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20 Dec 2014 description

The Deputy Minister for the German Economic Cooperation and Development Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, and the German Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Christian Clages and UNDP country director Mr. Luca Renda visited the village of Qabb Eliass in bekaa to follow up on the German funded projects through the Lebanon Host Communities Support Project (LHSP).

20 Dec 2014 description

As part of efforts to further strengthen the partnership with the Carter Center and LACC to promote active listening and advocacy around transparency and accountability in the use of EVD resources in Liberia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated one hundred (100) wind –up solar energy radios to the LACC.

20 Dec 2014 description

The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is decreasing each day and community volunteers' work has contributed substantially to this result.

UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid $80 per month to go door to door, every day in their communities, to track down anyone who shows symptoms of the disease and get urgent medical help.

20 Dec 2014 description

UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen handed over 150 solar powered wind up radios to survivors of Ebola and other vulnerable groups who have been affected by EVD in New Georgia in Montserrado County.

The President recently launched the “No New Ebola Case Campaign” campaign in New Georgia in recognition of the way in which residents came together to fight the disease.

20 Dec 2014 description

Somalia - IOM, with support from Japan, and in collaboration with the regional authorities of Puntland, including the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Port Authority, has conducted its first ever training for the fishing community in Bosaso. The training aimed to help improve the livelihoods of people working in the sector and encourage economic diversification.

20 Dec 2014 description

Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 12/20/2014 - 02:03 GMT

by Max DELANY

Sitting up with difficulty in her hospital bed, Raisa Bulda says that despite months of treatment she still feels like she is only just beginning her recovery.

It was back in August that a shell tore through her home on the edge of rebel bastion Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and left her screaming for help in a pool of blood.

20 Dec 2014 description

18 December 2014 - Seeking to improve sanitary conditions in Marol Market in Bor, Jonglei State, UNMISS Ethiopian peacekeepers today joined town residents in a cleaning campaign.

Ethiopian soldier Negas Mesfin said peacekeeping was not only about security. “Peacekeeping does not only mean protection and providing security to people, but also participating with the community in their activities.”

Bor Municipal Field Health Supervisor Garang Jacob Deng said the idea was to prepare Bor for the festive season, and also remove rubbish that had accumulated during the conflict.

20 Dec 2014 description

19 December 2014 - Destroying weapons and ammunition was a symbol of moving from war to peace and conflict to stability, a top UNMISS official in the Unity State capital Bentiu said today.

“It would be an assurance for concerned parties that the weapons never be used to commit any acts of violence, including human rights violations,” State Coordinator Officer-in-Charge Norbert Niyodusenga said during an exercise to deactivate weapons recovered in UNMISS Bentiu Protection of Civilian (POC) sites.

20 Dec 2014 description

Dans le territoire de Rutshuru, des ONG internationales menacent de suspendre leurs activités si leur sécurité n’est pas assurée. Elles l’ont fait savoir dans un communiqué publié il y a quelques jours à Rutshuru – centre.

20 Dec 2014 description

In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001

20 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

19 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened some 18,000 people and killed close to 7,000 others throughout the region.

20 Dec 2014 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted the following decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP):

Council,

  1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan;

19 Dec 2014 description

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

19 Dec 2014 description

Undertaking an economic impact of climate change on key sectors is Uganda’s first step in making the case for more climate-resilient investments. Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, reports on progress to date.

Uganda finds itself increasingly at the mercy of climate and weather extremes. A new CDKN-supported project to assess the economic value of climate change impacts is helping the Ugandan government on the first steps to attracting international adaptation funding and investing systematically in adaptation measures.

19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Winter in Gaza brings new threats to families who have already lost almost everything during the recent conflict.

Around 100,000 people are still displaced as their homes were destroyed, and tens of thousands of families are living in badly damaged homes, often without walls, windows or roofs. As temperatures drop, makeshift shelters have no heating or running water and most areas face power cuts of 12 hours a day.

19 Dec 2014 description

When military operations began in North Waziristan in June this year, Noor Ayaz knew that he and his family had to leave their home in Pakistan for their own safety.

“There were thirteen of us, including children,” he said. “It took two days to come to Afghanistan ”.

19 Dec 2014 description

NPA humanitarian Disarmament South Sudan has handed over three constructed ammunition stores to SPLA. The primary objective of the stores has been to mitigating the risk of unplanned explosions through the application of the principles contained in the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). Prior to this the ammunition was badly stored and was under great risk of catching fire during the dry season.

19 Dec 2014 description

Category: West Africa

More than 6000 deaths caused by Ebola have now been reported in the six countries affected since spring 2014. As a humanitarian actor in two of the affected countries, DRC is implementing a strategy to ensure security and non-medical assistance.

19 Dec 2014 description
report New York Times

By KAREEM FAHIMDEC. 18, 2014

MILAH, Yemen — A doctor in a bare, rural clinic here decided to extend his working week to five days from two, to cope with the rush of hollow-eyed children who kept showing up in the mornings.

Read the story on the New York Times