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GIEWS Country Brief: Belarus 23-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects for 2014 cereal production are favourable

  • Cereal imports decreased in 2013/14 marketing year (July/June)

  • Prices of wheat products stable in past months but well above their year earlier levels

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Belarus: Extreme winter condition Belarus DREF Operation n° MDRBY004 - Emergency Plan of Action Final Report

Situation analysis

Description of the operation

After a relatively mild start, a surprisingly sudden onset of an extremely harsh winter caught many Belarusians completely unprepared, especially homeless people, drivers on the roads and city dwellers who needed to travel long distances by public transport or on foot.

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Ukraine UNHCR external update on the situation of displaced persons, 10 July 2014

IDPs from eastern Ukraine report that they have left home due to security concerns. Cases of extortion and harassment are also being reported, as well as risks of being caught in crossfire.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 2 July 2014) - Infographic

Further degradation of law and order and localised military operations in the east of Ukraine,
Donbas region, since March has caused a deterioration in the situation. UNHCR is aware of more than 59,600* internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Donbas, as of 1 July; with additional unconfirmed reports of several thousand IDPs still within the eastern region itself.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 27 June 2014) - Infographic

Humanitarian needs

Most IDPs from the eastern region have reported leaving with limited belongings, and are in need of shelter, food and nonfood items such as clothing. In the eastern region primary health care services have been jeopardized, with shortages reported in emergency medical services, essential medications and medical supplies. Water and energy supplies are heavily distorted in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and neighboring areas. Cash shortages in some areas of the east are reducing purchasing power and affecting commercial supplies.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 23 June 2014) - Infographic

UNHCR has profiled more than 46,100 IDPs - 11,500 from Crimea and 34,600 from Donbas. Given the limitations with the registration system, the real figure is likely to be higher.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Belarus Annual Report 2013 (MAABY002)

Overview

In the 2010s, Belarus is still facing several challenges related to humanitarian issues, like the Chernobyl nuclear disaster legacy, the growing incidence of trafficking in human beings, TB and HIV incidence, and a serious demographic crisis marked by declining life expectancy, high mortality and morbidity rates, rapid population ageing and deteriorating health conditions.

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Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary with call for greater support for recovery efforts

Report
UN News Service

25 April 2014 – “This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Supporting Post-Chernobyl Recovery in Belarus

Report
World Bank

More energy-efficient and reliable utility services for households, schools, and hospitals

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Belarus: Extreme winter conditions, DREF Operation n° MDRBY004 - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

After a long period of a relatively mild weather, a sudden onset of extremely cold winter caught many Belarusians completely unprepared, especially homeless, drivers and city dwellers who need to travel long distances by public transport or by foot.

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Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

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Belarus Consolidated Operational Plan 2014

  1. Executive summary

By addressing the challenges of poverty and social exclusion, enabling healthy living and recovery from crises, Belarus Red Cross programmes support the global aims of the IFRC`s Strategy 2020.

Making the most out of its branch and volunteer network, Belarus Red Cross delivers vital services to the most hard-to-reach vulnerable groups such as homeless people, injecting drug users, people living with HIV (PLHIV), female sex workers, people with mental illnesses, victims of human trafficking and ex-offenders.

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Belarus: Location Map (2013)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Belarus: Floods Preparedness DREF operation n° MDRBY003 Final report

CHF 88,166 was allocated on 4th March 2013 from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Belarus Red Cross Society in strengthening disaster response preparedness for delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 people endangered by the expected spring floods throughout Belarus.

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Europe Zone Office 2012-2015: Long Term Planning Framework - Revision n°1

  1. Who are we?

The IFRC Europe Zone is one of the five decentralised geographic areas, with one regional and several country offices, covering the European continent in the broadest political meaning, i.e. 52 countries including the successor states of the former Soviet Union (fSU) in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
The Europe Zone Office structure is based on three management lines:

1) Programmes and Operations consisting of Disaster Management, Health and Care, and Finance;

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Europe Zone Office Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAA65001

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.

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Belarus Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAABY002

1. Executive summary

By addressing the challenges of poverty and social exclusion, enabling healthy living and recovery from crises, Belarus Red Cross programmes support attaining the strategic aims of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies` (IFRC) Strategy 2020.