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27 Sep 2017 description
  • 134,549 Arrivals by sea in 2017
  • 363,401 Arrivals in 20106
  • 2,654 Dead / Missing
26 Sep 2017 description

Weekly country updates as of 20 September 2017

Afghanistan

No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighbouring Kandahar province and Pakistan.

26 Sep 2017 description
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Seventy-five young Afghan women graduated today from USAID Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE)’s Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) Program. Implemented by the Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA), the nine-month apprenticeship program equips young women with the technical and managerial skills needed to secure jobs in banking and microfinance by increasing enrollment of women in training programs the MFIs already give to their new employees.

26 Sep 2017 description

In the mountainous provinces of Bamyan and Wardak, central Afghanistan, agriculture and living conditions are hard: isolation, rough climate, lack of agricultural lands, erosion… Farmers, craftsmen, local authorities and NGOs are taking action for a better life.

26 Sep 2017 description
  • The Cluster response during this quarter was driven by meeting the immediate shelter and NFI lifesaving needs of the displaced population due to armed conflict and natural disaster (flooding) in the Eastern, Southern, Northern and Southeastern Regions of Afghanistan.
  • 113,943 individuals affected by armed conflict and 91,052 individuals by natural disaster were assessed.
  • The return of 131,959 individuals from neighboring countries has increase shelter and NFIs needs substantially.
26 Sep 2017 description

National Statement delivered by Ambassador Olof Skoog on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Debate on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 25 September 2017, New York.

I would like to align myself with the statement to be made later this afternoon on behalf of the European Union.

Mr. President,

26 Sep 2017 description

One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan is conflict displacement. Since January 2017, some 257,900 people have been forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.
While difficult to predict, up to 675,000 Afghans could return to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries this year of whom up to 385,000 are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance.

26 Sep 2017 description

With the global polio case count at the lowest in history, there has never been a better time to invest in surveillance for poliovirus.

26 Sep 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13005
25 SEPTEMBER 2017

United States Leads Calls for Government-Taliban Peace Talks ‘without Preconditions’, Saying Group Must ‘Choose that Path’

Progress, as well as daunting challenges and opportunities for political engagement, characterized the situation in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for that country told the Security Council today.

26 Sep 2017 description

Directorate of refugee and repatriation of Badakhshan province with cooperation of WFP and UNHCR for 138 displaced families which displaced from insecure places of Ashkashem district to the secure place of this district, has distributed contribution by UNHCR.

Saturday September 23/ 2017 for every mentioned family distributed contribution such as 200kg flour, 14kg oil, 14kg pea, 1kg salt, by WFP, and house equipment has distributed by UNHCR.

26 Sep 2017 description

NEW YORK - Media stakeout following the briefing to the Security Council by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto.

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MEDIA STAKEOUT FOLLOWING SRSG TADAMICHI YAMAMOTO’S BRIEFING TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL

New York - 25 September 2017

(near verbatim)

Participants:

  • UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto

Tadamichi Yamamoto: Good evening.

25 Sep 2017 description

Mr. President,

As we reach the third anniversary of the National Unity Government, I see progress. I see challenges which are still daunting; and I also see new opportunities for political engagement for peace.

25 Sep 2017 description

Response to Corporate Emergencies
January - June 2017

Level 3 Emergency

South Sudan

WFP continues to provide vital humanitarian assistance to hard-to-reach locations across South Sudan. WFP conducted 1,314 airdrops delivering 36,263 mt of humanitarian cargo.

Syria

25 Sep 2017 description

Kabul 23 September 2017 - A new environmental sampling site for wild poliovirus isolation has become operational in Kunduz province, expanding the reach of Afghanistan’s environmental surveillance network to all regions. This is the 20th site established for environmental surveillance since the collection and testing of sewage samples for poliovirus began in Afghanistan in 2013 with WHO support.

In 2017, from the 218 sewage samples collected from all sites, eight have tested positive for wild poliovirus, the latest collected in July from Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province.

25 Sep 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below average cereal output forecasted for 2017 following dry weather conditions in autumn

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast at levels similar to 2016/17, but 25 percent above average

  • Wheat prices generally stable, inflation easing

  • Food insecurity on the rise

Below average cereal output forecasted for 2017 following dry weather conditions in autumn