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21 Dec 2005 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's weekly briefing (12:30PM) by Radhia Achouri, Spokesperson for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan:

20 Dec 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

30 Nov 2005 description

The Regional Scenario Development workshop for the Greater Horn of Africa region took place on 2-3 November in the Ballroom of the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. Regional representations from UN, INGOs, and donors joined their respective colleagues from countries in the region to provide a fairly comprehensive and complementary perspective and analysis of recent and forecasted regional events.

29 Nov 2005 description

Control operations continue along the Indo-Pakistan border

31 Oct 2005 description

As the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights prepares to meet next month, Amnesty International and human rights defenders from across East Africa and the Horn of Africa expressed fears that progress made during the last two years could be lost in political negotiations. They today opened a conference to address this concern in the run-up to the African Commission's gathering, which begins on 21 November in Banjul.

28 Sep 2005 description


Multisector Support for Return and Reintegration:

UNHCR and FAO are about to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding for the Land Management and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme. The programme has been structured in two phases, each lasting a period of six months. The first phase, the "assessment phase," is planned to begin in October 2005. During this period, projects will be designed according to problems and solutions identified by the community.

13 Sep 2005 description

Rome, 13 September 2005 - At the 2005 World Summit on 14-16 September, more than 170 heads of state will meet at UN headquarters in New York to discuss what the world needs to do to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

07 Sep 2005 description

Bahr El Ghazal

Food Aid:

There was an increase in the number of persons newly displaced by floods from Tonj and Kuajok villages in Wau IDP camps. WFP, with OCHA and HAC, assessed some of the recently displaced persons in Eastern Bank camp. Assessment and registration of these IDPs will continue next week in Marial Ajith camp.

The Chief of Salvation camp in Wau reported the presence of 35 new households. The group reportedly arrived from Mabia via Bazia as the IDPs were unable to reach Raja/Diem Zubier because the road was closed.

31 Aug 2005 description

Bahr El Ghazal:

Food Aid:

WFP distributed 65 MT of food commodities to 3,680 returnees in Adet, Majakliet and Akoc. WFP also distributed 5 MT to 583 returnees in Deim Zubier during the reporting period.

The 400 persons newly displaced from the villages of Tonj and Kuajok as a result of floods are still settled in Eastern Camp. WFP indicated the need to provide joint assistance, pending a response from UNICEF and other agencies in regard to provision of non-food items.

31 Aug 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead:

December 2005 - February 2006 Forecasts

Southern Africa

There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over portions of eastern and central South Africa, and locally over northern and southern Angola. There is a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall across northern Mozambique, and the southern half of Malawi.

29 Aug 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

24 Aug 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Comments on the Current Niger Weather Conditions:

2005 seasonal rainfall throughout much of Niger has been greater than normal, leading to very good agricultural conditions in most of the region. As a result Niger is not carried as a weather hazard. The current food security crisis in Niger is the result of various factors including an early end to the rainy season and locust infestations last year as well as high cereal prices this year. For more information on the crisis see FEWS NET's reporting on crisis in Niger at www.fews.net/niger

17 Aug 2005 description

Amnesty International is calling on the Kenyan government to refrain from mass arrests and deportation of foreign nationals, following the expiry of the 15 August 2005 deadline for the registration of non-citizens. Since many persons still do not have the necessary registration documents, the organization is concerned that arbitrary arrests could follow in Kenya. Further, if returned to their country of origin, many persons could face human rights violations such as arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment and imprisonment without trial.

05 Jul 2005 description

Small hopper bands have formed from recent hatching in Western and Northern Darfur, Sudan. More hatching and band formation are expected in other summer breeding areas in the country. Surveys are underway to monitor the evolving situation. One swarm that moved east across Sudan apparently reached northern Ethiopia where it dispersed in Amhara and Tigray provinces. Small-scale breeding continues in central Niger and scattered mature solitarious adults have recently appeared in summer breeding areas in southeast Mauritania, northern Mali and Tamesna, Niger.