- FAO: GIEWS Country Brief (as of 09 Sep 2015)
- IFRC: Floods DREF operation n° MDRKP007 - Update n° 1 (as of 8 Sep 2015)
- CERF allocates US$6.3 million for Drought Response in DPR Korea (as of 13 Aug 2015)
Appeals & Funding
Korean support for immunisation in developing countries now stands at US$ 15 million
Geneva, 6 October 2015 – The Republic of Korea today signed a new agreement with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to increase its contribution towards childhood immunisation in developing countries between 2015 and 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, Korea will provide an additional US$ 3 million per year.
Afghanistan: The humanitarian situation in Kunduz is deteriorating as fighting for control of the city continues. Aid organisations have withdrawn, after a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital was bombed in an airstrike, killing 22 and injuring 37.
Burundi: At least eight civilians were killed in Bujumbura over the weekend as political violence persists, and people continue to flee. Some 128,000 people are reliant on food assistance: in some of the areas affected by insecurity, food prices are up to 95% higher than average.
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman, in accordance with Assembly resolution 69/188.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
El Salvador: More than 100,000 farmers are estimated to be affected by crop losses due to a prolonged dry-spell. Up to 60% of the total maize crop has been lost in the affected areas. An estimated 156,000 people are facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes, mainly in eastern and western regions.
The on-going El Niño event, officially declared in March, will remain active throughout 2015 and is very likely to extend into the first quarter of 2016.
The event is now strengthening towards its peak intensity which should be reached in late 2015. There is a significant chance that this event could be close or even exceed the strongest levels on record.
Bangladesh: 1.5 million people are affected by flooding, which has displaced around 320,000 people in the areas of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, and Bandarban. Shelter, WASH and food security are key priorities. 15 out 24 rivers are over danger levels as heavy rainfall continues.
Libya: An estimated 2,244 people have died this year as a result of conflict, and nearly one-third of the country’s population is affected. Humanitarian access remains severely restricted.
Human Rights Council
21 September 2015
High Commissioner for Human Rights Provides Oral Update on the Role of his Office, including on the Field-based Structure in Seoul
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Monday 9/21/2015 - 10:29 GMT
North Korea's use of a lottery system to allow a fraction of the families separated by the Korean War to meet is "extremely cruel", a top rights expert said Monday.
North and South Korea agreed earlier this month to hold a weekend reunion in October for separated families -- only the second to be held in five years -- with 100 people to be selected by each side to take part.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Main season 2015 cereal production forecast to decline sharply from last year, due to prolonged dry spell
Sharply reduced 2014/15 early season crops for second consecutive year
Drastic reduction in food rations distributed in July and August
Higher cereal import requirements forecast for 2014/15 marketing year (November/October)
Governments Should Press Pyongyang, Beijing Over Their Actions
(Geneva, September 18, 2015) – Human Rights Council member countries should help victims of human rights violations fleeing persecution in North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. China in particular should either shelter such people or permit North Koreans leaving their country to pass through without fear of arrest and being returned to a country where their lives or freedom may be at risk.
Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Friday 9/18/2015 - 02:34 GMT
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has declared himself free from "all cares and worries" after inspecting a city inundated by flash floods that killed 40 people and damaged thousands of homes.
State media reported Friday that Kim had undertaken a tour of Rason after suffering sleepless nights worrying about the residents of the northeast special economic zone where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge.
Snapshot 9–15 September 2015
Afghanistan: The number of severely food insecure has risen to 1.5 million people, according to a new assessment. 7.3 million people are moderately food insecure. Food security among IDPs is worsening, with around 200,000 people reported to be in need of immediate assistance.
SEOUL (9 September 2015) – This is my first visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) since the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights established an office in Seoul to work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Between 1 and 5 August 2015, torrential rains have caused floods in several Ri-s (villages) and in the outskirts of cities of south Hwanghae and north and south Hamgyong provinces of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). According to the State Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management (SCEDM), the Government of DPRK and the DPRK Red Cross Society (RCS), the floods affected 3,541 people, claimed 24 lives and 9 people are reported missing in more than 20 affected cities/counties.
Snapshot 2–8 September 2015
Yemen: The health system in Taizz governorate is close to collapse. All public hospitals have closed, and the remaining health facilities are overwhelmed by severely injured people as well as a dengue outbreak. Access remains severely restricted across the country. Hudaydah port, the main entry point for humanitarian supplies in north and central Yemen, remains closed, and road transport from Aden port to northern governorates remains limited.
A long period of abnormally dry weather has caused drought in DPR Korea (DPRK) affecting agricultural production, reducing access to water and leading to a deterioration of health, nutrition and sanitary conditions.
18 million affected in PDS-dependent households who are vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition.
According to official meteorological data, all provinces received below average rainfall, particularly in May and June this year.
The Red Cross plans to reallocate disaster relief funds to North Korea to assist with cleanup and rebuilding efforts from recent floods that devastated a special economic zone in the northeastern part of the country, sources familiar with the situation said.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and North Korea’s Red Cross Society are conducting a comprehensive joint needs assessment to determine whether to redirect money from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund recently delivered to the isolated nation last month.
GENEVA / SEOUL (2 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Marzuki Darusman, will visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 6 to 10 September 2015 to assess recent changes in inter-Korean relation and their implications for the human rights of the North Korean people.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities