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South Sudan: USG Humanitarian Assistance to South Sudan Crisis Last Updated 09/30/17

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Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #12, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

The Federal Response In Puerto Rico Has Been Adequate, Many GOP Senators Say - HuffPost

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The Federal Response In Puerto Rico Has Been Adequate, Many GOP Senators Say
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Compared to the U.S. response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, another island in the Caribbean, however, the immediate response in Puerto Rico has paled in comparison. The leaders of the 2010 humanitarian mission in Haiti told The ...
Baby born aboard Puerto Rican 'Comfort' shipNew York Post
USNS Comfort Welcomes Baby Girl Off Coast of Puerto RicoDoD Live

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Nashville plays role in sending instruments around the world - fox6now.com

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Nashville plays role in sending instruments around the world
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Stacked inside a Nashville church, the instruments are on their way to places like Zambia, Haiti and Nepal. It's all part of a belief that music makes life better. ... Edwards figured he couldn't help with food or shelter. Others already handle that ...

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Haiti: 440 Leaders communautaires du Sud et du Sud’Est recoivent des formations en bonnes pratiques nutritionnelles et d’hygiène

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Haiti

14 octobre 2017, Port-au- Prince. Dans le cadre du projet « Réhabilitation et renforcement des moyens d’existence des ménages agricoles affectés par l’ouragan Matthew dans les Départements du Sud et du Sud’Est », mis en œuvre conjointement par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) et l’Organisation Alianza por la Solidaridad, 440 Leaders communautaires du Sud et Sud’Est bénéficient de séances de formation sur les bonnes pratiques agricoles et nutritionnelles, tout au long des mois d’octobre et novembre 2017.

Cette initiative - un projet de réponse suite au passage de l’ouragan Matthiew financé par la Direction Générale de la Protection Civile et des Opérations d’Aide Humanitaire Européennes (ECHO) pour un montant total de € 2,550,000 - vise à renforcer les capacités des Leaders communautaires dans les communes de Bainet,

Côtes-de- Fer, Chardonnières et Port-à- Piment dans le domaine de la nutrition et de l’hygiène des aliments, à travers des sessions de formation théorique et pratique, ainsi que des démonstrations culinaires participatives. « Le renforcement de l’éducation nutritionnelle de la population haïtienne est une priorité dans la programmation de l’Union Européenne en Haïti, » a expliqué Jordi Torres Miralles, Chef du Bureau d’ECHO en Haïti. « La liaison de cette initiative avec les actions visant à améliorer la sécurité alimentaire aussi implémentées dans le cadre de ce projet, est essentiel pour contribuer à réduire certaines causes sous-jacentes de la malnutrition », at-il ajouté.

Ces séances de formation ciblent 440 Leaders d’associations paysannes et de groupements de femmes (femmes enceintes, allaitantes, entre autres). Elles sont réalisées au niveau de toutes les sections communales des 4 communes susmentionnées: chaque Leader communautaire formé a pour engagement de répliquer les connaissances acquises à 20 personnes de sa communauté, afin d’atteindre l’ensemble des bénéficiaires de ces formations, soit 8.800 personnes.

Les contenus des formations adaptés aux besoins des communautés locales Les formations portent essentiellement sur l’allaitement maternel et l’alimentation complémentaire ; le respect d’une alimentation équilibrée en se basant sur la pyramide alimentaire haïtienne avec les trois groupes d’aliments (constructeurs, protecteurs, énergétiques) ; l’hygiène alimentaire ; la cuisson des aliments ; l’alimentation des groupes vulnérables (petits enfants, femmes enceintes) en situation d’urgence ; l’importance des fruits et légumes ; le lavage de mains ; le traitement de l’eau ; et la planification familiale. « Avant d’entamer les séances de formation, nous prenons le soin de tester le niveau de connaissances des bénéficiaires en matière de bonnes pratiques nutritionnelles et d’hygiène. En général, les participants ont un très faible niveau d’éducation nutritionnelle et d’hygiène. Mais, grâce aux différentes séances de formation réalisées, une nette amélioration est observée chez l’ensemble des bénéficiaires. Ils développement un certain réflexe en termes de choix alimentaires, et se sont engagés à répliquer les connaissances acquises dans leur localité, selon un plan de travail conjointement établi », a affirmé Camsuze Bosué, nutritionniste à la FAO.

Chaque session de formation dure 3 jours, à raison de 25 Leaders communautaires par section communale, dont 80% de femmes. Les sessions sont clôturées par une séance de démonstration culinaire et une mise en situation des leaders, permettant d’évaluer leur capacité et d’identifier les lacunes à combler pour la réalisation des séances de réplication.

