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09 Sep 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Prospects for global cereal production in 2016 continued to improve in recent months with significant upward revisions for maize and wheat, reflecting particularly favourable weather conditions in some of the large producing countries.

COUNTRIES IN NEED OF EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE: FAO estimates that 36 countries, including 28 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food. Persisting conflicts and drought induced production declines are the main causes that have stressed food security in 2016.

09 Sep 2016 description

Pyongyang, September 8 (KCNA) -- The DPRK Red Cross Society launched an emergency relief campaign in the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province.

According to an official concerned, its relief workers have conducted their energetic activities to heal flood damage and stabilize the inhabitants of flood-hit areas, in cooperation with members of the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

09 Sep 2016 description

Mexico, USA - Tropical Cyclone NEWTON
• TC NEWTON formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean on 4 September. On 6 September at 9.00 UTC it made landfall over Baja California Sur state (Mexico) with approx. max. sust. winds of 148 km/h. On 7 September it made a second landfall over Sonora state (Mexico) with approx. max. sust. winds of 110 km/h. It then continued moving north-east over land and becoming a Post-Tropical Cyclone.

08 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 8 September 2016 – One in seven people globally is a migrant, refugee or an internally displaced person. With countries across South-East Asia Region host to large migrant populations, WHO today called for focused attention to address their health needs.

07 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 7 September 2016 - The World Health Organization today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across South-East Asia Region, particularly women and girls.

06 Sep 2016 description

By Patrick Fuller, IFRC

Following a three day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), paid tribute to the DPRK Red Cross and their efforts to address some of the long-term humanitarian challenges facing the country.

05 Sep 2016 description

Overview

Typhoon Lionrock, as well as a low pressure system, has triggered heavy rains over northeastern DPRK, causing the Tumen River to overflow and buildings to collapse. Early findings from the Government indicate that North Hamgyong Province has been most severely affected by extensive flooding, in particular Musan, Onsong, Kyongwon, Kyonghung, Yonsa counties as well as Hoeryong City.

04 Sep 2016 description

Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) -- It rained heavily with strong wind in North Hamgyong Province and other parts of the DPRK from August 29 to September 2, affected by a combination of typhoon-10 and low pressure field formed in the northwest.

According to data available at the State Hydro-meteorological Administration, the rainfall reached 320 mm and 290 mm in Kyonghung and Puryong counties of North Hamgyong Province from 00:00 Monday to 12:00 Friday.

03 Sep 2016 description

The situation

From 29 August to 31 August 2016, heavy rains fell in North Hamgyong Province, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than 300mm of rain were reported in just two days, causing flooding of the Tumen River and its branches in this region around the Chinese-DPRK border.

02 Sep 2016 description

CrisisWatch is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.

Global Overview, August 2016

01 Sep 2016 description

As of 31 August 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans as covered by the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$21.7 billion to meet the needs of 95.4 million people affected by humanitarian crises in 40 countries. Global requirements are adjusted throughout the year as response plans are revised, both upwards and downwards, to reflect up-to-date needs.
The current decrease has resulted from revisions of plans for Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Yemen.

31 Aug 2016 description
report JoongAng Daily

South Korea Tuesday approved an enforcement ordinance for the North Korean Human Rights Act, allowing the law to come into effect this Sunday, 11 years after the bill was first submitted to the parliament.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn passed the ordinance during a cabinet meeting Tuesday, five months after the law was passed by the National Assembly, ending 11 years of partisan wrangling over the content and purpose of the law.

31 Aug 2016 description

Overview

There will be two open debates during Malaysia’s August presidency. Malaysia, also the chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, has organised an open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report on this thematic issue. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman is expected to chair the second open debate focused on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Council members will continue to hold straw polls to gauge the viability of candidates that have been nominated for the position of the next Secretary-General.

17 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • A delay in the signing of the Letter of Understanding for the new operation with the Government of DPRK resulted in a temporary break in assistance in July.

  • Delayed arrival of food commodities caused a break in the production of fortified biscuits in July. The delay affected 194,111 children.

  • A field visit with the Indian Ambassador to the northern provinces of Ryanggang and North Hamgyong confirmed an optimistic outlook for agricultural production this year.

10 Aug 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño.

The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998. The negative consequences of El Niño are foreseen to continue through 2017, particularly in Southern Africa where this event has followed multiple droughts compounding the already fragile situation.

06 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In the first half of 2016 UNICEF DPRK provided children in urgent need of support with life-saving interventions to improve child health, nutrition and water and sanitation.

• UNICEF has also supported safer storage facilities for essential childhood vaccines, which are now functioning in 44% per cent of immunization facilities. A programme to improve community-based care for children with malnutrition is now accessible to 60% of under-5 population.

04 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño 2015-16 in the Context of Past El Niños

The 2015/16 El Niño Event

An El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, gaining in intensity until it reached its peak in December 2015. The event came to an end in May 2016, becoming one the strongest on record, together with the El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98.

03 Aug 2016 description

As of 31 July 2016, UN-coordinated Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP), Flash Appeals and Regional Refugee Plans as covered by the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$21.9 billion to meet the needs of 96.9 million people affected by humanitarian crises in 40 countries. The appeals are funded at $7.2 billion, with unmet requirements totalling $14.7 billion. Overall, donors have contributed $13.7 billion towards humanitarian operations in 2016 and pledged a further $814.4 million.

01 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • In June, WFP assisted 644,000 young children and women with food assistance — reaching 100 percent of the planned people to be assisted.

  • In June, WFP completed its Food for Community Development (FFCD) activities.

  • Delays in the arrival of food commodity shipments to DPRK are expected to cause a break in the local production of fortified food in the months of July and August. The delays will affect 526,000 children and women.

Operational Updates

31 Jul 2016 description

Overview

During Japan’s presidency of the Security Council in July, Council members will hold their first straw poll to gauge the viability of candidates that have been nominated for the position of the next Secretary-General. Several informal meetings with candidates are also expected.

Japan has organised two open debates during its July presidency: one on Security Council working methods and another at ministerial-level on post-conflict peacebuilding in Africa. There will be discussions on several other African issues this month: