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World: To Walk the Earth in Safety (2019): January – December 2018, 18th Edition – Documenting the United States’ Commitment to Conventional Weapons Destruction

Source: US Department of State
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Palau, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Viet Nam, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

A Message From Deputy Assistant Secretary Marik String

This 18th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety summarizes the United States’ Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) programs in 2018. CWD assistance provides the United States with a powerful and flexible tool to help partner countries manage their stockpiles of munitions, destroy excess small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) and clear explosive hazards such as landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Our assistance also helps countries destroy illicitly-held or poorlysecured man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and mitigate their threat to civilian aviation and public safety.

In today’s dynamic world, threats to U.S. national security abound. The work carried out by the Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/ WRA) through its CWD programs is essential to protecting civilians and advancing our nation’s interests. From my work as a Reserve Naval Officer and as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I understand the need for a robust effort to secure weapons so they do not fall into the hands of nefarious actors.

Stockpiles of excess, poorly-secured, or otherwise at-risk conventional weapons remain a serious challenge to peace and prosperity in many countries. Poorly-secured munitions are illicitly diverted to terrorists and other destabilizing actors. Explosive hazards continue to kill and maim people long after conflicts have ended, preventing the safe return of displaced people and suppressing economic opportunities that are crucial to prosperity and political stability. As long as these dangers persist, it is difficult for communities to recover from conflict.

Since late 2015, the United States and our partners in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS have cleared IEDs from critical infrastructure in Iraq and Syria including hospitals, schools, and water pumping stations, facilitating the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in stabilization assistance and humanitarian aid into liberated areas. In this regard, explosive hazard clearance serves as an essential enabler for follow-on stabilization and humanitarian assistance. CWD programs such as this lay the foundation for long-term benefits. U.S. humanitarian demining assistance to Vietnam began in 1993 and helped set the stage for our current bilateral relationship. In the near term, across Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, CWD programs focused on excess and poorly-secured weapons have helped keep those weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.

Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $3.4 billion in CWD assistance to over 100 countries. In 2018, we had active CWD programs in 59 countries. These programs are implemented by commercial contractors, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations.

United States CWD programs are tied to key U.S. foreign policy priorities and play a direct role in keeping U.S. citizens and our allies safe, while also clearing the way for a stable, secure, and prosperous future in countries that are key to U.S. security interests. Thanks to the U.S. Congress’ bipartisan support and generosity of the American people, we can attest that our goal remains a future in which all may walk the earth in safety.

MARIK STRING
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Political-Military Affairs

South Sudan: South Sudan: Humanitarian Response Dashboard (May 2019)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: South Sudan

SITUATION UPDATE

By the end of May 2019, humanitarian organizations had delivered assistance and
protection to 4 million women, men and children, or 70 per cent of the people
targeted in the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This represented an
increase of some 600,000 individuals since April and reflected a major operational
push before the height of the rainy season, when about 70 per cent of the country's
road network is inaccessible. Humanitarians had the broadest reach in Jonglei,
where nearly all the 1 million targeted people had been reached with some type of
support. The lowest reach was in Central Equatoria, where only about 48 per cent of
the target population had been reached. Response achievements over the first five
months of the year include over 3.6 million people reached with food assistance
and livelihoods support; about 1 million people provided with access to safe
water; more than 390,000 people assisted with essential household items and
emergency shelter; over 518,000 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women
provided with emergency nutritional assistance; nearly 680,000 children provided
with access to education in emergencies; over 781,000 people reached through
health consultations; and some 470,000 people reached with protection services.
Cumulatively since January, 171 out of the planned 183 HRP partners contributed
towards these achievements. More than half, 54 per cent, were South Sudanese.

World: Aid workers killed 2018

Source: Insecurity Insight
Country: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Syria...

World: Annual Report 2018

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross
Country: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, World, Yemen

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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South Sudan: South Sudan Situation Report, 17 Jun 2019

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan

HIGHLIGHTS

South Sudan appeals for $12 million to prevent Ebola
Lack of water displaces thousands of people to Mogos, Kapoeta East,...

South Sudan: South Sudan: Humanitarian Response Dashboard (April 2019)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: South Sudan

SITUATION UPDATE

By the end of April 2019, humanitarian organizations had delivered assistance and protection to 3.4 million people, or 60 per cent of the people targ...

World: Humanity in Action – Annual Review 2018

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross
Country: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Humanity in Action provides an at-a-glance guide to how ...

World: Centrality of Protection in Humanitarian Action – GPC 2018 Review

Source: Protection Cluster
Country: Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen

The new centrality of protection in humanitarian action 2018 review is out. The five country case studies selected for the 2018 GPC Review (Afgha...

World: CrisisInSight: Humanitarian Access Overview (May 2019)

Source: Assessment Capacities Project
Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

INTRODUCTION

ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview provides a snapshot of the most challenging contexts regarding humanitarian access.

ACAPS analysts looked into nine indicators to rank and compare the humanitarian access levels worldwide. Affected populations in more than 50 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints.
Humanitarian access has deteriorated in Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Somalia over the past six months. 13 new countries entered the ranking since the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access report released in August 2018.

Physical constraints and restriction/obstruction of access to services and assistance are the most common challenges

Afghanistan: Japan Donates USD 8.3 Million to Humanitarian Mine Action

Source: UN Mine Action Service
Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is pleased to announce receipt of a contribution from the Government of Japan in the amou...

World: Japan Donates USD 8.3 Million to Humanitarian Mine Action

Source: UN Mine Action Service
Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is pleased to announce receipt of a contribution from the Government of Japan in t...

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