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United Nations Convention against Corruption


. . . and decided to establish an ad hoc committee for the No Bribes negotiation of such an instrument in Vienna at the headquarters of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The text of the United Nations Convention against Corruption was negotiated during seven sessions of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of the Convention against Corruption, held between 21 January 2002 and 1 October 2003.


2nd Expert Group Meeting on the Development of the Omnibus Survey Software to Gather Information on the Implementation of the UNCAC and UNTOC (Vienna, 23-24 February 2009) ( Agenda )

Informal Consultations of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Vienna, 26-27 February 2009)

( Rolling Text )



Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption: Fourth Meeting (Vienna, 11-13 May 2009)


Information Note for Participants pdf





The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is a stand-by team of disaster management professionals who are nominated and funded by member governments, OCHA, UNDP and operational humanitarian United Nations Agencies such as WFP, UNICEF and WHO.

Upon request of a disaster-stricken country, the UNDAC team can be deployed within hours to carry out rapid assessment of priority needs and to support national Authorities and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to coordinate international relief on-site.

Members of the UNDAC team are permanently on stand-by to deploy to relief missions following disasters and humanitarian emergencies anywhere in the world.

The UNDAC team is responsible for providing first-hand information on the disaster situation and priority needs of the victims to the international community through OCHA.

Particularly after earthquakes the UNDAC team has to be mobilized rapidly in order to effectively coordinate the search and rescue (SAR) operation of international SAR teams together with the national authorities of the affected country.


Field Coordination Support System – UNDAC



NATO co – CONSILIUM – EU NATO, Council of the European Union

Counsel on the (coordinated response)

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Informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Prague on 12 and 13 March


Brussels, 12 March 2009

Remarks by
Javier SOLANA,
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,
on the occasion of the informal meeting of EU defence ministers
in Prague, Czech Republic, 12 March 2009

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São Paulo consensus was adopted at its eleventh quadrennial conference in June 2004 – UNCTAD XI – held in Brazil. It complements effectively the Bangkok Plan of Action to form a solid basis to build upon on the road to its twelfth session in 2008. In this frame, the São Paolo Consensus par. 74 recognized, inter alia, that “relevant suggestions contained in the report of the Meeting of Eminent Persons on Commodity Issues and the relevant outcome of discussions at the fiftieth session of the Trade and Development Board and in the General Assembly on the report should be given serious consideration. Support for commodity development projects – especially market-based projects – and for their preparation under the Second Account of the Common Fund for Commodities should be encouraged.” Paragraph 11 of the above-mentioned high level meeting of “Eminent Persons on Commodity Issues” stressed in particular that “developing countries suffer from a lack of access to timely, comprehensive, accurate and user-friendly information and analysis, as well as from the capacity to utilize it in decision making at the government, firm and farm level. It then call for strengthening the capacity of UNCTAD to regularly disseminate specialized information and analysis, covering a broad range of commodity issues and establish networks so as to contribute to market transparency and to develop collaborative tools to facilitate the use of this information”.

These decisions adopted at UNCTAD XI complement the mandate given to UNCTAD at its tenth session which recognized inter alia that ” market transparency and information should be improved, as should capacities of developing country enterprises to access and use information, particularly in electronic form, and training to this end should be supported” (par. 68)” as well as that UNCTAD work’s should focus on (…) “assisting in increasing market transparency and information flows through, inter alia, collection and publication of relevant commodity information and data on a regular and frequent basis (par. 144).”

In this spirit, UNCTAD developed a new way of working, in which specific skills (in this instance, expertise in world commodity markets) are obtained by pooling our efforts with other international organizations, academics, commodity exchanges, commodity associations, regional financial organizations, banks, trading companies as well as with warehousing and inspection companies.

The creation of new synergies benefits various actors interested in the commodities area in both developing and industrialized countries, from policy makers to small producers (via relays), from trading companies to the processing industry, from researchers to the banking sector. In particular, the INFOCOMM project – market information in the commodities area – seeks to promote market transparency, to improve the understanding of commodity structures and to access to the analysis vital to the formulation of pertinent policies for commodity production, marketing, processing and financing. The main goals of INFOCOMM project, funded by the Government of France, involve the following:

  1. Development of an international electronic portal (www.unctad.org/infocomm), in which more than 40 commodity profiles containing practical and added-value information on market structures and innovations will be available;
  2. Establishment of partnership agreements with international commodity bodies and study groups in order to jointly up-date and disseminate specialized and selected information;
  3. Cooperation with various partners, including the civil society, in the dissemination of commodity trade information, with emphasis on facilitating access by developing countries;
  4. Build-up an active network of contacts and strengthen cooperation with actors having an expertise in world commodity markets, including universities;
  5. Establishment, under this portal, of a focal point providing overview of selected emerging commodity exchanges;
  6. Creation of a dedicated window making available on-line information related to activities carried out by the Project “P”, including agenda of workshops, studies, participants, etc;
  7. Publication of the “World Commodity Survey”, an authoritative book discussing over 80 commodities and key commoditized industry sectors in 330 pages of text;
  8. Preparation of a CD-Rom on cocoa market structures analyzing the situation in each cocoa producing countries;
  9. Policy advice activities on a wide range of issues related to production, consumption, trade and international cooperation in commodities.




