The United Nations Development Programme is seeking the release of a kidnapped worker, who is reported to be in the Marib province of Yemen. A UN spokesman said the kidnapping was "part of a tribal dispute."
The lessons after the collapse of the Soviet Union show that the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies could not only reduce the levels of greenhouse gases, but provide a blueprint for more sustainable development that reduces inequality, waste and the overuse of natural resources, according to a report by the UN Development Program. "Right now, we are on an unsustainable path, and at some point that will be obvious to everyone," said Balazs Horvath, lead author of the report. "When pressures are imminent enough, politicians will begin scrambling around to do something. And at that point, luck favors the prepared."
Haiti has made significant progress in earthquake recovery efforts and the international community must remain engaged to help promote long-term development, says Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Development Programme regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Haiti has worked to clear debris, enhance security and spur increased economic activity in the two years since the deadly earthquake struck but development is a long-term process.
After increased pressure from the U.S. to prosecute terrorists operating inside its borders, Yemen took steps to enhance visa requirements and advance a military campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen will require entry permits to be issued at the Yemen embassy in the departing country instead of when they arrive in Yemen and has further asked Arabic-language institutes to provide the names of all foreign students in attendance in Yemen. Yemeni state forces bombed the home of an al-Qaida leader -- and continue to insist they fight al-Qaida without U.S. assistance.
The Arabian Peninsula branch of al-Qaida has promised to strike back against the U.S. and allies for attacks on the terrorist group in Yemen. It also denied claims an air strike in Yemen had killed six top al-Qaida leaders.
Fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Yemen has been so intense, it has delayed delivery of humanitarian aid and triggered a UN plea for a ceasefire. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said he has approached the Yemen government and the Shiite rebels in hopes of getting more supplies moved into the impoverished war-torn region of northern Yemen. Aid workers estimate at least 150,000 people have fled their homes since the fighting broke out in 2004.