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December 2013 UN Newsletter FIN

December 2013 UN Newsletter FIN

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12/30/2013

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EMERGENCIES
Jakarta -
Some 17,000 people have been evacuated at the time of this writing to 31 centres for Internally Displaced Persons in the Mount Sinabung region of North Sumatra, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Mount Sinabung has erupted 88 times since it became active in early September -- mostly volcanic ash eruptions with several eruptions also producing pyroclastic flows. A joint mission of OCHA, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP) was sent to Karo District, North Sumatra, to observe and document lessons learned from the ongoing emergency response. In the Philippine some four and half million people were displaced by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). More than 2.6 million people had received food supplies from WFP and its partners, while clean water and sanitation had been restored in many areas by UNICEF. Health clinics and hospitals have being mapped and reopened by the Government with the World Health Organization (WHO). Shelter materials and supplies to help with home reconstruction have been distributed by the UN Refugee  Agency (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). UN in Indonesia staff seconded to the Philippines emergency include UNICEF Representative Angela Kearney, UNESCO Deputy Director Shahbaz Khan, FAO Programme Officer Karim Bah, OCHA Information Management Associate Faizal Thamrin and Administrative Officer Wahyu Srigandani, as well as Deputy Security Adviser Rudy Juanito.
UN
 IN INDONESIA 
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MT. SINABUNG, PHILIPPINES TYPHOON TRIGGER IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
CELEBRATING THE INDONESIA-UN PARTNERSHIP
Minister of Foreign AffairsH.E. Marty Natalegawa shares a smile with Director-General for Multilateral Affairs Hasan Kleib and UN Resident Coordinator Douglas Broderick at the UN Day photo exhibition “Partnership towards the Future” in Gedung Pancasila.
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 VCT@WORK: GETTING TO ZERO NEW HIV INFECTIONS
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CHILD PROTECTION
INDONESIA JOINS THE GLOBAL PUSH TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
Jakarta -
World AIDS Day 2013 saw the launching of the Voluntary Counseling and Testing at Work (VCT@Work) initiative in Indonesia with the participation of major Indonesian employers aiming to make progress towards “Zero New HIV Infections”.The Ministry of Health of Indonesia also launched the first “AIDS Digital” application in Asia-Pacific for information about HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy, HIV and prevention. www.aidsdigital.net. Health Minister H.E. Nafsiah Mboy, Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja, the Director General for Communicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health and the Indonesia Business Coalition on  AIDS, as well as representatives of UNAIDS and International Labour Organization (ILO) were on hand for the announcements. There are an estimated 610,000 people living with HIV in Indonesia, with 27,000 recorded deaths due to AIDS. The pinnacle event of World Aids Day marked the commitment of major employers to combat the virus in the workplace and was hosted Indonesian Business Coalition on AIDS with a ceremony at Balai Samudra, Kelapa Gading, which included the participation of the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration H.E. Muhaimin Iskandar.
 
Globally, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi launched the #zerodiscrimination campaign.
 AIDS: WORKING ON GETTING TO ZERO
 
WHAT IS VCT@WORK?
 An ILO (with UNAIDS) initiative to reach 5 million workers worldwide with voluntary and confidential HIV counseling and testing by 2015. VCT@WORK will ensure that people who test positive are referred to HIV services for care, support, and treatment if needed. VCT@Work is part of the push to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6 (and the global target of reaching 15 million people living with HIV with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment by 2015). In Indonesia, the VCT@WORK initiative will build on previous ILO workplace programmes and aims to assist 10,000 workers by the end of 2013, with an overall target of 350,000 workers by the end of 2015.
 
Jakarta
 - Shining a spotlight on the often hidden scourge of violence against children, a new campaign was launched on 20 November. “In Indonesia like in any other country, too often, abuse occurs in the shadows: undetected, unreported, and - even worse – too often accepted,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative and Officer in Charge, Marc Lucet. “We all have a responsibility to ‘make the invisible, visible’, he said.
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 Tomatoes, potatoes, and even the peanuts used to make the
 bumbu kacang
 that accompanies a tasty Indonesian
 satay
are all part of the South America’s Andean region’s culinary contribution to the global diet. Now another ancient Andean crop is being hailed as a potential super-food that could improve nutrition and provide food security in vulnerable communities: quinoa.“It is a climate-smart food,” said FAO Representative Mustafa Imir, who added that its cultivation may find applications in regions of Indonesia that are highly affected by drought, such as NTT. He was speaking at an International Year of Quinoa event in Jakarta that saw the participation of the Embassies of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina.  As the 2013 International Year of Quinoa draws to a close, this wonder grain is not yet cultivated in Indonesia but can already be found in some specialty supermarkets, according to Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, an expert who works with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor.Given the properties of this gluten-free grain, it may not be long before this food goes from supermarket specialty to superhero of climate change adaptation. According to Pinedo-Vasquez, the crop is also known not only for its nutritional value but also its resilience to temperature changes, its modest need for rainwater, and its versatility. Quinoa can grow at practically any altitude, from sea-level to 4,000 meters, and contains natural pesticides to protect it.
IN CLIMATE CHANGE ERA, QUINOA HAILED AS KEY CROP
Lucet added that Government needs to “enforce legislation to prohibit all violence against children as well as individuals whom we encourage to speak up when they witnesses abuse.” Three Ministries (Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Social Affairs, and Communications and Information Technology) held the joint launch in Jakarta.In Indonesia, UNICEF is supporting a number of prevention and response programmes. In collaboration with the Provincial Office of Women’s Empowerment in South Sulawesi UNICEF is developing training modules for parents and communities to address the inter-generational impact of violence against children. In Papua, UNICEF is supporting a safe schools programme that prompts teachers to take up new methods for instilling positive and non-violent discipline in the classroom. The campaign #EndViolence against Children includes a Bahasa Indonesia Public Service Announcement (PSA) recorded by UNICEF Indonesia Goodwill Ambassador Ferry Salim.
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FOOD SECURITY 
Climate smarties from the AndesBreakfast of climate change champions?
FOCUS ON ILLICIT TRADE OF WILDLIFE
The illicit Asian trade of wildlife is worth billions of dollars annually and fuels organized crime, corruption, and violence. Traffickers have enjoyed a high level of impunity so far.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has now launched a wildlife crime public service announcement (PSA) that is available to highlight this issue.

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