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under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, mark lowcock, statement on the situation in yemen, 24 may 2018 - yemen
i am extremely concerned by recent developments in yemen. over the past few weeks we have seen an escalation in conflict, growing restrictions on humanitarian action and a reduction in essential commercial imports. these factors are compounding the world’s worst humanitarian crisis at a time when millions of yemenis face acute food insecurity and a possible resurgence of cholera or watery diarrhoea. more than 22 million people in yemen need humanitarian assistance or protection. some 8.4 million people are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation. if conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year. one child in four is out of school, depriving them of opportunity and leaving them more exposed to risks of recruitment by armed groups and other violations of their rights. civil servants, including teachers and health workers in northern areas, remain unpaid. airstrikes in yemen are putting many yemenis at risk, and causing large numbers of civilian deaths. since december 2017, escalating conflict along the west coast and in taizz has displaced more than 130,000 people – adding to some 3 million people forced from their homes since 2015. numerous indiscriminate missiles launched by houthi forces into saudi arabia add a further dimension to the conflict and put more civilians at risk. i call on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and ensure that everythi...
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cerca de 3 mil venezolanos salen diariamente de colombia por rumichaca - colombia
más de 286 mil ciudadanos venezolanos han salido del territorio colombiano por el puente internacional de rumichaca, durante los primeros cinco meses de este año, según datos de migración colombia.la cifra, que es 7 veces mayor a la registrada durante el mismo periodo del año anterior, ha llamado la atención de las autoridades migratorias de colombia y ecuador, quienes vienen haciéndole un seguimiento permanente a la situación, con el fin de buscar estrategias que permitan facilitar la movilidad en esta región del sur del país.para christian krüger sarmiento, director general de migración colombia, la situación que se viene presentando en venezuela, ha generado un éxodo de ciudadanos de este país, que no sólo ha impactado a colombia, sino también a otros países de la región.`para nadie es un secreto la compleja situación que está atravesando el pueblo venezolano por culpa de su gobierno. día tras día somos testigos de la desintegración de miles de familias que lo abandonan todo en su país por buscar algún futuro. muchos de ellos se quedan en nuestro país, no en vano, damos cuenta de más de 800 mil venezolanos entre regulares e irregulares en colombia. pero también es cierto que muchos de ellos, más de setecientos mil, han salido de nuestro país hacia otros destinos, principalmente hacia ecuador, perú y chile. de ahí que ahora, estemos trabajando unidos entre países para afrontar este problema como región, pues lo que estamos viviendo con la...
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families urgently need food, clean water, medical support after somaliland cyclone - somalia
thousands of people remain in urgent need of food, clean water, health services and essential household items along the north-western coastline of somaliland in the wake of last saturday’s cyclone sagar, the strongest storm that has ever made landfall in this part of the country. hundreds are homeless, 47 deaths have been reported and a massive number of livestock have been killed. “the cyclone comes on the heels of a series of natural disasters - severe drought that had left more than half the population in need of humanitarian support and ongoing floods that has destroyed crops, homes and businesses,” said simon nyabwengi, country director of world vision’s programmes in somalia and somaliland. “we’re concerned about the high number of people who have been displaced by natural disasters and about an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (awd/cholera) that is threatening people’s lives.” “people urgently need food, shelter, essential household items like blankets and soap, health services and clean water, particularly the families that are displaced and being hosted in schools and temporary camps,” he adds.mohamed abdi, a 57-year-old father of two boys in warabe dareeray village, is one of those displaced by the cyclone that has affected 1.2 million people leaving them in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. “i have been living in this village for the last 37 years and have never seen such kind of rain with storms.it was so new to me and my family, w...
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un’s emergency fund releases us$30 million to avert acute hunger and malnutrition in the sahel - chad
(new york, 24 may 2018)emergency relief coordinator mark lowcock released today us$30 million from the un’s central emergency response fund (cerf) to urgently scale-up relief efforts in west africa’s sahel, where an acute drought, combined with exceptionally high food prices and worsening insecurity, has escalated humanitarian needs.thousands of families have exhausted their food reserves and are cutting down on daily meals. up to 1.6 million children are at risk of life-threatening malnutrition, and five million people need food and livelihoods assistance in what is expected to soon be the worst lean season -- when food stocks deplete ahead of the next harvest - in years.“to avert a catastrophe, we need to act early to get assistance quickly to the most vulnerable people. the window of opportunity to help these communities during the lean season and the most difficult months ahead is closing soon,” said mr. lowcock. “cerf is without question one of the most effective ways to get urgent aid to people who need it the most.”the cerf funds will enable humanitarian partners to reach affected people in the worst-hit communities, particularly in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas in burkina faso, chad, mali and mauritania. in chad, where the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition has more than doubled over recent months, a $10 million allocation will provide food security and nutrition assistance for close to half a million people. burkina faso is fac...
