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01 Sep 2016 description
report Caritas

The Italian government has declared a state of emergency for the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria affected by the earthquake of 24 August. Caritas Italy and local Church staff are working to provide aid there in support of affected people.

There are 3,500 people who have lost their homes. The Church has made buildings available for some of them. Staff are also providing counselling, outreach services and basic needs to the injured and the most vulnerable.

01 Sep 2016 description
report Government of India

Sushm Dey | TNN | Aug 30, 2016, 10.02 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Centre has alerted endemic states including Delhi and West Bengal of increase in chikungunya and dengue cases over next two months, especially during September.

The health ministry has issued as many as 11 advisories to states asking them to take all preventive measures and be prepared to tackle any outbreak.

01 Sep 2016 description
report Government of India

Normalcy returning to Kashmir as curfew lifted from the entire valley; In Delhi, Home Ministry gearing up for the visit of all-party delegations to Kashmir on 4th of September.

It was lifted from Pulwama on Tuesday following gradual improvement in the situation across Kashmir, leaving the Srinagar's M R Gunj and Nowhatta police stations as the only areas of the Valley under curfew.

01 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 1 September 2016 –In the top 10 countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly 2 in every 5 children – 18 million - are out of school, UNICEF said today.

Liberia is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children with nearly two-thirds of primary-aged children not accessing school. The second highest is South Sudan, where 59 per cent of children are missing out on their right to a primary education and 1 in 3 schools is closed due to conflict.

01 Sep 2016 description
report Government of Fiji


The second phase of the Help for Homes Initiative will assist those communities that have yet to be assisted says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar.

Minister Akbar made these comments while speaking to rural communities as part of a ministerial tour to the western division last week.

01 Sep 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

Fijian youths are to be commended for their resilience and contributions towards rehabilitation post cyclone Winston in affected areas.

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Iliesa Delana made the comments at the end of his visit to Ovalau this week.

“Most villages suffered from TC Winston and it is the young people in these villages that are logging and re-building houses and re-planting basic food items.”

01 Sep 2016 description

There's concern in Fiji that homes and schools will not be rebuilt before the upcoming cyclone season.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Sep 2016 description
report Jakarta Post

Agnes Anya | The Jakarta Post | Jakarta

Mon, August 29 2016 | 06:52 am

The flooding that has hit upscale areas in the capital, including Kemang, South Jakarta, is the result of poor spatial planning and water management.

Heavy rains poured on the city for more than an hour on Saturday afternoon causing floods of between 30 and 70 centimeters in depth and severe traffic congestion.

In the commercial area of Kemang, many visitors had to abandon their vehicles trapped in flooded basements of cafes and restaurants.

01 Sep 2016 description

Relentless daily harassment means many are forced to leave education early.

By Muhammad Ibrahim Spesalai

Zarlashta still dreams of graduating from school and going on to university, but she was forced to end her studies in the 11th grade.

Each day as she made her way to Kandarhar’s Malalay High School she had to run a gauntlet of abuse from men who taunted and sexually propositioned her along the way.

Once at school, Zarlashta would sit in her classes dreading the journey home and trying to figure out alternative routes.

01 Sep 2016 description
report IRIN

Au Congo, les civils s’organisent en groupes d’autodéfense pour mettre fin aux massacres

Par ​Muhindo Sengenya Claude

BENI, 26 août 2016

Les habitants de Beni, à l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, en ont assez des massacres. Indignés par l’incapacité de l’armée à les protéger contre d’obscurs groupes armés, certains forment secrètement leurs propres unités d’autodéfense.

Lire l'article sur IRIN

01 Sep 2016 description
report IRIN

Katerina Vittozzi

La maison où Bertrand Dodoffo est né et a grandi n’est maintenant plus qu’un tas de gravats et de briques. Mais, en y regardant de plus près, on peut toujours y apercevoir un rosaire en plastique blanc et un crucifix en métal pendus à un clou planté dans ce qui était le mur de la chambre de Bertrand.

31 Aug 2016 description


Secrétaire général
Déclarations, remarques et messages

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général prend note des résultats provisoires de l’élection présidentielle annoncés aujourd’hui par le Ministère de l’intérieur de la République gabonaise. Il exprime sa profonde préoccupation concernant des incendies volontaires et des affrontements signalés entre manifestants et forces de sécurité dans la capitale, Libreville.

31 Aug 2016 description


Statements and Messages

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General takes note of the provisional results of the presidential election announced today by the Ministry of Interior of Gabon. He expresses his deep concern about the reported acts of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital Libreville.

31 Aug 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:17 GMT

LONDON, Aug 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Alan, a British foster parent, first took in a teenager who had fled poverty and political repression in Eritrea, the boy was so scarred by his journey to the UK that he barely spoke.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

31 Aug 2016 description

New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund strengthened their partnership with additional funding of US$ 143 million to help scale up the fight against HIV in Zimbabwe.

HIV remains a major public health challenge in Zimbabwe with 1.4 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015. Even though the country has seen one of the sharpest declines in HIV prevalence in the region, at 15 per cent it remains among the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.

31 Aug 2016 description

Maranello, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 8/31/2016 - 20:55 GMT

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Wednesday to step up efforts to send migrants with no right to asylum in Europe back to their homelands.

"All of us in Europe must work for the repatriation of those who do not have rights (to stay)," Renzi said after a meeting with Merkel in the Italian town home to the Ferrari sports car empire. "It is unthinkable that we can accommodate everyone."

31 Aug 2016 description


International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, AM & PM Meetings

PRETORIA, 31 August — The 2016 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East opened in Pretoria today, with well-known film-makers, journalists, politicians, academics and other experts exploring new ways to narrate the complex and evolving story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

31 Aug 2016 description

GENEVA (31 August 2016) – UN torture prevention experts will return to Ukraine from 5 to 9 September to resume a visit they had suspended in May after being unable to access some places of detention that are under the authority of the Security Service of Ukraine.

The resumption of the visit by a delegation from the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) follows positive talks between the SPT and the Government of Ukraine.

31 Aug 2016 description

For many years, the Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale was notorious for landmines, a tragic reminder of the country’s 40 years of conflict. But now, thanks in part to U.S. assistance, “Africa’s most mined town,” is making progress in addressing that deadly legacy of its history. Earlier this year, I visited to witness first-hand the life-changing demining work supported by the U.S. Department of State. 

31 Aug 2016 description

Con la participación de cerca cien personas, entre colaboradores de instituciones de gobierno, organizaciones de la sociedad civil, el sector privado y la academia, se clausuró el “Diplomado en Gestión de Políticas Públicas para la Mejora de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional en Guatemala”, mediante el cual los participantes mejoraron sus capacidades para gestionar las políticas públicas que afectan la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional de la población guatemalteca.