Message from the Executive Director
I am very pleased to report that International Relief Teams just completed its 23rd year of service to victims of disaster, poverty, and neglect by providing more than $32 million in medicines, supplies and volunteer services to thousands in need both here and abroad.
Abstract: Since the end of 2007, countries in Central Asia have been struck by two major consecutive shocks: the food and fuel price increase in 2007-08, and the global economic and financial crisis that began at the end of 2008. Households, both poor and not poor, are directly and adversely affected by the crisis. The multi-dimensionality of the crises and the volatile economic environment challenge the ability of vulnerable households to cope and to maintain their living standards. Social protection programmes play an important role in the response to a crisis.
Sustainable Management of Water Resources Key to Peace and Security in Central Asia
Hydropower Projects, Inefficient Irrigation Systems, Growing Populations and Climate Change Emerging as Key Challenges for Environmental Diplomacy Geneva, 11 July 2011-Boosting cooperation between countries sharing the waters of the Amu Darya, Central Asia's longest river, could be key to future peace and security in the region a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.
Johannes F. Linn, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development
The Brookings Institution
Note: The last fact sheet was dated January 12, 2011.
Asia Report N°2013 Feb 2011
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Quietly but steadily Central Asia's basic human and physical infrastructure - the roads, power plants, hospitals and schools and the last generation of Soviet-trained specialists who have kept this all running - is disappearing. The equipment is wearing out, the personnel retiring or dying. Post-independence regimes made little effort to maintain or replace either, and funds allocated for this purpose have largely been eaten up by corruption.
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - For UNICEF and the world's children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it's worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.
The year began, tragically and ominously, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Five months on since a major outbreak of interethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, the humanitarian needs of the affected population still require a coordinated response by the international community. Urgent humanitarian needs directly resulting from mass violence and displacement, arson and other grave human rights violations have also had an indirect impact on the social and economic situation across the country.
As of 25 October, Tajikistan had reported 458 laboratory-confirmed cases of wild poliovirus type 1, including 26 deaths. The last confirmed case in Tajikistan had a date of onset of 4 July. Since the beginning of the year, the Russian Federation had reported 14 poliomyelitis (polio) cases; Turkmenistan, 3 cases, and Kazakhstan, 1 case.
National immunization days (NIDs) were conducted in Tajikistan (5 rounds), Uzbekistan (3 rounds), Turkmenistan (3 rounds) and Kyrgyzstan (2 rounds). Kazakhstan held its first round of NIDs on 6-10 September.
A tribute to volunteers
2011 marks the International Year of Volunteers. One of the projects that the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support has in the pipelines is the development of guidelines and a toolkit for psychosocial support to volunteers in emergencies to ensure their long-run wellbeing.
This report covers the period 01/01/10 to 30/06/10.
Programme outcome: The National Society programmes are aligned with the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and culture of non-violence and peace.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 15 - 31 July, 2010
Appeal target (current): CHF 965,069 (USD 911,836 or EUR 721,979) in cash, kind, or services to support the Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent Society to assist 1,053 families or 5,265 beneficiaries (without counting the number of psycho-social support programme beneficiaries which is being planned at the moment) for 12 months, and is planned to be completed by the end of May, 2011.
Appeal coverage: 33 %
· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 15 July 2010 for CHF 965,069 (USD 911,836 or EUR 721,979) to assist 5,265 …
As of 1 August 2010, Tajikistan had reported 452 laboratory-confirmed cases of wild poliovirus type 1, with 20 deaths (4.4%). The latest confirmed poliomyelitis (polio) cases had disease onset on 4 July 2010. Seven cases had been laboratory confirmed for wild poliovirus type 1 in the Russian Federation.
Kyrgyzstan conducted its first round of national immunization days (NIDs) on 19-23 July. In total, 630 598 children under the age of 5 were immunized, representing 98% coverage of this target population. Four rounds have been held in Tajikistan and three in Uzbekistan.
In this issue
Polio Immunization Drive in Central Asia
Joint UN-OIC Humanitarian Strategy in the making
West Bank: One in Four Refugees cannot meet basic Food Needs
Syria: Restoring 2,000 Years old Wells to provide fresh Water
Pakistan: Humanitarians seek $460 Million to respond to immense Flood Disaster
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Pakistan will require nearly US$460 million over the coming weeks to meet the urgent needs of millions of people, according to the Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan for Pakistan launched by the United Nations …
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
Following a wave of violence that reached its' peak June 10-14, 2010 in the southern city of Osh in the Kyrgyz Republic (commonly called Kyrgyzstan), Save the Children has launched an emergency response to address the needs among children and their families.
Due to the violence, approximately 375,000 people fled their homes, including approximately 75,000 that took refuge in neighboring Uzbekistan, and then subsequently returned to Kyrgyzstan - either to their places of origin, or remaining displaced within the country's boundaries.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Following the large-scale displacement of civilians triggered by the widespread violence and destruction that started on 10 June 2010 in the southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad, and which left 335 people dead, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) launched a Flash Appeal on June 18. This Appeal sought US$173 million to provide life-saving assistance to an estimated 300,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and up to 765,300 direct and indirect victims of the violence who were not displaced, such as host communities or people wounded in the conflict.
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)