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22 Jun 2017 description

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  • In May 2017 there were no reports of major displacement, although displacement did occur and cases reported through OCT teams were assessed and assisted following the verification. There is a very slight increase of individual IDPs verified compared to the trends reported in April 2017 (1,790 families or 11,922 Individuals) of which only 418 families (2,908 individuals) were verified and assessed as genuine IDPs.

22 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD — A massive suicide car bomb blast in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand has killed at least 29 people and wounded more than 60 others.

Witnesses said soldiers and government employees had gathered outside the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkargah to collect their salaries when the bomber struck them.

A provincial government spokesman, Omar Zwak, told VOA some of those wounded “are in critical condition.” He added that civilian and military personnel were among the victims.

22 Jun 2017 description

BAMYAN - Empowerment of Afghan women and their increased participation in the country’s economic and political development was at the centre of a lively UN-backed radio discussion in central Bamyan province.

Panellists gathered in Bamyan’s capital city for the recent event, part of a series of similar debates in the central highlands region backed by the Bamyan regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

22 Jun 2017 description
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Global Overview of Drug Demand and Supply
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The Cannabis Market
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Market Analysis of Synthetic Drugs
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The Drug Problem and Organized Crime, Illicit Financial Flows, Corruption and Terrorism

22 June 2017 - In 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people - or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population - were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide, according to the latest World Drug Report, released today by UNODC.

22 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank

KHULM DISTRICT, Balkh Province – It is a partly sunny winter’s day and villagers are busy attending to their farmlands or taking a mid-morning break. Abdul Ghaffar, 50, a farmer in Sahilozie village, sits sipping tea with his two young sons as they discuss the weather. Next week is predicted to be sunnier and they are on track to cultivating six hectares of their land this year.

22 Jun 2017 description

Disaster Resilience – defined by DFID as “the ability of countries, communities and households to manage change, by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks or stresses – such as earthquakes, drought or violent conflict – without compromising their long-term prospects” – is now a prominent concept in DFID’s strategy.

With several African countries threatened by famine and fears that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, this is an opportune time to assess the performance of DFID’s programming on disaster resilience.

21 Jun 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12882

SECURITY COUNCIL
7980TH MEETING (AM)

Warning that the situation in Afghanistan was unusually tense and that a recent tide of violent terrorist attacks had brought underlying political tensions to the surface, the United Nations top official in the country urged all parties to exercise calm and the Government to take steps to improve public trust in its security sector in particular.

21 Jun 2017 description

Opening fire on a tent full of demonstrators, the Afghan security forces have demonstrated a chilling disregard for human life. The protestors, who were fired upon on the night of 19 June 2017, had been peacefully protesting against the deterioration of security in the country and the relentless loss of civilian lives since the worst attack on civilians in 15 years struck the capital Kabul on 31 May, killing at least 150 people and wounding hundreds.

21 Jun 2017 description
report Fund for Peace

FACTIONALIZATION AND GROUP GRIEVANCE FUEL RISE IN INSTABILITY

J. J. MESSNER

21 Jun 2017 description

Important lessons on stopping the poliovirus in the most challenging locations are moving the polio eradication programme closer to the finishing line.

In recent years, the global drive to eradicate polio has seen the virus cornered in fewer places than ever before. Yet polio’s final strongholds are some of the most complicated places in the world to deliver vaccination campaigns. Insecurity and conflict are some of the challenges to delivering vaccines, as well as populations on the move, testing terrain and weather, and weak health systems.

21 Jun 2017 description
report European Commission

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has appointed Mr Roland Kobia as the Special Envoy of the European Union to Afghanistan.

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has today announced the appointment of Mr Roland Kobia as the Special Envoy of the European Union to Afghanistan. The Special Envoy's main task will be to advance the European Union's contribution to delivering lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the region.

21 Jun 2017 description

From 1 January to 5 June 2017, 136,300 individuals fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan, with 29 of 34 provinces recording forced displacement. Constrained humanitarian access hinders assessments, preventing verification of the full extent of displacement and undermining provision of assistance and services. Inadequate shelter, food insecurity, insufficient access to sanitation and health facilities, as well as a lack of protection, often result in precarious living conditions that jeopardises the well-being and dignity of displaced families.