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08 Feb 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Between January and December 2015, open sources reported 29 times on administrative decisions by states (26) or non-state actors (3) that affected aid agencies’ abilities to deliver aid. Seven reports referred to newly introduced bills, laws or regulations and 22 described specific measures using existing laws or regulations that affected the work of humanitarian organisations or their local partners.

03 Feb 2016 description
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Introduction

It is predicted that by 2030 over 55 percent of the population in Asia will live in cities. Associated urban risk has also increased. An extreme and changing climate, earthquakes, and emergencies triggered by man-made hazards are putting pressure on people and threatening the prosperity of cities.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

29 Jan 2016 description

Poorly distributed rainfall leads to severe drought in southeastern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

27 Jan 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

Terror Attacks, Refugee Crisis, and Broad Global Crackdown

(Istanbul, January 27, 2016) – The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.

22 Jan 2016 description

Drought persists in southern Africa despite recent increases in rainfall

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below-average and poorly-distributed seasonal rainfall since October has negatively affected many countries in southern Africa. Exacerbated by a poor rainfall seasonal performance last year, several consecutive weeks of inadequate rainfall has already led to reduced water availability, delayed planting, permanently wilted crops, livestock deaths and other adverse ground conditions over many areas.

21 Jan 2016 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earthquakes hit Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ahead of winter.

  • Heavy weaponry is used for the first time since the 1994 ceasefire in Nagorno- Karabakh.

  • Over 10,000 people affected and 19 people killed in natural disasters in Georgia.

  • Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are close to agree on border demarcation.

  • Frost caused severe damage to agricultural lands and fruit trees in Tajikistan leaving some 225,000 people without main source of income.

18 Jan 2016 description

Ecosystem-based farming comes of age

FAO urges broader adoption of its Save and Grow paradigm for sustainable agriculture

18 January 2016, Rome -  A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. 

16 Jan 2016 description

Drought worsens in southern Africa as temperatures remain significantly above average

  1. Significantly belowaverage and poorlydistributed seasonal rainfall since October has negatively affected many countries in southern Africa.
    Exacerbated by a poor rainfall seasonal performance last year, several consecutive weeks of inadequate rainfall has already led to reduced water availability, delayed planting, wilted crops, livestock deaths and other adverse ground conditions over many areas.

04 Jan 2016 description

December 2015 – Trends

- Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger

- Improved situations

January 2016 – Watchlist

- Conflict risk alerts

Burundi

- Conflict resolution opportunities

Libya

18 Dec 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding in Kenya, Tanzania, and central Madagascar

  1. Due to a delayed start of season and erratic distribution of rainfall, drought conditions have affected many countries in southern Africa, including Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. Exacerbated by a poor performance during the previous season, the deficient rain has already significantly reduced water availability, leading to livestock deaths and poor ground conditions over many areas.

11 Dec 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Abnormal dryness has expanded across many portions of southern Africa from southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, central Malawi, central Mozambique, southern Botswana, to South Africa due to a delayed onset and persistent below-average rain since the start of the season. The deficient rain has already severely reduced water availability, negatively impacting cropping and pastoral activities over many areas.

04 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • Central Asia and Southern Caucuses regions are particularly prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods and landslides. Climate change is expected to intensify the vulnerabilities in the coming years. Low-intensity tensions and occasional violence, especially in the Southern Caucasus, add to humanitarian risks.

  • Improving the capacity of national institutions and local communities to prepare for and respond to disaster is a priority for of EU humanitarian action in the region.

04 Dec 2015 description

Early season dryness persists across southern Africa

  1. Very low and infrequent rainfall in southern Africa has resulted in significant early season moisture deficits, particularly in the KwaZuluNatal region of South Africa, Swaziland, and southern Mozambique. Light to moderate rain is expected over the region during the next week, which could sustain rainfall deficits.

03 Dec 2015 description

Released on the eve of the Paris climate change conference (COP21), this report – a mix of infographics and country case examples – outlines UNDP’s decades-long support to partner countries to tackle climate change. For the first time covering UNDP’s entire climate change approach, including mitigation and sustainable energy, climate change adaptation, forestry, and support to INDCs, the report is a comprehensive look at what is now a US$ 2.3 billion portfolio across 140 countries.