The United Nations’ activation of its highest level of emergency for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will allow lifesaving resources to be channelled to the under-funded crisis.
Southern Africa is a region vulnerable to a range of hazards, currently experiencing one of the worst drought disasters and food security crisis in modern history. Subject to development challenges, including economic and human development, the region’s vulnerability to disasters is further exacerbated and threatening already gained development achievements.
More than 300,000 women and girls who have fled rape and violence are not getting the protection and help they need because of lack of funds, Oxfam said ahead of a donor conference in Geneva today.
Gaza, 19 October 2017 – UNDP Deputy Special Representative, Mr Khaled Shahwan, visited the Business and Technology incubator (BTI) at the Islamic University in Gaza where he was briefed about the progress of the SEED project implemented by UNDP, through the Palestinian People Economic Development Programme (DEEP), with funds from the Islamic Development Bank.
Following the confirmation of a case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Kween district Eastern Uganda by Ministry of Health (MoH) and the activation of the National Response Team, the WHO Rapid Response team from the country office was able to reach the epicentre within 48 hours and is currently supporting national and district authorities to contain the outbreak.
Garowe, Puntland, Somalia, 23 October 2017 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is pleased to announce a US$5.6 million grant for Puntland. The grant will be implemented by the Puntland Ministry of Education to address the north-eastern state’s wide ranging education needs and challenges. UNICEF is the grant agent, and the European Union is the coordinating agency for the GPE across Somalia.
Khartoum, October 19, 2017 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of International Cooperation (MIC) and the Federal Ministry of Health have reached today an agreement on improving health facilities and the quality of services provided by hospitals in Eastern Sudan.
Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 589,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 802,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation. Poor road networks and insufficient drainage in the displacement sites make it difficult to reach new arrivals with urgent support.
People on the Northern Marianas island of Rota are being warned to prepare for an approaching tropical storm.
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In March 2007, to complement the Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF), the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) was created to mobilize resources to the UN system in Nepal in support of activities of clear, short-term relevance to the peace process. Key features of the UNPFN include:
CHAI NAT: The Royal Irrigation Department on Monday began redirecting water from the rising Chao Phraya Dam reservoir into the Tha Chin River to ease the hardship of people living in downstream areas that are already flooded.
However, this caused the Tha Chin River to overflow, inundating at least 50 houses along the river in Wat Sing district of this Central Plain province.
Residents raced against time to evacuate their belongings to higher areas as the water in their houses was over 50cm deep and still rising.
Downstream from the dam, the flooding continued.
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BURI RAM: Farmers in Khan Dong district were left with no choice but to harvest their crops prematurely as water from the overflowing Moon River spread over at least 2,000 rai of paddy fields at four villages in the north of the province, and was continuing to rise.
Runoff from Nakhon Ratchasima has poured into the Moon River, which has burst its banks in several districts in neighbouring Buri Ram province. In Khan Dong district more than 2000 rai of cropland has been flooded.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, continue to closely monitor developments in Kenya, in the light of the forthcoming presidential election.