Περιβάλλον, καταναλωτές και υγεία – Κλίμα – Υπερθέρμανση του πλανήτη – 01/04/2009

Προσαρμογή στην κλιματική αλλαγή

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Ο σχεδιασμός θα περιορίσει τις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής στην υγεία, στον ενεργειακό εφοδιασμό, στα συστήματα μεταφορών, στη γεωργία και τον τουρισμό.

Το 2007, μια διεθνής ομάδα επιστημόνων Englishespañolfrançais δημοσίευσε τη λεπτομερέστερη μέχρι σήμερα περιγραφή της κλιματικής αλλαγής, προειδοποιώντας για ξηρασία, περιορισμό της παραγωγής τροφίμων, διάβρωση των ακτών, πλημμύρες και πολλά άλλα.

Νεότερες έρευνες δείχνουν, ωστόσο, ότι η κλιματική αλλαγή θα χτυπήσει σκληρότερα και νωρίτερα από ό,τι νομίζαμε. Καταστροφές που σχετίζονται με το κλίμα, όπως οι ξηρασίες και οι πλημμύρες, θα γίνουν συχνότερες, ενώ θα πάψει η καλλιέργεια ορισμένων προϊόντων που παράγονται παραδοσιακά σε συγκεκριμένες περιοχές. Αν και οι επιπτώσεις θα είναι σοβαρότερες για τις αναπτυσσόμενες χώρες, η Ευρώπη δεν πρόκειται να παραμείνει αλώβητη.

Η Επιτροπή προτείνει στα κράτη μέλη να αρχίσουν να σκέφτονται πώς θα προσαρμοστούν καλύτερα στην κλιματική αλλαγή. Οι εθνικές και περιφερειακές αρχές θα πρέπει να αλλάξουν τις υποδομές τους και παράλληλα η ΕΕ θα πρέπει να διασφαλίσει ότι τα κράτη, οι επιχειρήσεις και οι πολίτες θα συνεργαστούν για να επιτύχουν τα καλύτερα δυνατά αποτελέσματα.

“Πρέπει να εξακολουθήσουμε να εργαζόμαστε σκληρά για να μειώσουμε τις εκπομπές διοξειδίου του άνθρακα, αλλά ταυτόχρονα πρέπει να προσαρμοστούμε στην πραγματικότητα της κλιματικής αλλαγής. Δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία ότι, παρά τις προσπάθειές μας, δεν μπορούμε να αποφύγουμε ούτε να αναστρέψουμε εντελώς την κλιματική αλλαγή”, δήλωσε ο Επίτροπος περιβάλλοντος Σταύρος Δήμας.

Για να προσαρμοστούμε σε ένα διαφορετικό κλίμα, θα πρέπει να έχουμε σαφέστερη εικόνα του τι ακριβώς περιμένουμε. Η πρόταση της Επιτροπής English εκτός του ότι περιλαμβάνει συστάσεις για εκπόνηση μελετών με στόχο την καλύτερη κατανόηση της κλιματικής αλλαγής καλεί τα κράτη μέλη να καταστρώσουν στρατηγικές για καλύτερη διαχείριση των πόρων, να αξιολογήσουν το κόστος και τα οφέλη από την προσαρμογή στην κλιματική αλλαγή και να δημιουργήσουν αξιόπιστα εργαλεία παρακολούθησης των επιπτώσεων της αλλαγής αυτής στην υγεία.

Η πρόταση περιγράφει επίσης σχέδια για τη δημιουργία μέχρι το 2011 ενός “δικτύου πληροφόρησης”, δηλαδή μιας εκτεταμένης βάσης δεδομένων για την ανταλλαγή πληροφοριών σχετικά με τους κινδύνους και τις επιπτώσεις της κλιματικής αλλαγής καθώς και με τους τρόπους αποτελεσματικότερης αντιμετώπισής της.

Δράση για το κλίμα – Η ΕΕ κατά της κλιματικής αλλαγής DeutschEnglishespañolfrançaisitalianopolski

Περισσότερα γι΄αυτό το θέμα




Environment, consumers and health – Climate – Global warming – 01/04/2009

Adapting to a changed climate

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Planning will reduce the impact of climate change on health, energy supplies, transport systems, farming and tourism.

In 2007, an international group of scientists published the most detailed summary of climate change so far, warning of drought, shrinking food production, coastal erosion, floods and more.

But recent research suggests that climate change will strike harder and faster than they thought. Weather-related disasters such as droughts and floods will become more common, while some crops will no longer survive in areas where they have traditionally grown. While developing countries may be the hardest hit, Europe will not escape unscathed.

