FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Prospects for 2016 cereal production favourable
Cereal imports to increase slightly from 2015/16 marketing year
Prices of wheat flour 30 percent higher in mid‑2016 than at same time last year
Favourable weather contributed to bumper cereal crop in 2016
BISHKEK/ GENEVA/ BRUSSELS, 31 MAY 2016 – UNICEF and the European Union have renewed a partnership to support the governments’ efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction in six countries in Central Asia and South Caucasus and include children as an integral part of their efforts.
World Without Mines has committed €80,000 to enable The HALO Trust to clear cluster munitions and provide emergency explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in Nagorno Karabakh.
The Nagorno Karabakh war ended in 1994 with a ceasefire but no peace agreement between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan. In April 2016 the worst fighting since 1994 broke out over a four‐day period. Fighting occurred along the entire line of contact between the two sides and heavy weapons were used. In addition, cluster munitions were used against two adjacent villages in the north east of NK.
Alert 2016! Report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding is a yearbook providing an analysis of the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding from four perspectives: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and gender, peace and security.
By Andy McElroy
DUSHANBE, 13 July 2016 – The first Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Platform is a landmark moment for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint adopted last year.
It means that each part of the world now has a regional platform for disaster risk reduction to strengthen collaboration and provide important support to national implementation of the Sendai Framework.
12 July 2016 – Dushanbe, Tajikistan
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) jointly with United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan (UNDP) and Committee on Emergency Situations under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (CoES) facilitated conduction of CASC Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting which will be held in Dushanbe from the period of 12-14 July 2016.
Donors contributed US$11 million towards humanitarian aid in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the first half of 2016
Kazakhstan is the only country that donated humanitarian aid outside the region in the reporting period
Tajikistan remains the largest recipient of humanitarian aid in the region
European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) supported over 50 per cent of the total humanitarian aid to the region
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Six people killed and thousands affected by mudflows in Tajikistan.
Escalation of conflicts across the region.
Customs Agreements signed in Armenia and Tajikistan to facilitate aid delivery in case of large-scale emergencies.
Remittances continue declining across the region.
UN peacebuilding project launched to reduce crossborder clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
First World Humanitarian Summit succeeded
Global Overview – Trends and Outlook
BAKU, 30 June 2016 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov during his visit to Baku today as part of his official trip to the South Caucasus. During their talks Steinmeier underlined the OSCE Chairmanship’s resolve to contribute to moving the settlement process forward.
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 - Today the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$66.7 million in additional financing for the Internally Displaced Persons Living Standards and Livelihood Project in Azerbaijan. The objective of the Project is to improve living conditions and increase the economic self-reliance of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein sheds a light on "preventable calamities" and worrying trends in human rights around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries
Distinguished President of the Council,
Colleagues and friends
Further mass migration inevitable as persecution is ignored in states where peoples are under threat, says MRG New global ranking of countries where civilians most at risk of mass killing
With the refugee crisis far from over, the failure to address persecution in states where peoples are under severe threat makes further mass population movements inevitable, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.
PARIS, 3 June 2016 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Brussels on 31 May and with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Paris on 2 June to discuss implementation of the decisions from the 16 May summit in Vienna. The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, also participated in the meetings.
The month saw Venezuela’s political, economic and humanitarian crisis worsen amid heightened tensions between the government and opposition, a situation which could lead to state collapse and regional destabilisation. Another major setback in electing a new president in Haiti prompted fears of further civil unrest. In West Africa, deadly violence in central Mali and south-east Nigeria spiked, while a power struggle in Guinea-Bissau led to a dangerous standoff.
BAKU, 28 May 2016 – Concluding a two-day visit to Azerbaijan today, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus Kristian Vigenin (MP, Bulgaria) reiterated the need for increased parliamentary communication in favour of efforts for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In Baku, the Special Representative met with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Ogtay Asadov, Minister for Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, and members of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA.