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25 Apr 2015 description

Kathmandu, Nepal | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 07:24 GMT

by Paavan MATHEMA

A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across neighbouring countries.

Television footage showed that large numbers of offices and homes had collapsed in Kathmandu while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact.

22 Apr 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This technical paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF and ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, today announced the renewal of a decade-long partnership that to date has provided access to better quality education for more than 1 million of the world’s hardest-to-reach children.

During the past 10 years, ING has inspired its employees and customers worldwide to raise funds for UNICEF, helping to improve children’s access to education in remote communities in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Zambia.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In February 2015, retail prices of most food commodities monitored in 12 markets across Nepal showed marginal fluctuations due to smooth functioning of markets and improved supplies.

  • Overall inflation rate in February 2015 was 7.0 percent. The food and beverage group was higher at 9.1 percent, as were several sub-groups: milk products and eggs (17.6 percent), legume varieties (16.2 percent), spices (9.5 percent) and fruits (8.9 percent).

16 Apr 2015 description
report ActionAid

This report reflects the experiences of over 3,000 women and girls living in urban communities in Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Liberia, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. While the women and girls interviewed in this baseline study shared their views that cities can be places of choice and empowerment for them, they also spoke of the multiple challenges they face in enjoying their rights and freely making choices about their daily lives.

14 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Secretary General’s Report Highlights Rape, Sexual Slavery, Forced Marriage

08 Apr 2015 description
report Government of India

SAARC health ministers have pledged to eradicate Polio from then region. The fifth meeting of SAARC health Ministers was held in New Delhi on Wednesday which was chaired by Health Minister J P Nadda.

The ministers also expressed commitment to make region HIV AIDS free by the year 2030. Other issues like prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and strengthening collaboration among the nations were also discussed during the meeting.

07 Apr 2015 description

Kathmandu, Nepal | | Tuesday 4/7/2015 - 16:10 GMT |

Nepal's Maoist-led opposition withdrew plans to extend a nationwide strike late Tuesday after police fired tear gas and arrested dozens of demonstrators protesting the government's plan to push through a new constitution.

The former Maoist rebels forced factories, schools and public transport to shut down across the Himalayan nation in protest at plans to hold a vote on disputed terms of the charter after failing to reach cross-party agreement.

03 Apr 2015 description

(LWI) – Safeguarding human rights of disadvantaged groups in Myanmar and Nepal is a prime concern of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Therefore, the LWF has submitted two reports on the Human Rights Situation in Nepal and Myanmar to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the so-called Universal Periodical Review (UPR) of those two countries. The reports are based on consultations LWF staff did with rights-holders and civil society organizations they work with in those countries.

02 Apr 2015 description
report Peace Direct

April 1 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on Syrian civil society, community-led resilience, and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.

01 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have today inaugurated the country’s first Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Gautam, was the chief guest at the ceremony, attended by 200 government officials and members of the humanitarian community. WFP Assistant Executive Director, Manoj Juneja, and Dr. Gail Marzetti, Head of DFID were also present as special guests.

01 Apr 2015 description

Feed the Future is helping farmers in Nepal adapt new tools and systems to increase water security. In Nepal, over 70 percent of the population works in the agriculture sector and water is one of the most abundant natural resources in the region. Yet, Nepali farmers face water scarcity as they experience unpredictable rainfall patterns and increased frequency of extreme floods. Rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayas has also reduced the amount of freshwater available to farmers.

01 Apr 2015 description
report UN Democracy Fund

For Nepal's Chepang people, an indigenous group living in the Himalaya foothills, poverty and marginalization remain a daily reality. Chepang women are further marginalized by lower literacy rates, lack of access to health services, and scarce economic and political influence in a traditionally male-dominated environment. This is why UNDEF funds a project implemented by Development Exchange Centre Nepal, a local NGO, to empower Chepang women to become change agents in local governance processes, promoting pro-poor and gender responsive decision-making.

30 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to Issue 39 of THE ASSESSOR,

WFP’s Food Security Analysis e-Newsletter!

30 Mar 2015 description

The sixth issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at global level, among them the extension of the IPC Global Strategic Programme until 2018, the IPC-Chronic and Nutrition Working Group Meetings, the new IPC Quality Compliance Review Policy and Process, and the development of the IPC GSU Quality Compliance Review and Strategic Engagement Plan.

This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.

30 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2014 estimated to have declined but still above average

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast to remain firm

  • Food insecurity persists in rural areas

Cereal production in 2014 estimated to have declined but still above average