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25 May 2015 description

With a cost of three million and 49 thousand Afs two development projects of the Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) were recently completed in Yousuf Khel district of Paktika province.

These projects include construction of two cricket grounds in KHUSHAL BABA and ABDUL BABA high schools.

The mentioned projects have been completed through SIKA program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (SIKA/MRRD).

25 May 2015 description

Kandahar, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 15:36 GMT

by Mamoon Durrani

A Taliban truck bomber detonated about a tonne of explosives outside a government complex in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding more than 70 people as attacks send civilian casualties surging.

Women and children were among those injured in the attack at the gate of the complex in Zabul province, which includes several government buildings including the provincial council.

25 May 2015 description

Sixty tailoring machines were distributed recently on women Community Development Councils (CDCs) in Narkh district of Maidan Wardak province.

This development project is launched at a cost of AFN two million and 107 thousand by the Stability in Key Areas (SIKA/MRRD).

Women's Community Development Councils in the villages of Durrani, Awalkhel, Karim Dad, Khan Jan Khel, Hayat and Omarkhel were covered by this project, which is designed to boost skills and build capacities of rural women plus leading them gain access to self-sufficiency.

25 May 2015 description

In June 2014, military operations in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan led to the displacement of some 300,000 people to surrounding districts of Khost and Paktika in Afghanistan. The border and population remains fluid with refugees crossing in and out of Afghanistan on a regular basis. UNHCR is currently undertaking a re-verification process. As of 18 May, the total re-verified active caseload is 32,543 1 families (205,113 individuals) with 22,973 families (154,343 individuals) in Khost and 9,570 families (50,770 individuals) in Paktika.

25 May 2015 description

In April 2015, a total of 9,287 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 9,087 came from Pakistan 199 from Iran and 1 from India. This figure is nearly 5 times higher compared to April 2014, and is also 80% higher compared to 5,173 returnees in March 2015. In the first four months of 2015, a total of 21,505 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program. The majority (20,576) came from Pakistan and 889 from Iran.

24 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ROME, May 24 (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

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24 May 2015 description

In this newly published research, titled “Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies”, AREU’s Adam Pain and ODI’s Georgina Sturge studied whether or not village typologies can be constructed and how this might be done.

This research focuses on the variability of village ‘behaviour’ and whether or not this can be characterised more systematically in order to guide programming according to context and to account for villages’ development experience.

24 May 2015 description

Conflict and displacement in Kunduz province has been constant throughout 2015. With no lull in fighting during the winter season, displacement within and from various provincial districts (Imam Sahib, Qalazai, Chahar Dara, Dashte Archi) to the urban area continued almost unabated through the first quarter of the year.

24 May 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

 22,579 individuals displaced by conflict assessed/profiled in April 2015

 Of these: 50 % displaced in Apr 2015 14 % in Mar 2015 7 % in Feb 2015 1 % in Jan 2015 2 % in Dec 2014 26 % earlier

 Of these: 50.5 % male 49.5 % female 61 % children

 End of April around 873,136 IDPs assessed/profiled

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24 May 2015 description

In April 2015, a total of 9,287 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 9,087 came from Pakistan 199 from Iran and 1 from India. This figure is nearly 5 times higher compared to April 2014, and is also 80% higher compared to 5,173 returnees in March 2015.

In the first four months of 2015, a total of 21,505 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program.

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description

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253 Progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2014–2015

259 How Liberia reached zero cases of Ebola virus disease

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253 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, 2014-2015

259 Comment le Libéria a mis fin à la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola

22 May 2015 description

21 May 2015 – In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for the respect and safety of health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.

21 May 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/AB/4157

Sixty-ninth Session, 40th Meeting (AM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Additional $88.1 million was needed to support the “last mile” of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Controller told the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today as delegates reiterated concern about significant resources spent to support the operation’s high-level staff positions.

21 May 2015 description

INTRODUCTION: IT WAS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY

The last report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication initiative (GPEI), published in October 2014, was clear that the programme’s goal of interrupting polio transmission globally by the end of 2014 would not be met. This assessment was confirmed as 2015 began and children were still being paralysed by polio.

Nobody expressed great surprise, accustomed to the sad reality that the polio programme has missed one deadline after another.

21 May 2015 description

A round-table discussion on empowering women in Afghanistan to enable their participation in decision-making and reconciliation with the aim of building sustainable peace, took place on 20 May 2015 in Vienna. It was hosted by the Gender Section in the Office of the Secre­tary General and the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna.

20 May 2015 description

UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights Many Environmental Successes

Global Cooperation Reversed Ozone Depletion, Renewables Reached New Heights and First UNEA Advanced Environmental Agenda

Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.