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21 Aug 2018 description

SG/SM/19176
20 AUGUST 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

20 Aug 2018 description

GENEVA (20 August 2018) – The reunion of separated North and South Korean families has been welcomed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“These reunions are a significant step on the path to fully respecting and honouring the human rights of all people living on the Korean peninsula and beyond,” said the Rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana.

17 Aug 2018 description

Lara Palmisano

Throughout 2017, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) supported relief operations in 36 countries to ensure delivery of urgent aid to millions of people in desperate need.

CERF’s 2017 Annual Report, launched today, provides a detailed account of how, during the year, CERF and its partners ensured strategic use of almost $420 million in donor contributions to deliver the highest priority aid, where and when it was need the most.

16 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • During the first half of 2018, the humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea remained critical. According to the inter-agency 2018 DPRK Needs and Priorities document, up to 10.3 million people (41 per cent of total population) continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services.

13 Aug 2018 description

Millions of people are being put at risk as droughts across the world affect food production, and livestock this summer.

Australia is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, with the Red Cross launching an emergency appeal for farmers who have been hit hard in recent weeks. The extreme dry spell has seen rural communities lose cattle and crops, putting livelihoods in jeopardy.

10 Aug 2018 description

Beijing/Geneva, 10 August 2018 – A heatwave in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will have serious health consequences for children and elderly people unless urgent action is taken.

09 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

This report compares current humanitarian crises based on their level of humanitarian access. Affected populations in more than 40 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints. Out of 44 countries included in the report, nearly half of them are currently facing critical humanitarian access constraints, with four countries (Eritrea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) being considered as inaccessible. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in eight countries, and 15 face low humanitarian access constraints.

08 Aug 2018 description

Funding Required: $25.41B

Funding Received: $9.39B

Unmet Requirements: $16.02B

Coverage: 37.0%

People in need: 134.0M

People to receive aid: 95.8M

Countries affected: 41

06 Aug 2018 description
report UN Security Council

On 6 August 2018, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) adopted its seventh implementation assistance notice, entitled “Guidelines for Obtaining Exemptions to Deliver Humanitarian Assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.

05 Aug 2018 description

SEAR/PR/1693

New Delhi, 3 August 2018: In a significant win against childhood killer diseases, two countries of WHO South-East Asia Region, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste, were today verified for eliminating measles, and six countries certified for controlling rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, two years ahead of the target year 2020.

“These achievements demonstrate the commitment and resolve of countries in the Region towards health of women and children, and for universal health coverage”, said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia.

04 Aug 2018 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that available information points toward significant humanitarian needs that may require support from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

The Situation

03 Aug 2018 description
report The Guardian

Citizens urged to wage all-out battle to preserve food stocks amid ‘unprecedented’ drought

The North Korean government has called on its people to wage an “all-out battle” against a record heatwave as the country’s already fragile crops face drought and the authorities struggle to respond.

01 Aug 2018 description

Global Overview JULY 2018

01 Aug 2018 description

Ongoing violence threatens upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

31 Jul 2018 description

North Korea, Eritrea and Burundi are estimated to have the world's highest rates of modern-day slavery

By Arantxa Underwood

LONDON, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 40 million people worldwide are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery today - more than ever before - as poverty, conflict and crises fuel the growing global slave trade.

31 Jul 2018 description

In Numbers

1,218 mt of food distributed

US$ 11.18 m five months (August – December 2018) net funding requirements

457,760 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP reached its prioritized group of 457, 760 women and children in nine provinces and distributed 1,218 mt of fortified food.