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World: General Assembly, Taking Action on Reports of Its Fourth Committee, Adopts 37 Draft Resolutions, Decisions

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Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory, World

GA/11868
6 DECEMBER 2016

Upon the recommendation of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), the General Assembly adopted 35 resolutions and 2 decisions today, on issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and decolonization.

Taking up Israeli-Palestinian issues, the Assembly adopted nine draft resolutions, all by recorded vote. Taking up a draft titled “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)”, it adopted that text by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nauru, Paraguay, South Sudan).

By that draft, the General Assembly urged the international community to provide or increase their contributions to UNRWA in order to address its serious financial constraints. It also requested that the Secretary-General facilitate broad consultations with Member States, notably host countries, international financial institutions and other donors, to explore all ways and means, including voluntary and assessed contributions, to ensure sufficient, predictable and sustained funding for the duration of the Agency’s mandate.

The Assembly narrowly adopted — by a recorded vote of 91 in favour to 11 against, with 73 abstentions — a draft titled “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”. By that text, the Assembly noted with deep regret the onset of the fiftieth year of Israel’s occupation. It expressed grave concern over the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as a result of unlawful Israeli practices and measures. The Assembly condemned all illegal settlements, called for the lifting of Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, and for an end to its indiscriminate use of force and military operations against the civilian population.

Turning to decolonization questions, the Assembly adopted 21 draft resolutions and one draft decision. Taking up a draft titled “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations”, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 125 in favour to none against, with 55 abstentions. According to that text, the Assembly urged those and other United Nations entities to provide moral and material assistance, as needed, to the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

By recorded vote, the Assembly also adopted drafts on assistance to Palestine refugees; persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities; Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues; Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan; Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; as well as a resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan. It also adopted a text on the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other occupied Arab territories.

The Assembly went on to adopt, also by recorded vote, draft resolution on information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73(e) of the United Nations Charter; economic and other activities affecting the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories; and dissemination of information on decolonization. It further adopted, by recorded vote, texts relating to implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations, as well as to implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

Closely following the Fourth Committee’s recommendations, the Assembly also adopted, without a vote, a series of annual texts relating to the decolonization of specific Non-Self-Governing Territories. They included drafts affirming the right to self-determination for the peoples of Western Sahara, Tokelau, American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guam, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Also without a vote, the Assembly adopted drafts relating to special political missions, atomic radiation, outer space affairs and offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

It took note of a report on the comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects, and another on the programme planning for the Fourth Committee.

Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted two decisions, one relating to the question of Gibraltar and the other to the revitalization of its own work.

Presenting Fourth Committee reports for the Assembly’s consideration was that body’s Rapporteur.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 7 December, to consider draft resolutions relating to oceans and the law of the sea, as well as sustainable fisheries.

Background

The General Assembly met this afternoon to consider reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) on the following agenda items: effects of atomic radiation (document A/71/491); international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space (document A/71/492); United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (document A/71/493); report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (document A/71/494); comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects (document A/71/495); and comprehensive review of special political missions (document A/71/496).

Also awaiting action were reports on: questions relating to information (document A/71/497); information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations (document A/71/498); economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/71/499); implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations (document A/71/500); offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories (document A/71/501); implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (document A/71/502); revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (document A/71/503); and programme planning (document A/71/504).

Introduction of Reports

AWALE ALI KULLANE (Somalia), Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee, introduced that body’s reports, saying they contained 35 draft resolutions, 21 of which had been approved without a vote. During the course of 23 formal meetings, the Committee had also approved, two draft decisions, also without a vote. Recalling the high level of cooperation prevailing in the Committee, he said it had fulfilled the mandate that the General Assembly had entrusted to it, having completed its work effectively and constructively.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly began by taking up a draft resolution titled “The Effects of Atomic Radiation” (document A/71/L.5), adopting it without a vote. According to that text, the Assembly supported the intentions and plans of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation for the conduct of its programme of work, in particular its next periodic global surveys of radiation exposure. By other terms, the Assembly requested that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) continue actively to support the Scientific Committee’s work and the dissemination of its findings, within existing resources. It further encouraged Member States to make voluntary contributions to UNEP’s general trust fund, and to make in-kind contributions in support of the Scientific Committee.

