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01 Dec 2016 description

Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016

01 Dec 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone NADA (previously named "FOUR") continued moving north-west over the southern Bay of Bengal, towards the southern states of India, as a Tropical Storm. On 1 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 220 km east of Nagapattinam district (Tamil Nadu state, India) and 150 km north-east of Mullaitivu district (Northern province, Sri Lanka) and had max. sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, over the Bay of Bengal, slightly weakening.
01 Dec 2016 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named "FOUR" (locally named "NADA") formed over the southern Bay of Bengal, approximately 520 km east of Sri Lanka, on 29 November. It moved north-west over the Bay of Bengal, towards the south-eastern coasts of India, strengthening.

  • On 30 November at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 710 km south-east of the eastern coasts of Tamil Nadu state (India) and had maximum sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).

30 Nov 2016 description

(Issued at 1200 noon on 30th November 2016)

28 Nov 2016 description

28/11/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Last week members of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, from Governance to Branch Officers took part in an exercise to determine the next course of action in humanitarian programming for Sri Lanka Red Cross in the next decade. The programme titled “Self Assessment for Excellence” (SAFE) looked at how the entities of the Red Cross, from the National Headquarters to the Branch level can launch programming aimed at their communities that would have a better impact through self funded mechanism.

28 Nov 2016 description

Ensuring women can access housing and land in post-conflict settings is essential to regain physical and economic security. A safe and secure environment is needed for women, particularly female heads of households and widows, to restore livelihoods and be active in social, economic and political recovery. Ownership of assets empowers women to take greater control over their lives making them less vulnerable to all forms of gendered discrimination including acts of violence.

25 Nov 2016 description

New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.

21 Nov 2016 description

What happens when entire communities are uprooted by conflict or development? And how can planners shape the transition so that residents hold on to their livelihoods, social ties, and sense of security?

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.

21 Nov 2016 description


 The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and WFP signed a three-year agreement to roll out activities that improves food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

 WFP is monitoring the ongoing drought in Sri Lanka that has affected 216,000 families. The Meteorological Department has expressed its concern that there will be 50 percent less rainfall than expected.

WFP Assistance

18 Nov 2016 description

The severe floods that hit Sri Lanka in May 2016 caused toilet-waste to overflow in the streets of urban areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts. In response, ACTED is implementing a four-month project, funded by UNICEF and entitled “Safe Excreta Disposal for Flood-Affected Households with Improved Septic Tanks”, consisting of the installation of waterproof septic tanks, along with soakage pits, in 350 affected households.

18 Nov 2016 description

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2016

16 Nov 2016 description

Life was supposed to be easier for families after the civil war - but unexpected pressures are taking a toll

By Amantha Perera

MAHAVELITHANNE, Sri Lanka, Nov 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the last quarter century, Mohamed Azur fled his home three times as civil war raged around him, returning when the fighting subsided for a time.

14 Nov 2016 description

Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015

Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.

14 Nov 2016 description

2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

11 Nov 2016 description
report HALO Trust

The HALO Trust has welcomed a pledge of £1.2 million from British Minister for the UN and Commonwealth Baroness Anelay on a visit to Sri Lanka. She said: