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Sri Lanka + 1 other
Government Renovates 13 Schools in Kilinochchi

The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.

Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.

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Liberia + 3 others
To fight Ebola, Park will send medics to Africa

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President Park Geun-hye pledged to dispatch Korean medical personnel to countries hit with Ebola for the first time to counter the spread of the deadly virus Thursday at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan yesterday.

In a speech at the ASEM leader’s summit, Park said Korea “has decided to send medical personnel following humanitarian assistance to cope with the spreading Ebola virus.”

Korea already pledged $5 million in humanitarian aid to help prevent the spread of Ebola last month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Republic of Korea 16-October-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 rice production forecast at similar level to last year’s near-average output
  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September) expected to remain firm
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Korea to offer $2 million for Gaza reconstruction

Korea will provide an additional USD 2 million in assistance to help rebuild the Gaza Strip, Palestine, following military conflicts between Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic organization, and Israel across the region.

Seoul’s pledge came on October 12 when international leaders gathered in Cairo, Egypt, for the International Donors Conference on Financing the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

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Sudan + 2 others
The Republic Of Korea Supports WFP’s Fight Against Malnutrition In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$300,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea to assist WFP’s nutrition programme in Sudan.

WFP will use part of the funds to purchase Plumpy Sup, a specialized nutritional product for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. This nutritious paste will be provided to around 2,500 children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing women from South Sudan who have sought refuge in White Nile, South Kordofan and West Kordofan states in Sudan.

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World + 42 others
Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Foreign Minister Announces the ROK Decision to Contribute USD 5 Million in Humanitarian Aid over the Ebola Outbreak

1 Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended the High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak held at the UN headquarters on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. At the meeting, he announced the plan of the government of the Republic of Korea to contribute an additional five million US dollars in humanitarian assistance to help prevent the further spread of the Ebola virus.

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Jordan + 3 others
ROK Government Announces its Plan to Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq and Syria at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

1 . At the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the ROK government announced its plan to provide additional humanitarian assistance worth four and one million US dollars to Iraq and Syria, respectively.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies

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Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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World + 28 others
OCHA Regional Office for Asia-Pacific: Countries and Territories (as of Sep 2014)

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World + 3 others
US: Ban Landmines Everywhere, Including Korea

Pledge Not to Use Antipersonnel Mines Falls Short

(Washington, DC, September 23, 2014) – The Obama administration’s commitment to stop using antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except in the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but doesn’t go far enough to join the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 August - 1 September 2014)

More than one million people are affected by floods in Bangladesh, while in Sri Lanka, low rainfall in August has aggravated the drought, which has hit 1.8 million people.

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Embajada de Korea dona equipos a la Defensa Civil

La embajada de Corea donó modernos equipos a los miembros y voluntarios de la Defensa Civil –DC- para la capacitación de los talleres de Búsqueda y Rescate de Estructuras Colapsadas.

Los equipos fueron entregados dentro del marco de la cooperación de Koica que lleva a cabo con nuestra institución.

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Torrential rains kill five in south

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Bus and car swept away by water, and one nuclear plant shut

Torrential rain hit the southeastern part of the country yesterday, causing five fatal accidents including a bus being swept away by rainwater that killed at least one of its passengers in Changwon, South Gyeongsang.

The Changwon police yesterday reported that a bus was washed into a flooded river and was completely submerged when it hit a bridge.

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Two N. Koreans swim across sea border to S. Korea

08/14/2014 02:21 GMT

SEOUL, August 14, 2014 (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.

Two men -- in their 20s and 50s -- swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4:00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.

"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokeswoman said

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S. Korea offers $13.3 mn for UN aid projects in North

08/11/2014 03:09 GMT

SEOUL, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea said Monday it would provide $13.3 million in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea -- its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

Seoul's Unification Ministry seven million dollars would go to World Food Programme (WFP) projects in the North, and $6.3 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The decision came a month after the ministry approved $2.9-million in financial support for Seoul civic groups providing assistance to North Korea.

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S. Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

07/15/2014 04:27 GMT

SEOUL, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea announced Tuesday state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago.

The South's Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to North Korea that was introduced after the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in 2010.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10

Highlights

  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.