Another stage of humanitarian operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has been successfully finished. The 52nd Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy delivered to Donetsk and Luhansk regions over 1,200 tons of relief goods.
On their way back, all the trucks went through customs control at Donetsk and Matveyev Kurgan checkpoints.
An Emergency Ministry Ilyushin Il-76 plane has today delivered over 40 tons of medicines from the Ramenskoye airport to Rostov-on-Don.
Ministry’s jets have delivered over 70 tons of medicines in two days. The cargo will join the 52nd humanitarian convoy being built at the Don Rescue Center. The medicines will be loaded to trucks which soon will transport to Luhansk and Donetsk regions food, medicines, text books and essentials.
Human rights groups have received thousands of reports of ill treatment from both the pro-Russian and Ukrainian sides in the ongoing conflict. Representatives are due to meet in Minsk for the first time in weeks.
German broadcaster "Deutschlandfunk" reported on Wednesday that more than 4,000 cases of ill-treatment and trafficking have been documented by human rights organizations during the ongoing Ukrainian conflict. The figure is likely to be even higher, however, with civilians as well as members of military associations among the victims.
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Fifteenth Session, 12th & 13th Meetings* (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Conflicts over land and natural resources — many of which turned bloody — continued to plague indigenous communities across the globe, stressed speakers today as the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held two panel discussions focused on peace, conflict and resolution.
72.9 per cent
of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about insecurity
61.5 per cent
cross by private car
45.5 per cent
are aged 40-65
74.3 per cent
travel to visit relatives
58 per cent
cross the line of contact every month
Source: UNHCR crossing the line of contact survey (Apr. 2016)
VIENNA, 16 May 2016 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry, and State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir, representing the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, met today with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to advance a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has inspected the protection of the population against wildfires and mobile control points on the Far East, Siberia and Ural today, as well as has carried out the aerial reconnaissance of the flood situation.
“At the same time with the scheduled work I inspected the work and condition of mobile control points on the Far East, Siberia and Ural. I’d like to say that all faults that had been found previous year had been resolved”, said Vladimir Puchkov during the meeting of the Emergency Response Commission in Yekaterinburg.
The wildfire situation in Amur Region is stabilizing today: no thermal spots have been caught by satellites. None the less, the team of Emergency Ministry rescuers keep patrolling the settlements and airmobile teams are moving around. More than 1,000 people and 200 units of equipment with aircraft among them are on standby.
Flood response continues in Siberian, Ural and Volga Federal Districts. Over the past 24 hours water has went away from over 140 houses in 5 settlements. The number of flooded households has decreased by 5%.
Flood control measures are underway and help is being provided in all affected regions. Emergency Ministry rescuers in cooperation with local governments are taking away waste, pumping water from basements, restoring power and gas supply and repairing what needs to be repaired. The situation is constantly monitored by Emergency Ministry helicopters and UAVs.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
The situation is paradoxical: despite repeated emphasis on the importance of civil society for conflict resolution and peacebuilding, its space for action and freedom to act are becoming increasingly restricted. What are the external and internal factors that have sparked these restrictions? And what measures can be taken to address them?
Moscow -- The Government of Russia will be making a $10 million contribution towards UNDP programmes which support efforts to mitigate and prevent the negative effects of climate change in developing countries.
The announcement was made just a few days ahead of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and during the first annual Consultation Meeting on the partnership implementation between UNDP and the Russian Federation in Moscow this week.
Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.
74.8 per cent of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about insecurity
58 per cent cross by private cars
57.2 per cent are aged 40-65
54 per cent travel to visit relatives
46 per cent cross the line of contact every month
Source: UNHCR crossing the line of contact survey
USD 34.8 million requested for the operation in 2016
The ICRC has distributed 16,000 food parcels and hygiene kits in southern Russia so far this year to people who fled the fighting in neighbouring Ukraine. We are carrying out these operations with the local authorities and the Russian Red Cross.
Many people who fled from south-eastern Ukraine in 2014 have returned home over the last year, but thousands are still far from their home towns and villages. Some are living in southern Russia, either because of the ongoing hostilities or because their homes have been destroyed.
More than 150 settlements are hit by floods in Russia and the number of flooded houses decreased over the last 24 hours.
More than 3,900 houses with the total population of 3,600 people, 57 low-level bridges and 14 sections of motorways are still flooded in Russia. Over the last 24 hours water drained from 30 houses.
At the moment, the adverse flood situation develops in Omsk, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen, Kirov Regions and PermTerritory, where tens of settlements are still flooded. The situation stabilized in Vologda, Arkhangelsk Regions and Udmurtia.