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Press conference by Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in Democratic People's Republic of Korea

States must work towards food security of a more sustained nature in the development perspective, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, said at Headquarters today.

"Food aid alone is never adequate -- it's patchwork," he said at a press conference, where he highlighted that point in the context of the severe situation facing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. More than 6.5 million people in that country were relying on assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) this year,

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DPR Korea: Appeal No. MAA54001 Final Report 2006-2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: In late 2005, the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) requested that international agencies shift humanitarian aid towards development programmes. The DPRK Red Cross launched in 2006 a stable and ambitious programme supported by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (The Federation) with a total budget of CHF 26 million. Within a three-year cooperation agreement strategy (CAS) with main Red Cross partners,

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East Asia: Appeal No. MAA54001 Final Report 2006-2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programmes summary: The East Asia regional office has supported country delegations and national societies in the management of their programmes, coordination and cooperation amongst partners, the incorporation of humanitarian values, and capacity building at all levels.

Through funding from the appeals, the national societies of the East Asia region have been able to strengthen their current programmes in disaster management and health and care, and

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DPR Korea: Assessment of the inter-Korean relations and future plan

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(Regular Briefing by Minister)

Minister of Unification Lee Jae-joung gave a regular briefing on June 14 and explained several issues including the assessment of the inter-Korean relations and future plan, the significance of the Grand National Unification Festival, and giving food aid to the North through WFP, etc.

The Assessment of the Inter-Korean Relations and Future Plan

Minister Lee Jae-joung said 19 times of inter-Korean talks were held during the first half of this year and after the 21st Inter-Korean Ministerial Talks, several talks were held

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East Asia: Appeal No. MAA54001 Report 2006-2007

This report covers the period of 1 January to 31 December 2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

The East Asia regional delegation has

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Crop prospects and food situation - No. 3, May 2007

HIGHLIGHTS

World cereal production in 2007 remains on course to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, but with some major crops yet to be planted, the forecast is still tentative.

Based on the current 2007 production outlook, global cereal supplies are forecast to increase in the new 2007/08 marketing season. However, with carryover stocks at their lowest level since the early 80s, total supplies would still be barely adequate to meet the anticipated demand, which is forecast to increase strongly boosted by the fast-growing biofuels industry.

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SKorea to resume aid shipment for NKorean flood victims

by Lim Chang-Won

SEOUL, March 22, 2007 (AFP) - South Korea announced Thursday it would resume humanitarian aid for North Korean flood victims next week, in another sign of warming relations since the North pledged to scrap its nuclear weapons.

Vice Unification Minister Shin Eon-Sang said deliveries of flood aid, suspended since the North's missile launches last July, would begin on March 28.

"We will start shipping blankets from March 28, followed by the shipment of rice, trucks, cement and iron bars between April and May," he told reporters.

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North Korea's food reserves drying up: aid agency

SEOUL, March 22, 2007 (AFP) - North Korea's food reserves have almost dried up, leaving some people starving and aggravating malnutrition across the impoverished nation, a South Korean aid agency warned Thursday.

Good Friends, which focuses on assistance to the North, said up to 70 percent of food stored by city residents has been used up due to a poor harvest last year and insufficent foreign food aid.

"There are no concerns about a famine like that in the mid-1990s but the chronic food shortage has been aggravating

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East Asia: Appeal 2006-2007 MAA54001 Programme Update No.04

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Programme Update no. 4; Period covered: 1 September to 31 December, 2006; East Asia Appeal (including DPRK) target for 2006-2007: CHF 29 million (USD 23.4 million or EUR 18.6 million); Appeal coverage for 2006-2007: 56%; Outstanding amount for 2007 only: CHF 12.5 million

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals:

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East Asia (focus on DPRK): 2007 Outlook Appeal No. MAA54001 Programme Update no. 3

This report is an integral part of the East Asia Regional Appeal 2006-2007

The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Programme update no. 3,

Appeal target: East Asia Appeal (regional

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Singapore Declaration aims to scale up Red Cross and Red Crescent action in Asia and the Pacific

More must be done to strengthen regional alliances and cooperation in Asia and the Pacific if significant steps are to be taken towards protecting and improving the lives of vulnerable people, according to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

At the end of a four-day conference in Singapore on Thursday, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Markku Niskala, said that "scaling up our work and strategic partnerships" was necessary to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by disease and disasters.

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DPR Korea: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

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OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Floods

This situation report is based on the information received from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the UN in Pyongyang.

Situation

1. On 21 October 2006 fierce winds and torrential rains caused high tidal waves, which struck four counties and two cities of Kangwon province on the east coast of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). A storm similar to a typhoon with velocity of 20 m/s caused tidal waves of up to eight meters and torrential rain of

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Floods in North Korea make 7,000 homeless, agency says

SEOUL, Nov 7, 2006 (AFP) - A rainstorm and floods which hit disaster-prone North Korea two weeks ago left 7,300 people homeless and injured 14, according to an international relief agency in a report seen Tuesday.

The October 21-23 storm was one of the strongest to hit the North so far this year but there were no reports of deaths because of a warning system, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

It hit parts of Kangwon province on the east coast, damaging or destroying 732 homes and flooding 366 others, according to the report.

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DPR Korea: Floods & Tidal Wave Information Bulletin No. 1

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Severe floods caused by torrential rain, fierce winds and tidal waves, struck four counties and two cities in Kangwon province over 21 -23 October, leaving nearly 1,565 families displaced and homeless. The DPRK Red Cross, with support from the Federation secretariat, rapidly mobilized 235 volunteers to provide rescue, evacuation and first