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USAID contributes additional $2.5 million to Northern Waziristan’s Displaced People in Khost and Paktika [EN/Dari/Pashto]

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

USAID continues to work with the United Nations World Food Programme and our local and provincial partners to distributes emergency food assistance through the Afghanistan Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations.

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UN updates presidential candidates on progress of election audit

KABUL, 30 August 2014 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, met today with the two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. At their request he briefed them on the progress of the 14 June presidential run-off election audit based on information of the Independent Election Commission and the United Nations experts supervising the process. The meeting was also attended by Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan, James. B. Cunningham.

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Afghanistan Price Bulletin August 2014

Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.

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OP. ED. by Jeff Fischer, UN’s Senior International Elections Expert in Afghanistan

The audit of the Presidential run-off elections really is an unprecedented endeavor – the scale and complexity of which makes it unique in the United Nations’ long involvement in support to electoral processes around the world.

I say this with some confidence in my capacity as the lead UN electoral expert working in Kabul on the audit and given my experience from more than 50 countries, many of them fragile states, in providing electoral advice at the most senior level.

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The Ab Barak Landslide: Past and Future

Report
UNOSAT

PREFACE:

This report provides a preliminary analysis of the Ab Barak landslide which occurred on 2 May 2014. Satellite imagery acquired on 7 June 2013 and 5 May 2014 by the WorldView-2 satellite as well as Google Earth images were used for this report.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Afghan election result delayed again despite US pressure

08/28/2014 15:16 GMT

by Ben Sheppard

KABUL, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay.

The latest deadline of September 2 was abandoned as a UN-supervised audit of all eight million ballots has fallen behind schedule, with both candidates still claiming victory in the fraud-tainted vote.

Agence France-Presse:

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Decisions made on audit findings from 3,645 polling stations

Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August 2014 – In the first of their decision-making sessions, Independent Election Commission (IEC) members have made decisions on the status of ballots cast at 3,645 polling stations from across the country.

In the presence of candidate agents, national and international observers, United Nations advisors and media, Commissioners reviewed evidence collected during the audit process, at the National Tally Center today.

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Independent Election Commission and both Presidential campaigns deplore acts of violence

Kabul, Afghanistan, 20 August 2014 – The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan and both Presidential campaigns deplore the acts of violence occurring between agents of the Reform and Partnership campaign and daily wage workers at the IEC premises, yesterday evening.

Following an apparent interpersonal dispute, which gave rise to violence, IEC Commissioners met with senior representatives of both Presidential candidates and the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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UN updates President on progress of election audit

KABUL, 28 August 2014 – The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, today briefed President Hamid Karzai on the progress of the Presidential run-off election audit.

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Gaps in new Afghan mining law pose a threat to stability

Report
Global Witness

Afghanistan’s new mining law has serious weaknesses, warns Global Witness, as President Hamid Karzai signed the bill onto the statute books. The gaps in the law increase the risk that the country’s mineral wealth will fuel conflict and corruption instead of development, the campaigning group adds.

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Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”

Report
IRIN

DUBAI, 28 August 2014 (IRIN) - A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.

The law, passed by parliament earlier this month, is likely to lead to the signing of several key deals to extract the country’s newfound minerals - estimated to be worth as much as US$3 trillion.

IRIN:

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Afghanistan’s Looming Fiscal Crisis: What Can Be Done?

By: William A. Byrd

Afghanistan faces a fiscal crisis due in large part to worsening domestic revenue shortfalls. Averting this crisis will require strong leadership from the new Afghan government that will be replacing the Karzai administration. The country’s revenue system and collections need to be improved, corruption reduced, new revenue sources developed and expenditures cut. More international aid also is needed to help stabilize Afghanistan’s budget as the government undertakes these reforms.

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UN pledges support to Afghan authorities to complete election audit

KABUL, 27 August 2014 – The United Nations today pledged to redouble its support to Afghan electoral authorities in order for the expeditious completion of a thorough and credible audit of the Presidential run-off elections of 14 June.

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UN further strengthens expertise in election audit

KABUL, 27 August 2014 – The United Nations today reinforced the expertise in the Presidential elections audit process with a senior elections advisor, Mr. Richard Chambers of the United Kingdom, taking up responsibilities to support the important adjudication period. Mr. Chambers will work together with the UN’s lead elections advisor in Kabul, Mr. Jeff Fischer.

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Humanitarian Assistance Programme Cumulative Report May - June 2014

HIGHLIGHTS from May – June 2014

  • 83 Recorded Incidents
  • 46 Assessed Incidents
  • 5,502 Affected Families
  • 43,033 Affected Individuals
  • 2,079 Families Assisted
  • 20,257 Individuals Assisted
  • 5,081 NFIs Distributed
  • 19 Provinces Assisted

Natural Disaster Affected and Displaced Families from 1 January to 30 June 2014

International Organization for Migration:

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Sudan + 7 others
September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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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UN highlights consultative nature of election audit

KABUL, 26 August 2014 – The United Nations today highlighted the exceptional levels of consultation and joint oversight of the Presidential elections audit, which is now more than three-quarters complete.