Focus on healthy and balanced nutrition
A front-runner in the race to end hunger, the region still struggles with malnutrition
Multiple trends are shaping the nutrition map for Europe and Central Asia, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s first-ever report on food insecurity and malnutrition in Europe and Central Asia, released today. The problems of food insecurity have changed away from that of caloric sufficiency toward the quality of peoples’ diets – a trend that will likely continue in this way.
Human Rights Council MORNING/MIDDAY/AFTERNOON
17 June 2015
Hears Address from Minister for Human Rights of Yemen, Concludes Interactive Dialogue on Transnational Corporations and on Trafficking in Persons
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Date: 16 June 2015
Subjects: (1) Yemen update and (2) Azerbaijan
(1) Yemen update
According to our team in Yemen a total of 50 civilians, including 18 children and 11 women, were killed during the period between 11 and 15 June. A further 111 civilians, including 20 children and 20 women, were reported injured. This brings the total number of civilians killed since 26 March to 1,412, including 210 women, with 3,423 injured.
Mr. President, Excellencies, Colleagues,
BAKU, 1 June 2014 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić started his official trip to the South Caucasus today with a visit to Baku. He was received by President llham Aliyev and discussed with him the potential for progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as co-operation between the OSCE and Azerbaijan.
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, conducted an official mission to Azerbaijan from 19 to 24 May 2014 at the invitation of the Government and as mandated by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 23/8. The objective of the visit was to examine the human rights situation of internally displaced persons in the country since the last assessment made in 2010 by the previous mandate holder.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Prospects for 2015 cereal production are favourable
Cereal imports to remain stable in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of wheat flour stable but at record levels in March
Prospects for 2015 cereal production are favourable
In this conflict, every single voice is important.
Over the last three years, Conciliation Resources in cooperation with its long-term partner, the Baku-based Society for Humanitarian Research, has supported the emergence of a network of NGOs in Azerbaijan working on IDP issues.
By Amina Nazarli
After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit one of the poorest nations on Earth, Nepal, on April 25 the country’s many survivors find themselves in desperate need of food and water.
The devastating earthquake and its aftershock on April 26 killed more than 5,000 people in the country’s Kathmandu Valley. More than eight million people have been affected by the quake, the UN said. About 10,000 people have been injured.
Now, aid has begun to reach those regions near the epicenter as many countries around the world have mobilized.
All programmes and activities of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRC) are aligned with and contribute to the IFRC`s Strategy 2020 aiming to improve the lives and to alleviate the sufferings of the most vulnerable people.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani condemns the "elections" to be held in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 3 May 2015. He states that these elections are illegal and in contravention of the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Similarly, the OIC Secretary General calls on the international community to condemn this process and deem it illegitimate.
Outbreak of conflict in the east of Ukraine leads to civilian deaths and displacements
Close to 15,000 Syrian Armenians have come to Armenia since the start of the war in Syria
UN concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the rights of the displaced living in Azerbaijan.
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2014: a year of conflict
By RFE/RL's Armenian Service
March 19, 2015
Officials in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh accuse Azerbaijan of attacks that have left three ethnic Armenian soldiers dead.
The Nagorno-Karabakh de-facto Defense Ministry said Azerbaijani commandos attacked its soldiers' position on March 19, killing three soldiers and wounding four.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry accused separatists of triggering the confrontation and said 20 Armenian soldiers had been killed or wounded.
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Yerevan, Armenia | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 17:54 GMT | 216 words
Azerbaijani forces on Saturday killed two ethnic-Armenian servicemen of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh army, the separatist defence ministry said, in the latest clash along the rebel region's volatile frontline.
"On February 28, Azerbaijani army units attempted a reconnaissance incursion at the north-eastern sector of the frontline and were repelled by the Karabakh armed forces," the ministry said in a statement.
"Two Karabakh army servicemen... were killed in action."
By Sara Rajabova
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have completed another visit to South Caucasus region with an aim to reduce the recent aggravated tensions on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani troops.
“The main purpose of the co-chairs’ visit was to appeal to the sides to strictly adhere to the ceasefire after a dangerous rise in violence in January,” the Minsk Group co-chairs said in a statement issued on February 20.
YEREVAN, 20 February 2015 – 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) traveled to the region on February 16-19. They were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.