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20 Nov 2015 description


  • Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited government disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

02 Nov 2015 description

October 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey

  • Improved situations

November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts

  • Conflict resolution opportunities
28 Oct 2015 description

October 27th, 2015

Kabul- President of Republic of Turkmenistan, H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, expressed his condolence and sympathy over the recent earthquake to Their Excellencies the President, Chief Executive and whole nation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and directed its country’s relevant authorities to dispatch humanitarian assistance containing 120 tons of flour and 120 tons of cement. The cited assistance will be transferred to Afghanistan through Aqina port tomorrow, Wednesday 28th, 2015.

27 Oct 2015 description
report World Bank

The Inaugural Regional Forum Promotes Action on Disaster Resilience

23 Oct 2015 description

Drought in bimodal West Africa, heavy rains to maintain flooding risks in Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistently belowaverage rainfall over several bimodal areas of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria since August has led to an increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions, resulting in drought.

16 Oct 2015 description

Flooding risks continue in Central America; heavy snow forecast for Central Asia

Africa Overview

Second season rains have arrived for most bimodal areas of West Africa

15 Oct 2015 description
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Executive Summary

On October 14, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. Now in its 17th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every person to freedom of religion or belief. The Report is available at www.State.gov and www.HumanRights.gov.

Key Developments

09 Oct 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may trigger flooding in Central America and West Africa


01 Oct 2015 description

September 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations
    Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia

October 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

19 Sep 2015 description


  • Increased cereal production expected in 2015 due to favourable weather conditions

  • Cereal imports for 2015/16 marketing year are forecast to decrease from last year’s high level

Cereal production in 2015 is expected to recover from last year’s reduced output

17 Sep 2015 description

The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting on Disaster Management under the Heart of Asia regional cooperation initiative took place today, and resulted in the development of a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) Road Map for Heart of Asia Countries. The meeting was attended by representatives from all 14 participating countries and six supporting countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was a technical partner for the meeting, and Mr Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was in attendance as chief guest.

09 Sep 2015 description

The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting under the Heart of Asia initiative took place in Islamabad today. The meeting’s focus was on confidence building measures (CBMs) for disaster management, which is led by Pakistan and Kazakhstan. This year focuses on the establishment of CBM’s road map of the Heart of Asia Countries.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan

28 Aug 2015 description

Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.

  2. Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.

27 Aug 2015 description

25 August 2015: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan held series of the two-day trainings for local water users to increase the knowledge in the area of ​​adaptation to climate change and sustainable use of water on farms.

The trainings were held as part of the “Addressing Climate Change Risks to farming systems in Turkmenistan at national and community level” project in the pilot regions of “Nohur”, “Karakum” and “Sakarchage”. The programme launched in 2013 is funded through the global Adaptation Fund (AF).

07 Aug 2015 description

Heavy rainfall forecast for flood-affected areas of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have reportedly led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted the health of livestock.

  2. Heavy downpours have caused flooding and fatalities in Conakry, Guinea during the past week. Torrential rain is forecast to continue during the next week, which could worsen conditions on the grounds.

03 Aug 2015 description

July 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations

August 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Turkey, Yemen

-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan

24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

10 Jul 2015 description

Irregular rainfall to persist in Central America and Hispaniola; dryness worsens in West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.