Note by the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 71/202.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The bluster and belligerence between Washington and Pyongyang hide a humanitarian conundrum that must be solved
It has been a blisteringly hot summer for North Korea on two fronts. The world has watched it successfully test its intercontinental ballistic missile technology and its first hydrogen bomb, drawing widespread condemnation from the international community. But at the same time – and with far less fanfare – the country has endured one of its driest summers to date.
UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approval for rapid response was confirmed in August. CERF assistance of USD 2.5 million will enable WFP to provide nutrition support to 186,012 children and women for four months (September – December) in 23 worst droughtaffected counties.
Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration – the minimum to have a nutrition impact) until the end of the year to children and pregnant and nursing women.
by Hans Schattle
AsiaPacific Issues, No. 134
Humanitarian support is separate, gov’t says, though allies disagree
The South Korean government will give North Korea $8 million worth of aid through two international organizations under the UN, as President Moon Jae-in continues to distinguish between humanitarian assistance and political and military affairs in his dealings with the Kim Jong-un regime.
- Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, met with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on September 19. They took note that since the opening of the UNICEF Seoul office in April 2017, cooperation between the two sides has been further enhanced, and agreed to continue to strengthen the bilateral cooperation.
Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration, which is the minimum required for a nutritional impact) through the end of the year for children and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Since mid-July, the government-supported Public Distribution System ration has decreased to 300 grams per person per day.
The humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is characterized by chronic food insecurity and limited access to quality health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, with resultant chronic undernutrition and poor health outcomes. Recurring natural disasters such as flooding and drought have exacerbated existing vulnerabilities. An estimated 18 million people are food insecure and 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition.
Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration – the minimum to have a nutrition impact) to children and pregnant and nursing women (PLW) until the end of the year.
According to the Government of DPRK, the current localized drought condition has affected agricultural production in four provinces and one city.
GENEVA / SEOUL (27 July 2017) – Human rights should feature high on the talks agenda in South Korea’s proposed initiative to resume military and humanitarian dialogue with the North, a United Nations rights expert has said.
The Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás OJEA QUINTANA, said the opportunity to discuss human rights must be seized as part of the current efforts to restore severed ties between the two countries.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Unfavourable prospects for 2017 main season food production
The 2016/17 aggregate food production increased from previous year’s reduced level
Severe drought raises serious food security concerns for large numbers of people
Unfavourable prospects for 2017 main season food production
Seoul Global Centre, 21 July 2017
I have just ended a five-day visit to the Republic of Korea in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This is my second official mission in Seoul in less than a year, and I would like to thank the Government of the Republic of Korea for facilitating it. I am also grateful to the staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for their support in organising this visit.
DPR Korea’s food production hit by the worst drought since 2001
Food insecurity expected to seriously scale up
The Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 330,000 people (82,500 households) affected by the floods for 16 months.
While the survey team introduces themselves to the family in an apartment in central Pyongyang, DPR Korea, 9-year-old Kim Yong Ok* senses a new audience and wastes no time sitting at the family piano. After arranging some music sheets she plays a tune before jumping up and bowing to accept applause.
The ICRC has been present in the DPRK since 2002. Its Mission is based in Pyongyang. The focus of its activities is on physical rehabilitation and related orthopaedic medical services. Activities are carried out in cooperation with its primary partner, the DPRK Red Cross Society and relevant government departments. The ICRC had fifteen international and twelve national staff working in DPRK.
The project set out to improve key agricultural inputs, especially seed and good agricultural production practices, in order to improve food and nutrition security, increase rural employment, and empower women, who would be involved in various activities of improved seed production.
WHAT DID THE PROJECT DO?
A civilian group of both progressive and conservative NGO officials will travel to North Korea next month.
A Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday that the Korean Sharing Movement applied for permission to visit North Korea, and Chung Eui-yong, the head of the Cheong Wa Dae security team, is minded to approve the request.
Once the Unification Ministry authorizes the trip, they will be joined by a 17-member delegation led by Minjoo Party lawmaker Won Hye-young and People's Party lawmaker Chung Jung-bae on June 10.
By Simon Nazer
UNICEF-supported Child Health Days happen in DPR Korea twice a year with one simple aim: to deliver potentially life-saving interventions to 1.7 million children under 5.
Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Sadly, nearly a third of children under 5 in DPR Korea suffer from stunting while around 200,000 are moderately or severely malnourished.