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19 Jan 2017 description

Introduction

This report was developed to introduce Japanese disaster simulation drills as a model to help other countries plan and implement disaster simulation drill exercises.
The main objectives of this guideline are to:

  1. Provide an overview of the institutional and legislative frameworks for Disaster Management which underpin the organization of disaster simulation drills in Japan;

18 Jan 2017 description
report Sphere Project

Resumen ejecutivo

Las Autoridades Nacionales de la Gestión de Desastres (NDMAs) son con frecuencia, aunque no siempre, la principal institución nacional con el mandato de coordinar y gestionar todos los aspectos relacionados con la mitigación, la preparación y la respuesta a desastres, a través de sus oficinas nacionales y provinciales respectivas. Muchas de estas autoridades han adoptado ahora políticas y directrices de gestión de desastres, algunas de las cuales hacen referencia explícita a las normas humanitarias.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Sphere Project

National disaster management policies and guidelines benefit from building on and incorporating references to international humanitarian standards. But what does it take to link both and how can humanitarian professionals engage with National Disaster Management Authorities to achieve that goal?

17 Jan 2017 description

UN-Habitat’s projects in South Sudan show that infrastructure and participatory planning provide a preventative – rather than curative – approach to long-term conflict resolution and peace building.

Juba, 16 January 2017 – The United Nations programme responsible for human settlements (UN-Habitat) has delivered flood protection measures, water and sanitation and livelihood materials, worth $2.4 million, to 200,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in South Sudan.

16 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • 70% of Afghans live in rural areas, and farming provides up to 33% of total GDP every year.

  • UNDP is helping farmers in the northeast grow better crops and get access to new markets.

  • Takhar pomegranate farmer, Abdul Hai, doubled his crop yield and his income in just one year.

  • Now he and his neighbours are expanding their fields.

16 January 2017, Takhar – Some provinces in Afghanistan are famous for their fruit. In Kandahar, it’s the pomegranates; in Parwan, the grapes.

13 Jan 2017 description

BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has contributed US$500,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to empower rural women and benefit more than 2,500 households in the Kyrgyz Republic.

05 Jan 2017 description
report Munich Re

A number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. Losses totalled US$ 175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$ 180bn). The share of uninsured losses – the so-called protection or insurance gap – remained substantial at around 70%. Almost 30% of the losses, some US$ 50bn, were insured.

04 Jan 2017 description

OTTO AWATA

UN Habitat has handed over a Flood Protection, Water and Sanitation and Livelihood project to Alel Chok payam, Marial Bai County, Wau state. The project was funded by the Japanese government at a total cost of 2.4 million dollars. This cost included projects in Juba and Awiel.

James Mabong Madut, commissioner of Marial Bai County appreciated the Japanese government for its concern for the people of South Sudan.

29 Dec 2016 description
report Government of Japan

Grant Contract for one Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) was signed today by Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, and representative of Al-Shawawrah Village Council at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of US$ 80,498.

Al-Shawawrah Village Council will use the funds to replace 2,450 meters of 2 inches water pipelines in Al-Shawawrah. This project aims at securing sufficient tap water supply for about 2,743 direct beneficiaries and two main schools of 490 students and teachers.

23 Dec 2016 description

In 2016, EM-DAT preliminary data indicates that 301 country level disasters occurred, affecting 102 countries. The impact of which sums up to a total of 7,628 deaths, 411 million affected people, and US$97 billion of economic damages.

20 Dec 2016 description
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The map below shows asylum applications by under age 18 year olds and gender. Darker colours mean more people have applied in a certain country. Use the slider to select a year or the drop down menus below to display data for different age groups or different home countries.

19 Dec 2016 description

**Port-au-Prince, 12 Décembre **– Le Gouvernement haïtien et le Programmes des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) ont lancé officiellement, le mercredi 7 décembre à la Mairie de Cap Haïtien et le Jeudi 8 Décembre 2016 à la Mairie de Ouanaminthe le projet « Soutien à la Résilience aux Désastres Naturels ».

Financé à hauteur de 3,9 millions de dollars américains par le gouvernement du Japon, ce projet vise à promouvoir la réduction efficace des risques et désastres dans les départements du Nord et du Nord-Est.

19 Dec 2016 description

CHOKWE– The Government of Japan has contributed $US2.7 million to UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in Mozambique. This will allow us to assist more than 82,000 drought-hit farmers in Gaza and Sofala provinces for three months, through programmes designed to restore livelihoods and improve resilience to climate change.

Some 1.4 million people in Mozambique are now food insecure. This could rise to 2.3 million during the peak of the January-March lean season, according to latest assessment from the Mozambique Vulnerability Assessment Committee.

18 Dec 2016 description

Baghdad –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Baghdad have completed the rehabilitation of the primary water supply infrastructure in Al Nahrawan District, where water shortages and lack of clean water have exposed displaced people and the host community to the risk of waterborne diseases.

Thanks to generous funding from the Government of Japan, over 400,000 people are now receiving safe drinking water, including 30,000 displaced people from Anbar and Diyala Governorates hosted in Al Nabi Younis camp and surrounding villages.

17 Dec 2016 description

Jericho, 15 December 2016 – The Ministry of National Economy, the Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zones Authority (PIEFZA), the Government of Japan, Jericho Municipality, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), inaugurated the Mahmoud Darwish Road improving access to the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP) and facilitating the movement of materials and products geared for export.

16 Dec 2016 description

OBJECTIVES OF THIS TECHNICAL HANDBOOK

Perched on the edge of the intersection of three tectonic plates, Japan has been repeatedly hit and devastated by earthquakes. However, Japan has revitalized itself as a nation and a society every time, and its accumulated knowledge has served to advance its resilience and minimize future risks and losses.

This manual focuses on Japanese Seismic Preparedness Maps, one of the tools used in Japan to communicate earthquake risks for better preparedness at the community level.

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Kismayo, Lower Juba, Somalia 16 December 2016 - UNICEF and partners are aiming to vaccinate 54,000 children under 10 in Kismayo, southern Somalia following a serious outbreak of measles.

There have been over 704 cases of fever and rashes in Kismayo, the majority of them children. Many of the children, suspected to be suffering from measles, are sleeping on the floor of Kismayo General Hospital. Most were not vaccinated against measles although there are 16 free vaccination posts in Kismayo.

16 Dec 2016 description

Somalia - This week IOM, with support from the Government of Japan, launched a mass public health campaign to contain an ongoing measles outbreak in Kismayo, Somalia.

Through TV and radio, IOM, the Somali government and health partners are disseminating a series of public messages about measles. The messages will sensitize families about risk factors, aetiology, symptoms, signs and complications of the disease. The six-day campaign is estimated to reach over 2,000 people in the most affected communities, as well as surrounding areas.