Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.
Published on 18 December 2014 in Report
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)
It has been four years since clashes between the military and Houthis in Sa’ada governorate came to an end. Residents of Sa’ada displaced by the fighting are yet to return home, however, as they continue to wait for properties damaged in the conflict to be reconstructed.
75 houses to be constructed for the affected families
The resettlement of the families affected by the recent landslide in Meeriyabedde in Koslanda got off the ground today (18th December). Commencing the project Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for the new housing scheme during a ceremony held there this morning.
Europe Report N°235
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
By David Tereshchuk*
December 18, 2014—UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, was drawn into the island country of Sri Lanka by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004.
The massive tidal waves, high force winds and torrential rains caused havoc throughout the region, and Sri Lanka was especially hard-hit. An estimated 40,000 Sri Lankans were killed, and almost a million people there suffered the upheaval of lost homes and livelihoods.
By Laura Wise*
This article is the first in a series of special coverage commemorating the 5-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Stay tuned for the full series.
Iowa, the Great Flood of 1993. North Carolina, Hurricane Floyd, 1999. New York City, September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of each of these disasters, Rev. Tom and Rev. Wendy Vencuss of the New York Annual Conference were there, helping communities to recovery and get back on their feet. Even this long and committed experience, though, would not prepare them for the events of January 12, 2010.
The introduction of a fresh food voucher program by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Dadaab refugee camp, has enabled 3000 pregnant refugee women and lactating mothers to access a variety of fresh vegetables and meat from various vendors in the camp. The initiative has also led to the increase of the number of refugee women attending clinics.
By Linda Bloom
Dec. 17, 2014 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
When the Rev. Henry Leono surveyed Banda Aceh 18 days after a deadly tsunami all but obliterated the Indonesia city, he found the devastation difficult to accept.
One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.
Just one year after ‘Super Typhoon’ Haiyan hit the Philippines, tremendous progress has been made. The speed and scale of the humanitarian and early recovery response were made possible by the generosity of donors, strong partnerships with the Government and the amazing resilience of the people of the Philippines. While UNICEF and our partners have made a strong start, there is a lot of work ahead to achieve the shared goal of restoring economic and social conditions to at least pre-typhoon levels, with a higher level of disaster resilience.
Improve the response capacity to provide effective and timely assistance to save lives (SAVE LIVES).
Complementing and supporting State response in the identified areas, with a focus on human rights and a differential approach, including gender perspective, through a more adequate analysis of the humanitarian needs of populations at risk and affected by armed conflict, other forms of violence and/or disasters.
With the Iraqi government’s adoption of the National Development Plan 2013–2017 and before it the National Employment Policy and National Education Strategy – and with the launch of the National Youth Strategy and this National Human Development Report (NHDR) 2014, which focuses on opportunities and challenges related to youth development – a promising foundation is being laid for the empowerment of the youth.
The conflict in Syria becomes ever more complex and deadly. All 12 Palestine refugee camps and all 560,000 registered Palestine refugees in the country have been profoundly affected. UNRWA has learned to adapt, to move as the conflict permits, and to innovate and find solutions that allow the Agency to continue to fulfil its mandate to assist Palestine refugees. However, violence is escalating, making movement and access more difficult and causing increasingly severe hardship.
09 December – 16 December | Issue 74
96,000 Palestine refugee dwellings – more than twice as many homes in Gaza as initially estimated – were damaged or destroyed during this summer’s conflict, according to the technical assessment completed by UNRWA on 15 December. Whilst the technical assessment is completed, the Agency is extending a one week window between 21-25 December, for those refugee families who were not visited by a social worker but who consider themselves eligible, to apply for an assessment.
More than twice as many refugee family homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during this summer’s conflict than had initially been estimated, according to the technical assessment just completed by UNRWA. “Based on satellite imagery and preliminary field work conducted immediately after the conflict we estimated about 42,000 refugee family shelters had been affected by the war, we now know that over 96,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, more than double what we expected to find” said Robert Turner, Director of Operations for UNRWA in Gaza.
Regional Strategic Overview
The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) brings together the plans developed under the leadership of national authorities - namely, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and the Republic of Turkey – to ensure protection, humanitarian assistance and strengthen resilience.
Result of the cash-for-work programs conducted in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
School Relief Program: Installation of 453 pre-fabricated classrooms and rooftop repair for 203 classrooms.
Teaching of Jing Si Aphorisms Program: Calming the mind and soul of school children.
Building of 2,250 temporary houses.
Memorial Ceremony for the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
VIENNA, 18 December 2014 – The USD 5 million voluntary contribution to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), allocated last year by the Government of China, is being used to further technical cooperation, as well as advisory services, in Africa, Central Asia, and the Latin American and Caribbean region.
This is in line with UNIDO’s new focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), as well as activities relating to advancing South-South Cooperation.