This is a two part report proceeding initially with details of external local events according to areas of thematic relevance for the UN RCO. The second part is a summary of internal UNRCO activities including advocacy on TJ issues, information related to the UNPFN as well as updates regarding the UNDAF and humanitarian response issues.
Selection Process Should Be Transparent, Consultative
"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response
Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.
Over the years we’ve reported countless stories of the unending commitment of our response team volunteers to overcome challenging conditions when delivering aid. This autumn’s response in Nepal sits amongst any of them for the sheer grit and determination shown by our volunteers to deliver aid to families living in remote communities.
This past autumn ShelterBox sent seven response teams to assist in Nepal following a series of severe floods and landslides in the country. The teams quickly became familiar with Nepal’s world famous rugged and mountainous terrain.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
The Nepal Army has distributed warm clothes to the needy at a Dalit settlement at Dhabauli in Mahottari district on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
The Prakauli-based Sher Battalion of the NA distributed warm clothes to 85 families at Musahar and Chamar settlement at Jaleshwor Municipality-13, says Battalion Commander, Bishnu Bahadur Karki.
A total of 350 people in the settlement were provided with sweaters, shawls, saris, jackets, caps, among others.
Two people have died of cold wave in Lahan, Siraha which has been suffering the blunt of cold weather of late.
60-year old Bauba Sada from Khushipur -8, and 50-year old Ashadevi Mandal from Bidyanagar-2 were the victims of the cold wave, which has increased since the last week.
As a result, people with complaints of cold, pneumonia, fever and respiratory problems have thronged the hospitals in the district.
Children and elderly people have been most affected by the declining temperature
The research project on "Understanding the role of remittances in reducing risk to earthquakes" implemented jointly by Practical Action and Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) is now complete. This has been possible through the funding support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a programme managed by ELRHA. This study is the first of its kind globally and in Nepal, which has directly looked into the relationship between remittances and disaster risk.
The Government of Norway has agreed to contribute an additional grant assistance of Rs 1.83 billion to the pool of School Sector Reform Programme (SSRP).
At an event organised at the Ministry of Finance in Kathmandu on Friday, December 5, 2014, Joint Secretary and Chief of International Economic Coordination Division at the Ministry of Finance Madhu Kumar Marasini and Ambassador of Norway to Nepal Kjell Tormod Petterson signed the addendum to the Financing Agreement.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
IPC - 10 Years of Multi-partner Collaboration towards Better Food Security Decisions and Country Impact
This year IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification was developed in 2004 by FSANU, the former FAO Food Security Analysis Unit in Somalia, to respond to decision makers’ strong call for a consensual, rigorous and comparable food security analysis which enabled effective response to the Somalia food crisis. As of today, the IPC is regularly used in 29 countries worldwide and demand for IPC is still growing.
Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.
The German government has expressed a commitment of EUR 48 million, 6million more than the previous commitment, for 2014 and 2015, for measures of technical and financial cooperation to Nepal
During the Nepal- German bilateral government negotiation held in Kathmandu on December 1-2, 2014, German Ambassador to Nepal Matthias Meyer expressed this commitment on the German government's behalf.
These negotiations take place every two years and decide the financial and technical co-operation budget between the two countries.
This is a two part report proceeding initially with details of external local events according to areas of thematic relevance for the UN RCO. The second part is a summary of internal UN RCO activities including advocacy on TJ issues, information related to the UNPFN as well as updates regarding the UNDAF and humanitarian response issues.
Radio Program Category: Together for humanity
Episode Number: 1.
Aired Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014.
Kathmandu, November 23:
The Working Women Journalists (WWJ) organized a discussion on “Status of survivors of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) and their access to services”. The event discussed the need to revise the government’s definition of “conflict survivors” to ensure that the CRSV survivors have an access to services to be provided by the government.
Following this event, the WWJ will organize three more similar discussion events in Kapilvastu, Rukum and Saptari this month to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.