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Oman joins the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Geneva and New York, 20 August 2014 – The Sultanate of Oman has become the latest State to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the landmark international treaty that bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. Oman deposited its accession instrument at a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York earlier today, becoming the 162nd State to formally commit to the so-called Ottawa Convention.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 June 2014) [EN/AR]



Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.216 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 593 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 241 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 30.6% funded with a 69.4% shortfall.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.9 billion (30%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.6 billion (70%).

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Somalia + 13 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 429 (3 July 2014) [EN/FR]

General Situation during June 2014 Forecast until mid-August 2014

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Yemen + 5 others
Desert Locust situation update 24 June 2014

Swarms in Yemen

The Desert Locust situation is improving in the Horn of Africa, Oman and Iran but swarms have recently been sighted in Yemen.

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Madagascar + 29 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for May with a Forecast till Mid-July, 2014


During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

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Somalia + 10 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 428 (3 June 2014) [EN/FR]

General Situation during May 2014 Forecast until mid-July 2014

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Egypt + 17 others
Weekly Epidemiological Monitor, Volume 7, Issue 19, Sunday 11 May 2014

Concern remains following spike in MERS-CoV cases

The recent spike in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO remains a concern. So far, ten countries in the region have reported cases of MERS-CoV. While in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates, both community and hospital-acquired infections continue to be reported, sporadic cases, mostly imported and travel associated, have been reported in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen in recent time.

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Madagascar + 24 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for April with a Forecast till Mid-June, 2014


The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm along the Red Sea coasts during April.

Several swarms migrated from northwestern Somalia to eastern Ethiopia where aerial and ground control treated 2,585 ha from 8-30 April. An unconfirmed report of hoppers in Aysha, eastern Ethiopia suggested breeding has begun in those areas (DLCO-EA).

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Ethiopia + 9 others
Desert Locust situation update 5 May 2014

Locusts may increase in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Oman

The Desert Locust situation continues to improve along both sides of the Red Sea due to control operations and drying conditions in Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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Somalia + 12 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 427 (5 May 2014) [EN/FR/AR]

General Situation during April 2014 Forecast until mid-June 2014

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Somalia + 11 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 426, 3 avril 2014)

Situation Générale en mars 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2014

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s’est améliorée en mars le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge suite aux opérations de lutte et au dessèchement des conditions. Néanmoins, il subsiste un risque que des groupes d’ailés et peut-être quelques petits essaims puissent se déplacer dans les aires de reproduction printanière de l’intérieur de l’Arabie saoudite et du Yémen, où une reproduction est possible.

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Somalia + 11 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 426 (2 Apr 2014)

General Situation during March 2014

Forecast until mid-May 2014

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Madagascar + 28 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014


The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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World + 16 others
Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview

The interplay of natural disasters, rapid urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change has emerged as a serious challenge for policy and planning.

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World + 6 others
Impact of water scarcity on food security a priority for Near East and North Africa meeting

New initiative eyes role of regional cooperation to enhance agricultural water management

20 February 2014, Rome - Water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA), with fresh water availability in the region expected to drop by 50 percent by the year 2050, said FAO, as ministers of agriculture and national officials prepared to tackle the issue at a meeting of the organization's highest regional governing body.

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Madagascar + 24 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for January with a Forecast till Mid-March, 2014

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active on the Red Sea coasts in January where breeding continued and hoppers and swarms were reported in several places in Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen during this month.