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19 Mar 2003 description

Situation Update: Affected by the events in Iraq since the dawn of Thursday 20 March, local time, all UN offices in the country are closed for 48 hours, as requested by UNSECOORD. Some of the information normally reported here, therefore, may not be available in this report.

Programme Update:

- Food for Work/Food for Asset Creation: 82,160 beneficiaries received 880 MT of food.

- Food for Education: 296,800 beneficiaries received 190 MT of food.

18 Mar 2003 description
report UN Security Council

General Assembly
Fifty-seventh session
Agenda item 37

Security Council
Fifty-eighth year

Report of the Secretary-General


The present report describes the ongoing implementation of the Bonn Agreement by the Afghan Transitional Administration, supported by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). The report emphasizes the importance of tangible progress in reconstruction efforts and calls for sustained international commitment to Afghanistan.

18 Mar 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF says funding has withered away - "A Real Crisis"

17 Mar 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

Afghanistan continues to face challenges in advancing the transitional process and continues to face humanitarian crises due to insecurity, political instabilities and natural disasters. Areas of the country are still influenced by the warlord system. Fighting periodically breaks out in some areas disrupting programme implementation. Coalition activity continues against Taliban or terrorist groups restricting access to these often under-served areas. The effects of the prolonged drought are still felt in many parts of the country.

17 Mar 2003 description

Launched on 15 July 2002 for CHF 899,000 for 12 months for 65,000 beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries: 65,000
Period covered: 10 November 2002 - 15 February 2003 ;
Last Update: 10 November 2002
Next Update 03, expected July 2003

Appeal coverage: 68.9%

Related Appeals: MENA regional programmes 01.93/2003 Outstanding needs: CHF 279,396

17 Mar 2003 description

Afghanistan's progress towards stability and prosperity took another small but important step forward at the Afghanistan Development Forum.

14 Mar 2003 description

This report includes:
(A) Eastern and Central Africa Region: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Eritrea, (3) Burundi, (4) Republic of Congo, (5) Uganda, (6) Rwanda

(B) Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Mozambique, (3) Madagascar, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Angola, (8) Namibia, (9) Swaziland, (10) Lesotho

(C) West Africa Region: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Liberia (3) Sierra Leone (4) Guinea

(D) Asia Region: (1) DPR of Korea, (2) Indonesia

(E) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, (3) Palestinian Territories

14 Mar 2003 description

A major factor in public health and food security

Water - in the headlines

This year water is in the headlines more than ever: 2003 has been declared International Year of Freshwater.

Numerous events are being held to mark the occasion, notably the third World Water Forum in Kyoto from 16 to 23 March, which will examine how water resources are valued and managed, as well as World Water Day on 22 March with 'Water for the future' as its theme.

Water - synonymous with life and death

07 Mar 2003 description

Peshawar, March 7, 2003 - Afghanistan has the highest maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the world. According to a recent UN study, an estimated 1,700 women die per 100,000 live births. The country's infant mortality rate is also extreme, with over 165 deaths per 1,000 births (compared to just seven deaths per thousand in the United States). One in four Afghan children dies before reaching the age of five.

07 Mar 2003 description

By Alexis Klaits, Christian Children's Fund development staff member in northern Afghanistan

05 Mar 2003 description

Situation Update: The security situation was fluid across the country. Tensions have increased in the Eastern and Southern regions. Missions in the following areas have been suspended: the five poppy-cultivating districts in Nangahar province; Gizab, Chora and Khas Trinkot districts in Urugzan province; Delaram in Kandahar province; Waza Kwa in Paktika province; and Gospandi district in Sari-Pul province.

Programme Update: During the reporting period, 677,540 beneficiaries received 2,123 MT of food commodities through various WFP activities, including:

28 Feb 2003 description

This report includes:
(A) Global Food Aid

(B) Asia Region: (1) DPR of Korea

(C) Eastern and Central Africa Region: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Eritrea, (3) Uganda, (4) Burundi

(D) West Africa Region: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Sierra Leone, (3) Central African Republic

(E) Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Mozambique, (5) Swaziland, (6) Zambia, (7) Zimbabwe, (8) Madagascar, (9) Tanzania, (10) Angola, (11) Namibia

(F) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Colombia, (2) Guatemala, (3) Ecuador

28 Feb 2003 description

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson has reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to help Afghanistan restore its health care infrastructure, crippled by long years of war and neglect. Thompson offered those assurances to Afghan President Hamid Karzai February 27 as the foreign leader visited Washington.