Très enthousiastes, les participants ayant assisté à la séance de formation tenue du 3 au 5 octobre 2017 dans la commune de Bainet, disent apprécier cette démarche qui vient améliorer leur mode de consommation et d’alimentation. « La FAO et les autres partenaires nous rendent un grand service en implémentant ce projet. La population en avait grandement besoin, compte nu de son manque d’information dans ce domaine. Ces connaissances en matière d’allaitement maternel, d’hygiène et de nutrition, vont nous permettre de changer nos comportements et nos pratiques alimentaires et nutritionnelles », a déclaré Etienne Stanley Michel, l’un des Responsables de l’organisation Vision des Jeunes de Bainet (VJB). Pour sa part, Myrlande Saint-Phillippe, s’est dit reconnaissante envers la FAO, tout en s’engageant à vulgariser les notions apprises et sensibiliser les gens de sa communauté.

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Bangladesh: Bangladesh - Rohingya Refugee Crisis - Cox's Bazar District: Kutupalong Extension Site - Zone SS - Shelter Analysis - As of 6 October 2017

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Source: International Organization for Migration, WASH Cluster, REACH Initiative, Inter Sector Coordination Group Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar

Bangladesh: Bangladesh - Rohingya Refugee Crisis - Cox's Bazar District: Mainnerghona Spontaneous Site - Shelter Analysis - As of 6 October 2017

Relief Web Maps - 3 hours 6 min ago
Source: International Organization for Migration, WASH Cluster, REACH Initiative, Inter Sector Coordination Group Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar

Is It Time to Rethink the Legacy of Enrique Peñalosa?

Planetzine - 3 hours 7 min ago
Negative responses to the "Most Influential Urbanists" list published last week overwhelmingly focused on one name on the list: Enrique Peñalosa.

REPORT: Westchester schools lack teacher diversity - The Journal News | LoHud.com

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REPORT: Westchester schools lack teacher diversity
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Although students of color make up 38 percent of Westchester's primary, secondary and high school population outside of Yonkers, only 12 percent of the county's teachers are black or Latino, according to “See Our Truth,” published by The Education ...

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Dockless vs. Docking Bikeshare Showdown in San Francisco

Planetzine - 4 hours 7 min ago
When Ford GoBike took over Bay Area Bike Share last year and promised to expand the number of bikes ten-fold, they entered into an exclusivity contract with San Francisco. So why is the city going to issue a permit to a competitor?

Syrian Arab Republic: Ongoing USG Humanitarian Assistance Syria - Complex Emergency (as of 30 September 2017)

Relief Web Maps - 4 hours 37 min ago
Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey

Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Ball State alumni improve infrastructures in Haiti, win awards - Ball State Daily News (press release)

Haiti Education - 4 hours 46 min ago

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Ball State alumni improve infrastructures in Haiti, win awards
Ball State Daily News (press release)
After a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the nation was forced to rebuild much of its infrastructures and buildings. Ball State architecture professor Anthony Costello has been visiting Haiti since 2001, and witnessed the damage firsthand ...

United Republic of Tanzania: Tanzania - Mtendeli Camp Mapping - Camp Overview: Shelters Distribution, 30 September 2017

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania

A Three-Story House That Fits in a Parking Space

Planetzine - 5 hours 7 min ago
There's a design for a 400-square-foot house spread over three floors.

United Republic of Tanzania: Tanzania - Mtendeli Camp Mapping - Camp Overview: Blocs Distribution, 30 September 2017

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania

Puerto Rico's power grid: Can tech turn tattered system into sustainable model? - Curbed

Haiti Sustainable - 5 hours 24 min ago

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Puerto Rico's power grid: Can tech turn tattered system into sustainable model?
Curbed
Kunkel points to numerous examples in the Caribbean and U.S., including Haiti, Hawaii (which has been transitioning to renewables), American Samoa, and even New York, where microgrids are being tested to create more resilient power systems.

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Security Council Presidential Statement Notes Contributions by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti During ... - ReliefWeb

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Security Council Presidential Statement Notes Contributions by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti During ...
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As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) completed its mandate on 15 October, the Security Council welcomed the notable progress made by Haiti towards stability and democracy. ... judicial reform, the respect for human rights ...

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Security Council Presidential Statement Notes Contributions by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti During ...
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“The Security Council stresses that there is important work ahead to further advance Haiti's long-term security, democratic consolidation, and sustainable development. The Security Council underscores the importance of continued support to Haiti as it ...

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Security Council Presidential Statement Notes Contributions by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti During ...
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As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) completed its mandate on 15 October, the Security Council welcomed the notable progress made by Haiti towards stability and democracy. In presidential statement S/PRST/2017/20, read by ...
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Haiti: Security Council Presidential Statement Notes Contributions by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti During 13-Year Mandate (Presidential Statement S/PRST/2017/20)

ReliefWeb Haiti rss - 5 hours 51 min ago
Source: UN Security Council Country: Haiti

SC/13031

Security Council
8070TH MEETING (AM)

As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) completed its mandate on 15 October, the Security Council welcomed the notable progress made by Haiti towards stability and democracy.