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rohingya refugee volunteers trained to help others in distress - bangladesh
as monsoon season approaches, rohingya volunteers are being trained by unhcr to become first responders in an emergency.kutupalong refugee settlement, bangladesh – seventy-year-old hanibi says she cannot eat or sleep. the memory of two family members who were shot still haunts her and she worries about the coming monsoon season, when the bamboo houses of kutupalong refugee settlement, where she and around 600,000 other people live, will be at the mercy of the elements.formin, a volunteer counsellor, squeezes her hand.“don’t worry so much,” she reassures hanibi. “you are safe here and need to stay strong. your granddaughter relies on you. people are here to help you.”formin is confident and mature, despite just being 18 years old. she is one of several hundred rohingya volunteers in settlements across bangladesh who have received training on mental health issues, including basic psychological first aid, thanks to unhcr (the un refugee agency), medical teams international and food for the hungry.community health workers like formin visit refugees to assess gaps and needs. she recently took part in a three-day training organized by unhcr’s mental health team.“after the workshop i realized there are lots of people here who need some kind of mental health support,” says formin. “people are still carrying strong memories of the violence they faced back in myanmar. many lost male family members and are having to cope on their own, and on top of that, people are w...
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2018 somalia flood response plan 15 may - 15 august 2018 (may 2018) - somalia
highlightsthe increase in number, intensity and short-spaced occurrences of natural hazards continues to trigger a ‘domino effect’ in fragile regions of the country. this includes the loss of lives and livelihoods, repeated displacements, risk of disease outbreak, a risk of rise in inter-communal conflict – including over land and diminishing natural resources and an increase in protection concerns.ongoing riverine and flash flooding in central and southern regions of somalia that has affected 770,000 persons and displaced 230,000 persons so far, comes at the backdrop of ongoing efforts to addressing needs stemming from drought spanning over four consecutive rainy seasons and which left 5.4 million persons in need of humanitarian assistance.recovery from the impacts of drought has been punctuated by sudden-onset crises and impediments such as the current floods, conflict, access constraints and long-standing risks and occurrences of localized inter-communal conflict, marginalization and violations of housing, land and property rights, thereby challenging the long-term reduction of vulnerability amongst affected populations.current flash flooding has so far affected 13 districts and another 16 districts have been faced with riverine flooding. riverine flooding has so far affected 500,120 people of whom 214,596 are displaced; while areas receiving flash floods have seen 272,436 persons affected of whom 15,004 are displaced. the total population of the affected districts i...
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urgent humanitarian access required to derna: statement by the un humanitarian coordinator in libya, maria ribeiro - tripoli, 24 may 2018 [en/ar] - libya
the humanitarian community in libya is perturbed by the continued lack of humanitarian access and subsequent assistance into derna despite repeated requests. humanitarian actors have not been allowed to deliver life-saving assistance to derna such as supplies to support medical facilities and other basic services as well as to provide food and non-food items to those in need. shortages in medicine and medical supplies are reaching critical levels and the first food shortages are being reported.“i call on all parties to immediately allow safe and unfettered access to derna for humanitarian actors and urgently needed humanitarian goods,” ms. ribeiro said. “we need to be able to assist people in need without delay to prevent further loss of life”the continued encirclement of derna and the escalation of conflict is having a devastating impact on civilians who fear for their lives. reports refer to at least one child killed and hundreds of families who have fled their homes.all parties need to meet their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and ensure the protection of civilians from attack and their freedom of movement, including facilitating the safe exit of those wishing to leave the city. all parties must also ensure the safety and sanctity of health infrastructure and health workers.for more information, please contact ocha libya, [email protected]
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unnatural disaster: aid restrictions endangering rohingya ahead of monsoons in bangladesh - bangladesh
daniel sullivanthis refugees international (ri) report warns that a humanitarian catastrophe is imminently threatening nearly one million rohingya refugees in bangladesh. survivors of the brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in myanmar, the rohingya refugees in bangladesh now face the onset of the monsoon and cyclone seasons. the humanitarian response, including preparation for the monsoon season, has been significant and substantial – but it has also been hamstrung by obstacles and lack of effective management and coordination by the government of bangladesh and the united nations system. failure to overcome these challenges is unnecessarily putting lives at risk.ri’s findings, based on a mission to rohingya camps in bangladesh and dozens of interviews with un and government of bangladesh officials, humanitarian workers, and rohingya refugees, are highlighted in a just-released report: unnatural disaster: aid restrictions endangering rohingya ahead of monsoons in bangladesh.the government of bangladesh, while deserving great credit for hosting nearly one million rohingya, has at the same time refused to recognize rohingya as refugees and to offer the rights and protections that go with that status. the government has restricted the use of more durable materials to build shelters and has made it difficult for international humanitarian organizations to assist rohingya through onerous visa and project approval processes. it is also pursuing a proposal to relocate the rohing...
