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27 Mar 2018 description

Summary:

This report gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) during the period between 12 September 2016 and 31 December 2017, as per revised Emergency Operation Appeal (EPOA) with the support of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to meet the needs of floods affected families of North Hamgyong Province in DPRK.

09 Mar 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February – 23 March 2018
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

I. Introduction

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • In November WFP reached 558,057 women and children with nutrition support (regular nutrition assistance programme and support for 187,000 people affected by drought), delivering 1,668 mt of food.

  • Critical funding shortfalls have forced WFP to suspend nutrition support for 190,000 children in kindergartens since November.

  • WFP requires USD 14.65 million to maintain operations in DPR Korea for the next six months.

28 Jan 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions at start of 2017/18 winter cropping season

  • Main season cereal production in 2017 estimated at below-average level

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast at above-average level

Favourable weather conditions at start of 2017/18 winter cropping season

24 Jan 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 18 million food insecure people

  • 10.5 million undernourished people

  • 5.6 million people affected by natural disasters from 2004 to 2015

  • EU humanitarian funding: €135.6 million since 1995

Introduction

04 Jan 2018 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • Critical funding constraints have forced WFP to exclude 190,000 children from assistance, starting in November 2017.

  • WFP DPR Korea’s operation urgently requires USD 25.5 million for the next six months.

  • The negative effects of the latest UN Security Council and bilateral sanctions are evident in WFP’s ongoing operation, including a disruption in banking services and international procurement of goods and services.

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 71/202.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Summary

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approval for rapid response was confirmed in August. CERF assistance of USD 2.5 million will enable WFP to provide nutrition support to 186,012 children and women for four months (September – December) in 23 worst droughtaffected counties.

  • Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration – the minimum to have a nutrition impact) until the end of the year to children and pregnant and nursing women.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration, which is the minimum required for a nutritional impact) through the end of the year for children and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

  • Since mid-July, the government-supported Public Distribution System ration has decreased to 300 grams per person per day.

Operational Updates

25 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is characterized by chronic food insecurity and limited access to quality health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, with resultant chronic undernutrition and poor health outcomes. Recurring natural disasters such as flooding and drought have exacerbated existing vulnerabilities. An estimated 18 million people are food insecure and 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition.

25 Jul 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for 2017 main season food production

  • The 2016/17 aggregate food production increased from previous year’s reduced level

  • Severe drought raises serious food security concerns for large numbers of people

Unfavourable prospects for 2017 main season food production

15 Jul 2017 description

The Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 330,000 people (82,500 households) affected by the floods for 16 months.

18 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Executive Summary

Over the period of the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015), the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), especially women and children, have suffered tremendously from factors beyond their control.

16 May 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

The remnants of Typhoon Lionrock passed DPRK on 29 August 2016, merging with a lowpressure front, resulting in heavy rain and flooding in the northeast and causing the Tumen River to break its banks. North Hamgyong Province was the most severely affected, with an estimated 600,000 people in Hoeryong City, Kyonghung, Kyongwon, Musan, Onsong and Yonsa counties impacted.

Almost 70,000 people were displaced, 30,000 houses damaged, essential services disrupted and more than 27,000 hectares of agricultural land submerged.

27 Apr 2017 description

This Operation Update n° 3 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) during the period between 12 September 2016 and 12 March 2017, as per revised emergency plan of action (EPOA) with the support of IFRC to meet the needs of floods affected families of North Hamgyong Province in DPRK.

SUMMARY

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Due to lack of resources, and in order to scale up the fortified blended food ration to 100 percent during the lean season starting from May, WFP has been forced to reduce its rations for children and pregnant and lactating women to two-thirds until April.

  • If no new funding is received before the end of April, the ration of fortified biscuits for children will continue to be reduced to two-thirds during the lean season and will be ceased entirely by the end of October.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Funding constraints impact WFP’s nutrition assistance in DPRK. To stretch resources, WFP will not distribute fortified blended food to 190,000 children in kindergartens in March, while reduced rations will continue to be provided to nursery children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP will provide full rations of fortified blended food during the months June-August, to mitigate the impact of the lean season. During the lean season people have less access to food.