Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity
Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future
8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.
New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.
From January 2015 to September 2016: 12,115 children (under the age of five years) and 14,319 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
Since January 2016, 197 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities.
In September and October, 135 health staff and volunteers were trained in five separate trainings on nutrition, behaviour change and counselling.
This study maps out the major weaknesses of each fragile situation on the latest country performance assessment exercises and identifies overall common issues that need special attention.
Timor-Leste, a small, mountainous country in Southeast Asia occupying the eastern half the island of Timor, is highly vulnerable to natural hazards. Weather-related risks, such as monsoon rains, droughts, flash floods, landslides, and destructive winds are frequent threats. These risks are exacerbated by the potential for seismic risks, volcanoes, and tsunamis.
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November 2016 - On the 25th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) urges the international community to commit to ending impunity for the human rights crimes committed during the occupation of Timor-Leste.
"The victims of the Santa Cruz massacre have waited too long for justice," said John M. Miller, National Coordinator of ETAN. “Those responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes during Indonesia’s illegal occupation need to be held accountable for their crimes.”
SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.
In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.
In Indonesia and Timor-Leste, the ICRC is enhancing emergency-response capabilities, supporting medical care in remote parts of Indonesia, promoting IHL and law-enforcement standards, maintaining a dialogue on humanitarian topics across South-East Asia and restoring family links. In Timor-Leste we are developing the capability of the authorities to identify people who died during the 1975-1999 conflict and training the Timor Leste Red Cross in community engagement, restoring family links and the management of dead bodies during emergencies.
The permanent monitoring system of seismic waves on land and at sea, managed by the Institute of Petroleum and Geology (IPG), uses the latest technology in the Seismology field, the SEISCOMP3, which operates in the data collection and transfer via Internet.
In Asia and the Pacific, the consolidation of the Governance and Conflict Prevention work under one cluster has led to a number of regional initiatives with specific focus on peacebuilding including a Regional Project on Supporting Inclusive and Peaceful Societies in Asia Pacific (SIPSAP).
To take stock of the work done at the country level we are pleased to present Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding work in Asia Pacific, a report put together by the Bangkok Regional Hub with inputs from Country Offices engaged in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.
Farmers in Timor-Leste call the months from November to February “the hungry season”, and this year could be even worse than usual thanks to poor harvests related to the weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña.
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Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Les pays en développement ont fait des progrès considérables dans la réduction de la faim depuis 2000. L’Indice de la faim dans le monde 2016 (GHI) montre que le niveau de la faim pour l’ensemble des pays en développement a diminué de 29 %. Mais les progrès ont été inégaux et de grandes disparités persistent entre les régions mondiales, les pays ainsi qu’à l’intérieur des pays.
Global Hunger Index: Over 45 Countries on Pace for “Moderate” to “Alarming” Hunger Levels by 2030 UN Deadline OCT 11, 2016
Report Rates Hunger “Serious” or “Alarming” in 50 Countries in 2016
29 Percent Reduction in Global Hunger Index Scores Since 2000
From January 2015 to August 2016: 11,520 children (under the age of five) and 13,275 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
Since January 2016, 176 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities.
In September, 109 health staff and volunteers were trained in four separate trainings on nutrition, behaviour change and counselling.
From January 2015 to July 2016: 10,852 children (under the age of five) and 12,300 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
Additionally, 2,995 children in Oecussi under the age of two have received specialized nutritious food to prevent malnutrition, between May to July.
Since January 2016, 159 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities.
Southeast Asia has a complex history of migration within and outside the region, linked to uneven economic development and income disparity, demographic and social change, urbanization, transnational and civil conflict, and persecution. Migration flows within the region are often driven by mixed motivations, and many such movements are unregulated or unauthorized.
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