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GIEWS Country Brief: Georgia 24-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 cereal production anticipated to decline

  • Imports of cereals significantly increased in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June)

  • Prices of potatoes plummeted in June from the record level of the previous month

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IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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Global Peace Index 2014

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We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index shows that the last seven years has shown a notable deterioration in levels of peace.

The Global Peace Index measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. This is the 8th year the index has been produced.

Highlights

Since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani - Addendum: Follow-up mission to Georgia (A/HRC/26/33/Add.1)

Human Rights Council

Twenty-sixth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

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Human Rights Council discusses extrajudicial and summary executions and internally displaced persons

AFTERNOON

12 June 2014

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for May with a Forecast till Mid-July, 2014

Summary

During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

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General Assembly Adopts Text Recognizing Right of Internally Displaced, Refugees from 2008 Georgia Conflict to Return Home

GA/11514

Resolution Passed by Recorded Vote of 69 in Favour, 13 against, 79 Abstentions

Concerned about forced demographic, changes as well as the humanitarian situation resulting from the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia, the General Assembly recognized today the right of all internally displaced persons, refugees and their descendants to return to their homes throughout that country, including Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office discusses OSCE engagement and international mediation efforts in Georgia, meets participants of Ergneti IPRM

TBILISI/ERGNETI, 3 June 2014 – In Tbilisi, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter met with Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, as well as with representatives of the Parliament and the civil society.

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Annual Letter 2014

Before joining USAID, I never could have imagined the depth of passion that exists for our nation’s leadership in global development.

When I was sworn in, people often asked me if I was worried about the unpopularity of development. According to nearly every poll, Americans wanted to cut foreign aid. But over the last four years, I have seen how a new model of development that delivers meaningful results in a cost-effective way can inspire people from all walks of life.

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EU deploys expert team to Georgia following landslide

26/05/14 – Following a request for assistance from the Government of Georgia, the European Commission has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to respond to the landslide which occurred on 17 May. An assessment mission is being deployed and the team of experts will identify potential threats to the local population and recommend an appropriate course of action to respond in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Two Bodies Found in Dariali Landslide, Four People Remain Missing

The death toll from a landslide in Dariali gorge increased to three after bodies of two men were recovered on May 23 from trucks buried in debris.

Four people remain missing nearly a week after the disaster, according to the Interior Ministry. Officials initially put the number of missing persons at seven, but later revised it to six. Two of them were confirmed dead after the bodies were found on May 23.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Georgia - Land Slide (ECHO Daily Flash, 22 May 2014)

A rock mass collapsed in the Dariali Gorge last Saturday, on May 17, blocking the Tergi River. The disaster was a result of intensive movement of the Devdoraki glacier located at the 5047 meter-high peak. The collapsed material blocked the river Tergi and created a temporary dam flooding the surrounding area.
According to the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (as of 22 May), seven people are reported missing and one dead; about 200 people were evacuated by helicopter from the border crossing checkpoint and its nearby areas.

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Russia Gives Fuel to Georgia in Area Cut Off by Dariali Landslide

18 tonnes of diesel fuel was supplied by the Russian side to Georgia to secure uninterrupted work of heavy equipment, cleaning up the area cut off by landslide in the Dariali gorge, the Georgian Interior Ministry said on May 19.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

© UNA-Georgia

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One Dead, Several Missing in Dariali Landslide

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 18 May.'14 / 23:51

A Ukrainian citizen died and at least seven people are missing as a result of landslide in Georgia’s Dariali gorge close to the Russian border, which has also closed down traffic on the road linking Georgia and Russia and damaged pipeline supplying Russian gas to Armenia.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

© UNA-Georgia

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Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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Armenia + 3 others
Counterpart’s partners prepared to deliver independent disaster relief

Counterpart International's government and local partners in four countries will deliver independent disaster relief after receving $3.78 million worth of emergency supplies. The handover was celebrated at a ceremony in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in March and April receiving widespread media coverage.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations in Armenia, the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Georgia and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan will resume responsibility for the disaster packages.

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Alternatives to Europe's substandard IDP and refugee collective centres [EN/FR]

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Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
Rapporteur: Mr René ROUQUET, France, Socialist Group

Summary

There are currently some 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Europe, mostly living in temporary shelter and in conditions that are incompatible with human dignity and the values advocated by the Council of Europe, despite the initiatives taken, including by the Council of Europe Development Bank.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 23 - April 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 19% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 1% compared to the previous quarter.

• Nominal prices of maize (-31%), wheat (-8%) and rice (-23%) are significantly below a year ago due to strong supplies.

• Real prices2 of maize are up by 5% since the last quarter of 2013 given a surge in demand and high trade forecasts against comfortable stock levels after 2013 record crops.