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a year after assault on marawi city, residents still unable to return - philippines
conflict drove 360,000 filipinos from their homes last may. months after the city was liberated, destruction and unexploded bombs prevent many from going home.by althea gonzalesmarawi city, philippines – plant sciences student saadodin riga was studying at the university in this philippine city when militants launched their offensive a year ago.as gun battles raged in the streets, and militants seized public buildings, including the hospital, the quiet 19-year-old made his way across town, trying to locate his parents and eight siblings.as the fighting spread, his family abandoned their home, fleeing with just the clothes on their back. they finally caught up with saadodin later in the day in the outskirts of the city, now under a pall of smoke.there he found his younger brother saminodin, aged nine, who has seizures and is unable to walk. “i had to carry him on my back while we fled,” saadodin says.“as we were fleeing, bombs started falling from the sky,” he recalls, the fear evident in his eyes. “we didn’t know what we needed to do during that time. we did not know how we were going to escape.”determined to find safety, saadodin’s family trudged on. three days later they found refuge in an evacuation centre in saguiaran, a few kilometers away.the riga family are among at least 360,000 residents who fled the assault by militants which engulfed the city on 23 may last year, turning into a battleground. it took philippines troops five months, fighting street ...
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gaza on verge of collapse, senior united nations official tells security council, calling for all parties to act urgently, ‘avoid another war’ - occupied palestinian territory
sc/13350security council8265th meeting (am)calling on the security council to view the recent violence along the gaza border as part of a larger picture — in which political stagnation, frustration and disillusionment were mounting across the wider palestinian diaspora — the senior united nations official in jerusalem today urged all parties to the conflict to rein in provocations, address urgent humanitarian needs and support the resumption of peace talks aimed at ending the long-entrenched conflict.nickolay mladenov, special coordinator for the middle east peace process, speaking via videoconference from jerusalem, reminded the 15-member council that he had last briefed them on 15 may, the day after protests at the gaza border turned deadly and at least 60 palestinians were killed.“it was a reminder that gaza is on the verge of collapse,” he stressed, adding that its people — who had lived for more than a decade under hamas control and with crippling israeli closures and diminishing hopes — were growing increasingly desperate. “we must act urgently to avoid another war, to alleviate the suffering of the people and to empower the palestinian government to take up its responsibilities in gaza.”reiterating his call on council members to join him in condemning in the strongest terms the actions that had led to so much death and injury, he said israel bore a responsibility to calibrate its use of force and to refrain from employing lethal force except as a last r...
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mientras colombia se prepara para las elecciones, miles de personas continuan sufriendo por la violencia - colombia
los candidatos presidenciales en colombia deben hacer que las víctimas de la violencia sean su máxima prioridad, argumenta el consejo noruego para refugiados.el 27 de mayo comenzará la primera etapa de las elecciones presidenciales en colombia.“debe ser una prioridad y una obligación para el nuevo presidente poner fin a la escala de sufrimiento masivo que atraviesa colombia y asegurar que la continuidad de los diálogos de paz promuevan resultados concretos” dijo christian visnes, director de país del consejo noruego para refugiados (nrc) en colombia.desde la firma de los acuerdos de paz entre las farc-ep y el gobierno en noviembre de 2016, más de 150.000 personas han sido desplazadas –el equivalente a una persona cada 4 minutos. adicionalmente, colombia está siendo testigo de alarmantes niveles de abuso por parte de grupos armados, incluyendo desapariciones, violencia sexual y reclutamiento forzado de menores de edad.“a pesar del acuerdo de paz, las personas continúan siendo desplazadas de sus hogares, las personas y familias pierden sus pertenencias, su tierra y sus medios de subsistencia. muchos han perdido a miembros cercanos a su familia, amigos y vecinos por la continua violencia. ¿cuánto más tenemos que esperar antes de ser testigos del final del desplazamiento forzado?” pregunta christian visnes.“yo fui desplazada, pero no quiero volver porque hay demasiada violencia y no quiero exponer mis hijos al peligro” dijo a nrc una madre de dos recient...
