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DPRK Strives to Prevent Flood Damage

Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, efforts are now concentrated on preventing flood damage.

Collieries and other mines and power stations have taken measures to go on production in a rainy spell, keeping drain pumps and motors in full readiness.

Railway workers reinforce railroad structures and repair revetments, readjusting the sites susceptible to downpour.

The fields of the construction and light industry step up the work to keep products and raw materials from flood damage.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

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Severe Drought Persists in DPRK

Pyongyang, July 14 (KCNA) -- A long spell of severe drought continues in the DPRK.

According to data available, North and South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong, Kangwon and North and South Phyongan provinces and Pyongyang City have witnessed 84-220 mm rainfall, only 28-54 percent of the average, from January to July 13.

In particular, the rainfall reached 28-45 percent of the average in all eastern and western coastal areas, including Yonbaek, Jaeryong, Hamhung and Yoldusamcholli plains.

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S. Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

07/15/2014 04:27 GMT

SEOUL, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea announced Tuesday state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago.

The South's Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to North Korea that was introduced after the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in 2010.

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Measles Spreads Rapidly in N.Korea

Report
Chosun Ilbo

Measles continues to spread in North Korea from the country's capital to other cities.

Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday that measles broke out in Yongchon in mid-June and is now reaching Sinuiju, both in North Pyongan Province on the Chinese border, despite authorities’ efforts to prevent the spread.

There have been separate reports recently that the country’s capital of Pyongyang was also hit by the disease in June.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Democratic People's Republic of Korea 08-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•The 2014 early season crops affected by dry weather

•The 2013 cereal harvest was estimated good

•Larger harvest in 2013 reduces cereal import requirements in the 2013/14 marketing year (November/October)

•Despite the improved harvest, severe food insecurity persists

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 2 - 8 July

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Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 2, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for 2014 global cereal production improve further with upward revisions to coarse grains and wheat forecasts, contributing to an enhanced cereal supply outlook for 2014/15.

  • International prices of wheat and maize dropped in June, reflecting favourable production prospects, while rice export quotations increased slightly. Cereal export prices were overall lower than their year earlier levels.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 June - 1 July

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18-24 June

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Prolonged Drought in DPRK

Pyongyang, June 21 (KCNA) -- A spell of dry weather continues in the DPRK. There have been sporadic rainfalls in most areas of the county from 00:00 Tuesday to 10:00 Saturday, which were not enough to overcome the damage from drought.

According to data available, it rained 18 mm in Jagang Province, 13 mm in Pyongyang City, 4 to 8 mm in North and South Phyongan and South Hamgyong provinces and Nampho City.

No rainfall was witnessed in North and South Hwanghae, Ryanggang and Kangwon provinces.

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Severe Drought Blights N.Korea

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Chosun Ilbo

North Korea is suffering such a serious drought that soldiers have been mobilized to irrigate fields and paddies.

In North Pyongan Province alone, "hundreds of thousands of functionaries and workers are waging a battle in cooperation with soldiers to irrigate fields and paddies every day," the official Rodong Sinmun daily wrote Saturday.

The state-run [North] Korean Central News Agency carried pictures of farmers at a cooperative farm in Pyongyang bringing water in buckets or plastic bottles and pouring it over parched paddies.

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Human Rights Council discusses human rights in Belarus and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

MIDDAY

18 June 2014

The Human Rights Council at a midday meeting today held interactive dialogues with Miklos Haraszti, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, and Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12-17 June 2014

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman (A/HRC/26/43) (Advance Edited Version)

Human Rights Council

Twenty-sixth session

Agenda item 4

Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Summary

The Special Rapporteur shares his initial thoughts about the direction he intends to take in fulfilling his mandate, building on the findings and recommendations of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He stresses the international law implications of the commission’s findings and the responsibility of the international community to protect.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 4 - 11 June

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G7 Leaders' Communiqué, June 2014 - Foreign Policy

Summary: 4 June 2014, Brussels - G7 Leaders' Communiqué, June 2014 - Foreign Policy

Ukraine

  1. We welcome the successful conduct under difficult circumstances of the election in Ukraine on 25 May. The strong voter turnout underlined the determination of Ukraine's citizens to determine the future of their country. We welcome Petro Poroshenko as the President-elect of Ukraine and commend him for reaching out to all the people of Ukraine.