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30 Dec 2016 description

The main staple foods produced and consumed throughout most of Central America and the Caribbean are maize, rice, and beans; the latter constituting a key source of protein for poor households. In Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua white maize, mostly consumed in the form of tortillas, and red or black beans are preferred, while in Costa Rica and Panama rice dominates in production and consumption. In Haiti, the primary staples are rice, black beans, and maize.

30 Dec 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015. In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since the last Zika Epidemiological Update of 15 December 2016, no new country or territory has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in the Americas

29 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

24 Dec 2016 description

GENEVA (23 December 2016) – The UN’s torture prevention body urged Mexico to focus more on the fight against impunity, including the prompt adoption of the General Law on Torture, which should be in full conformity with relevant international standards. The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) recalls that the effective fight against impunity is one of the most efficient preventive measures that can be taken against torture and ill-treatment.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Para conocer la historia de David, niño migrante de Honduras, ingresa a: https://youtu.be/_jeinfpH-Ag

Para apoyar los esfuerzos de UNICEF en materia de migración, ingresa a:

Ciudad de México, 22 de diciembre de 2016 - Cada año miles de niños y niñas migran sin la compañía de un adulto a través de México, provenientes de Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador y de diversas comunidades del interior de México.

23 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

    • None
  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

    • None
  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

23 Dec 2016 description

In 2016, EM-DAT preliminary data indicates that 301 country level disasters occurred, affecting 102 countries. The impact of which sums up to a total of 7,628 deaths, 411 million affected people, and US$97 billion of economic damages.

22 Dec 2016 description
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Antecedentes e introducción

En marzo de 2015 se llevó a cabo la Tercera Conferencia Mundial de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres, realizada en Sendai, Japón. En ella los Estados Miembros de las Naciones Unidas acordaron y adoptaron el Marco de Sendai para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres 2015-2030. Este marco es el principal instrumento orientador para la gestión del riesgo de desastres (GRD) en los países y tiene un renovado sentido de urgencia en el contexto del desarrollo sostenible y de la erradicación de la pobreza.

22 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

OXFORD, 21 December 2016

It’s been a tumultuous year: shock election results, the Brexit referendum, a nervy global economy, and a raft of extremist attacks – all of which have had impacts on migratory movements and the way countries have responded to them.

There is no sure way of predicting where the next refugee crisis will come from, but some strong policy trends have emerged. And what is striking is how similar those policies are becoming, despite widely varying contexts.

21 Dec 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

137,600
Refugees and asylum-seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) until June 30.
174,000
IDPs in Honduras (2014 profiling exercise). A similar profiling exercise is taking place in El Salvador to assess the magnitude and patterns of displacement.
99,522
Deportations of NTCA citizens from the USA and Mexico in first half of 2016 (Jan-Jun). It is estimated that there are some 400,000 migrants in transit crossing Guatemala into Mexico.

21 Dec 2016 description

State of emergency declared for 3 municipalities in Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave: The Ministry of Interior declared a state of emergency for three municipalities in the state of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave. The three municipalities: Santiago Tuxtla, Coatzacoalcos, and Yecuatla received severe rains and strong winds on 8-10 December. This declaration will ensure that authorities have the resources to meet the food, shelter, and health needs of the affected population.

20 Dec 2016 description

“El Semáforo de Alerta Volcánica del Popocatépetl se encuentra en Amarillo Fase 2. El CENAPRED exhorta a NO ACERCARSE al volcán y sobre todo al cráter, por el peligro que implica la caída de fragmentos balísticos.”

19 Dec 2016 description

Question

What experience is there globally of civil society organisations providing / supporting accountability mechanisms in cash transfer programmes, at national scale?

Summary

19 Dec 2016 description

Each year, more than 400,000 people – most from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – cross Mexico, fleeing violence, poverty and threats from criminal gangs. For more than three years, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been providing them with medical care and humanitarian aid.

19 Dec 2016 description

“El Semáforo de Alerta Volcánica del Popocatépetl se encuentra en Amarillo Fase 2. El CENAPRED exhorta a NO ACERCARSE al volcán y sobre todo al cráter, por el peligro que implica la caída de fragmentos balísticos.”

19 Dec 2016 description
report Redhum

México, 18 de Diciembre 2016
Fuente: El Universal

Poco antes de las 21:00 horas de este sábado, el coloso registró actividad y de acuerdo con el Sistema deAlertas de México es la es la más fuerte que se haya registrado en 16 meses.

El volcán de Colima registró hace unos minutos una fuerte explosión con emisión de ceniza y material incandescente, reportó el coordinador de Protección Civil, Luis Felipe Puente.

Fuerte explosión del @Volcan_Colima a las 20:58 hrs vista desde la Laguna de Carrizalillos, indicó también el sistema Webscam de México.

16 Dec 2016 description
report Voice of America

MEXICO CITY — Mexico expects a sharp increase in people seeking asylum from Central America next year, fleeing gang warfare and poverty in their home countries, a senior official said on Thursday.

There has been a steady surge of Central Americans applying for asylum in Mexico since 2015. Cinthia Perez, a director of Mexico's refugee agency COMAR, said in an interview that she is receiving about 9 percent more applications each month.

16 Dec 2016 description

La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil emitió una Declaratoria de Emergencia por la presencia de lluvia severa, y vientos fuertes, fenómenos ocurridos del 8 al 10 de diciembre de 2016 en el estado de Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave.

16 Dec 2016 description

Switzerland - IOM is reporting today (16/12) 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on world migratory routes. This is the highest yearly number IOM has ever recorded, and represents an average of 20 deaths per day, suggesting the deaths of another 200-300 men, women and children well may be recorded worldwide before 2016 comes to an end.

16 Dec 2016 description

Facts & Figures:

The European Commission's humanitarian aid to Central America and Mexico amounts to €212.8 million since 1994. €76.6 million for Disaster Risk Reduction since 1998, of which €8.3 million have been allocated for 2016-2017.

European Commission humanitarian assistance to Central America and Mexico for 2016-2017: €13.5 million

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