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Archive August 2009

Somali humanitarian situation “worst in 18 years”

Somalia is facing the worst humanitarian crisis of the past 18 years, with an estimated 3.76 million people – half the population – needing aid as security deteriorates, says the recent analysis by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

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Sugar, Biofuels and price spikes

Aug27

Sugar is currently trading near record highs, at levels not seen for around 28 years. Industry commentators cite predicted low monsoon rainfalls affecting the Indian crop and shortages from Brazilian producers, coupled to technical trading positions as the ostensible causes.

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September day-by-day

31 August-3 September 2009 3rd Global Summit on HIV/AIDS, Traditional Medicine and Indigenous Knowledge
Kumasi, Ghana
Organized by Africa First, in association with the Ghana Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, UNAIDS Ghana
Website: www.africa-first.com/index.asp

31 August-4 September 2009 World Climate Conference-3
Geneva, Switzerland
WCC-3 will establish an international framework to guide the development of climate services which will link science-based climate predictions and information with climate-risk management and adaptation to climate variability and change throughout the world.
Website: http://www.wmo.int/wcc3/

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Nigeria’s banks’ crisis: looking for solution

Aug26

Nigerian Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi will meet with international banks, lenders and rating agencies in London on Friday to discuss a recent $2.6 billion bailout of five commercial banks.

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World Water Week: Africa’s water crisis gets worse

The widespread water scarcity in the African continent, impacting on the lives of nearly 300 million people, may be aggravated further by several new threats, including climate change, Transboundary disputes and the negative fallout from military conflicts.

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Claiming damages: Africa prepares for climate change

A call for compensation. African Union’s request to all rich nations is clear: $67 billion per year from 2020 to cushion the impact of global warming on the world’s poorest continent.

The deep meaning of decision taken on August 24 at the end of the meeting on climate change has its roots in the words of Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.


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