8465TH MEETING (PM)
Heed African Union’s Call for Lifting Sanctions, Says Permanent Representative, Cautioning against ‘Cascade’ of Meetings
Dialogue remains the only viable option for resolving the political crisis in Burundi and for holding peaceful elections in 2020, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for that country told the Security Council today, as delegates debated whether to keep the situation there on its agenda.
Last week, in Asia, organized violence remained static while overall demonstrations decreased slightly. In South Asia, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) launched a major militant attack on security personnel in India’s Jammu & Kashmir, leading to nationwide demonstrations. In Southeast Asia, rubber bullets were fired at protesters in Myanmar opposed to the installation of the Bogyoke Aung San statue in Kayah state, while in southern Thailand, separatist violence led to five reported civilian deaths.
The number of reported organized violence events decreased while demonstrations remained static across the South and Southeast Asian regions last week compared to previous weeks. In South Asia, militants and Afghan/NATO forces continued to clash in Afghanistan, people took to the streets to protest against the death of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Arman Loni in Pakistan, and anti-government demonstrations were held in India and Nepal.
200 Held in Squalid Camps and Prisons in Libya, Syria, Iraq
(Tunis) – Tunisian officials have been dragging their feet on helping bring home Tunisian children held without charge in foreign camps and prisons for families of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members, Human Rights Watch said today. Most of the children are held with their mothers, but at least six are orphans.
8446th Meeting (AM)
Sudan’s Delegate Decries ‘False Facts’ Outlined in Final Expert Panel Report
Speakers in the Security Council today debated the future of sanctions imposed on Sudan more than 13 years ago, as the 15-nation body took up the latest report of the Panel of Experts appointed to monitor those measures against individuals and entities obstructing peace in the Darfur region.
Last week in South and Southeast Asia, reported fatalities from political violence increased slightly, while instances of targeted civilian violence sharply declined as part of a visible trend since the last week of December 2018. Key developments included ongoing militant violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a significant eruption of labour demonstrations in India and Bangladesh, as well as demonstrations in Thailand over a likely delay in the upcoming February elections.
Submitted by Jian Vun
co-authors: Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson
Before joining the World Bank, I worked as an urban designer and often provided advice on how the design of proposed developments could be more accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, many developers tend to consider disability inclusion as an afterthought, meaning they incurred additional costs to retrofit poor designs, or worse, inadvertently restricted access for certain people.
INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL COMPACT FOR MIGRATION, 1ST–4TH PLENARY MEETINGS (AM, PM & NIGHT)
10 DECEMBER 2018
MARRAKECH, Morocco, 10 December — World leaders adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration today, laying out the first-ever global cooperation framework for sharing responsibility to protect the world’s 258 million people on the move — 3.4 per cent of its population — and supporting the host communities working to accommodate them.
UNDP and partners under the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R are developing a multi-country project focused on the needs of persons with disabilities to cope with climate change in Asia and the Pacific.
By Vasundhara Jolly, Climate Change Adaptation Consultant, Global Environmental Finance Unit, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. December 8, 2018.
by Bruce Dunn and Cristina R. Velez
CO-AUTHORS: VIVIEN DEPARDAY, LORENZO PICCIO
The most intensive traumatic cases are not caused by Earthquake and Tsunami
GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 31ST & 32ND MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Lasting Stability Never Comes with Repression, Special Rapporteur Says, Describing ‘Sad Fate’ of Freedom of Expression in Belarus
Regional Summary of Week 42, and Outlook for Week 43
1) In Week 42, the reported disasters are largely due to the change in season from Southwest to Northeast Monsoon. Southwestern parts of ASEAN has started to transit from the dry season to rainy season which resulted in the landslides and flash floods. In addition the disasters reported, AHA Centre also monitored several strong winds and occasional heavy rainfall in Java and Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Destructive impacts of climate change like droughts, floods and increasingly severe storms are the primary culprits behind decreased farming output and rising hunger worldwide, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), as it took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.
October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. A good occasion to share some of Cordaid’s efforts to reduce disaster risks in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Indonesia. And to advocate for better resilience of marginalized communities against disasters.
Regional Summary of Week 39, 40, and Outlook for Week 41
1) In Week 39 and 40, minor-to-moderate floods and landslides were reported in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Philippines; aside from a M 7.4 Central Sulawesi Earthquake on 28 Sept 2018 that followed by a near-field tsunami, landslides, and liquefaction, which caused major casualties, damages, and limit access to humanitarian operations.
See AHA Centre’s situation updates for details.
On 28 September a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Donggala District in Central Sulawesi, triggering a tsunami with waves up to 6 metres, devastating coastal areas including Palu City.
There have been over 1,400 confirmed fatalities and more than 70,000 people are displaced. It is likely that these numbers will increase as the full scale of the disaster becomes clear.
It is estimated that over 190,000 people need urgent humanitarian assistance, and that the lives of more than 1.5 million people have been affected.
Rescue workers are still trying to reach areas of Sulawesi in Indonesia affected by an earthquake and tsunami, UN humanitarians said on Monday, noting that more than 840 people have died and more than 600 have been severely injured in the disaster.
The update from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) follows the 7.4 magnitude tremor which struck Central Sulawesi at 5.02pm local time last Friday.