Turning to outer space affairs, the Assembly adopted a text titled “International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space” (document A/71/492/L.2) without a vote. By that text, the Assembly urged States that were not yet signatories to international treaties governing the uses of outer space to consider ratifying or acceding to and incorporating them into national legislation. It also urged all States — particularly those with major space capabilities — to contribute actively to pursue the goal of preventing an arms race in outer space.

On Israeli-Palestinian issues, the Assembly adopted nine draft resolutions by recorded vote. It first took up a draft titled “Assistance to Palestine refugees” (document A/71/493/L.7), by which it decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) until 30 June 2020. It called upon all donors to meet the Agency’s anticipated needs, including those arising from conflict and instability in the Middle East, and from the serious socioeconomic and humanitarian situation. The Assembly adopted that text by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 9 abstentions (Cameroon, Canada, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Paraguay, South Sudan, United States).

Taking up a draft titled “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities” (document A/71/493/L.8), the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 166 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo).

By that text, the Assembly stressed the necessity for an accelerated return of displaced persons, and called for compliance with the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September 1993. In the meantime, it endorsed efforts by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance, on an emergency basis and as a temporary measure, to currently displaced persons in those areas in serious need of continued assistance as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities.

Next, it took up a draft resolution titled “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)” (document A/71/493 III/L.9), adopting it by a recorded 167 votes in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nauru, Paraguay, South Sudan).

According to that text, the General Assembly called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to ensure the safety of UNRWA personnel. It further urged the international community to provide or increase their contributions to the Agency in order to address its serious financial constraints. The Assembly also requested that the Secretary-General facilitate broad consultations with Member States, notably host countries, members of the Advisory Commission and other donors, as well as with international financial institutions, to explore all ways and means, including through voluntary and assessed contributions, to ensure that UNRWA was sufficiently, predictably and sustainably funded for the duration of its mandate.

Taking up a draft titled “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues” (document A/71/493/L.10), the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, South Sudan, United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Paraguay, Togo).

By that text, the Assembly requested that the Secretary-General take all appropriate steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, for the protection of Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel. It called upon Israel to render all facilities and assistance to the Secretary-General in implementation of the present resolution. It urged both the Palestinian and Israeli sides to deal with the issue of Palestine refugees’ properties and revenues within the framework of final status peace negotiations.

Next, the Assembly adopted — by a recorded vote of 91 in favour to 11 against, with 73 abstentions — a resolution titled “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories” (document A/71/494).

By its terms, the General Assembly expressed grave concern about the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as a result of unlawful Israeli practices and measures. It condemned all illegal settlements and called for the lifting of Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, and for that country to end its indiscriminate use of force and military operations against the civilian population.

The Assembly also adopted — by a recorded 168 votes in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo) — a draft resolution titled “Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories” (document A/71/494/L.12).

By that text, the Assembly demanded that Israel accept the Convention’s de jure applicability in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with its provisions. It further called upon all High Contracting Parties to the Convention to exert all efforts to ensure respect for its provisions on the part of Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Taking up a draft titled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” (document A/71/494/L.13), the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo).

Under the terms of that text, the General Assembly condemned acts of violence, destruction, harassment, provocation and incitement by Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and called for accountability for the illegal actions perpetrated in that regard. It demanded that Israel comply with its legal obligations in relation to the advisory opinion rendered by the International Court of Justice on 9 July 2004.

By a draft resolution titled “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” (document A/71/494/L.14), the General Assembly demanded that Israel cease all practices and actions violating the human rights of the Palestinian people, including the killing and injury of civilians, arbitrary detention and imprisonment of civilians, forced displacement, and any obstruction of humanitarian assistance, among other things.

It also called for urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as well as urgent attention to the plight and rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israeli jails. The Assembly adopted that draft by a recorded 162 votes in favour to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 8 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Malawi, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Vanuatu).

The Assembly then took up a draft titled “The occupied Syrian Golan” (document A/71/494/L.15), adopting it by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 15 abstentions. By its terms, the General Assembly called upon Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981). It further called upon that country to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and identity cards on Syrian citizens.

The Assembly then took note of the report “Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects” (document A/71/495).

