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28 Apr 2015 description

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 05:05 GMT | 262 words

South Korea on Monday approved a private fertiliser shipment to North Korea for the first time in five years, flagging a possible easing of strict sanctions imposed on the North for the sinking of a naval vessel.

The move came days after South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual joint military exercises which are always accompanied by a rise in cross-border tensions.

28 Apr 2015 description

1 . The government of the Republic of Korea held an urgent private-public consultation on overseas emergency relief on April 27. At the meeting presided over by Second Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yul, the participants decided to dispatch a Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) to Nepal, which had sustained massive damage from a recent earthquake.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

14 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

By Amancio Miguel Vilankulos

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique – It’s a hot day in Chiúre district. Constangelina Basílio, 23, poses for a photograph. She holds her two-year-old son, Magalhães, tightly. The image gives the impression of a caring mother, which she is – but there is more to it than that.

10 Apr 2015 description

Jordan - Yesterday (9/4) the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Jordan donated eight Hyundai vehicles to IOM Jordan to support IOM’s emergency response to the Syria conflict, now entering its fifth year.

The handover ceremony, which was held in Amman, was attended by senior officials, including Korean Ambassador to Jordan Choi Hong-ghi and IOM Jordan Chief of Mission Davide Terzi.

30 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

On 22 March, 650 hygiene kits were delivered to Emae Island and distributed prioritizing given to the most vulnerable.

IOM assisted with the relocation of the most vulnerable IDPs from Mataso Island, through conducting predeparture medical checks, including measles immunization for children, and registration

OVERVIEW

30 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 are forecast to decline from last year’s record level

Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level

26 Mar 2015 description

Korea Environmental Industry Association (KEIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project to construct water supply in Tanzania on March 13 in Kisarawe District, Coast Province near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an aim to provide clean and safe drinking water to local residents.

The ceremony was joined by Mr. Ahn Sechang, environment attaché in Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kenya, Mr. Yoon Woong-ro, vice-chairman of KEIA, governor of Kisarawe District, Director General of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania, local congressmen and 150 residents.

24 Mar 2015 description

SEOUL, Republic of Korea, March 24 (UNHCR) – When he fled from his home in Aleppo, Syria two years ago, Ajar Ahmad* had only one thought on his mind: Run. Run as far as possible from the danger.

Thinking of a safe haven far away, Ajar settled on the Republic of Korea (South Korea), a country he had never visited but whose cars – by makers such as Hyundai, Daewoo and Kia – he serviced and sold in his garage and used-car business. He also had a good impression of the Korean businessmen he dealt with.

19 Mar 2015 description

The Korean government announced on March 13 that it would give a total of USD 500,000 in financial support to the cyclone-ravaged Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam was classified as a category 5 storm, and has turned out to be the worst natural disaster to occur in the South Pacific Ocean over recent years. According to the Vanuatu Meteorological Service, the severe tropical cyclone was accompanied by violent gusts of wind of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

17 Mar 2015 description

The Ministry of Public Health received six ambulances as part of the ongoing support provided by the Republic of Korea and UNICEF to save the lives of women and children of Afghanistan. The six ambulances, procured by UNICEF will be used to improve the referral system for maternal and newborns in the remote provinces of Daikundi and Ghor.

27 Feb 2015 description

The second batch of Korean aid workers who treated patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have safely returned to Korea after four weeks of humanitarian work.

The second team, consisting of four doctors and five nurses, returned to Korea on February 23. They treated Ebola patients at a clinic in Goderich, a town near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working there for nearly one month, since January 26. They also conducted blood tests on their patients, among other procedures.

24 Feb 2015 description
report UN University

World Must Achieve International Water Goals to Preempt Looming Conflicts Born of Desperation: UN Report

Expect water supply of 2.9 billion people in 48 countries to fall short of needs in as little as 10 years

Corruption, siphoning 30% of water sector funding, must end for world development and security

Hold agriculture, energy sectors more accountable for water inefficiencies

23 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Dhaka, Sunday, 22 February, 2015: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF Bangladesh have signed a US$8 million (Taka 62 crore) agreement today to help reduce preventable deaths in children and women by improving maternal, newborn and child health interventions.

Ms. Kim Bok-Hee, KOICA, Bangladesh Resident Representative signed the agreement with UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Mr. Edouard Beigbeder, during a ceremony held in Dhaka. This is the second time that UNICEF Bangladesh receives a donation from KOICA.

13 Feb 2015 description

Amman

The Vice President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Doo Jung Soo and UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl signed a contribution agreement on 11 February 2015 to support the “Gaza Gateway”, a social enterprise for outsourcing employment. The three-year contribution of US$ 1.3 million (2015-2017) will allow young Information Technology graduates from Gaza to acquire highly needed skills and experience. This will create new opportunities within a devastated Gaza economy.

10 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Testimonies Detail Crackdown on Fleeing, Unauthorized Phone Calls

(Seoul, February 10, 2015) – North Korea is expanding efforts to control its borders and reduce information flows in and out of the country by harshly punishing people trying to flee the country, and hitting those aiding them with harsher sentences, Human Rights Watch said today.

30 Jan 2015 description

Republic of Korea contributes 1.18 million for humanitarian assistance in Libya

Tunis, Tunisia 28 January 2015 – The Korean Government has contributed USD 1.18 million to support the humanitarian assistance to Libya. The contribution aims at augmenting the United Nations’ ongoing involvement to address the humanitarian needs resulting from the armed conflict in Libya.