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27 May 2016 description

Reduced rainfall expected to alleviate flooding concerns in the Shabelle River basin

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite more favorable rainfall along the coast during the last week, low and poorly-distributed rainfall during April and May has led to moderate moisture deficits over Liberia, portions of eastern Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire, and western Ghana.

26 May 2016 description

We often hear the phrase “coordination saves lives” in humanitarian work. But what does coordination actually mean during a crisis? For OCHA, it means bringing various humanitarian partners together under one umbrella to organize relief and recovery operations. Effective coordination saves efforts, resources, time and, more importantly, lives.

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24 May 2016 description

ASTANA, 24 May 2016 – An OSCE-supported regional training seminar for some 50 military officers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on the practical implementation of the Vienna Document 2011 and confidence- and security-building measures began today in Astana.

The OSCE Programme Office in Astana organized the four-day event in co-operation with Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry and with the support of the OSCE field operations.

21 May 2016 description

Rainfall deficits continue to increase in the Gulf of Guinea region

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

20 May 2016 description

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 20 May 2016 – The OSCE Centre in Bishkek, in co-operation with the non-governmental organization Ensan-Diamond and the local public association “Peace Messengers”, conducted three one-day training courses on conflict prevention and mediation in Osh city for some 100 members of Women Initiative Groups from the Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh provinces.

17 May 2016 description

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 17 May 2016 – Some 25 community leaders, heads and members of rural councils, religious leaders and youth from the Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions gathered for a one-day training course on preventing human trafficking, and discussed how to foster co-operation with relevant state institutions across the country.

The OSCE Centre provided the course participants with relevant information materials and presented national legal and policy tools to raise awareness on exploitation and slavery within communities.

13 May 2016 description

Question

What evidence is there that local political dynamics are explanatory factors for the success or failure of aid programmes? Provide examples, drawing on aggregated analyses of aid projects, where available.

Summary

13 May 2016 description

Elevated risks of flooding in Central Asia, Hispaniola, and the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

12 May 2016 description
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Proper coordination is critical to saving lives and meeting emergency needs when it comes to responding to natural disasters. Until recently the Kyrgyz Republic, a country that is frequently affected by small reoccurring natural hazards, did not have a unified national crisis management system in place.

12 May 2016 description

Since 2004, the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Department of Political Affairs have partnered to strengthen support to the UN’s work in building national capacities for conflict prevention. Often times, such support is extended through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors (or PDAs), a growing cadre of UN staff who support Resident Coordinators (RCs) and UN Country Teams adapt and respond to complex political situations and to develop and implement strategic conflict prevention initiatives and programmes.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

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

Summary

06 May 2016 description

Increased rainfall providing some relief to early season dryness in Guatemala and the Greater Horn

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

02 May 2016 description

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.

01 May 2016 description

Moscow -- The Government of Russia will be making a $10 million contribution towards UNDP programmes which support efforts to mitigate and prevent the negative effects of climate change in developing countries.

The announcement was made just a few days ahead of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and during the first annual Consultation Meeting on the partnership implementation between UNDP and the Russian Federation in Moscow this week.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Résumé

Le présent rapport, qui porte sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2015, est soumis en application de la résolution 63/282 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle celle-ci a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter chaque année un rapport sur le Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2015, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the Peacebuilding Fund.

26 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP continues to support 261 pilot schools, enhancing school meals for over 60,000 children.

  • Piloting continues in two sub-districts for the productive measures of social development approach, which focuses on the creation of sustainable income sources for the poor and vulnerable population.

  • WFP along with UNICEF and FAO supported the formalization of the Scaling Up Nutrition multi-sectorial Platform Strategy proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture.