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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

15 Oct 2017 description

JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM

Barbadians are being urged to secure their homes and make them the primary hub of safety during a disaster.

In its message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognised today, Friday, October 13, the Department of Emergency Management, has joined with the internationally acknowledged slogan of Home Safe Home.

“That is the home should be able to prevent the displacement of families and ultimately the loss of lives in the event of a disaster,” the statement said.

13 Oct 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 06 September to 13 October 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 27 October 2017.

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10 Oct 2017 description

FAO and PAHO warn that hunger has increased in six countries and now affects 2.4 million persons in the region. While, overweight continues to be a public health problem across the Americas.

10 October 2017, Santiago, Chile – The total number of persons that suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, reversing decades of progress.

Meanwhile, overweight affects all age groups in men and women, and constitutes a major health problem in all countries in the region of the Americas.

08 Oct 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

07 Oct 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 September to 06 October 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 13 October 2017.

Highlights

• Tropical Storm Nate formed on 5 October, travelling north along the Caribbean coastline of Central America towards the US Gulf Coast causing flooding and evacuations and affecting hundreds of homes.

29 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 29 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 6 October 2017.

Highlights

• At least 10 countries and 12 humanitarian organizations have provided vital supplies and resources to Dominica since Maria made landfall on 18 September.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Initial reports from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) indicate that 15 people are confirmed to have died in Dominica during Hurricane Maria, and at least 16 people are missing.
    This figure may rise as contact is made with cut-off communities.
    There is no electricity, very limited communications and a widespread shortage of food and water. An estimated 98 per cent of roofs were partially or totally destroyed, and 50 per cent of housing frames damaged.

26 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 25 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 28 September 2017.

Highlights

  • The initial response to Hurricane Maria in Dominica is underway as humanitarian organizations arrive to deliver critical aid and carry out assessments throughout the rest of the island.

22 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

21 septembre 2017 – Seuls 15 pays dans le monde disposent des trois politiques nationales de base qui contribuent à garantir que les parents disposent du temps et des ressources nécessaires pour soutenir le développement cérébral sain de leurs jeunes enfants, selon un nouveau rapport du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) publié jeudi.

21 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • As part of the UN-coordinated Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region after Hurricanes Irma and José, IOM is appealing for a total of USD 4.95 million to provide humanitarian relief, manage human mobility and facilitate a fast resilience-focused recovery in the form of technical expertise and knowledge transfer to government authorities. Humanitarian needs are expected to increase in the region, given Hurricane Maria’s latest impact.

21 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 20 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 25 September 2017.

Highlights

• Hurricane Maria pummeled Dominica on 19 September, with early reports citing widespread damage and destruction.

• Reconnaissance teams have conducted flyovers and more assessment teams are expected to arrive on 21 September.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development

15 Sep 2017 description

San Jose - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has deployed a surge team of six experts in shelter and camp management, displacement tracking, and gender-based violence risk reduction to support humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose. IOM has released around a quarter of a million US dollars from emergency funds for relief in the region.

14 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • IOM has deployed a surge team of six experts to support efforts led by various country offices in the affected region. The team has expertise in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), displacement tracking, shelter management, gender-based violence risk reduction, and NFI/shelter operations.

  • Based in the coordination hub in Barbados and at regional level in Panama, surge experts have already been deployed to the affected islands to conduct assessments.

10 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK, 9 September 2017 – As the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected while also preparing for the arrival of Hurricane José.

Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, caused extensive damage to the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, with the islands of Barbuda and Anguilla worst hit. Almost 20,000 children and adolescents are estimated to have been affected on these islands.

07 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds in excess of 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries on 6 September 2017. Irma’s wide band swept over Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts & Nevis with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected. Turks & Caicos and British Virgin Islands are being impacted at time of this update.

• While Regional Rapid Assessment Teams are being organized, governments have reported:

16 Aug 2017 description

This 12-month report reflects progress against the objectives as well as a revised budget to reflect changes within budgetary lines. The Haiti Red Cross Society began responding to the Zika outbreak in April 2017 through support made available from USAID within this Emergency Appeal. Their work is coordinated from the IFRC Caribbean Cluster office and a revised budget supports their inclusion in this Operation. In addition, the appeal has been extended for an additional 4 months (ending on 31 December 2017).