Nothing But Nets has been nominated for a “Webby Award” for excellence on the internet. NBN is the anti-malaria campaign sponsored by a number of organizations, including the NBA and the United Nations Foundation. It is up for the award in the Charitable Organizations / Nonprofits category and faces stiff competition from the the Denver Zoo.
Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy, after completing a three-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon, called on all sides in the Middle East to respect international humanitarian law to ensure that schools are “zones of peace.”
After visiting the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, [Coomaraswamy] said she was shocked to see the destruction caused by last year’s conflict between Hizbollah and Israel and its considerable impact on children.
“All parties should respect International Humanitarian Law with regard to the protection of children and ensure that schools are zones of peace. For the sake of future generations, a framework for a permanent peace should be negotiated with Israel,” she said.
The United Nations has announced that Rwanda will participate in the “One UN” pilot program that aims to better coordinate development activities nationally.
The scheme will test how the greater UN family can ensure efficient and more effective development operations, while aiming to speed up activities to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.
The reform projects – also set to be carried out in Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam – will consolidate the UN’s presence by replacing current structures with one leader, one programme and one budget, thus allowing various UN agencies to play to their strengths while also building on the strengths of different members of the UN family.
Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, James Musoni, says that “Rwanda is proud to have been selected as a pilot country for the implementation of the One UN Reform at country level…The efficiency of the UN agencies is crucial to the success of Rwanda’s development endeavors.”
This is incredible. Google Earth teamed up the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create an interactive map of the genocide in Darfur. It features a host of features, including icons where villages were maimed or destroyed and photos of life in the refugee camps and relief efforts. This breathtaking photograph of a World Food Program air drop over Geniena, the capital of the west Darfur province, can be seen when you download google earth and search for “Darfur.”
Josette Sheeran, the new chief of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) officially took up her duties yesterday by calling for a renewed commitment to combating hunger.
Executive Director Josette Sheeran said “despite enormous efforts by WFP and its donors and partners, we are losing ground on hunger with 4 million more people malnourished each year than the year before. Together, we can turn that tide.”
Hermann Scheer, a member of the German Parliament, recently published a book, Energy Autonomy, in which he delineates the consequences of continued reliance on fossil fuels, the advantages of renewable energy, and political successes in his native Germany. I recently spoke to Hermann Scheer about his book, the real cost of renewable forms of energy, and the policy implications.
The SG: In Ethiopia over the weekend, the SG is now in the United Arab Emirates. Today he met with Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, where the two discussed developments in the region, including Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, and in the Middle East Peace Process.