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20 Nov 2017 description

November 19, 2017: The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to partner with the Ministry and other Public Sector agencies to reduce the spread of diseases associated with flooding. Public health interventions must be supported by individual precautionary measures to effectively reduce the incidences of water and food borne diseases. Public participation is especially critical during this season of high levels of rainfall and the resulting increased flooding.

16 Nov 2017 description

Large numbers of Venezuelans continued to leave in October, with Colombia reporting a net increase of 3,600 Venezuelans arrivals per day and a total estimated population in the country of over 470,000 persons.

The number of asylum claims lodged by Venezuelan nationals globally between 2014 and 2017 has now exceeded 100,000, over half of which filed this year alone. It is expected that this number will continue to grow.

07 Nov 2017 description

Information on the level of Zika transmission is useful for public health professionals to evaluate the level of risk for people who may be planning to travel to or are recently returning from areas with possible local transmission. The information is updated at least once a month. It is also updated each time a new country reports local vector-borne Zika virus transmission.

30 Oct 2017 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 30, 2017. CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that Trinidad & Tobago will receive a payout of US$7,007,886 (approximately TT$47.4 million) on its Excess Rainfall policy following a period of heavy rainfall between October 18 and October 20 2017. CCRIF was able to determine the value of the payout after the end of this rainfall event and the payout will be made to the Government within 14 days after the end of the event.

26 Oct 2017 description

CARICOM Media Release

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.

The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.

24 Oct 2017 description

ECOSOC/6873

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2018 SESSION, 4TH & 5TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

In rebounding from the devastating effects of natural disasters, middle‑income countries needed access to multilateral financing and support for a risk‑informed, resilient approach to hazards, speakers highlighted in a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council on the aftermath of recent hurricanes.

24 Oct 2017 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) continues to support relief and recovery efforts to impacted areas caused by severe weather conditions resulting in widespread flooding across the nation.

The National response mechanism has been activated as of Wednesday 18th October 2017, as calls from the ODPM’s Regional Coordinators were being made to Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units. The following activities have been recorded in impacted Regional Corporations to this present time, in no specified order, as seen below:

24 Oct 2017 description

October 24, 2017: The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services commenced assessments of flood affected households today, October 23, 2017, as clearance was given by the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) under the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

24 Oct 2017 description

The region of Latin America and the Caribbean has long demonstrated hospitality towards those fleeing conflict and persecution within the region and from further afield. Faced with newer causes of displacement, such as the violence of organised criminal gangs and the adverse effects of climate change, Latin American and Caribbean countries are continuing to expand and adapt their protection laws and mechanisms in order to address these and other situations of displacement and to meet the differing needs of affected populations.

18 Oct 2017 description

By Julio Berdergué, FAO Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Pablo Aguirre, technical advisor of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

12 Oct 2017 description

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has increased yearly since 2014. Between 2014 2017, around 99,000 asylum claims were lodged, half of which in 2017 alone (as of September).

The primary receiving countries of Venezuelan asylum seekers in the region between 2014 and 2017 have been: USA: 46,000, Brazil: 16,500, Peru: 9,500; Costa Rica: 3,300 and Panama: 3,000.

Considering the evolving situation in Venezuela, it is projected that people will continue to leave the country over the coming months. UNHCR is stepping up its response accordingly.

10 Oct 2017 description

FAO and PAHO warn that hunger has increased in six countries and now affects 2.4 million persons in the region. While, overweight continues to be a public health problem across the Americas.

10 October 2017, Santiago, Chile – The total number of persons that suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, reversing decades of progress.

Meanwhile, overweight affects all age groups in men and women, and constitutes a major health problem in all countries in the region of the Americas.

08 Oct 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

05 Oct 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18 th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18 th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

05 Oct 2017 description

Focus on tropical cyclones on American continent “Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean” (NOAA, 2017).

03 Oct 2017 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Overview of UNHCR’s operations in the Americas

A. Situational context including new developments

Colombia situation

25 Sep 2017 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Executive Summary

Main Findings of this Working Paper

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/11952

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-douzième session, 19e à 22e séances plénières, Matin, après-midi & soir,

Le Ministre des affaires étrangères de la République populaire démocratique de Corée affirme que son programme nucléaire est purement dissuasif

Moyen-Orient, Soudan du Sud, Yémen, Myanmar et essor du terrorisme: face à la multiplication des conflits et des défis sur la scène internationale, de nombreux États Membres ont appelé aujourd’hui à une réforme urgente de l’Organisation des Nations Unies.

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11952

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 19th to 22nd Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Small Island States Concerned about Access to Financial Markets, Illegal Fishing

Security, human rights and international law took centre stage at the General Assembly today, with States diverging over how best to preserve their stability in the face of existential threats, as the 193-member body entered the fifth day of its annual high-level debate.