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15 Dec 2017 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017 – Governments and stakeholder partners from across Asia have renewed their commitment to a substantial increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

The call for action on Target (e) of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global plan to reduce disaster losses, was made this week at the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP), an inter-governmental and stakeholder forum that meets biannually.

15 Dec 2017 description

Polio this week as of 13 December 2017

  • New on polioeradication.org: Technical advisory groups met last week to review progress made to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and advise on the way forward to further improve the quality of programme implementation during the low transmission season.

  • In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas.

15 Dec 2017 description

Total (observed) arrivals –November: 643
Total (observed) arrivals - October: 1,017

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children -November: 68
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 69

Total occupancy of government centres – end November: 3,950
Total occupancy of government centres - end October: 4,100

15 Dec 2017 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) previously known as Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in the country at the onset of an emergency.
The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

14 Dec 2017 description
  • As at 13 December, 58,750 refugees have returned to Afghanistan from neighboring and non-neighboring countries since 1 January 2017 (57,409 Pakistan).

  • 390,940 as at 10 December individuals have been newly displaced by conflict since 1 January 2017 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

  • 87,247 Pakistani refugees from North-Waziristan Agency biometrically registered in Khost province and verified in Paktika province.

Main Activities

Repatriation

14 Dec 2017 description

58,592 AFGHAN REFUGEES RETURNED SINCE JANUARY 2017

In November 2017, UNHCR facilitated the return to Afghanistan of a total of 2,603 Afghan refugees, including 2,548 from Pakistan, 44 from Iran, 6 from Tajikistan and 5 from India. This figure is 38% lower than 4,188 refugees who returned in October. Normally return trends decrease from mid-October onward (during winter season).

14 Dec 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).

13 Dec 2017 description

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller, Remarks at the opening of the New Way of Working workshop at the Humanitarian Policy Forum: “Reaching the furthest behind first through the New Way of Working.”

New York, New York 13 December 2017

As delivered

Colleagues and distinguished participants, it is a pleasure to be here.

13 Dec 2017 description

Introduction

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

13 Dec 2017 description

Introduction

This study was conducted to understand the reasons following FDMA request for the deregistration of IDP from MirAli and Miranshah in North Waziristan following de-notification and information campaign by the government that return was opened in these areas. The results will inform recommendation and decision making about de-registration and help understand key factors impending these IDPs to return.

13 Dec 2017 description

This brochure is the sixth compilation of good practices on integrating gender into humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific region, developed on behalf of the Regional Network Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action. It highlights examples that support equal treatment of all before, during and after disasters, including on LGBTIQ+ rights and inclusion, the inclusion of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations in Fiji, and the transgender community in Pakistan.

13 Dec 2017 description

Energizing sustainable development: launch of new publication highlights the role of energy in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigating climate change

December 13 2017, Bangkok – As UN agencies gather under the banner of Climate Week in Bangkok, the UN Development Programme has launched a new publication connecting the dots between energy, poverty, and climate change action.

12 Dec 2017 description

Current major event

First EMARIS Conference and Fourth Meeting in Jordan

12 Dec 2017 description

Recommendations for further interventions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as progress towards polio eradication is put under the microscope.

12 Dec 2017 description

In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas

12 Dec 2017 description

Highlights
- 457 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
- 10,123 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
- 96,807 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017
- 428,054 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017
- 79% of returnees from Pakistan (359 individuals) assisted
- 6% of returnees from Iran (628 individuals) assisted
- 141 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan
- 103 Medical Cases (MC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan

Situation Overview

12 Dec 2017 description

To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.

11 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • On 10 December, 4,484 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, with 4,210 housed in 18 governmental centres.

  • The Joint Assessments of Government Centres on the websites of the Serbian Commissionner for Refugees and Migrats, UNHCR Global and UNHCR Serbia were updated for November.