22 July 2016: Whilst the conflict between Georgians and Abkhazians has contributed to icy relations, local organisations on the ground have an important role to play in rebuilding trust, says Tamar Lagurashvili.
The 1992-93 war in Abkhazia lasted for 13 months, led to the fall of its capital city Sukhumi and resulted in hundreds of thousands internally displaced persons (IDPs). It was the most recent outbreak in a long conflict that has caused much bloodshed in the post-Soviet era. In the aftermath, the prospects of reconciliation between Abkhazians and Georgians seemed elusive.
FAO: Agricultura comercial generó casi el 70 % de la deforestación en América Latina
No es necesario cortar bosques para producir más alimentos, según el informe El estado de los bosques del mundo 2016
18 de julio de 2016, Santiago de Chile - En América Latina, la agricultura comercial es la principal causante de la deforestación, según el nuevo informe de la FAO, El estado de los bosques del mundo 2016 (SOFO, por sus siglas en inglés).
Combler le fossé entre la foresterie et l’agriculture en vue d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire
La FAO appelle à une meilleure coordination entre les deux secteurs afin de mettre en place des systèmes agricoles durables et d’améliorer la gestion des forêts
Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security
FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management
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
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
1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/286, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a comprehensive report at its seventieth session on the implementation of the resolution. The report covers the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 and draws on information received from a number of United Nations entities.
96th Meeting (AM)
Text Passes by Recorded Vote of 76 in Favour to 15 Against, as 64 Abstain
The General Assembly recognized today the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees in Georgia and their descendants, regardless of ethnicity, to their homes throughout that country, including Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.
On 1 February 2016, the WHO Director-General declared that recent clusters of cases of microcephaly and neurological disorders associated with Zika virus disease constitute a public health emergency of international concern under the International Health Regulations (2005). In light of the current widespread outbreak occurring in Latin America and the Caribbean, the risk for Zika virus importation and spread in the European Region should not be underestimated.
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.
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.
Greece - IOM Greece has published a report based on interviews with 1,206 unaccompanied child migrants in Greece. Some 508 said that they would not consider returning to their countries of origin because it was their intention to reach a northern European country and 282 expressed the wish to return back to their country of origin. The remainder initially expressed willingness to return home but later changed their minds and decided to stay in Greece.
A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015
By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
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