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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 18-24, 2014

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average rain during the past 30 days has saturated ground conditions and caused localized flooding in parts of South Sudan and southern Sudan. Above-average rains forecast during the next week are expected to increase the risk of localized flash flooding
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2013 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

United Nations increases health spending in 2013

COPENHAGEN, 10 July 2014 – The value of procurement of goods and services by the United Nations was $16.1 billion in 2013, with the largest sums spent on pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, medical equipment, transportation, construction and food.
These highlights are part of the latest Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement, which provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the UN system in support of its operations.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 13-19, 2014

Dryness continues in parts of East Africa, Central America and Haiti; flooding in Guatemala and West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northwestern Tanzania. Although some areas could still receive enhanced rains over the next week, the ending rainy season could further worsen ground conditions.

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Five-fold increase in dengue cases in the Americas over the past decade

2013 was one of the worst years for dengue in the Americas, with 2.3 million cases, including 37,705 severe cases and 1,289 deaths. By comparison, the number of cases reported regionwide in 2003 was 517,617.

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Los casos de dengue en las Américas se quintuplicaron en diez años, según nuevos datos de la OPS/OMS

Sin embargo, un mejor manejo de los pacientes permitió reducir los fallecimientos de la enfermedad desde 2010

Washington, D.C., 29 de mayo de 2014 (OPS/OMS).- Los casos de dengue se quintuplicaron en las Américas entre 2003 y 2013, según datos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/ Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS) dados a conocer en el marco de una reunión regional de alto nivel que analizó la situación y la estrategia regional contra el dengue durante esa década.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 23-29, 2014

Drought conditions likely in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 9-15, 2014

Dryness developing across northwestern, northeastern and southern parts of Haiti

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 2-8, 2014

Dryness developing in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to harm crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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The dengue mosquito bites and makes Latin America sick

Report
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With over two million people infected in 2013, dengue cases hit a record high in the region.

A buzzing can be the first warning, then comes the bite. A few days later, headache, fatigue, high fever and sometimes nausea. Over 2.3 million Latin Americans had these symptoms last year. They were victims of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect that transmits dengue fever.

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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

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Se anuncia una nueva ayuda importante de la UE para América Latina

El Comisario Europeo de Desarrollo, Andris Piebalgs, anunciará hoy una nueva ayuda de la UE por un importe de 2 500 millones EUR para América Latina en el período 2014‑2020 (incluida financiación para programas regionales y para dotaciones bilaterales a los países subvencionables).

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Significant new EU support for Latin America announced

Brussels, 24 March 2014

European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce new EU support of €2.5 billion for Latin America for the years 2014 to 2020 (including funding for regional programmes, and for the bilateral envelopes to the eligible countries).

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Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.

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Países de las Américas implementarán un protocolo de vigilancia integrada del dengue

Estos lineamientos permitirán estandarizar la recolección de datos en la región, y fortalecer las decisiones en materia de prevención y control del mosquito y la enfermedad

Panamá, 5 de marzo de 2014 (OPS/OMS) – Expertos en dengue convocados por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS) y reunidos en Panamá, evaluaron el desarrollo y la implementación de un protocolo genérico de vigilancia integrada del dengue, con el objetivo de fortalecer las acciones para el control de esta enfermedad en las Américas.

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Informe mensual de precios de los alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe - febrero de 2014

Mensajes principales

Los precios de los alimentos se incrementaron 1,4% en el primer mes de 2014, 0,6 puntos porcentuales por sobre lo mostrado en diciembre de 2013. La inflación general, en tanto, se ubicó en 1,2% durante el mes de enero de 2014, 0,3 puntos por sobre el dato de diciembre recién pasado.