The global impacts of desertification and land degradation prompted the United Nations Organization to adopt the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) in 1994. Niue acceded to the UNCCD on 12 August 1998 and entered into force on 10 November 1998. Under the CCD all parties to the Convention are expected to prepare and implement a National Action Programme (NAP). The action plan formulated and information presented are largely drawn from previous environmental reports and recommendations, which relate to land degradation and/or drought mitigation measures.
The objective of this Recovery Plan is to formulate and prioritise actions in order for Niue to recover from Cyclone Heta and to re‐build towards prosperity.
The aim of the plan is to minimize and detail the national arrangement for the effective response coordination of Government, Province, statutory and voluntary, NGO and Private resources in dealing with the effects of a hazard impact within the islands of the Republic of Vanuatu.
- To date 88,600 malnourished children have been admitted to UNICEF-supported therapeutic and supplementary feeding programs.
UNICEF and WFP have ensured that an additional 133,000 siblings of children admitted to feeding programs receive protection rations to prevent malnutrition.
UNICEF and WHO have developed a national protocol for the management of moderate and severe malnutrition, and have trained 203 health professionals to respond effectively to the nutrition crisis.
- Agency Helps Underserved with Emergency Supplies: Power Generators, Blankets, Shelter, Clothing & Food
"Comfort for Kids" Program Helps Children Cope with Trauma
Economic Development Program to Provide Jobs and Skills Training
Highlights - Population under surveillance decreased by 6% to be 1,549,204
ARI remains the major cause of reported morbidity and mortality in Greater Darfur
No significant change in reported cases of Malaria, Bloody Diarrhoea and Acute Jaundice Syndrome when those compared to the same period in 2004.
Attack rate of clinically diagnosed Malaria decreases
No perceptible change in the weekly attack rate of Bloody Diarrhoea in Darfur states. Overall AR in Greater Darfur is 12.7 per 10,000 population
RAPID SITUATION AND INITIAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT (RSINA) FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA (GoSL) AND UNDP/OCHA IN TSUNAMI AFFECTED DISTRICT
PART 1 – SITUATION ASSESSMENT
Undertaken during 29-30 December 04, in consultation with Government Agent (GA), Ampara, by:
By Courtenay Cabot Venton and Paul Venton
Historically, the response to disasters has focused on relief, with governments, donors and NGOs providing post-disaster resources and aid. Whilst this work is essential to respond to people in need, the focus of disaster response has been shifting to encompass the wider issue of disaster preparedness, engaging NGOs and other stakeholders in preparing for the impacts of hazards.
A massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 (USGS), hit Indonesia (off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra) on 26th morning at 06:58 a.m. This is the biggest in 40 years and the fifth strongest since 1900. It triggered the tsunami in southeast Asia and coastal India.
Another Earthquake of Magnitude 7.3 occurred 81 kms W of Pulo Kunji (Great Nicobar) at 9:51:26 AM (IST) on 26th December. A series of aftershocks were also reported in this region.
Revised Preliminary Appeal No. 28/2004; Operations Update no. 4;
Period covered: 30-31 December, 2004; Appeal coverage: provisionally 99.2%
· Preliminary appeal launched on 26 December 2004 CHF 7,517,000 (USD 6,658,712 or EUR 4,852,932) for 6 months to assist 500,000 beneficiaries.
· Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 1,000,000.
· Revised Preliminary Appeal issued on 30 December 2004, for CHF 67,005,000 (USD 59,152,246 or EUR 53,439,988) for 2 million beneficiaries for 6-8 months.
Period Covered 28th to the 29th December, 2004
Date of transmission: 29th December, 2004 20:00 hrs
WHO offices are fully mobilsed across the region, with 24 hour crises centres opened in New Delhi and Geneva
WHO country offices are being strengthened as public health specialist and supplies are sent from regional and headquarter office (s)
Needs assessments under way, health sector co-ordination and response plans are being developed
Commercial road traffic is hampered in South Darfur with hijacking of commercial trucks carrying relief commodities for a UN agency on 14 and 17 December on the road from el-Obeid to Nyala. Subsequently, commercial trucks operating for other organisations, including Care, carrying commodities for the Shelter / NFI pipeline discontinued movement and returned into a safe area.
CARE has increasingly grappled with the reality that the women and men of our organization are more frequently being placed at personal risk due to the nature and character of our work. The first edition of the “CARE International Safety and Security Handbook” was written in 2000 on the premise that the rules for safety and security had changed. As such the necessary measures humanitarian organizations take to ensure the safety of their staff had changed. No longer could we rely on the perception of “good people doing good work” as our only protection.
Une révolution verte en Afrique
Révolution verte: le cas de l'Ouganda
Par Alex Tindimubona et Jacques Hamel
Le triangle de Luwero, au centre de l'Ouganda, est une zone qui a été dévastée par la guerre dans les années 80.
WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of the Sudan and the Sudan People s Liberation Movement/Sudan People s Liberation Army hereinafter referred to as the Parties have concluded the Agreement on Security Arrangements During the Interim Period, dated 25th September, 2003; AND WHEREAS the Parties having met in Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya, from 27th June 2004 through 31st December, 2004 under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Process to negotiate a Comprehensive and Permanent Ceasefire Agreement to supplement the Agreement on Security Arrangements …
07.00 hrs 31 December 2004
as at 19.00 hrs 31 December 2004
This report covers key issues, developments, DFID responses to date, planned responses and UN and Red Cross/Crescent actions.
- A key DFID objective at this stage is to provide capacity for the UN to become fully operational. Aceh is assessed to be a particularly urgent need in this respect. Ms Wahlstrom, UN Special Coordinator for the crisis, has called for military support to provide infrastructure necessary for UN teams to operate.
- DFID received 40 concept notes from humanitarian agencies by today's deadline.