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desert locust alert: tropical cyclone mekunu (23 may) - yemen
second cyclone develops in arabian sea & threatens oman and yemena new tropical storm has developed in the southwest arabian sea where it intensified yesterday evening into cyclone mekunu. the cyclone is moving currently north-northwest at a speed of 11 km/h. mekunu is expected to continue moving in this direction during the remainder of this week and make landfall near salalah, oman on about saturday 26 may.a major fluctuation in tropical weather over the southern arabian sea known as the madden-julian oscillation (mjo) is likely to cause mekunu to strengthen further.as a result, heavy rains are forecasted for socotra island, followed by the southern arabian coast from sayhut in eastern yemen to salalah and ash shuwaymiyyah in southern oman, which could cause local flooding and damage.
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iraq: floods leave hundreds of families strained in sinjar mountain - iraq
the humanitarian situation in iraq is becoming a protracted displacement scenario that could remain unresolved for years. but it comes at a time when urgently needed humanitarian assistance in the country is threatened by a severe lack of funding. as of mid-may, the 2018 humanitarian response plan—a blueprint for humanitarian activities in iraq—is less than 20 per cent funded.read more on ocha
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government of zambia and partners appeal for over us$74.2m to address critical needs of congolese refugees - zambia
lusaka, zambia - wednesday, 23rd may, 2018- the government of the republic of zambia, un agencies and other partners require over us$74.2 million in 2018 to address critical needs of congolese refugees in zambia.launching the regional refugee response plan (rrrp), zambian chapter, for the democratic republic of congo (drc) situation in lusaka today, minister of home affairs, honourable stephen kampyongo, mp, appealed for increased support from donors, development partners, ngos, the private sector and other institutions in order to enable the government to fulfill its obligation.the funding is required in view of the current emergency response in luapula province, increased new arrivals in meheba and an anticipated larger influx of refugees through the north-western and copperbelt provinces in the event that the situation in the drc changes.the government, with support from unhcr, other un agencies and partners, needs to strengthen the reception capacity and improve conditions in all centres in border areas and ensure the provision of adequate clean and safe water and sanitation, core relief items, food and nutrition support, health services and shelter, among others things. out of the more than us$74.2 million funding required, the unhcr has, so far, received only us$8.3 million.in line with zambia's longstanding history in offering international protection and assisting refugees from the region and beyond, the country currently hosts over 42,419 congolese refugees, of whic...
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global mapping and analysis of anti-vehicle mines incidents in 2017 - world
civilians were majority of casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017the geneva international centre for humanitarian demining (gichd) and the stockholm international peace research institute (sipri) have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2017. the report records a 15 per cent increase in casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017, compared to 2016.there were 169 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines (avms) in 24 states and territories, according to the report. these incidents caused 487 casualties in 2017 (166 dead and 321 injured). more than half of these casualties were civilians.report reveals strong impact of anti-vehicle minesthe report finds that more than half of the casualties from avms were civilians. in some states, avms present today a greater threat to civilian populations than anti-personnel mines, yet their use is restricted little in international law. the five states with highest numbers of avm casualties in 2017 were pakistan, ukraine, mali, chad and yemen.about the reportthe report analyses disaggregated avm incident data collected in 2017, based on joint research from the geneva international centre for humanitarian demining (gichd) and the stockholm international peace research institute (sipri). it compares findings with the 2015 and 2016 global avm incident reports that follow up on a comprehensive study on the “humanitarian and developmental impact of anti-vehicle mines” carried out in 201...
