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12 Feb 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 57,300 People receiving UNHCR winterization assistance
  • USD 6.1 million winterization budget
  • 34,100 tonnes of heating coal or m3 wood
  • 29 Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) across Ukraine currently implemented

FUNDING

  • USD 34.8 million requested for the operation in 2016

PRIORITIES

08 Feb 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Between January and December 2015, open sources reported 29 times on administrative decisions by states (26) or non-state actors (3) that affected aid agencies’ abilities to deliver aid. Seven reports referred to newly introduced bills, laws or regulations and 22 described specific measures using existing laws or regulations that affected the work of humanitarian organisations or their local partners.

06 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dry weather adversely impacted winter cereal planting for 2016 harvest, but overall crop conditions are good

  • Cereal production in 2015 estimated at good level

  • Exports in 2015/16 marketing year forecast above last season’s record

  • Export prices decreased further, while domestic prices rising following devaluation of the Roubles

Dry weather adversely impacted winter cereal planting for 2016 harvest, but overall crop conditions are good

04 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Thursday 2/4/2016 - 14:27 GMT

At least 21 civilians, including three children, were killed Thursday in Russian strikes on rebel-held districts of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on six neighbourhoods of the northern city had also wounded many, and that the toll could rise.

The raids come as government forces press an offensive north of the city, backed by Russian warplanes, to encircle rebels in the east of Aleppo city.

04 Feb 2016 description

A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.

03 Feb 2016 description

AT LEAST 2297 JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA STAFF HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE 1990 : IFJ REPORT

The International Federation of Journalists today published its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone. From double digits at the start of these publications, the figures reached three digits in eleven years, peaking to 155 killings of journalists and media staff in 2006, the deadliest year on record, according to the IFJ reports.

03 Feb 2016 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCP). The overall cross-border traffic decreased at both BCPs. Rotation of the Ukrainian officials who are present in the vicinity of the Donetsk BCP took place.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

03 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Fast-Track Returns Put Refugees at Risk

(Moscow) – Norway should stop using fast-track procedures to return asylum seekers to Russia based on the presumption that it is a safe country of asylum for them, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian and Norwegian authorities plan to meet on February 3, 2016, to come to an agreement about which migrants and asylum seekers, if any, may be immediately returned to Russia.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch
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The Kremlin’s crackdown on civil society, media, and the Internet took a more sinister turn in 2015 as the government further intensified harassment and persecution of independent critics. For the fourth year in a row, parliament adopted laws and authorities engaged in repressive practices that increasingly isolated the country. Against the backdrop of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and sanctions against Russia over Crimea, anti-Western hysteria has been at its peak since the end of the Cold War.

31 Jan 2016 description

Workers of Kamchatka Avalanche Center together with rescuers of the Kamchatka SAR Team of the Russian Emergencies Ministry are taking preventive measures in Kamchatka due to an avalanche warning that will remain active from 28 to 30 January.

28 Jan 2016 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCP). The overall cross-border traffic decreased at both BCPs.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 20 permanent international staff members (incl. the Chief Observer). The mission is fulfilling its mandate without major difficulties. Preventive measures have been taken after some cases of H1N1-type influenza were reported in Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy.

28 Jan 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 09:11 GMT

At least 44 civilians have been killed in suspected Russian air strikes in parts of northern and eastern Syria under the control of the Islamic State group, a monitor said Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Wednesday had killed 29 civilians, including nine women and three children, in IS-controlled villages in the eastern Deir Ezzor province and its provincial capital of the same name.

27 Jan 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT

Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.

"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

23 Jan 2016 description

Oslo, Norway | AFP | Saturday 1/23/2016 - 19:58 GMT |

Norway on Saturday announced that it was temporarily suspending its controversial return of migrants from Arctic Russia, following a request from Moscow.

"The Russian foreign affairs minister was in contact yesterday (Friday) with the Norwegian authorities on the subject of the return of asylum seekers via Storskog," said the Norwegian foreign ministry in a statement, referring to the Storskog border crossing, 400 kilometres (about 250 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.