A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
Clashes in North Kivu affect at least 45,000 IDPs
UN extends MONUSCO’s mandate through March 2017
USAID/OFDA support improves relief actors’ operational security
Un accord important entre l’Initiative pour la forêt de l’Afrique centrale et la République démocratique du Congo établit des pratiques optimales visant à prévenir la déforestation et à assurer le développement durable
San José, Costa Rica | AFP | Friday 4/15/2016 - 21:30 GMT
Around 200 African migrants, most of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were in limbo between Costa Rica and Panama on Friday, with both Central American nations refusing them entry.
Costa Rica detained them on Thursday when its northern neighbor Nicaragua turned them back at its border as they sought to cross on their way to try to get to the United States.
But Panama, through which they passed to enter Costa Rica, was refusing to accept them back.
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed four recent contributions totalling nearly US$30 million, enabling more refugees in Uganda to receive food assistance than ever before.
New support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Japan and the United States of America, as well as the United Nations Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) will allow WFP – working in close partnership with UNHCR – to continue assisting more than 400,000 refugees who depend on international support in Uganda.
March 28, 2016 by Charu Lata Hogg
The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) should be fairly straightforward: the law bans the United States from providing military assistance or arms sales to governments that use children in combat. Simply put, if a country’s government uses child soldiers, it cannot receive military support from the United States.
Except several countries that use child soldiers do.
Joint FAO–WFP assessment finds decreasing food security among households in CAR
Since 2014, armed actors have targeted humanitarian groups in 360 instances
In February, the UN recorded 10 security incidents involving humanitarian actors operating in the Central African Republic (CAR). Relief organizations suspended most operations in high-risk areas of Haute-Kotto, Ouaka, and Ouham prefectures in February due to insecurity.
GOMA, REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO – L’Agence des Etats-Unis pour le Développement International (USAID) a octroyé un don de $42.75 millions de dollars américains au Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Grâce à cette contribution, le PAM sera en mesure d’apporter une assistance alimentaire à plus de 1.500.000 personnes vulnérables parmi les populations affectées par les conflits armés dans l’est du pays.
10 March 2016
Distinguished President, Excellencies,
Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.
The United States announces more than $31 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for refugees from Burundi, Congolese refugees living in Burundi, and others in Burundi who are food insecure. This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the regional response to the Burundi crisis to more than $86 million since the start of the crisis in 2015.
The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).
What is ACT?
Launched at the 2014 U.S. African Leaders Summit, the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative is a two-year effort to double the number of children receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) in nine high-priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The $200 million initiative represents a joint investment by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
Launched in 2005 by President George W. Bush and expanded under President Barack Obama, the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a historic U.S. Government effort to lead the fight against malaria. Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, with the support of Congress, annual funding levels for PMI doubled.
Insecurity continues to result in the temporary suspension of humanitarian relief activities in CAR
2.7 million people require humanitarian assistance in CAR
Insecurity generates displacement, significant humanitarian needs
2016 HRP for DRC calls for $690 million in humanitarian assistance
USAID provides additional $25 million in emergency food assistance and supports humanitarian assessments
UN requests $1.3 billion for life-saving assistance to 5.1 million people in South Sudan in 2016
WFP utilizes air assets and vehicle and barge convoys to reach food-insecure populations and pre-position humanitarian supplies
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government response capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.
UN agencies temporarily suspend humanitarian operations in CAR due to ongoing insecurity in September and October
USG provides $30 million in FY 2016 funding to CAR crisis