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myanmar: new evidence reveals rohingya armed group massacred scores in rakhine state - myanmar
a rohingya armed group brandishing guns and swords is responsible for at least one, and potentially a second, massacre of up to 99 hindu women, men, and children as well as additional unlawful killings and abductions of hindu villagers in august 2017, amnesty international revealed today after carrying out a detailed investigation inside myanmar’s rakhine state.based on dozens of interviews conducted there and across the border in bangladesh, as well as photographic evidence analyzed by forensic pathologists, the organization revealed how arakan rohingya salvation army (arsa) fighters sowed fear among hindus and other ethnic communities with these brutal attacks.“our latest investigation on the ground sheds much-needed light on the largely under-reported human rights abuses by arsa during northern rakhine state’s unspeakably dark recent history,” said tirana hassan, crisis response director at amnesty international.“it’s hard to ignore the sheer brutality of arsa’s actions, which have left an indelible impression on the survivors we’ve spoken to. accountability for these atrocities is every bit as crucial as it is for the crimes against humanity carried out by myanmar’s security forces in northern rakhine state.”massacre in kha maung seikat around 8am on 25 august 2017, arsa attacked the hindu community in the village of ah nauk kha maung seik, in a cluster of villages known as kha maung seik in northern maungdaw township. at the time of the attack, the hi...
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marawi conflict one year on: more than 300,000 filipinos still displaced, 30,000 children yet to return to school - philippines
seven months after the southern philippines city of marawi was declared ‘militant free’, hundreds of thousands of filipinos remain displaced as the government continues its recovery operation—which includes the challenging process of clearing improvised explosive devices from across the city.more than 350,000 people fled marawi after fighting broke out on may 23 last year. one year later and just over 23,000 families have been able to return to their homes.the remaining marawi residents are either still living with relatives or sheltering in evacuation centres—several of which are schools—in the vicinity of the besieged city.many homes and shops in marawi suffered extensive damage during the fighting, with collapsed buildings, bullet-ridden walls and burnt out cars still visible.“the children of marawi are still suffering a year after fighting broke out. they’ve been displaced from their homes in large numbers, and are uncertain about the future, and what will become of their lives. this is no way for a child to live,” save the children philippines ceo alberto muyot said.“many families have no choice but to live in cramped evacuation centres where they rely on support from aid agencies and the government for food, clean drinking water and basic hygiene items.”nearly half of the 62,000 school-aged children who fled marawi did not re-enroll in school this past year. this is largely because school buildings were occupied by displaced families, their parents c...
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marawi conflict one year on: more than 300,000 filipinos still displaced, 30,000 children yet to return to school - philippines
seven months after the southern philippines city of marawi was declared ‘militant free’, hundreds of thousands of filipinos remain displaced as the government continues its recovery operation—which includes the challenging process of clearing improvised explosive devices from across the city.more than 350,000 people fled marawi after fighting broke out on may 23 last year. one year later and just over 23,000 families have been able to return to their homes.the remaining marawi residents are either still living with relatives or sheltering in evacuation centres—several of which are schools—in the vicinity of the besieged city.many homes and shops in marawi suffered extensive damage during the fighting, with collapsed buildings, bullet-ridden walls and burnt out cars still visible.“the children of marawi are still suffering a year after fighting broke out. they’ve been displaced from their homes in large numbers, and are uncertain about the future, and what will become of their lives. this is no way for a child to live,” save the children philippines ceo alberto muyot said.“many families have no choice but to live in cramped evacuation centres where they rely on support from aid agencies and the government for food, clean drinking water and basic hygiene items.”nearly half of the 62,000 school-aged children who fled marawi did not re-enroll in school this past year. this is largely because school buildings were occupied by displaced families, their parents c...
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dengue fever fears grow as rains cause flooding and landslides in sri lanka - sri lanka
eight people have died and more than 38,000 people have been affected by dangerous storms and heavy rains, which lashed central and southern sri lanka in recent days.five districts suffered major flooding with some receiving up to 35cm of rain in just a few days. the government has issued a landslide warning in seven districts, and urged people in low-lying areas near swollen rivers to be extra vigilant.save the children country director in sri lanka, chris mcivor, warned that the situation could get even worse with more heavy rains predicted over the next few weeks as the monsoon season begins in earnest.“if the rains continue as feared over the coming days and weeks the humanitarian situation is going to become more severe, with more homes inundated, more damage and destruction and more lives on the line,” mr mcivor said.“making matters worse, many of the communities battling these rains were also heavily impacted by flooding last year. they’re still getting their lives back on track, and now they face another disaster and another recovery process.”the government reported that three of the deaths were caused by lightning strikes, two from falling trees, two from floods and one from high winds.during the 2017 floods in sri lanka more than 600,000 people were displaced and over 200 people died. the floods also exacerbated a major outbreak of dengue fever, which saw more than 180,000 people infected with the disease.“given we saw a surge in the number of dengue cas...
