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27 Mar 2017 description


An estimated 18 million people (about 72 per cent of the total population) across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. To meet the urgent needs of the 13 million most vulnerable people, the Humanitarian Country Team developed the 2017 Needs and Priorities plan calling for US$114 million to provide critical life-saving assistance.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Council Opens Door to Prosecution Strategies

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has brought North Korea another step closer to accountability for human rights crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A resolution, passed without a vote on March 24, 2017, strengthens the UN’s work to assess and develop strategies to prosecute grave violations in North Korea.

24 Mar 2017 description


  • Funding constraints impact WFP’s nutrition assistance in DPRK. To stretch resources, WFP will not distribute fortified blended food to 190,000 children in kindergartens in March, while reduced rations will continue to be provided to nursery children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP will provide full rations of fortified blended food during the months June-August, to mitigate the impact of the lean season. During the lean season people have less access to food.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

23 March 2017

Security Council
7904th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council decided this morning to extend until 24 April 2018 the mandate of the Panel of Experts for the committee monitoring sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and expressed its intent to take appropriate action on a further extension no later than 24 March 2018.

21 Mar 2017 description


Amidst political tensions, an estimated 18 million people across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. Recurrent natural hazards – particularly extended droughts punctuated by near-annual floods – exacerbate and create new humanitarian needs. As a result people have crucial, unmet food, nutrition, health and, water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

Chronic food insecurity

13 Mar 2017 description

GENEVA (10 March 2017) – A call to firmly assign responsibility for gross human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be made by the UN Special Rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana, when he presents the first report to the Human Rights Council since his appointment in June 2016.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

ICNK Backs Recommendations of New UN Reports

(Seoul, March 7, 2017) – The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) today announced its support for two new United Nations reports calling for the international community to hold the North Korean government accountable for crimes against humanity.

16 Feb 2017 description


  • Due to funding shortages, WFP has been forced to reduce its rations for children and pregnant and nursing mothers. If no new funding is received by the end of March, WFP will have to stop assistance to kindergarten children and eventually to reduce its geographic scope in DPRK.

  • Nutrition assistance in the flood-affected areas continued in January and reached 30,818 people. This assistance will continue until the end of winter in March, with a 100 percent food ration.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Submission to UN Children’s Committee highlights exploitation, abuse

(Seoul) – The North Korean government should immediately stop exploiting school children by forcing them to work, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The submission details forced labor including farming, rock breaking, scrap-metal collecting, and other strenuous labor, as well as discrimination and other abuses faced by North Korean children.

16 Jan 2017 description


  • WFP reached 680,249 people in December with nutrition assistance, including in flood affected counties.

  • Fortified biscuit rations were reduced in December due to projected assistance breaks tied to funding shortfalls (flood-affected areas were exempt).

  • The government-provided Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in December was an average of 400 grams per person per day. This is higher than the 380 gram ration in November and meets approximately 69 percent of daily caloric requirements.

13 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total people in need:18 million

Total children (<18) in need: 4.95 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 4.3 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 2.2 million

06 Jan 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs (reduced from 15,199,723 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 330,000 people (82,500 households) affected by the floods for 12 months. The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

06 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Demand accountability on occasion of Kim Jong-Un’s birthday

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule.

30 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

The protracted humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to be characterised by food insecurity, limited access to health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), resulting in chronic malnutrition and poor health outcomes. In 2016, life-saving interventions continue to complement national efforts to deliver basic services. In addition, recurring natural hazards such as floods and drought, including the impact of the 2015 El Niño phenomenon, have exacerbated existing vulnerabilities.

28 Dec 2016 description


  • In anticipation of a break in assistance at the end of April 2017, WFP has reduced fortified biscuit rations. The reduction will not be implemented in the flood-affected areas in the north of the country.

  • A joint mission visited the flood-affected areas in the north in November. Needs continue to be high for essential medicines and nutritious food to prevent malnutrition and outbreaks of disease.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

Late August’s floods in North Hamgyong, DPR Korea tore the lives and homes of thousands of families apart. Flash floods washed away entire towns, buried schools under mud and destroyed water stations. Choe Un Sim was one of the many people who saw her house washed away and thought it was the end.

22 Dec 2016 description

By Rachel Bergen

Dec. 22, 2016

WINNIPEG, Man. – In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, MCC canned meat is providing critical nourishment for thousands of people suffering from tuberculosis and hepatitis.

In partnership with its U.S.-based partner, Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), MCC helps meet up to 50 percent of protein needs in the nearly 30 hospitals, rest homes and clinics the organization serves.