(Tbilisi, 24 November) – Government representatives from Central Asia, South Caucasus regions and Ukraine are taking part in a three-day workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Tbilisi.
GIS are powerful systems that can provide solid situational analysis, thus improving decision-making in response to humanitarian emergencies. In his opening remarks to the workshop, Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, stressed that “timely and cooperative information management is essential to effective disaster preparedness and response”.
AMOUNT: EUR 7 740 000
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Following a revision of the means required to fully implement the Commission's Strategy for Humanitarian Aid, the European Commission has decided to reduce the budget allocated to the 2014 DIPECHO HIP for Central Asia and Caucasus region by an amount of EUR 260 000. The total budget of this revised DIPECHO HIP is now EUR 7 740 000.
Robert T. Perry, MD1, Marta Gacic-Dobo, MSc1, Alya Dabbagh, PhD1, Mick N. Mulders, PhD1, Peter M. Strebel, MBChB1, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, MD1, Paul A. Rota, PhD2, James L. Goodson, MPH3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2014 Almaty, Kazakhstan
On 28 October 2014 a 4-day regional learning workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into Development was held in Almaty. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNISDR and the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society jointly organized the workshop. The workshop aimed to discuss the linkages between disasters and development and review the development planning practices and trends in the context of DRR in Central Asia and the South Caucuses.
8 November coincided with the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Oxfam calls on governments around the world to start acting to protect their citizens against climate change. And across the Caucasus, we use using this global moment to push for more action on disaster risk reduction. The threat of climate change is still a reality for millions of people across the Caucasus, and many people still remember the effects of the deadly Spitak earthquake in Armenia, while many communities across the region still regularly face numerous landslides, storms and droughts.
42nd Meeting (PM)
Speakers Introduce Range of Draft Texts, Covering Country Reports, Missing Persons, Journalists, Corruption
By RFE/RL's Georgian Service
Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region plans to tighten restrictions on freedom of movement for ethnic Georgians in the Akhalgori district.
Media reports in Georgia cited separatist authorities in South Ossetia as saying that as of January 1, 2015, the existing permits necessary for local Georgians to travel to Tbilisi-controlled proper will be replaced by South Ossetian "passports."
The reports said that to obtain such a passport, local Georgians must renounce their Georgian citizenship as well as refugee status.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
‘It is important to support the positive trend towards greater European cooperation and integration, particularly in countries where this trend has been put under severe strain in the wake of Russia’s violations of international law in Ukraine. The Government has therefore proposed to increase its support to Ukraine by NOK 160 million, to a total of NOK 200 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
On 25 September, UNHCR jointly with Ministry of Social Policy organized a round table to discuss issues related to the registration of internally displaced person in Ukraine. The panel of speakers consisted of Lyudmyla Denisova, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, Oldrich Andrysek, UNHCR Regional Representative in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and Georgii Vashadze, Memebr of Parliament, former First Deputy Minister of Justice and Head of Civil Registry of Georgia.
On the 2nd of October 2014, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze met the Director of Operations for Europe and Central Asia of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Laurent Corbaz. The meeting was also attended by the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Georgia, Ms Biljana Milošević.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
A. Situation analysis
25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.
The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Sep.'14 / 13:21
A cargo plane took off from the Tbilisi airport on Thursday evening, delivering 12 tons of humanitarian aid, mainly medical supplies, to Ukraine.
The aid, worth of about GEL 1 million (USD 570.000), was agreed when Georgian healthcare minister, Davit Sergeenko, visited Kiev in late August.
The aid includes first aid and surgical kits, medical supplies, diabetes medicines, antibiotics and children vaccines, according to the Georgian healthcare ministry.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 22 Aug.'14 / 20:46
It will take at least two weeks to restore portions of road linking Georgia with Russia, which were damaged by a landslide that hit the Dariali gorge close to the Kazbegi-Zemo Larsi border crossing point late on August 20, Georgian officials said on Friday.
• On 20 August a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, hit Dariali Gorge (Northern Georgia). The landslide blocked the road linking Georgia with the Russian Federation and damaged a gas pipeline (North-South Pipeline) running from the Russia Federation to the Republic of Armenia via Georgia (see red line in the inset map).
• According to media the gas pipeline to the Republic of Armenia will be operational in two days, while at least two weeks will be needed to reopen the road blocked .
Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.