The commission is proposing that EU member countries start to think now about how to adapt to climate change. While national and regional authorities will have to change their infrastructures, the EU’s role will be to ensure that countries, businesses and communities work together to achieve the best possible results.

“We must continue to work hard to reduce carbon emissions, but we must also adapt to the reality of climate change. There is no doubt that despite what is achieved, some amount of climate change is inevitable and irreversible,” said the EU’s environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas.

If we are to adapt to a different climate, a clearer idea of what to expect is needed. The commission proposal recommends studies to increase understanding of climate change. It also calls for strategies to manage resources better, an assessment of the costs and benefits of adapting to climate change and reliable tools to monitor how the changing environment affects health.

The proposal also outlines plans for a ‘clearing house mechanism’ to be set up by 2011 – a vast database for exchanging information on climate change risks and impacts and the most effective ways to respond.

Climate Action – EU against climate change

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(I just thought that last part was pretty interesting as an accessible public data base – for future reference.)

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UNDAC – The Team

The UNDAC Team was established in 1993 and today consists of more than 160 national emergency managers from fifty-seven countries in Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, together with staff from OCHA and 12 other International Organizations including UN Agencies. In major international emergencies, UNDAC teams are drawn from the entire membership. In disasters of more regional or national concern, they are normally drawn from amongst members in the affected country / region. Further expansion of the Team is being pursued in Africa and Asia.

List of UNDAC Members




Protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs)





Ohio power company says more people stealing electricity amid

Seattle Times – ‎12 hours ago‎
Consumer advocates in Ohio are urging people struggling to pay utility bills not to risk injury or death by tampering with power equipment to steal

Kroger chain recalls mayo sold in Ohio, Ky., Ind.

The Associated Press – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. says the recall involves 32-ounce plastic jars of Kroger Lite Mayo sold in Kroger stores in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky


More critics blasting food stamp policy

Cincinnati.com – ‎Mar 19, 2009‎
Controversy about Ohio’s food stamp program emerged earlier this week when officials in Warren County identified a case where an unemployed woman there was

Ohio has OD ‘epidemic’

Columbus Dispatch – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
Pediatric HealthSource Web Chat on Food Allergies. A new killer has quietly replaced traffic crashes as the No. 1 cause of accidental death in Ohio.
Ohio overdose deaths surpass traffic fatalities The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com

Popeye’s has closed — again — locally

Muncie Star Press – ‎Apr 4, 2009‎
New Orleans-style fast food restaurant has gone out of business locally. The restaurant closed on Wednesday, owner Hasan Shehadeh, an Ohio businessman,

Nationwide Foundation Gives Feeding America $300000

PR Newswire (press release) – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
has donated to the national office of Feeding America, but they have been a long-time donor to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and other Feeding America members.


SalemNews.net – ‎3 hours ago‎
SALEM-Former AT&T and Ohio Bell Telephone Operators will meet for breakfast at 8:30 am April 16 at the Skyline Diner at the Salem Air Park.

Food Stamp Benefit Boost Comes as More Ohioans Look for Help

Public News Service – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Columbus, OhioOhio residents in need of food assistance are receiving welcome news. The food stamp benefit is increasing nearly 14 percent on average as
Rescind Food Stamp Change Wheeling Intelligencer
Stop abuse in food stamp program Hillsboro Times Gazette
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Where is America? The derision among our people towards one another must stop.  We are going to need all the help we can get among ourselves to shore up one another. Derision, cruel remarks, disgust, failure to reach out, lack of understanding, intolerance, and other things of a similar nature are a cruel and aggravating inconvenience when the economy is good, and opportunities exist. Once that has all gone to hell, that same derision becomes the instigation of violence and hopelessness – despair.

Its bad enough when jobs are lost that are all tied up with identity and completeness, satisfaction and security, a feeling of encompassing and compassionate community and being a part of that community. Its even worse when homes are foreclosed and jobs lost, children no longer in the schools with their friends and the fabric of the communities are ripped asunder. Then, the willingness to suspend despair, hang in there and have hope, disappear quickly at the least and last provocation of that despair and that includes the derision and smart ass put downs of friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, ex- co-workers, bosses and associated members of the community that are seen everyday.

After awhile that derision seems to be coming from everywhere, the opportunities for positive change are thwarted and the sustenance of life has been abrogated, then it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back when it seems there is nothing left to lose.

Worst of all, it is so completely unnecessary because we are all in this together whether the “bigwigs” think they are in it with us or not – they are, and whether it is socially cunning to send off a quick and smirky derisive put-down to cut somebody down to the knees, they don’t need it – and it doesn’t serve anybody.

We really are all in this together and it isn’t now nor will it ever be the same as it was. Things have changed. Where there was room for error, there isn’t now in the same respect. And, that needs to be considered everyday because the only one running the mouth on the end of each face is the one with the brain behind it – and the same thing is true for the decisions made and choices that are created, resourced and pursued. But, we are still in this together and no man, woman or child is in it alone as an island unto themselves whether that fact is recognized or not.
– cricketdiane, 04-05-09