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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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Commission Implementing Decision of 22.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2013) 9533 of 03.01.2014 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2014 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

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Violence against women: UN expert launches first official visit to Afghanistan in a decade

GENEVA (30 October 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, will visit the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 4 to10 November 2014 to assess the situation of violence against women, including its causes and consequences in the country.

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Construction work of a water intake project starts

The foundation stone of a water intake project was laid in Sarbaghan and Moshi villages of Bano district, Baghlan province.

The mentioned water intake project (with the length of 16m) will be built at a budget of AFN two million by the financial support of Japan. The project will be completed in upcoming three months under the supervision of Provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department.

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Round-up of ICRC Activities in Afghanistan between July and September 2014

Visiting detainees and protecting the civilian population

The ICRC visits detainees in Afghanistan and other countries around the world to monitor the conditions in which detainees are held and the treatment they receive. ICRC delegates regularly make visits at prisons run by Afghan authorities, by nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and by US forces. The ICRC also helps family members separated by conflict to stay in touch with one another, and endeavours to trace missing persons.

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In Presidential Statement, Security Council Urges States to Bolster Protection, Empowerment of Displaced Women, Girls

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7289th Meeting (AM & PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

During Day-Long Debate, Over 70 Speakers Take Stock of Progress, Recommending Targeted Solutions to Stem Threats from Violent Extremism

The Security Council today urged States, other parties to conflicts and the United Nations system to step up measures to protect and empower displaced women and girls and those facing threats of violent extremism, ahead of a day-long debate on women, peace and security.

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Security in Kunduz Worsening Further: The case of Khanabad

Author: Christian Bleuer and Obaid Ali

Date: 28 October 2014

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The “empty void” is a crowded space: health service provision at the margins of fragile and conflict affected states

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Abstract

Background: Definitions of fragile states focus on state willingness and capacity to ensure security and provide essential services, including health. Conventional analyses and subsequent policies that focus on state-delivered essential services miss many developments in severely disrupted healthcare arenas. The research seeks to gain insights about the large sections of the health field left to evolve spontaneously by the absent or diminished state.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Baromètre de la Faim 2014

Cette année, le Baromètre de la Faim s'intéresse au rôle de l’agriculteur au Nord et au Sud. 15 organisations ont participé à sa réalisation, dont le PAM qui y présente son programme P4P qui privilégie les achats aux petits agriculteurs locaux afin de favoriser le développement durable des régions dans lesquelles il intervient.

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Afghanistan: Winter snapshot (updated 28 October 2014)

The upcoming winter is predicted to have lower temperatures above the seasonal average. The reliability of longer-term forecasts remains problematical and therefore partners are preparing for a range of scenarios

Vulnerable Afghans

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghanistan: Planned Winter Response 2014-2015 (Updated 22 October 2014)

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To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (Tenth Report: October 2014)

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan set a clear first objective: to stop wild polio virus transmission globally by the end of 2014. To deliver this formidable goal, the polio-infected countries and their partners made huge financial and operational pledges to complete the job they had started 25 years previously.

With just weeks to go until the end of 2014, this global target will not be achieved. The virus continues to thrive in two parts of the world that it has never been dislodged from.

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DDG clears unexploded ordnance at hospital in Afghanistan

The Danish Deming Group (DDG) has cleared an area of the Dasht-e Barchi Hospital of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in order to enable construction on the land and the rehabilitation of the maternity ward. Fears of UXO in the area had stalled construction efforts. Since clearance, construction of the hospital has been able to continue and the rehabilitated maternity ward is now completed.

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Taliban storm Afghan court, kill seven: officials

Kunduz, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 10/27/2014 - 12:21 GMT

Taliban militants stormed a court in northern Afghanistan on Monday and killed at least seven people including prosecutors, shooting them in their offices at close range, officials said.

The raid was mounted in Kunduz, a city which the insurgents have encircled in recent weeks and attempted to storm, so far without success.

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