region, have not necessarily translated into gains for all children,” said Mahesh Patel, UNICEF Regional Advisor for Social Policy. “Any national equity and disparity reduction policy must start with child poverty reduction at its centre.”
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To read the report: Children’s Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific
GENEVA, 18 November 2011 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today issued the following statement welcoming the approval in Kampala, Uganda, by the IPCC member States of the Summary for Policy Makers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).