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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

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N.Korea Launches Farming Reforms

Report
Chosun Ilbo

The North Korean regime has recently decided to hand over about 3,300 sq.m of land to each farmer and change the crop-sharing ratio between the state and individual farmers from 7:3 to 6:4 in a bid to increase food production.

The regime decided to distribute the land of collective farms to each household and let them grow crops on about 20 percent of the plot for their own consumption, a source said.

Farmers can also keep 40 percent of the crops grown on the remaining 80 percent of the land while giving the remainder to the state, the source added.

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WFP: N Korean Rations Plunge to Lowest Level in 3 Years

Report
Voice of America

Hyunjin Kim

September 24, 2014 5:26 PM

The World Food Program says North Korea’s food ration for August was only 250 grams per person per day, the lowest figure since 2011 and significantly below Pyongyang’s target of 573 grams.

The WFP report released Tuesday describes the food availability situation in the North as “severe.”

The U.N. food assistance agency indicates September's rations appear to be about the same level as the prior month.

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L’espoir étant peu visible à l’horizon », le débat général de l’Assemblée s’ouvre par des appels à l’unité contre l’extrémisme radical et le terrorisme

AG/11560

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
6e & 7e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

Le débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale s’est ouvert, aujourd’hui, par les appels de plusieurs dirigeants à l’unité dans la lutte contre l’extrémisme radical et le terrorisme international, fléaux qu’incarnent en particulier l’« État islamique en Iraq et au Levant », Al-Qaida et Boko Haram.

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‘The Fasten Seat Belt Light is Illuminated’, Warns Secretary-General, Summoning World Leaders at Start of Annual Debate to ‘Find and Nurture Seeds of Hope’

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Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
6th, 7th & 8th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The world’s fasten seat belt light is illuminated, with turbulence testing the multilateral system, national institutions and people's lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today as he opened the sixty-ninth session’s general debate.

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US: Ban Landmines Everywhere, Including Korea

Pledge Not to Use Antipersonnel Mines Falls Short

(Washington, DC, September 23, 2014) – The Obama administration’s commitment to stop using antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except in the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but doesn’t go far enough to join the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin January - June 2014

The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September

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Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

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United Nations' Food Aid Program for North Korea Lacks Donors

Agency Struggles to Attract Funds Amid Doubts Over Pyongyang's Intentions

By JONATHAN CHENG

SEOUL—The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

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Two N. Koreans swim across sea border to S. Korea

08/14/2014 02:21 GMT

SEOUL, August 14, 2014 (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.

Two men -- in their 20s and 50s -- swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4:00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.

"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokeswoman said

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