Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.
Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Geneva– IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 2,583 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 17 January. This compares with 3,156 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.
IOM Italy’s Flavio Di Giacomo reported Thursday (18/01) that a total of 1,671 migrants have been rescued in the waters between Libya and Italy in two days: 1,457 on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday (the overall majority are not included in the above table).
Banjul – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in collaboration with the HOPE Foundation this week (17/01) held a reintegration information session for 120 returnees in the Gambian capital Banjul. The first such session in the West African nation was organized to address questions pertaining to the reintegration assistance returnees are entitled to receive under the EU-IOM Joint initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.
Somaliland – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with support from the Government of Japan earlier this month held a training on trafficking, irregular migration and the establishment of a referral mechanism for irregular migrants and Victims of Trafficking (VoTs) in Somaliland.
Natural hazards, such as droughts, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Furthermore, environmental degradation and rapid urban growth in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas.
Uniformed personnel, organized forces, and community leaders in Magwi have renewed their commitment to robustly protecting civilians and upholding human rights principles following a two-day workshop organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell
Date: 19 January 2018
In Paraguay, farmers are adapt their practices to be in harmony with the environment.
Blanca Saiki has been growing grains for almost 45 years. She owns 500 hectares in the district of Pirapó, 420 kilometres from Paraguay’s capital, Asunción. She cultivates soybean, wheat, corn, sunflower, sorghum, canola and other agricultural products.
Blanca is one of the nearly 70,000 grain producers in Paraguay who are responsible for more than 60 percent of the country's exports and around 17 percent of GDP.
Ukraine's top health official says eight people have died of complications from measles amid a recent outbreak in the country, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked last in terms of measles-vaccination coverage in Europe.
Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun told lawmakers on January 19 that a child who had not been vaccinated against measles died the previous day.
The first meeting of the Bangladesh/Myanmar Joint Working Group was held on 15 January in Naypiydaw, Myanmar. Discussions reportedly focused on the modalities for the return of refugees.
The right of refugees to return voluntarily should continue to be at the core of the dialogue between the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar. In addition to voluntary returns must be safe, dignified and sustainable.
The relocation of 9,400 refugees from Bandarban, near the border with Myanmar, to Kutupalong settlement began on 14 January 2018. It will continue in the next weeks.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary attended separate meetings in Beirut today with the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun; the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri; and the Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.
In his first meetings of 2018 with top Lebanese leaders, discussions focused on the situation in UNIFIL’s area of operations, especially along the Blue Line, issues related to the implementation of UNIFIL’s mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, and the importance of the upcoming Rome II conference.
Nearly 656,000 refugees have arrived since 25 August 2017, among them 380,190 are children.
As of 11 January 2018, over 4,000 cases of suspected diphtheria were reported, with 32 deaths registered. Over 54 per cent of these deaths occurred among children under five years.
The headlines in 2017 were full of heart-wrenching stories and images of natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities around the world. When disaster strikes, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is, and should be, how to help people meet their basic, urgent needs, like food, water and shelter. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers — and how fast.
Tripoli, 19 January 2018 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this week, gathered over 60 local mediators to share experiences in facilitating peace and ceasefire agreements. The three-day workshop, organized as part of the UN’s Towards National Reconciliation in Libya Project, and supported by the Libyan Dialogue and Reconciliation Organization, managed to bring activists, community leaders and elders from across Libya to prepare for the establishment of a national mediators’ network.