Acting without a vote, it then adopted a draft resolution titled “Comprehensive review of special political missions” (document A/71/496/L.6), by which it requested that the Secretary-General hold regular, inclusive and interactive dialogue on overall policy matters pertaining to special political missions. The Assembly also requested that the Secretary-General submit to its seventy-second session a report on those policy matters, including efforts towards improving expertise, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, geographical representation, gender perspective and women’s equal participation in respect of all special political missions.

Turning to questions relating to information, the Assembly then adopted, without a vote, draft resolution A titled “Information in the service of humanity” (document A/71/21, chapter IV). By its terms, the Assembly urged all countries and United Nations system organizations to cooperate in order to reduce existing disparities in information flows by increasing communications infrastructure assistance in developing countries. The Assembly also urged those countries to enhance regional efforts and cooperation among themselves, as well as between developed and developing countries.

Acting again without a vote, the Assembly adopted the full text of draft resolution B, “United Nations public information policies and activities”, contained in the report of the Committee on Information at its thirty-seventh session (document A/71/21, chapter IV). By that text, the Assembly emphasized the importance of all official United Nations languages and requested the inclusion of that aspect in future programme budget proposals for the Department of Public Information, bearing in mind the principle of parity among all six official languages and respecting the workload in each.

By a recorded vote of 176 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (Central African Republic, France, Israel, United Kingdom, United States), the Assembly adopted draft resolution I, “Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations” (document A/71/23, chapter XIII). By that text, it requested the administering Powers concerned to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General statistical and other technical information relating to economic, social and educational conditions in the Territories for which they were respectively responsible.

It also adopted draft resolution IV on “Economic and other activities which affect the interests of the people of the Non-Self-Governing Territories” (document A/71/23, chapter XIII), by a recorded vote of 177 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (France, United Kingdom). By that text, the Assembly urged the administering Powers concerned to safeguard and guarantee the inalienable right of the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories to their natural resources, and to establish control over the future development of those resources.

The Assembly then took up draft resolution III, “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations” (document A/71/23, chapter XIII), adopting it by a recorded vote of 125 in favour to none against, with 55 abstentions. In line with that text, the Assembly urged those and other entities of the United Nations system to provide moral and material assistance, as needed, to the peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Taking up a draft resolution titled “Offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non-Self-Governing Territories” (document A/71/501/L.3), the Assembly adopted it without a vote.

Acting without a vote, it went on to adopt draft resolutions on the Question of Western Sahara (document A/71/502/L.4), Question of Tokelau (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.60); Question of American Samoa (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.63); Question of Anguilla (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.68); Question of Bermuda (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.73); Question of the British Virgin Islands (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.77); Question of the Cayman Islands (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.81); Question of Guam (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.91); Question of Montserrat (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.91); Question of Pitcairn (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.95); Question of Saint Helena (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.99); Question of the Turks and Caicos Islands (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.104); Question of the United States Virgin Islands (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.109); Question of New Caledonia (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.114); and the Question of French Polynesia (document A/71/23, chapter XIII, p.120).

The Assembly then adopted, by a recorded vote of 174 in favour to 3 against (Israel, United Kingdom, United States), with 2 abstentions (France, Togo), draft resolution II, “Dissemination of information on decolonization” (document A/71/23, XVI, chapter XIII), by which the Assembly requested that the United Nations take measures to publicize its work in the field of decolonization.

By a recorded vote of 171 in favour to 5 against (Côte d’Ivoire, Israel, Morocco, United Kingdom, United States), with 4 abstentions (Colombia, France, Palau, Togo), the Assembly adopted draft resolution V, “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples” (document A/71/23, chapter XIII). By that text, the Assembly called upon administering Powers of the Non-Self-Governing Territories to continue to cooperate with the Special Committee on Decolonization in the discharge of its mandate. It further called upon administering Powers to facilitate the Special Committee’s visiting missions to the Territories on a case-by-case basis, and to ensure that their economic and other activities in the Territories would not adversely affect their peoples’ interests but instead promote development.

Acting without a vote, the Assembly then adopted two draft decisions, one titled “Question of Gibraltar” (document A/71/503/L.17), and the other concerning the proposed programme of work and timetable for its seventy-second session (documents A/71/503/L.16).

Finally, the Assembly took note of the Fourth Committee’s report on programme planning (document A/71/504).

