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31 Dec 2012 description


The United Nations Focal Point for Mine Action

UNMAS is the United Nations focal point for mine action. Fourteen entities are working together in the United Nations system to implement the United Nations vision of a world free from the threat of mine, and explosive remnants of war (ERW) including cluster munitions. UNMAS leads that effort in six key areas:

• Survey, mark, fence-off, and clear explosive hazards, including mines, ERW, cluster munitions

27 Dec 2012 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 September to 5 December 2012

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,017,115

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 87 per cent covered in cash and kind. Funds are needed to support the Afghan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods and to replenish depleted stocks of relief items held by ARCS and IFRC.

Appeal history:

· A revised appeal was launched on 14 August 2012 for CHF 1,017,115 for six months to be completed by 5 December 2012 to assist 2,000 families (14,000 individuals).

26 Dec 2012 description
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In 2013, Afghanistan will continue on the path of security transition from international forces to Afghan forces. More than 75% of the country will be under national security control by mid- year. However, it is unlikely that this security transition, and the eventual withdrawal of international military forces by the end of 2014, will be matched by a transition from conflict to stability.

22 Dec 2012 description


  • Conflict continues to generate displacement and prevent returns
  • Current winter conditions are similar to historical five-year averages but still pose a threat to vulnerable populations
  • USAID/FFP has provided $20 million in FY 2013 for food assistance in Afghanistan


20 Dec 2012 description
  • Civil-military coordination in health aid problematic
  • More rules of engagement needed
  • Haiti, Afghanistan highlight weaknesses
  • “Politico-health” facilities potentially dangerous

NEW YORK, 20 December 2012 (IRIN) - Delivering health aid to hotspots including Haiti and Afghanistan has brought together - and at times pitted against one another - humanitarians and militaries in an uneasy but increasingly necessary union.

19 Dec 2012 description


• Winter preparedness continues in full swing

• 33,000 Afghans newly displaced in November 2012 because of conflict

• 19 reported attacks against humanitarian personnel and assets in October

• Afghanistan fourth-least funded 2012 CAP worldwide

14 Dec 2012 description

The United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates (UAE) today agreed a series of initiatives to cultivate cooperation between the two countries to tackle poverty in the developing world and respond to humanitarian crises.

11 Dec 2012 description

DUBAI, 11 December 2012 (IRIN) - Soldiers from the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) may be leaving Afghanistan in the coming two years, but humanitarian needs are not going to disappear any time soon and neither will the Taliban.

The coming power shift is likely to add to a trend that is already a reality for aid workers - more frequent dealings with the Taliban.

06 Dec 2012 description

This report is produced by OCHA Afghanistan in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 29 November to 02 December 2012. The next report will be issued if necessary.


• Floods destroyed and damaged houses, a health facility and blocked roads in five villages in Qalat district of Zabul Province in Southern Region.

• OCHA convened an ad-hoc humanitarian coordination meeting and formed a joint assessment team.

• A rapid inter-agency assessment commenced on 02 December.