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20 Jun 2018 description

Today we commemorate World Refugee Day.

There are nearly 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced around the world as a result of persecution, conflict or generalized violence. Their precarious situation makes them more vulnerable. Many of these people have seen their most basic human rights violated.

Human decency demands that we protect them, aid them, help them. But so does international law. We must not forget that. And we must not allow others to forget it.

19 Jun 2018 description
report UN News Service

La violencia, la persecución y las guerras obligan a un creciente número de personas a abandonar sus hogares, comunidades y países en busca de seguridad y medios de subsistencia. Este fenómeno mundial, que colocó la cifra de desplazados en un récord de más de 68 millones de personas en 2017, requiere con urgencia un nuevo acuerdo global sobre refugiados.

A un ritmo de 44.500 por día, 16,2 millones de personas huyeron para salvar sus vidas el año pasado, elevando la suma mundial de desplazados a 68,5 millones, informó este martes la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR).

09 Jun 2018 description

West Africa remains dry, while heavy rain is forecast over Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.

  2. A slow onset to seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.

  3. Delays in seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.

30 May 2018 description

For interview requests or additional materials, please contact Sueann Tannis, Head of Corporate Communications - mobile: +1 (246) 826-3343 or tanniss@caribank.org.

May 30, 2018, ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada – The President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, is urging regional leaders and development partners to work collaboratively and proactively to address the Region’s vulnerabilities, and to support resilience-building in the energy, agriculture and air transport sectors.

24 May 2018 description
report UN Radio

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En 2017, el número de refugiados y solicitantes de asilo procedentes de Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador ascendió a 294.000. Los principales países de refugio son Estados Unidos, México y Belice, pero también están empezando a dirigirse a lugares como Costa Rica y Panamá. La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados les ayuda con una estrategia que va más allá de la ayuda humanitaria, buscando su integración en los países de acogida.

22 May 2018 description

Este es un resumen de lo dicho por la portavoz del ACNUR, Aikaterini Kitidi, a quien se le puede atribuir el texto citado, en la conferencia de prensa de hoy en el Palacio de las Naciones en Ginebra.

22 May 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Aikaterini Kitidi – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seeing a significant increase in the number of people fleeing violence and persecution in the North of Central America. With many individuals on the move and in serious peril, we are calling on the international community to uphold their protection needs, while helping countries in the North of Central America address the root causes.

11 May 2018 description

Flooding continues in Somalia and Kenya

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

  3. Insufficient rain since January has resulted in large moisture deficits and below-average vegetation conditions over portions of northwestern Angola.

03 May 2018 description

Moisture deficits increase in West Africa, while flooding rains continue in Kenya and Tanzania

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

24 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

AT A GLANCE

Region East Asia and Pacific
Risks Reversal of development gains post-disaster; long term economic and fiscal impacts
Area of Engagement Deepening financial protection

Following a successful pilot program, Pacific Island Countries established a sovereign catastrophe risk insurance company for the region, increasing resilience and access to short-term funds needed to respond to disasters.

HIGH VULNERABILITY, LIMITED BUDGETS

11 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

Story Highlights

  • Nature-based solutions are an increasingly effective way to reduce disaster risk while benefiting the environment and creating local jobs.

  • A new guidance note was developed to assist in the evaluation and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management, and is available in English, French and Spanish.

  • The interactive web platform NatureBasedSolutions.org hosts an extensive global inventory of nature-based solution projects, enabling the comparison of possible solutions.

10 Apr 2018 description

OVERVIEW

• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.

28 Mar 2018 description

Contributing to more effective risk management of crises and disaster in Latin America and the Caribbean

INTRODUCTION

The 2018 version of the Index for Risk Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-INFORM) has been launched at the beginning of this year. LAC-INFORM 2018 is an update of LAC-INFORM 2017, the first version of this regional index.

15 Mar 2018 description

Drought continues in Southern Africa, while parts of Madagascar and Kenya are on flood watch

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

10 Mar 2018 description

Despite recent rains, many areas of southern Africa remain dry

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

  2. Although rainfall has increased in some areas of Madagascar since mid-November, the negative impacts of the delayed onset of the rainfall season is still present.
    Rainfall is below average in several western provinces of the island.

02 Mar 2018 description

Ground conditions improve in southern Africa, while Namibia and Angola remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below-average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

16 Feb 2018 description

Rain continues to decrease deficits throughout southern Africa, causing flooding in some areas

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

03 Feb 2018 description

Rainfall in Southern Africa is expected to bring some relief to dryness

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been belowaverage in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.