In presidential statement S/PRST/2017/20, read by François Delattre (France), its President for October, the Council recognized the contribution MINUSTAH had made in restoring security and stability throughout its 13‑year tenure and expressed appreciation of the efforts of the United Nations Country Team.

Recalling that the primary responsibility for ensuring stability lay with the Government of Haiti, the Council reaffirmed the need for political dialogue to help defuse tensions between competing groups. Also reaffirming the need for addressing ongoing socioeconomic grievances, the Council emphasized the importance of prioritizing strengthening the rule of law, judicial reform, respect for human rights, including the empowerment of women and their full participation in decision-making, and further developing the capacity of the Haitian National Police.

The Council also recognized the United Nations “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti” and its continued progress in reductions of suspected cases of cholera. In addition it reaffirmed its support for the United Nations zero‑tolerance policy on all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Further to the presidential statement, the Council underscored the importance of continued support to Haiti and welcomed the work of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) to consolidate progress made as the country transitioned to a non-peacekeeping United Nations presence. It emphasized the importance of MINUJUSTH developing a clearly benchmarked projected two‑year exit strategy to a non‑peacekeeping United Nations presence to continue supporting the efforts of the Government of Haiti in sustaining peace and peacebuilding.

At the outset of the meeting, the President expressed deepest sympathy and condolences to the people of Somalia and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu. The Council then observed one minute of silence.

The meeting started at 10:11 a.m. and ended at 10:18 a.m.

Presidential Statement

The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2017/20 reads as follows:

“As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) completes its mandate on 15 October 2017, the Security Council recognizes the achievements made by Haiti since 2004.

“The Security Council takes note of the report from the Secretary‑General of 5 October (S/2017/840) and the assessments, recommendations, and lessons learned contained therein. The Security Council expresses its intention to take them into account in the framework of its ongoing work to enhance the overall effectiveness of United Nations peacekeeping and transitions.

“Recalling resolutions 2350 (2017) and 2313 (2016), the Security Council welcomes the notable progress made by Haiti towards stability and democracy. It underlines the improvements in strengthening the security and humanitarian situation. The Security Council also welcomes the presidential elections held in 2016 and 2017, which have paved the way to consolidate Haiti’s democratic institutions through a peaceful transfer of power.

“The Security Council recognizes the contribution of MINUSTAH in restoring security and stability in Haiti throughout its thirteen years. The Security Council expresses its appreciation for the efforts of the United Nations Country Team, under the leadership of the Special Representatives of the Secretary‑General, and MINUSTAH personnel for their dedication. The Security Council also expresses its gratitude to the troop- and police‑contributing countries for their support over the years.

“The Security Council recalls the primary responsibility of the Government of Haiti for ensuring stability in Haiti and reaffirms in particular the need for political dialogue as a peaceful resolution to help defuse tensions between competing groups and to address ongoing socioeconomic grievances. It emphasizes the importance of prioritizing strengthening the rule of law, judicial reform, the respect for human rights, including the empowerment of women and their full participation in decision-making, and further developing the capacity of the Haitian National Police (HNP) to enable it to improve Haiti’s security environment, all of which are critical to achieving long‑term stability. Further, the Security Council expresses confidence that the new mission will work closely with the Government of Haiti and calls upon the Government to facilitate the mission’s mandate and functioning.

“The Security Council recognizes the United Nations ‘New Approach to Cholera in Haiti’ and continued progress in reductions of suspected cases of cholera.

“The Security Council reaffirms its support for the United Nations zero‑tolerance policy on all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse and affirms the importance of supporting victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

“The Security Council stresses that there is important work ahead to further advance Haiti’s long-term security, democratic consolidation, and sustainable development. The Security Council underscores the importance of continued support to Haiti as it embarks on the next stage of the United Nations’ engagement, and welcomes the work of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) to consolidate progress made as Haiti transitions to a non‑peacekeeping UN presence.

“The Security Council welcomes the use of a range of different tools to support Haiti as it seeks to address its political, economic, social, and security challenges. It emphasizes the importance of MINUJUSTH developing a clearly benchmarked projected two‑year exit strategy to a non‑peacekeeping UN presence in Haiti to continue supporting the efforts of the government of Haitian in sustaining peace and peacebuilding.”

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San Diego's Journey From First to Worst in Public Transit and What Could Turn it Around

Planetzine - 6 hours 7 min ago
For much of the 20th century, San Diego led the nation in public transit firsts. Unfortunately, the region has slipped to the bottom of national transit rankings. Planning activist Murtaza Baxamusa explains how it happened and the needed reform.
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