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UNDP promotes peace in Kyrgyzstan

Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan: In a region beset with inter-ethnic violence, a UNDP supported scheme is training media, promoting conflict resolution and even fostering cross cultural friendships to strengthen peace.

Three elderly women sit in the sun talking and sipping tea. They have been good friends for nearly 20 years, which is not unusual. What is unusual in their home of Southern Kyrgyzstan is that their friendship spans two ethnic groups in an area where such relationships are uncommon and sometimes even dangerous.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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OCHA ROCCA Times #2 (March 2014)

OCHA Regional Office for Caucasus and Central Asia Newsletter

Spring is here and we are happy to share the second issue of the ROCCA times. In March, our attention was consumed by the evolving crisis in Ukraine.

Although our office covers only countries in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, we were requested to provide preparedness support to the United Nations Country Team in Ukraine.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Kyrgyzstan’s Glacial Floods a Growing Risk


Adriane Lochner

It is a tough climb to the weather station: The trail leads across snow-covered boulder fields and steep, icy slopes. But for four researchers from Kyrgyzstan’s Geology and Mineral Resources Agency, the six-hour climb to the Adygene Glacier weather station, perched at 3,600 meters above sea level, is routine. From there, they can monitor 18 growing lakes at the glacier snout in the mountains above Bishkek.


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Kyrgyzstan: Monthly update on Food Security and Price in Rural and Urban areas, Issue 21, February 2014


  • The national average retail price of wheat flour increased in both urban and rural areas by 1% on a month-on-month basis in February 2014. The price was 14% lower on a year-on-year basis, but was 30% higher than the lowest point in the last three-years, which was recorded in May/June 2012. These findings showed consistency with National Statistics Committee’s (NSC) price monitoring, which covers the main urban markets and showed a 1% increase in wheat flour prices on a month-on-month basis.

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 1, March 2014


  • FAO’s forecasts for global cereal production, consumption, trade and stocks in 2013/14 have all been raised since February, with overall supply conditions significantly improved compared to the previous season.

  • Export prices of wheat rose in February mainly on concerns about the 2014 winter wheat crop in the United States. Prices of maize also increased, supported by strong domestic and export demand for feed and industrial use. Overall, however, cereal export prices remained below their year-earlier levels.

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The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change

A new report highlights the vital role women smallholder farmers play in delivering both economic and social benefits when provided the right tools for adapting to climate change.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Sent Home to Torture: Extradition in Central Asia

by Katya Szarvas

Nurdin Sultanmamytov’s story began with an arrest by police in Kyrgyzstan. And then a second. And then another and another. Once he was abducted and detained for nineteen days. Before long he had been accused of a series of crimes, including robbery, theft, extortion of firearms, ammunition and explosives, unlawful seizure of a car, banditry, and kidnapping—all charges he denies.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary February 28 - March 6, 2014

Flood risks remain for parts of south-eastern Africa

  1. Consistently heavy rains over the past few weeks have caused flooding, overflowing of rivers, infrastructure damage, and have displaced people in many local areas of central and eastern Zambia, including the Luano Valley, Kitwe, and Chipata regions. Heavy downpours are forecast to continue during the next outlook period, which could exacerbate ground conditions.

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Learning to live in peace in Kyrgyzstan

Every Thursday is a special day for students at Osh State University in the ethnically diverse south of Kyrgyzstan.

On this day, fourth-year students are given the opportunity to think critically about ethnicity in a social and historical context through a unique course, titled Ethnic Diversity and Inter-ethnic Relations in Modern World.

The subject of the course remains highly sensitive, as it has only been about four years since one of the most intense ethnic clashes in the region in recent years, explains the course’s professor, Bakty Kydyrmysheva.

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Conflits et migration pèsent sur la sécurité alimentaire au Proche-Orient

Le Directeur général de la FAO intervient à la Réunion ministérielle de la Conférence régionale pour le Proche-Orient

27 février 2014, Rome – L'aggravation de la situation de la sécurité alimentaire au Proche-Orient est liée non seulement aux problèmes structurels de production vivrière et de dépendance croissante vis-à-vis des importations alimentaires, mais aussi aux conflits, aux flux de réfugiés et aux migrations, a déclaré aujourd'hui le Directeur général de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva.

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Kyrgyzstan: Epidemic DREF final report (MDRKG010)

CHF 29,441 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 2 September 2013 to support the Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent in delivering assistance to 34,400 households.

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Conflict and migration worsening food security in the Near East

FAO Director-General addresses Ministerial Meeting of the Organization’s Regional Conference for the Near East

27 February 2014, Rome - The worsening of the food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints the region faces in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but by conflict, the flow of refugees and migration, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

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Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Building a culture of safety through schools

Promoting disaster preparedness through education is crucial not only because children are at risk, but also because they can be effective agents of change.

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DRCU (Disaster Response Coordination Unit) Weekly #63 17 - 23 February 2014

Section 1. “Review of events and humanitarian situation”

1.1. Occurred incidents. There were 11 incidents in the given period, which can be referred to this or other kind of emergency.

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2014 Action humanitaire de l’UNICEF pour les enfants - Vue d’ensemble

L'UNICEF demande 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour aider 59 millions d'enfants en situation d'urgence

Le plus important appel d’urgence jamais lancé. Près de 40 pour cent à destination de la Syrie et la région

GENÈVE, 21 février 2014 – L’UNICEF a demandé aujourd'hui près de 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour apporter une aide humanitaire vitale à 85 millions de personnes, dont 59 millions d'enfants, en 2014. Ces personnes vivent dans 50 pays en conflit ou frappés par des catastrophes naturelles et autres situations d'urgence complexes.

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Acción Humanitaria para la Infancia 2014 Resumen

59 millones de niños viven en situaciones de emergencia en 50 países

UNICEF necesita 2.200 millones de dólares para ayudar a estos niños y sus familias. Es su mayor llamamiento de emergencia de la historia y casi un 40% responde a las necesidades de Siria y la región

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Global Weather Hazards Summary February 21-27, 2014

Heavy rainfall forecast for flood-affected areas of southern Africa

  1. Consistently heavy rains over the past few weeks have caused flooding, overflowing of rivers, infrastructure damage, and have displaced people in many local areas of central and eastern Zambia, including the Luano Valley, Kitwe, and Chipata regions. Heavy downpours are forecast to continue during the next outlook period, which could exacerbate ground conditions.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary - February 14-20, 2014

Heavy rains may lead to localized flooding in parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa

1.Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December have also led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region. Recent rains, though, have reduced long-term deficits and improved ground conditions.