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world bank group’s pandemic emergency financing facility (pef) makes first $12 million commitment to bridge financing gap for ebola response in drc - democratic republic of the congo
washington, may 22 2018 --- the world bank group’s pandemic emergency financing facility (pef) today made its first-ever financial commitment, approving a $12 million grant towards the current ebola response in the democratic republic of the congo (drc). the grant, approved today at an emergency meeting of the pef steering body, will be made from the cash window of the pef. it will support the surge in activities of the drc government and international responders outlined under the approved three-month $56.8 million ebola response plan, released monday by the drc government. as of today, there have been a total of 50 cases and 27 deaths from the current outbreak.the pef, an innovative financing mechanism set up by the world bank group in partnership with japan, germany, the world health organization (who), and private sector partners, has been operational since july 2017 and consists of both a cash and an insurance component.“today’s grant commitment from the pef, along with strong government, wbg and other partner support, enables us to focus entirely on the ebola response and the health needs of our people at this challenging time, instead of on raising funds,” said dr oly ilunga kalenga, minister of health of drc. “the challenges are steep but we are committed to pushing forward an effective and transparent response.”`this historic first commitment from the pef sends a strong message that we can act in a swift and bold manner against a serious infectious disea...
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report of the secretary-general on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (s/2018/462) [en/ar/ru] - world
i. introductionthe present report is submitted pursuant to the request contained in the statement by the president of the security council of 25 november 2015 (s/prst/2015/23). it also responds to the council’s request, in its resolution 2286 (2016), for reporting on the protection of medical care in armed conflict.in my previous report (s/2017/414), i underlined that the most effective way to protect civilians is to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of armed conflict. this remains my overarching priority. in this regard, dialogue and inclusive peace processes that address the parties’ grievances and lead to sustainable solutions, coupled with a long-term holistic approach that addresses the root causes and prevents the escalation or recurrence of conflict, promotes human rights and the rule of law and strengthens governance and institutions, are essential.in my report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, issued in january 2018 (a/72/707-s/2018/43), i sought to forge a common vision, systems and capacities across the united nations to support member states in sustaining peace and building resilient and prosperous nations in line with their commitment to leave no one behind. i look forward to working with member states to take forward its recommendations. at the same time, work continues within the united nations to develop a prevention platform that will allow the system to maximize its existing tools and resources in support of a broad prev...
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acnur se muestra alarmado por el fuerte aumento del desplazamiento forzado en el norte de centroamérica - world
este es un resumen de lo dicho por la portavoz del acnur, aikaterini kitidi, a quien se le puede atribuir el texto citado, en la conferencia de prensa de hoy en el palacio de las naciones en ginebra.ginebra, suiza, 22 de mayo de 2018 (acnur) - acnur, la agencia de la onu para los refugiados, está observando un importante aumento del número de personas que huyen de la violencia y la persecución en el norte de centroamérica. dado que son muchas las personas que se están desplazando en estos momentos y se hallan en grave peligro, acnur hace un llamamiento a la comunidad internacional para que les brinde protección y ayude a los países del norte de centroamérica a abordar a su vez las causas primarias de la situación.a finales de 2017, en todo el mundo se había registrado a más de 294.000 personas solicitantes de asilo y refugiadas procedentes del norte de centroamérica, un 58% más que en el año anterior y dieciséis veces más que a finales de 2011.las solicitudes para obtener la condición de refugiado de personas de esta región también se están incrementando en el resto del mundo. entre 2011 y 2017 se presentaron 350.000 solicitudes en todo el mundo, de las cuales, cerca de 130.500 son de 2017.la gran mayoría de quienes huyen buscan protección en belice, méxico y en estados unidos, o (y de manera creciente) en costa rica y panamá. muchas son personas vulnerables como mujeres o niños no acompañados o separados de sus familias.acnur recibe constantemente t...