Kenya: Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands - Accelerated Growth in Kenya: Mitigation co-benefits of herd size and feed quality management

Kenya - ReliefWeb News - 5 hours 34 min ago
Source: Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers Country: Kenya

The agricultural development project Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth (REGAL-AG) has promoted improved livestock management that resulted in a decrease in net emissions of 10%. Since emissions from livestock account for the majority of Kenya’s agricultural emissions (95%), reduction of emissions in the livestock sector has high potential impact. REGAL-AG’s interventions have sought to improve links between livestock producers and buyers, to boost producer access to critical inputs, and to increase availability of timely market information, which resulted in a decrease in slaughter age for all livestock types. REGAL- AG anticipated that these dynamics, coupled with the program outreach activities, could result in a 10% decrease in herd size, which drives the greater share of emission reductions. Increases in productivity (50–67%) and decreases in absolute emissions (-10%) that resulted from REGAL-AG’s interventions decreased the emission intensity 33-40% (emissions per unit production) for all livestock types.

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Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands - Accelerated Growth in Kenya: Mitigation co-benefits of herd size and feed quality

Haiti: Sharing water, the gift of life, in Haiti

Haiti - ReliefWeb News - 5 hours 35 min ago
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Spain

By Kate Roux

Following the devastation of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Dominican Red Cross mobilized 29 of its staff with 3 water trucks and 5 water treatment plants. For four weeks they worked across the border in Haiti, distributing more than 700,000 liters of clean water to communities affected by the hurricane.

“When the hurricane hit, we knew that clean water would be critical for the Haitian people and that the capacity of the Haiti Red Cross would be surpassed,” explains Gustavo Lara, executive director of the Dominican Red Cross. “We already have 29 water purification plants ready to be sent across the border, and teams trained on how to use them, and who also know how to teach communities good hygiene practices.”

The water that the Dominicans are providing makes all the difference to Haitians who have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Clean, reliable sources of water reduce the spread of cholera and other water-borne illnesses, and it makes it possible to do everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and washing.

Dominicans also understand the local context in Haiti. The journey from the capital of Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince is only 6 hours by road, across the island of Hispaniola, and in 2004 both countries were severely affected by devastating floods. From 2004 to 2007 the European Union provided funding for the emergency response, focusing specifically on water and sanitation. Several water emergency response units were deployed to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, assisting thousands of people.

Following the floods operation in 2007, the International Federation and the Spanish Red Cross received funding from the European Union to refurbish and adapt the emergency water units into locally sustainable water units run by technical support teams. They were stationed in the Dominican Republic, in order to build local capacity for emergency response in the future. As a result of this investment, when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, everything was ready for deployment.

Jose Dipre is a technical expert in water and sanitation with the Dominican Red Cross. He is leading the team who has been operating on the ground in Haiti since 12 October. “In Les Cayes we have been working with the regional committee. It was a big moment for us when we purified the first 3,000 liters of water,” he explains. “We have worked hard to make this happen. The local Red Cross staff here now understand how to carry this forward, without our assistance,” he says.

Jose and his team, along with the Spanish Red Cross, are producing enough water to assist around 2,244 families or 11,220 people in Camp-Perrin and Anse d’Hainault. The rain often makes it difficult for the trucks to distribute the water in certain areas, but they have still managed to reach places that are extremely remote and in desperate need of help, such as Les Irois and Anse d’Hainault.

In 2015 the Dominican Red Cross and the Haiti Red Cross signed a bilateral cooperation agreement. The cooperation agreement gives way for both Red Cross national societies to continue sharing their mutual expertise, so gaps during the response to a disaster such as Matthew can be met efficiently and effectively.

“The investments in local resources as we have seen between mutual support of both Red Cross national societies in the Dominican Republic and Haiti can make a tremendous difference in the long-term,” explains Ines Brill, head of IFRC Country Cluster for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. “This is the kind of model for humanitarian response to emergencies that we discussed at the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this year, and seeing its success here today, the International Federation is going to continue to push this agenda in years to come.”

Democratic Republic of the Congo: MONUSCO condemns the attacks perpetrated in Tshikapa

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 11:57pm
Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa, 6 December 2016 - The town of Tshikapa was the scene of clashes between alleged militiamen and security forces between 2nd and 3rd December 2016, resulting in loss of lives, injuries and extensive property damage.

