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Media Advisory: Press briefing by UN aid chief in South Sudan

What: Journalists are invited to a press briefing with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer. Mr. Lanzer will brief on the humanitarian situation in the country, including a recent visit to Bentiu, Unity State, and update on the UN protection of civilian sites.

When: 11:00 am on Thursday, 28 August 2014

Where: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Offices, Erick de Mul Conference Room

For more information about the press briefing, contact:

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Point d’information sur la maladie a virus Ebola dans l’Equateur (RDC) no. 2, 25 août 2014

  1. Situation de la maladie
  • Déclaration de l’épidémie par le Ministre de la Santé Publique le 24 août 2014

  • 13 personnes décédées de la maladie (létalité de 54%), dont 5 personnels de santé, sur 24 cas suspects (16 femmes et 8 hommes)

  • 11 personnes placées en isolement

  • 24 cas (16 femmes et 8 hommes) de maladie à virus Ebola recensé dans la zone de santé de Boende, du 28 juillet au 18 août 2014

  • 80 contacts identifiés pour le suivi

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

Myanmar

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UN humanitarian chief visits Eastern Ukraine and calls for an end to violence

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(Kyiv, 23 August 2014) UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos visited areas of eastern Ukraine to see for herself the impact of the continued fighting on millions of people.

Since March this year, around 200,000 people have fled their homes in search of safety within Ukraine and tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring countries. Every day, people die, are wounded in the fighting or find themselves on the road, scared and uncertain about the future.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Remarks to the media, Sloviansk, Ukraine, 23 August 2014

Good afternoon everyone.

I am happy to see how different the situation in Sloviansk is today compared with the beginning of July.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Plus de 20 000 personnes prises dans l’étau des conflits dans la zone d’Opienge

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Depuis la mi-avril 2014, l’armée nationale a lancé des offensives contre la milice du ‘‘ major ’’ Luc Yabili 1 dans la zone de Balobe, située à 62 km au sud-est d’Opienge (T erritoire de Bafwesende, District de la T shopo, en Province Orientale).

Plus de 20 000 personnes – habitant quatre aires de santé (Angamapasa, Balobe Babukabi, et Ndrekoko) – fuient les affrontements et sont en déplacement dans les localités périphériques ainsi qu’en brousse. Elles demeurent sans assistance humanitaire à ce jour.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Après la journée de solidarité pour les travailleurs humanitaires, la communauté humanitaire encore en deuil

Bangui (Centrafrique), 21 août 2014: La Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République Centrafricaine (RCA), Claire Bourgeois, condamne fermement le décès par balle d’un volontaire de la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine à Bangui pendant qu’il évacuait les blessés du quartier PK5, ainsi que le décès hier, des populations civiles à Bangui et à Boda.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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CERF allocates US$1.7 million for emergency water and food for thousands of families in Sri Lanka

On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.

The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka’s agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Funds released for humanitarian needs in Jebel Marra

Khartoum, Sudan | 21 August 2014, The Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund has allocated US $400,000 to the Danish Refugee Council to address food insecurity affecting some 15,000 people in the Jebel Marra area of Central Darfur.

In light of significant humanitarian needs in Nertiti and Rokero localities, the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) provided the Danish Refugee Council with US $400,000 to address food insecurity affecting some 15,000 people in the Jebel Marra area of Central Darfur.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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UN Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos, to Visit Ukraine

WHO: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to Ukraine
WHEN: 21-24 August 2014
WHERE: Kyiv, eastern regions

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will travel to Ukraine between 21 and 24 August 2014.

In Kyiv, USG Amos is scheduled to meet senior Government officials, members of the diplomatic community, civil society representatives and United Nations colleagues.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Hausse des niveaux de dangers pour les travailleurs humanitaires: de plus en plus de tués, enlevés ou blessés

La première moitié de l’année 2014 a enregistré des vagues d’attaques et d’assassinats de travailleurs humanitaires à travers le monde. Cependant l’année 2013 détient le nouveau record de violence contre les groupes humanitaires avec 460 travailleurs humanitaires victimes d’attaques, dont 155 tués.

Au Mali, deux humanitaires ont été tués et deux autres blessés depuis cette année.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Somalia: UN’s Emergency Fund provides a life-line, for now

A $20 million boost from the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) will go a long way in providing life-saving aid in Somalia, but it won’t be enough to halt a deepening crisis, aid agencies warn.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Hausse des niveaux de dangers pour les travailleurs humanitaires: de plus en plus de tués, enlevés ou blessés

La première moitié de l’année 2014 a enregistré des vagues d’attaques et d’assassinats de travailleurs humanitaires, notamment dans la bande de Gaza et au Soudan du Sud. 2013 détient le nouveau record de violence contre les groupes humanitaires avec 460 travailleurs humanitaires victimes d’attaques, dont 155 tués.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Humanitarian action - the compassion of peoples and states

By Mark Cutts | Tuesday, 19 August 2014

This week we celebrated World Humanitarian Day on August 19. This is the day the United Nations, the Red Cross Movement and other humanitarian organisations celebrate the many humanitarian acts that take place in the disasters and armed conflicts that cause so much suffering in our world.

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The spirit of humanity shines bright in Palestine

By James W. Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Published at Al-Quds newspaper in Arabic on 19 August

Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness of the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water and other assistance to people in desperate need in conflicts, in natural disasters and other emergencies.

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World Humanitarian Day 2014 - Danger levels spike for aid workers: increasing numbers killed, kidnapped or injured [EN/AR]

The year 2014 saw waves of attacks and killings against humanitarian workers including in Gaza and South Sudan; 2013 set a new record for violence against aid groups with attacks on 460 aid workers, including 155 killed.

Cairo, Egypt August 19 2014: The number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded has reached the highest number ever recorded, according to new figures published today on World Humanitarian Day.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Remarks to the media, Tehran, 17 August 2014

Good afternoon everyone. It is a pleasure for me to be back in Iran for my second visit.

I have had an important opportunity to discuss with Government partners ways in which we can strengthen our partnership to improve regional cooperation on humanitarian assistance and also to discuss the major humanitarian crises in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Clean water for flood victims in Paraguay

In March 2014, heavy rain caused the Paraná and Paraguay rivers in Paraguay to overflow, affecting 230,000 people. In response, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$2.2 million to help the victims of the flood.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) received $715,000 from CERF to restore clean water and sanitation services for 5,730 families in two departments of Paraguay affected by the floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Remarks to the UN noon press briefing / Kieran Dwyer, OCHA

14 August 2014, from Erbil, Iraq

Unofficial transcript

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to Visit Iran

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran
WHEN: 17 - 18 August 2014
WHERE: Tehran

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit Iran from 17 to 18 August 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.