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groundbreaking initiative for unaccompanied teenagers - greece
at a particularly hard moment for the 3,150 unaccompanied children in greece, with more than 2,300 of them living under precarious conditions - in detention, camps or even on the street and many of the accommodation facilities being shut down - the suggestion of alternative solutions is of crucial importance.to this end, metadrasi, with support and funding from unicef, initiated in january 2018, for the first time in greece, the groundbreaking activity, `supported independent living for unaccompanied minors” aged 16-18, which, apart from covering their housing needs, focuses on leveraging and strengthening the teenagers’ skills and potentials, aiming at their smooth transition into adulthood and integration into greek society.“we cooperated with institutional entities and organizations from abroad, studied the multiple models implemented for decades throughout europe, as well as best practices and the greek legal framework and we have created a comprehensively safe environment for unaccompanied minors”, explains claire pavlaki, the project’s manager. “our effort was substantially supported by the contribution of the public prosecutor for unaccompanied minors and metadrasi’s guardianship network for unaccompanied minors, as well as the collaboration of the national center of social solidarity (ekka)”.“the recognition of the need to implement alternative forms of care for the vulnerable group of unaccompanied children is an important step towards their protec...
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south sudanese peace talks in ethiopia extended in the hope warring parties can reach agreement - south sudan
francesca moldthe pain of the people of south sudan who have endured five years of civil war was palpable during an inter-faith prayer session at peace talks underway in addis ababa, ethiopia.priests and members of their congregations wept as they prayed for political leaders to find a compromise, to reconcile, and work together to build lasting peace.“the widows and orphans, for how long will they continue like this,” wept one woman. “why should they not give up? even the people who fight for this land, they give up. they die for this land and they don’t want to die.”all the parties attending the high-level revitalization forum in addis ababa admit that progress in carving out a new path towards peace has been slow. talks have now been extended a further 48-hours.the south sudan council of churches has been leading private negotiations between the parties to try and narrow the gap between their positions. however, as talks head into their sixth day, the religious leaders have handed back responsibility for making progress to the intergovernmental authority on development (igad), an eight-member east african trade bloc.“we continue to pray for the different parties that, what they have said, they will respect it to enable our people to be free and not always to run or be displaced,” said archbishop justin badi.discussions have focused on governance and security arrangements. while high-level agreement has been reached on the need for new security arrangements in...
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“human rights no longer treated as a priority, but as a pariah,” zeid tells 25th anniversary gathering in vienna - world
vienna (22 may 2018) – in a speech delivered tuesday at an international conference marking the 25th anniversary of a landmark human rights declaration, un high commissioner for human rights zeid ra’ad al hussein issued a stark warning that the world in general, including europe, is back-sliding on human rights.the vienna declaration and programme of action, adopted by consensus on 25 june 1993, and heavily influenced by the atrocities occurring just across austria’s border with the former yugoslavia, laid down the blueprint for human rights in the post-cold-war era. it also set in motion the establishment of the un human rights office that zeid now heads.“this anniversary could be the occasion for a polite celebration of the achievements of my office over the past two and a half decades – and they are many,” zeid told the delegates gathered in vienna. “but today is not a time for soporific complacency. human rights are sorely under pressure around the world – no longer a priority: a pariah. the legitimacy of human rights principles is attacked. the practice of human rights norms is in retreat. here in europe, ethno-populist parties are in the ascendant in many countries – fuelling hatred and scarring their societies with deepening divisions.”referring to austria, the high commissioner added `in this country – which more than most should be aware of the dangers of ethnically divisive rhetoric… – false and incendiary statements have been made which a...
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unhcr alarmed by sharp rise in forced displacement in north of central america - world
this is a summary of what was said by unhcr spokesperson aikaterini kitidi – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the palais des nations in geneva.unhcr, the un refugee agency, is seeing a significant increase in the number of people fleeing violence and persecution in the north of central america. with many individuals on the move and in serious peril, we are calling on the international community to uphold their protection needs, while helping countries in the north of central america address the root causes.more than 294,000 asylum seekers and refugees from the north of central america were registered globally as of the end of 2017, an increase of 58 per cent from a year earlier. this is sixteen times more people than at the end of 2011.applications for refugee status by people from this region are also increasing worldwide. between 2011 and 2017, 350,000 refugee applications were made globally. among them, nearly 130,500 were filed in 2017 alone.the vast majority of those fleeing are seeking refugee protection either to the north in belize, mexico and the united states, or (and increasingly) to the south in costa rica and panama. many are vulnerable women, or children either unaccompanied by or who have become separated from their families.we hear repeatedly from people requesting refugee protection, including from a growing number of children, that they are fleeing forced recruitment into armed criminal gangs and death threats. as peo...
