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01 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE SWISS HUMANITARIAN AID UNIT

Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)

TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FINANCIAL AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

01 Jul 2016 description

Little relief to dryness expected over Guatemala and Honduras

Africa Weather Hazards

01 Jul 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi concluded his first tri-nation visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. On the last leg of his mission in Pakistan, the High Commissioner announced an increase in assistance package for registered Afghan refugee families, who are opting to return to Afghanistan under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary return progamme.

01 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Pakistani government should reduce rights violations against Afghan refugees by extending their legal residency status until at least December 31, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 29, 2016, the government extended registered Afghan refugees’ Proof of Residency (PoR) cards for six months, until the end of 2016.

01 Jul 2016 description

The Pakistani Government should not extend the oppressive and ineffective Protection of Pakistan Act (POPA), which is set to expire on 15 July 2016, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today.

POPA was enacted in July 2014 for a period of two years to combat “waging of war or insurrection against Pakistan” and to provide “speedy trial” for offences “threatening the security of Pakistan”.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Interior confirmed that it planned to renew POPA for another two years.

30 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Summer monsoon forecast to bring rainfall 10–20 percent above average

  • Drought and limited health care access in Sindh have resulted in poor health outcomes, particularly for children

  • Approximately half of all people displaced from FATA had returned as of June 23

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Jun 2016 description
Polio this week as of 29 June 2016
  • The Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization met in Abuja on 21 – 22 June, and emphasised that the strategy in Nigeria must now shift from interrupting transmission to staying polio free, sustaining the hard-won gains, strengthening routine immunization and responding to outbreaks of vaccine-derived polioviruses. More

30 Jun 2016 description

Total funding requirements: $ 22.7 million

Thematic areas: - Cash for work - Livelihood grants - Livelihood training

People in need: 2 million

People targeted: 1.1 million

Funding information: - Required: 22.7 million - Received: 9.9 million - Donors: DFID, OFDA, ERF/PHPF, Japan, ECHO - Funding gap: 12.8 million

CoRe objectives: Improve IDPs' self-sufficiency and resilience (targeting vulnerable families) in host and return areas, ensuring a smooth transition to longer-term recovery and development.

30 Jun 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 28 Jun 2016): 158,214

Total arrivals in Greece during Jun 2016: 1,391

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2016: 50

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 56

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 28

Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
148 dead - 46 missing (6 June 2016)

30 Jun 2016 description

KARACHI: The fresh rain system dropped “moderate to heavy showers” on Karachi for a second day on Wednesday and the city’s poor municipal infrastructure and vulnerable electric supply system responded erratically, as usual, leaving at least three more people dead, dozens of localities without electricity supply and several low-lying areas inundated. Three people and 18 goats died in lightning elesewhere in Sindh.

30 Jun 2016 description

Executive Summary

In the backdrop of military operations in 2009 and floods in 2010, Swat including the entire and Malakand Division faced huge devastation in terms of community infrastructure. UNDP, with its government counterparts, conducted a need assessment to assess the extent of destruction in Swat and district and launched the Community Resilience in Malakand Project (CR- Malakand) in the six tehsils of Swat with the financial assistance of Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

30 Jun 2016 description
  • Heavy rain affected the city of Quetta (Balochistan province) on 27 June causing floods.

  • Local media report four people dead, over 20 injured, dozens of homes partially or fully damaged, traffic disruptions and power outages throughout the city, as of 29 June early morning (UTC).

  • Over the next 24 h locally heavy rain and strong winds may affect several parts of the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunhkwa, FATA, Islamabad, as well as the administrative division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

30 Jun 2016 description

RAZA KHAN

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday granted an extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan for a further period of six months — till December 31, 2016.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of States & Frontier Regions shall immediately engage with UNHCR and Government of Afghanistan for gradual relocation of refugee camps in Pakistan to Afghanistan,” spokesperson for the prime minister said.

29 Jun 2016 description
report UN News Service

28 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders meeting in Brussels today to act with “compassion and foresight,” and find humane solutions for refugees that not only uphold international law and protect human rights, but also save lives.

29 Jun 2016 description

Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict

In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.

29 Jun 2016 description
report Guardian

Pakistan’s largest city is struggling to deliver water to residents amid a shortfall and claims of state mismanagement

Sabrina Toppa in Karachi

"There’s nothing here,” says Farzana Khatoun, surveying the dry expanse of land before her. “We don’t even have enough water to wash up for prayer, do our laundry or wash our dishes.” Khatoun cannot simply turn on a tap and expect water to gush out; her home is not connected to the water pipelines of Karachi, the sixth most water-stressed city in the world.

29 Jun 2016 description

Ali Akbar

PESHAWAR: In a crackdown launched against illegal settlers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police have arrested over 2,000 Afghan refugees in Peshawar.

The KP provincial government had set June 30 as a deadline for Afghan immigrants to get themselves registered in Pakistan.

With the deadline nearing its end, KP police began a crackdown against settlers avoiding registration in the provincial capital Peshawar.

According to the KP police, search operations are underway and over 2,000 illegal Afghan refugees have been arrested so far.

29 Jun 2016 description

Islamabad: 28 June 2016 - The Technical Advisory Group met in Islamabad today to deliberate on the progressive efforts to stop transmission of the polio virus in Pakistan.

TAG members listened to detailed analyses by the federal and provincial Emergency Operations Centre Coordinators on the progress made, opportunities, and the remaining challenges towards achieving the ultimate goal of eradication.