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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Ethiopia - IASC - Yemen

04 Nov 2021

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FAO distribution in Afghanistan. © FAO Afghanistan

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 November 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA has an update on humanitarian deliveries in Afghanistan: between 1 September and 15 October, the UN and NGO partners provided 4.1 million people with food assistance; reached more than 580,000 people with primary health-care services; provided treatment for acute malnutrition to more than 85,000 children under age 5; supported more than 28,000 people with psychosocial support services; assisted nearly 200,000 drought-affected people with water trucking; reached more than 48,000 children with community-based education activities; and supported more than 82,000 people with standard non-food items assistance.

Dialogue is ongoing at every level – district by district; province by province – to ensure the full and meaningful participation of women in humanitarian action.

Over the past two-and-a-half months, OCHA has been engaging with the de facto authorities in all provinces to help secure the full and unimpeded participation of women in humanitarian operations. This is essential to ensure principled humanitarian action, including the access of women and girls to life-saving assistance and services. 

Progress continues to be made. Between 2 September and 28 October, the number of provinces in which full agreement has been secured regarding the participation of women has increased from 3 to 14; half of these agreements have been secured in the past two weeks. 

Likewise, the number of provinces in which partial agreement has been secured has increased from 16 to 19, while the number of provinces in which no agreement has been secured has decreased from six to one. 

 

Ethiopia

USG/ERC Martin Griffiths is expected to be on mission to Ethiopia from tomorrow [Friday].

Mr. Griffiths will engage with relevant stakeholders to ensure that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches those who desperately need it.

 

Inter-Agency Standing Committee 

The UN’s highest-level humanitarian coordination forum, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, issued a statement yesterday urging world leaders gathered at the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to prioritize the most vulnerable and at-risk countries and communities in their decision-making.

The 21 signatories – including the Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Principals of 11 UN organizations – say that the climate crisis disproportionately affects communities that also face conflict, violence, poverty and COVID-19, and in particular women and girls. These vulnerable populations have limited capacity to cope with shocks and adapt to climate change, and risk being left further behind.

The Principals call on Governments to empower the most vulnerable and marginalized people in crises, including women, youth, internally displaced people and refugees. They urge world leaders to listen to grass-roots leaders and engage them in decision-making, to invest in risk management and capacities at the local level, and to increase financing for climate adaptation.

The humanitarian organizations say they have witnessed for years how climate change is creating unprecedented humanitarian needs. In the past 20 months alone, more than 658 million people have been exposed to extreme-temperature events, and climate-related disasters have killed more than 17,200 people and affected the lives and livelihoods of at least 139 million. 

The full statement is available on the IASC website.

 

Yemen

The UN and partners continue to provide life-saving assistance to civilians affected by conflict in Ma’rib, Al Bayda and Shabwah since the escalation of fighting in these governorates in September this year. 

In October, aid agencies provided assistance on both sides of the front lines, including food aid to 2,100 families in Al Abdiyah District, 12,400 families in the Alwadi area of Ma’rib, and 40,000 families in Ma’rib City.

Additionally, the UN Population Fund has delivered emergency relief to newly displaced persons affected by the fighting in Ma’rib and surrounding governorates. In October, nearly 100,000 displaced people received assistance that included hygiene items, ready-to-eat food rations, and female dignity kits. 

In Al Abdiyah District, which has seen some of the most intense fighting in recent weeks, the distribution of blankets continues. As of 2 November, nearly 19,000 people in the district have received assistance.

The UN continues to call for an end to military escalations and has been engaging with the parties to the conflict to ensure that aid partners have the necessary access to civilians stranded between rapidly shifting front lines.