By Thalif Deen
NEW YORK, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations claims it is doing its best to curb widespread sexual abuses in its peacekeeping operations overseas – from Haiti all the way to the Central African Republic.
But the UN’s best is just not good enough, says Ian Richards, President, Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.
Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office
The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.
June 17, 2016 IASC Early Warning, Early Action and Readiness Report for the period June to November 2016. The Report is biannual, with a 6 month horizon. It is the product of a group of Agency analysts. In most cases these individuals work for their respective Emergency Directors. Analysis of preparedness status is provided by OCHA. The Report complements more frequent interaction between RC/HC and the ERC as the IASC system officials accountable for ensuring interagency early action and readiness. This should take place using the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness approach.
The island nation Timor-Leste has been in the grip of a drought since being hit by one of the worst El Nino weather events on record.
With the third highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, 70% of the population reliant on rain fed agriculture, and more than 4 months until the next rainy season, the drought is cause for alarm.
News from Country Offices | 23 May 2016
DILI, TIMOR-LESTE – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with Timor-Leste for 2016-2020 which will help it develop a sustainable non-oil economy by improving infrastructure, developing key institutions, and increasing investments in human capital.
The CPS has an indicative financing pipeline of $325 million, including loans and grants for technical assistance, and ADB will also seek to leverage grant and loan support from other financing sources.
Why a regional focus model?
A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.
Millwood, VA, June 9, 2016
Medical volunteers from Project HOPE, the global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, have joined Pacific Partnership 2016, the 11th annual humanitarian aid mission and disaster response exercise led by the U.S. Navy to the Asia Pacific Region. Traveling aboard the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, the medical volunteers will support the U.S. Navy and partner nations by providing medical care, teaching medical topics and implementing side-by-side trainings with local health care professionals.
6,750 children under 5 years of age were enrolled in the nutrition programme; these figures represent approximately 70 percent of the programme’s targets.
7,190 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
61.4 mt locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities since January. As a result, the number of women who have enrolled in the programme has risen dramatically.
IASC Regional Network for Asia-Pacific
The ongoing humanitarian impact of extreme weather events caused by El Niño, which began in 2015, are likely to continue in many cases in the Asia-Pacific region until the third quarter of 2016. While emergency needs in many countries are waning due to recent rainfalls, in many areas longer-term engagement, in particular around resilience and early recovery is still needed.
DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with Timor-Leste’s Medical and Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (SAMES) to ensure that mothers and children get specialized nutritious food in a timely and efficient manner.
The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .
Ongoing conflicts and droughts exacerbate food needs
Food insecurity spreads as El Niño casts its shadow over Pacific and Caribbean states
2 June 2016, Rome - Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, according to a new FAO report.
Dili, 25th May 2016 – In response to the ongoing El Niño-induced drought which has hit Timor Leste over the last few months, the European Commission is providing more than 98 000 EUR in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations.
60 MILLION people affected globally at present.
32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.
10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.
50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.
May 19, 2016 - Jakarta / Kuala Lumpur: Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an 800,000 Swiss Franc (USD 814,000) Emergency Appeal to support 20,000 vulnerable people in Timor Leste who are suffering from the effects of drought conditions triggered by El Niño.
New Delhi, 19 May 2016 – In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with all districts across the 11 countries having reduced the cases to less one than per 1 000 live births.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the MNTE goal last year.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 798,618 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) in delivering assistance and support to 20,000 people affected by drought conditions caused by El Niño for ten months The operation focuses on the following sectors: food, nutrition and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; disaster risk reduction. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time.