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The crisis in the Central African Republic - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 62, September 2014

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where spiralling violence has left thousands dead and more than a million displaced.

In her lead article, Enrica Picco highlights the slow and inadequate response to the crisis, and questions whether the humanitarian system has the will and capacity to respond in such contexts.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 September 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • On 9 September, the Federal Flood Task Force revised the Flood Alert which was first issued on 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in at-risk communities.

  • Despite on-going reports of a deteriorating food security in Somalia, there was no major change in the Somali refugee arrival trend in eastern Ethiopia so far.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Kenya + 4 others
Drought, famine and food insecurity solutions for East Africa to be revealed at Nairobi conference

Innovative solutions to prevent and tackle drought, famine and other major humanitarian crises will be top of the agenda at this week’s Humanitarian Partnership Conference 2014.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief August 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 External needs in FEB. ?

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Somalia + 4 others
Horn of Africa: Polio Campaign Awareness Map (as of 11 Aug 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Gains made protecting children in situations of armed conflict overshadowed by new global crises, Special Representative tells Security Council

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Security Council
7259th Meeting* (AM)

Acknowledgement of Abuses Not Enough Survivor Says, Calling for Perpetrators to Be Held Accountable

In an all-day debate in the Security Council, over 60 speakers urged accelerated action to prevent and ensure accountability for the killing, recruiting and other abuse of children in situations of armed conflict that continued despite greater awareness of the scourge.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September

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Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (A/69/212)

The present report is submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to its resolution 68/147 on the rights of the child, in which it requested the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to submit a report to the Assembly on the activities undertaken in discharging her mandate and on the progress achieved in advancing the children and armed conflict agenda.

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08 September – Open Debate Security Council Statement

Madame President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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WHO and Health Sector: Mid‐year funding status for 2014 Strategic Response Plans and other appeals, August 2014 

WHO African Region
Thirteen of the 25 strategic response plans and consolidated appeals come from countries in the African region. Six of these 13 appeals have not yet received funding in 2014. 

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
There are nine appeals from countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 2014. Six of the appeals in this region have a funding gap over 65%.

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$8.5m gene project for food security

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EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.