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06 Sep 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency yesterday (05/09) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government of the Republic of Korea (CPG). The agreement was signed by IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson and An Heejung, Governor of CPG, and aims to enhance knowledge sharing on integration and inclusion of migrants in the province.

23 Jun 2017 description

Republic of Korea – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Public Safety and Security have organized a series of disaster preparedness trainings for migrants living in seven Korean cities. The trainings, which took place between 13 and 21 June, attracted over 230 participants.

23 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Paddy production in 2017 foreseen to decrease slightly, mainly on anticipation of area cuts

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s high level

Paddy production in 2017 foreseen to decrease slightly, on anticipation of area cuts

03 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production decreased slightly in 2016

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s high level

Rice production decreased slightly in 2016

25 Nov 2016 description

Republic of Korea - According to the Aid Worker Security Database, over the last 10 years, more than 3,000 humanitarian workers worldwide were victims of major attacks. In 2015 alone, 287 humanitarian workers were attacked with 109 deaths logged.

22 Nov 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

After several strong earthquakes and aftershocks this year, the nationwide disaster alert system is getting an upgrade.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security on Monday said that the Korea Meteorological Administration will send text message alerts directly to residents when a quake with a magnitude greater than 3.0 strikes.

For quakes stronger than 5.0, the alerts will be sent in under 50 seconds.

The goal is to get the alerts out in under 25 seconds by the first half of 2017.

21 Nov 2016 description

By Linda Mu

ILSAN, Republic of Korea, 21 November 2016 – Fast-paced developments in technology have the potential to help the world rein in the impact of natural and human-induced hazards, notably when it comes to tackling urban risk.

The issue of harnessing hi-tech to support disaster prevention, forecasting, response and building resilience at the community level has been in focus at the K-Safety conference, run by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Public Safety and Security.

06 Aug 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Global warming is expected to damage rice production in Korea as increasing areas of the country become suitable for tropical fruit farming.

The Rural Development Administration warned that Korea's rice output will fall to 408.7 kg per 1,000 sq.m in 2040, a 13.6-percent decline compared to 473 kg from 1990 to 2000.

If global warming progresses at the current pace, Korea's rice output could fall 22.2 percent by 2060 and 40.1 percent by 2090, it estimated.

05 Aug 2016 description
report The New York Times

YANGJU, South Korea — Surrounded by salvaged used-cars parts bound for Syria, Ahmad Khalifa has worked 12 hours a day for three years in one country that does not really want him while longing for another that war has destroyed.

Read the full article on The New York Times

26 Jul 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production forecast to decrease in 2016
  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to remain close to last year’s high level

Rice production forecast to decrease in 2016

01 Apr 2016 description

By Ana Christina Thorlund

Incheon, 1 April, 2015 – The popular child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to be translated into Korean after 400 children and youth met in Incheon to discuss the meaning of disaster risk reduction and how they can become agents of change in their own homes and communities.

20 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Record high yields boost 2015 rice production

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s record level

Record high yields boost 2015 rice production

22 Dec 2015 description

Republic of Korea - For the first time in its history, the Republic of Korea will tomorrow (23/12) welcome its first group of 22 refugees from Myanmar for resettlement.

The four families, who have been living in a Thai refugee camp, will arrive in Incheon as part of a pilot refugee resettlement project that starts this year and will run through 2017.

IOM Seoul has been supporting the South Korean Ministry of Justice since last April by providing policy recommendations and sharing IOM’s expertise based on its resettlement experience spanning the past 64 years.

07 Dec 2015 description

By Ana Cristina Thorlund

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 7 December 2015 – One hundred and fifty-six Korean municipalities have agreed to promote city-to-city learning to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The first City Resilience summit of its kind took place at UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), in Incheon, agreed to formalise the gathering into an Annual Forum for Korean Cities so that lessons and progress can continue to be shared.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forced Return by China Could Mean Torture, Death

28 Oct 2015 description
report JoongAng Daily

On Monday, much welcome rain fell across the nation, and though the drought-ridden South Chungcheong region saw average precipitation of 24 millimeters, that was far from enough.

Following a dry spell over the past year, eight cities and counties in South Chungcheong, including Boryeong, Seosan and Dangjin, are seriously reviewing how to combat drought in the region and adjust water supplies, including taking advantage of the four-rivers restoration project.

The region has not seen adequate rainfall since the 74 millimeters of precipitation that fell Oct. 21, 2014.

25 Sep 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

INCHEON, 24 September 2015 – Korea’s advance towards a national integrated public-safety communications network is being heralded as an example of how disaster risk reduction represents a major business opportunity.

The country aims to launch its world-leading system – the so-called Long Term Evolution (LTE) public safety network – in 2017, and several commercial bids are expected from major telecommunications carriers to implement the ambitious project.

21 Sep 2015 description
report Mizzima News

The South Korean government plans to take 30 Myanmar refugees currently in Thailand and grant them permanent settlement, in accordance with a U.N. agency program, the Yonhap News Agency reported on 21 September quoting officials.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees resettlement program transfers refugees living in temporary camps in an asylum country to another country that has agreed to admit them.

01 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2015 is forecast slightly below last year’s level

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 are forecast to decline from last year’s record level

30 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 are forecast to decline from last year’s record level

Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level