"MONUSCO strongly condemns violence from whatever quarter, and remains concerned at the increasing levels of violence in the Kasai and Central Kasai provinces and reaffirms its commitment to supporting the authorities in restoring State authority and bringing calm,” stated Maman Sidikou, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC.

MONUSCO extends its condolences to the families of the victims, condemns the acts of violence perpetrated and the human rights abuses committed. A MONUSCO multidisciplinary team will be travelling to Tshikapa in the coming days to assess the situation and meet with local authorities with a view to supporting them in enhancing security measures.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: La MONUSCO condamne les attaques perpétrées à Tshikapa

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 11:56pm
Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa, le 6 décembre 2016 - La ville de Tshikapa a été le théâtre d’affrontements entre des miliciens supposés et les forces de l’ordre entre le 2 et le 3 décembre 2016, faisant des morts, des blessés et de nombreux dégâts matériels.

« La MONUSCO condamne vivement la violence d’où qu’elle vienne et reste préoccupée par cette montée de violence dans les provinces du Kasaï, et du Kasaï central et réaffirme son engagement à soutenir les autorités à restaurer l’autorité de l’Etat et ramener le calme », a déclaré Maman Sidikou, Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies en RDC.

La MONUSCO présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes, condamne ces actes de violence perpétrés et les abus des droits de l’Homme commis. Une équipe pluridisciplinaire de la MONUSCO se rendra à Tshikapa dans les prochains jours pour faire une évaluation de la situation et rencontrer les autorités locales en vue de les soutenir dans le renforcement des mesures sécuritaires.

Indonesia: Aceh quake victims moved amid lack of hospital staff

Indonesia - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 11:08pm
Source: Jakarta Post Country: Indonesia

Pidie Jaya, Aceh | Wed, December 7, 2016 | 10:58 am

Victims of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Pidie Jaya regency were moved to Sigli General Hospital in neighboring Pidie regency due to a shortage of medical staff at Pidie Jaya General Hospital.

Royan, a volunteer with Aceh Police, said Pidie Jaya General Hospital was overwhelmed with dozens of victims, forcing some to be taken to the hospital in Sigli, about 60 kilometers from Pidie Jaya.

Family members of victims were becoming impatient as the injured were made to wait for services at the hospital in Pidie Jaya, he said, as quoted by news agency Antara.

About 30 victims suffering minor and serious injuries, like broken bones from falling debris, were being treated at the Pidie Jaya hospital on Wednesday morning.

Royan, who helped treat victims, said the government was sending medical staff and medicine to the Pidie Jaya hospital.

The earthquake, which struck at 5:03 a.m., caused dozens of buildings to collapse. Royan said some shops were damaged in the Pidie Jaya downtown area of Meureudu.

He said the government needed to send heavy equipment to Meureudu as some people were believed to be trapped inside buildings.

The Pidie Jaya Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said on Wednesday morning that four people had and dozens had been injured. (evi)

Indonesia: At least one dead after strong quake hits Indonesia's Aceh

Indonesia - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 10:58pm
Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Indonesia

*At least one dead some reports toll much higher

*Big aftershocks felt in hours after initial 6.4 quake

*"People panicked and rushed outdoors"

*Aceh devastated by massive quake, tsunami in 2004 (Recasts throughout with at least one dead, dozens of buildings collapsed, adds quotes and details)

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Fergus Jensen

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Indonesian search and rescue teams used earth movers to clear rubble after dozens of buildings collapsed in the northern province of Aceh when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday, killing at least one person.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo [EN/FR]

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 10:41pm
Source: UN Secretary-General Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo (Catholic Church - CENCO), to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the holding of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He takes note of President Kabila''s expressed support and encouragement to CENCO''s mediation, and of the stated readiness of The Rassemblement opposition platform to remain engaged in dialogue.

The Secretary-General expresses his support for the mediation led by CENCO. He calls on all political actors in the DRC, to recommit themselves to this mediation.

Less than two weeks before the end of President Kabila''s second and final term in office, the Secretary-General underlines the need to pursue, in earnest, this Congolese-owned process to reach a consensual and peaceful solution to the current impasse.

