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UN agency urged back to N.Korea despite US doubt

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, July 1 (Reuters) - Members of the executive board of the U.N. Development Program would like the agency to resume its work in communist North Korea, from which it pulled out last year amid U.S. charges of financial mismanagement.

According to an internal UNDP summary of comments made by members of the agency's board during a two-week meeting in Geneva last month obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, board members expressed 'broad support for the resumption of UNDP activities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).'

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Zimbabwe + 7 others
CrisisWatch No. 59, 01 Jul 2008

Five actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in June 2008 and three improved, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

In Zimbabwe, state-sponsored violence further escalated ahead of the 27 June presidential run-off vote, as the Mugabe regime continued its brutal crackdown to secure victory. Opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was detained five times over the month, opposition campaigning was repressed and the polling day itself marked by widespread

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Korean Sharing Movement continues afforestation campaign in North Korea

Seoul(1 July, 2008) -- On June 18, 2008, the Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) delivered USD $17,000 worth of support materials via Gaesung land route, including cement and steel rods, to the Gae-Pung tree nursery located at the city of Gaesung. These materials are a part of the afforestation campaign in the North that will contribute to the bank revetment construction for the Gae-Pung tree nursery, which was constructed on the May 13, 2008.

In order to restore the much devastated forest resources in the North, KSM agreed with the Korean Council for Reconciliation

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North Korea Today No. 154 Jun 2008

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.'

Children Killed By Eating Toads

In Sambong District of Daehongdan County, Ryanggang Province, there has been an increase in the number of children

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Agreement reached as first US ship arrives in DPRK with food aid

PYONGYANG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that paves the way for a rapid expansion of its food assistance to more than 5 million hungry people throughout the country.

WFP hailed the agreement as a significant break-through in its long-standing efforts to ensure all those in need of food assistance in the DPRK are able to receive it.

'WFP is grateful for the cooperation and commitment of the DPRK and United States governments,' said Tony Banbury,

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WFP to expand NKorea food aid after US shipment arrives

SEOUL, June 30, 2008 (AFP) - The UN World Food Programme said Monday it will extend its work in North Korea to cover more than five million people after the US resumed food aid shipments.

The WFP said in a statement it had reached agreement with North Korean authorities to expand its feeding programme from the current 1.2 million people, and the US shipments would give it the means to do so.

It said a US-flagged ship arrived Sunday in the western port of Nampo carrying 37,000 tons of wheat, the first instalment of 500,000 tonnes of food promised by Washington to the communist state

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Aid agencies to deliver U.S. food assistance to North Koreans

Washington, DC - Five aid agencies today announced that they have signed an agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to deliver U.S. government food assistance to North Koreans suffering from severe food shortages. The partnership will distribute 100,000 metric tons of food to more than a half-million needy people over a twelve-month period.

Mercy Corps is leading the program, with World Vision as co-lead, pending final agreement. Partner agencies are Samaritan's Purse, Global Resource Services and Christian Friends of Korea.

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Angola + 26 others
FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 1, Jun 2008

FOCUS

All agricultural commodities covered in this report are of critical importance to global food and feed markets. They constitute much of the world's food consumption, generate income to farmers and represent the largest portion of food import expenditures across the world. The analysis in the report puts in perspective market developments in recent months with a view to providing some insights into how the outlook might unfold for the commodities covered during the coming months.

In recent weeks, international prices

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North Korea Today No. 153 Jun 2008

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.'

- A Growing Number of Returnees Attempting to Defect from North Korea

- A Woman from Hamheung City Caught in Chungjin Defecting from the Country

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Afghanistan + 35 others
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2008

FOREWORD

In 2007, natural and man-made disasters continued to take a toll on the lives of people. Flooding, cyclones, landslides and tropical storms have threatened lives and livelihoods on every continent. And in many parts of the world, from Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Iraq, Zimbabwe and Sudan, children and women continue to bear the brunt of conflict, displacement and deteriorating living conditions.

An important lesson learned from major emergencies is that timely and flexible funding enables humanitarian actors

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North Korea Today No. 151 Jun 2008


“Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.”

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North Korea Today No. 150 Jun 2008

"Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world."

[Special Report 5] Increasingly Open and Candid Lectures on Agriculture for the Officials and the Public

In April 2008, the North Korean government

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North Korea Today No. 152 Jun 2008

"Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world."

Epidemic of Bird-Flu and HMFD

Public Criticism on the Chickens Dying Even After Quarantine

Siniju Secures Preventive Measures against Bird-Flu

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North Korea Today No. 149 Jun 2008


‘Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.’

[Special Report 4] Increasingly Open and Candid Lectures on Agriculture for the Officials and the Public

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North Korea Today No. 148 Jun 2008

Even Half of transplanting of rice seedling in Wangjaesan Farm Not Yet Finished

Wangjaesan farm in Onsung County, North Hamgyong Province is famous for its good farming not only in the province but also nationwide. Even Kim Il-Sung planned to visit and have a look at the farm during his life. However, the farming is getting worse every year. As of June 3 of this year, they haven't finished even half of transplanting rice seeding. From the time when plowing began, the farmers have been busy irrigating, harrowing, and weeding the banks around rice fields. There

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Korean Sharing Movement provides aid to the Chosun Red Cross General Hospital in Pyongyang, N. Korea

Seoul (23 June, 2008) -- Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) sent $50,000 worth of building repair materials to the Red Cross General Hospital in Pyongyang on 10 June by a sea route from Inchon harbor, S. Korea to Nampo, N. Korea.

These materials are the last supplies for the modernization of operating room of otolaryngology / head and neck surgical department. This renovation work has been conducting from the second half of 2007 as part of a hospital modernization project over the course of 4 deliveries and 4 technical team visits.

KSM signed an agreement with the Min

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North Korea Today No. 146 Jun 2008

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.'

[Special Report] Increasingly Open and Candid Lectures on Agriculture for the Officials and the Public

In April 2008, the North Korean government

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China + 8 others
Five Asian nations among worst violators of refugee rights, US NGO says

According to a global survey conducted by a US-based non-governmental organization, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh are among the worst violators of the rights of refugees. The annual World Refugee Survey 2008 was released in Washington on Thursday (June 19) by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the five Asian countries join Iraq, Kenya, Russia, Sudan and Europe as the 10 worst countries for refugees last year. The USCRI says that the total number of refugees grew to 14 million by
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North Korea Today No. 147 Jun 2008

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.'

[Special Report 2]

Increasingly Open and Candid Lectures on Agriculture for the Officials and the Public

In April 2008, the North Korean government

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N.Korean economy getting worse

Report
Chosun Ilbo
The North Korean economy is deteriorating, with the Stalinist country recording negative growth for the second consecutive year while a fall in grain production is expected to intensify a severe food shortage.

The Bank of Korea in its assessment of the North Korean economy in 2007 released Wednesday said actual GDP in the North contracted by 2.3 percent from the previous year. In 2006, the North Korean economy shrank 1.1 percent. The BOK estimates that grain production fell 9.4 percent from a year earlier due to floods and bad weather. Production