- OCHA Colombia: Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 42 | 1 – 31 October 2015
- OCHA 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Colombia, October 2015
- OCHA Desplazamiento masivo en Apartadó (Antioquia) Flash Update No. 1 (05/11/2015)
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Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
SEQUÍA & INSEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA: Se estima que unos 2.3 millones de personas en América Central están en necesidad de asistencia alimentaria. La cifra aumentará debido a las pérdidas que se esperan en la segunda cosecha del año.
EL SALVADOR: Evaluaciones de medio año reportaban unas 200,000 personas afectadas por sequía.
DROUGHT & FOOD INSECURITY: About 2.3 million people in Central America, require food assistance after suffering heavy crop losses due to drought. This number should increase with expected losses in the second harvest of the year.
EL SALVADOR: Midyear assessments reported some 200,000 people affected by drought.
The El Niño phenomenon is a disruption of the Pacific Ocean’s atmosphere system, characterised by unusually warm temperatures which severely change weather patterns. It can cause extreme phenomena such as massive floods, extreme droughts with catastrophic consequences around the globe.
Experts believe that this year El Niño will be stronger than ever, with an impact similar to the 1997-98 episode which caused a number of deadly disasters in Latin America, the Caribbean and across the world, affecting millions.
Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger
At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
SEQUÍA: 144 municipios en Cuba y aproximadamente 100,000 personas están afectadas por la sequía. En El Salvador las perspectivas serian que el déficit del caudal de los ríos continúe en los meses siguientes. En Honduras se presentó los resultados del Plan Preliminar de Respuesta a la Emergencia por Sequía, más de 250,000 personas tienen necesidad de asistencia humanitaria inmediata.
BAJAS TEMPERATURAS: 1,209 personas damnificadas, 487,569 afectadas y 8 fallecidos en Perú.
DROUGHT: 144 municipalities in Cuba are hit by drought and approximately 100,000 people are severely affected. In El Salvador forecasts indicate that river levels will remain historically low in the coming months. In Honduras, where more than 250,000 people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, the government and humanitarian partners released the Preliminary Response Plan for drought.
COLD WEATHER: A severe cold wave has resulted in 1,209 people homeless, 487,569 affected and 8 deaths in Peru.
19.3 million displaced by disasters but "mother nature not to blame"
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
MONTEVIDEO , Jul 14 2015 (IPS) - The countries of Latin America have partially met the Millennium Development Goal referring to the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to the UNAIDS report on the global epidemic released Tuesday.
DROUGHT: Several countries in the Caribbean are affected by drought.
Experts predict the situation to deteriorate with El Niño and a weak hurricane season, with a limited amount of rain expected for the region.
Colombia and Guatemala are affected by contamination of rivers that supply water to a considerable number of people. In Colombia the contamination results from oil pollution while Guatemala is still investigating the origin.
SEQUÍA: Varios países de el Caribe están afectados por sequía. Los expertos estiman que la situación podría empeorar debido a El Niño y a una baja predicción en la actual Temporada de Huracanes, lo que limita la cantidad de lluvia esperada en la región.
EMERGENCIA MEDIO AMBIENTAL:
Colombia y Guatemala están afectadas por contaminación de ríos que abastecen de agua a un considerable número de personas. En Colombia la contaminación es por petróleo, mientras en Guatemala se investiga el origen.
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.
This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.
One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.
América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación
La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%
Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal
Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger
10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.
Thousands flee violence in Latin America
In December 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean will stake out a new course for the protection of the region’s displaced populations during the next decade. New displacement drivers require new regional measures.