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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.


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UN gives US$55 million to underfunded crises in eight countries PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 10 (APP): The United Nations has announced that it will allocate US $55 million to bolster operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.  Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan will all receive funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help provide food, water, health and other basic services, the announcement said. “These CERF grants provide critical funding. The money will save lives by helping aid agencies reach people in desperate need,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said in a statement issued Friday. 

“I hope this funding will also serve to draw attention to their situation, as millions more people are still in need.”
Launched in 2006 and managed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide.
It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.
The new allocations will bring the total amount allocated by CERF to more than US $158 million this year, as 13 countries were given nearly US $104 million in January.
Each year, a third of all CERF funds are earmarked for underfunded emergencies to help improve the balance of global humanitarian aid distribution.Since 2006, nearly a third of the US $2.6 billion allocated from CERF has gone to neglected crises in more than 40 countries.
 

     

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