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25 May 2017 description
report Chosun Ilbo

A civilian group of both progressive and conservative NGO officials will travel to North Korea next month.

A Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday that the Korean Sharing Movement applied for permission to visit North Korea, and Chung Eui-yong, the head of the Cheong Wa Dae security team, is minded to approve the request.

Once the Unification Ministry authorizes the trip, they will be joined by a 17-member delegation led by Minjoo Party lawmaker Won Hye-young and People's Party lawmaker Chung Jung-bae on June 10.

20 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

UNICEF-supported Child Health Days happen in DPR Korea twice a year with one simple aim: to deliver potentially life-saving interventions to 1.7 million children under 5.

Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Sadly, nearly a third of children under 5 in DPR Korea suffer from stunting while around 200,000 are moderately or severely malnourished.

18 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Executive Summary

Over the period of the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015), the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), especially women and children, have suffered tremendously from factors beyond their control.

17 May 2017 description

GENEVA (15 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, welcomed a number of positive steps on disability issues taken by the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but noted that “there is still a long way to go to realize the rights of persons with disabilities in the DPRK.”

16 May 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

The remnants of Typhoon Lionrock passed DPRK on 29 August 2016, merging with a lowpressure front, resulting in heavy rain and flooding in the northeast and causing the Tumen River to break its banks. North Hamgyong Province was the most severely affected, with an estimated 600,000 people in Hoeryong City, Kyonghung, Kyongwon, Musan, Onsong and Yonsa counties impacted.

Almost 70,000 people were displaced, 30,000 houses damaged, essential services disrupted and more than 27,000 hectares of agricultural land submerged.

05 May 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Cooperative farms operating in North Korea’s northernmost provinces are facing increasing difficulties in obtaining fertilizers, seed, and equipment, with the most successful among them helped only by investments from China, sources say.

Nearly 35 percent of the collective farms operating in the country’s North Hamgyong province have now entered cooperative arrangements with Chinese companies, a source in the province told RFA’s Korean Service.

27 Apr 2017 description

This Operation Update n° 3 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) during the period between 12 September 2016 and 12 March 2017, as per revised emergency plan of action (EPOA) with the support of IFRC to meet the needs of floods affected families of North Hamgyong Province in DPRK.

SUMMARY

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Due to lack of resources, and in order to scale up the fortified blended food ration to 100 percent during the lean season starting from May, WFP has been forced to reduce its rations for children and pregnant and lactating women to two-thirds until April.

  • If no new funding is received before the end of April, the ration of fortified biscuits for children will continue to be reduced to two-thirds during the lean season and will be ceased entirely by the end of October.

31 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

31 March 2017

Jared Ferrie

The long winter is ending in North Korea, and another season of bombast is about to begin.

From April to September, a series of holidays will almost inevitably be accompanied by bellicose statements – rhetoric likely to heighten tensions and make donors extra-jittery about funding humanitarian programmes that a great many North Koreans depend upon for their survival.

27 Mar 2017 description

DPR KOREA

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

Highlights

  • 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

SC/12759
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

OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

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

Highlights

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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.