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libya: health-care under attack [en/ar] - libya
geneva/tunis (22 may 2018) – violence in libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published today by the un human rights office and the un support mission in libya (unsmil).“these attacks are a major violation of international law and a tragic disregard of our common humanity. all too often, there is no respect for the sick and no sanctity for those who provide care. this must end,” said ghassan salamé, the special representative of the secretary-general for libya and head of unsmil.between 1 may 2017 and 1 may 2018, the un has recorded 36 attacks on medical facilities, personnel or patients, although the actual number is likely to be significantly higher.among the incidents cited, the sabha medical centre in southern libya was shelled or hit by stray bullets 15 times between february and may. in november 2017, the jalaa hospital in benghazi saw people shooting in the corridors with ak-47s. on 18 february, a woman in labour and her unborn child died when armed men delayed their passage at a checkpoint as they were trying to leave derna.armed groups, including those formally integrated into ministries, have assaulted, threatened and even unlawfully deprived healthcare work...
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eu to increase spending and improve delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises - world
european commission - press releasebrussels, 18 may 2018education in emergencies helps millions of children in need across the world.the commission has adopted a new policy framework today that aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. the policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months.“with humanitarian crises growing across the world, millions of children are at risk of growing up without education. we have a responsibility to act to prevent lost generations. our new policy will allow us to help children better and quicker than before, even in the most difficult situations. to do so, we will strengthen cooperation with other donors and partners and better link our short and long term assistance. the eu is now a global leader in bringing children back to school. 8% of our humanitarian aid budget goes to education in emergencies this year, 8 times up from 2015. we aim to reach 10% in 2019,` said commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management christos stylianides speaking in brussels today at the launch of the eu's communication on education in emergencies and protracted crises.the new policy framework sets out four key priorities: improving access to learning opportunities for children and young people, providing quality education and training, ensuring that education is protected from attacks, and introducing rapid a...
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violence on the front line: attacks on health care in 2017 - world
executive summaryin 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. more than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacksthe year 2017 was also catastrophic in terms of access to medical and humanitarian aid, as parties to conflict—both state militaries and armed groups—in several countries blocked the passage of aid, putting the health of millions of people at severe risk. fifty-six health programs were forced to close directly or due to insecurity in 15 countries. that trend continued in early 2018, with the siege and bombing of dozens of hospitals and health facilities in eastern ghouta in syria.the numbers are likely significantly higher, however, because some united nations (un) agencies report aggregated data on attacks rather than information on individual incidents.the violence against health in 2017 once again represents violations of longstanding norms meant to protect the safe delivery of care to people everywhere without discrimination or interference. states have made little progress to protect and respect the provision of and access to impartial health care and to ensure proper investigation into and accountability for violations.introduction and methodsthis fifth report by the safeguarding health in conflict coalition contains information from a wide variety of sources. these include coalition member insecurity...
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la oim lanza línea gratuita para atención a migrantes venezolanos en costa rica - costa rica
san josé – una línea telefónica gratuita de información para migrantes venezolanos que se encuentran actualmente en costa rica, 800-venezuela, fue lanzado esta semana por oim, el organismo de las naciones unidas para la migración, con el apoyo de la dirección general de migración y extranjería (dgme) y el consejo de migración de costa rica.según datos de la dgme, 8.892 venezolanos viven en costa rica de forma regular; sin embargo, este dato no incluye a todas aquellos migrantes que se encuentran de forma irregular en el país y que la oim calcula que pueden ser muchos más.con el fin de apoyar los procesos de toma de decisiones con información precisa y análisis de datos, la oim está adaptando su matriz de seguimiento de desplazamiento (dtm por sus siglas en inglés) para determinar puntos de ingreso, salida y residencia de los migrantes venezolanos, así como identificar sus vulnerabilidades y servicios requeridos.“la línea gratuita 800-venezuela da asistencia directa a aquellos migrantes venezolanos altamente vulnerables” explica francisco furlani, coordinador de proyectos en oim costa rica. “en colaboración con agencias gubernamentales nacionales, se está vinculando a los migrantes venezolanos con instituciones públicas para facilitar su acceso a atención médica y otros servicios básicos. también reciben orientación para obtener microcréditos y así darles mejores oportunidades de inserción y desarrollo dentro de la sociedad costarricense”...
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