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11 Jan 2012 description

Overview

Natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Moreover, protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

27 Dec 2011 description

Even as international military forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, aid organizations are still struggling to help millions of people cope with conflict, environmental hazards, fragile governance and underdevelopment.

Humanitarian conditions have steadily deteriorated in recent years, due to conflict and a series of natural disasters - including drought, flash floods, and other extreme weather. Increased fighting in 2011 has disrupted many essential services, and made the work of humanitarian organizations even harder.

23 Dec 2011 description

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23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

22 Dec 2011 description

1. Who are we?

The 37 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Asia Pacific work to help the most vulnerable groups in their respective countries who are most affected by disasters and socio-economic and health crises. With their widespread network of grassroots members and volunteers, they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in disaster and non-disaster situations.

21 Dec 2011 description

The establishment of United Nations (UN) Integrated Missions – whereby humanitarian coordination and leadership are placed under the umbrella of political and peacekeeping missions – has raised serious concerns within the humanitarian community.

19 Dec 2011 description

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Pier Sixty at Chelsea Pier
New York, NY

December 16, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. Well, if it ever were a secret. (Laughter.)

Thank you, Marc, and thanks to all of you for being part of this evening to support such an extraordinary, important organization that is relied upon certainly across the world, and that includes the State Department.

19 Dec 2011 description

A mayor is working with USAID to develop his district’s municipal infrastructure and stimulate the local economy

18 December 2011 | Uruzgan, Afghanistan

The efforts to turn back the tide of poverty, crime, and insurgency have paid off with reduced crime rates and new businesses opening, leveraging the renovated facilities and improved customer access.

16 Dec 2011 description

This document provides a weekly overview of developments in Afghanistan from 06—12 December 2011, with hyper-links to source material highlighted in blue and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to events in Afghanistan, contact the members of the Afghanistan Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org

16 Dec 2011 description

Over the past two decades the U.S. and Europe have engaged actively in efforts to prevent conflict and to manage crises around the world. Efforts to stabilize the Balkans and interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq challenged the transatlantic community, and many questioned the need for Americans or Europeans to engage at all. Yet the Rwandan genocide, the Srebrencia massacre and other atrocities brought home the horrifying costs of non-intervention.

16 Dec 2011 description

For many, talks did little to drive progress in their country.

By Khan Mohammad Danishju - Afghanistan
ARR Issue 417, 15 Dec 11

The second Bonn conference has drawn mixed reactions from Afghans, with some observers praising the event as a sign of how far the country has come, and others deriding what they see as a symbolic gathering that produced little of value.

15 Dec 2011 description
  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Description of the Context Humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan have steadily deteriorated in recent years due to the protracted conflict and recurrent natural disaster—particularly drought, flash floods, and other extreme weather.

15 Dec 2011 description

1. Who are we?

The Afghanistan country office is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Secretariat team in Asia Pacific. Aside from the main country office in Kabul, the office consists of three sub-delegations and one office – in four different regions of Afghanistan. The total number of staff is 83, of which six are international staff. IFRC has been present in Afghanistan since 1997.

2. What is our mission?

15 Dec 2011 description

1. Who are we?

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) regional office for South Asia has existed since 1997 to support the work of its member national societies and country offices to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the region. The support provided focuses on capacity building and technical assistance and advice. Increasingly we aim to follow an integrated approach to programming which we can present as a working example to the membership.

15 Dec 2011 description

For over two decades, the United Nations has sought to create greater coherence within the UN system. UN integration is part of this push - an attempt to maximise the impact of UN efforts to consolidate peace in conflict and post-conflict states.

14 Dec 2011 description

The United Nations today called for US$ 7.7 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies around the world in 2012.

The appeals, issued in Geneva by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, and the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva, aim to assist people in sixteen of the planet’s most pressing crises, including the world’s largest humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa.

14 Dec 2011 description

FOREWORD

Every year, the plight and needs of many of the world’s most vulnerable people are described in the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP). This year’s CAP spans 18 countries and outlines needs across key sectors.

The 2012 CAP clearly highlights that food insecurity continues to be compounded by protracted crisis situations, more frequent natural disasters, conflict, volatile food prices, harsh economic conditions and climate change.

13 Dec 2011 description

Executive Summary

Afghanistan is experiencing one of its worst droughts in a decade. The most recent rainfall season (November 2010 to April 2011) was extremely poor, especially between November and January. The exceptional lack of precipitation is having severe repercussions in the north, northeast, central highlands and northwest parts of the country, with substantial losses of rainfed wheat crops, below-average irrigated wheat crops, and poor pasture conditions.