Le Secrétaire général se félicite de l''annonce de la poursuite de la médiation menée par la Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo (CENCO) afin de parvenir à un consensus plus inclusif sur la tenue des élections en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il prend note du soutien et des encouragements exprimés par le Président Kabila à l’égard de la médiation de la CENCO et de la disponibilité déclarée du Rassemblement de l’opposition à rester engagée dans le dialogue.

Le Secrétaire général exprime son soutien à la médiation menée par la CENCO. Il appelle tous les acteurs politiques en RDC à se réengager dans cette médiation.

Moins de deux semaines avant la fin du second et dernier mandat du Président Kabila, le Secrétaire général souligne la nécessité de poursuivre, de manière déterminée, ce processus mené par les Congolais eux-mêmes, afin de parvenir à une solution consensuelle et pacifique à l''impasse actuelle.

Nepal: Case study: Australian aid supporting women and micro-entrepreneurs to rebuild after Nepal earthquakes

Nepal - ReliefWeb News - 6 December 2016 - 10:20pm
Source: Government of Australia Country: Australia, Nepal

Kalyani Ghishing finished school in year seven because her family was struggling financially and her parents did not believe girls needed to complete their education. Instead of pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor, Kalyani trained to become a tailor starting her own business from home in 1995.

Kalyani, now 45 and living in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal, received support through the Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) which creates employment opportunities for the rural poor. MEDEP is an initiative of the Government of Nepal, Australia and UNDP. Kalyani is the current owner of Prerana Tailoring Center and is one of 17 shareholders at Bhairabkund Garment Industry. Through the support of MEDEP, Kalyani has trained more than 1,800 women in tailoring and at least 150 of these women now operate their own enterprises. "It gives me immense pride to see them doing so well," she said.

The journey to success, Kalyani argues, is a combination of hard work and MEDEP's support. "Back then, I didn't have any idea about business", she said. "MEDEP guided me—from moving my shop to a more strategic location, to providing entrepreneurship and technical skills that helped to improve my business," she explained. In 2010, following the growth of her business, Kalyani was able to complete her year 10 studies. "Being a School Leaving Certificate (SLC) graduate has been one of the happiest moments of my life."

The earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015 damaged the rented office space and some of the equipment belonging to the enterprise group. Production remained stalled until April 2016. Thanks to Australia's early recovery assistance through the Rapid Enterprise and Livelihoods Recovery Project (RELRP), the livelihoods of 12,000 vulnerable people including Kalyani's have been restored.

For her continued entrepreneurship excellence, Kalyani was awarded a "Best Entrepreneurs Award" by the Ministry of Industry in 2011 and 2015. She now plays an active role in promoting new micro entrepreneurs as Vice President of the District Micro Entrepreneurs Group Association (DMEGA), in Sindhupalchowk.

Pakistan: Case study: Empowering women and girls for the future

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Source: Government of Australia Country: Australia, Pakistan

Australia’s support to the World Bank Multi Donor Trust Fund for the Border Areas (MDTFBA) has helped to provide nearly 250 schools with infrastructure and new facilities in Balochistan Province, Pakistan.

The Promoting Girls Education in Balochistan (PGEB) program supported access to education and the retention of children in schools, with a special focus on girls. The program brought almost 39,000 children into school, including almost 33,500 girls from across Balochistan.

PGEB enabled the Government of Balochistan to construct buildings to house 130 girls' schools that had been operating without shelter. The program also provided missing facilities, including toilets, drinking water, boundary walls and furniture, to a further almost 230 girls' schools in Balochistan.

Building on the Balochistan Government's experience of working with community schools, 260 new schools were set up in locations where no schools had previously existed. These locations were identified through active community engagement, including feedback provided by local women and an assessment of local teacher availability.

One beneficiary of the program is Zarghonay who is the youngest in a family of six children and a fifth grade student at a girls’ school in Pishin District in Balochistan. Originally a shelter-less school, it now comprises three rooms with a boundary wall and water and sanitation facilities.

“My older sisters could not get an education because there was no primary school in the village then. It was difficult for me too, my school had no facilities, no water, no toilet nor were there any rooms for the 80 girl students.”

Like Zarghonay, many girls across 12 districts in Balochistan are now benefitting from the program.

“Had this school not been built, I would be out of school. My father did not want me to sit outdoors and study, I am happy now we have a beautiful school. It has a boundary wall so we can play with our friends and no-one outside the school can see us. We have water to drink too,” says Zarghonay.

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