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30 Mar 2017 description

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY

Your Majesties,

Your Royal Highnesses,

Excellencies,

As salaam alaikum.

I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.

Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.

27 Mar 2017 description

Stronger cooperation crucial to ensure sustainable refugee response in Greece – UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said today that joint efforts and strengthened cooperation are crucial to improving the situation for asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece and issued eight recommendations* to help ensure a sustainable refugee response in the country.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

by Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, Gender, Health and HIV, UNDP

Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatized and under-reported.

26 Mar 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 March 2017 – Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today.

Sidelining half of society is completely wrongheaded, Ms. Hiba Qasas, Chief, Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response at UN Women, told a special session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday.

24 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

INTRODUCTION

ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.

24 Mar 2017 description

Nyang Touch/Amanda Voisard

More than seventy women from the greater Upper Nile have attended a one-day multi-ethnic women’s dialogue at the UNMISS Malakal base. The group discussed possible approaches to conflict resolution, laying down the foundation for future dialogue forums between communities in the area.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12761
23 March 2017

Permanent Representative Rejects Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Government Forces, Claims Sanctions Will Fuel Tensions

Expressing its deep alarm at the situation in South Sudan, the Security Council today renewed its condemnation of fighting in that country, stressing that there was no military solution to the conflict.

22 Mar 2017 description

Women generally suffer more than men do from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. This observation leads the SDC to develop a targeted strategy of supporting projects in which women play an important role in their own social and economic emancipation.

21 Mar 2017 description
report Council of Europe

Many refugee and asylum-seeker women and girls have been exposed to gender-based violence taking the form of coercion, forced prostitution, harassment, survival sex, sexual slavery or various forms of extortions. However, “their protection from violence has not been considered a priority in the management of the refugee crisis”, today said PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. According to parliamentarians, “the gender dimension of the refugee crisis has been largely overlooked”.

20 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as high than for somebody in their twenties. For girls aged 10 to 14, the risk is five times higher,” said Kesaya Baba, from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, at a meeting held during the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women, in New York.

20 Mar 2017 description

Mamata Chaudhary is living proof that when opportunities are provided to women, they can accelerate change in community-level disaster management, as well as in their own lives.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Peace Direct

20 March 2017: While many resources have been dedicated to Countering Violent Extremism efforts, little attention has been paid to the role women play in the Boko Haram insurgency and responses to it in Nigeria, says Idayat Hassan.

The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), popularly referred to as Boko Haram, has been waging a war against the Nigerian state for the past seven years. The insurgency has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over two million people, and destroyed billions of dollars’ worth of personal and public property.

17 Mar 2017 description

Bangkok, Stockholm, 16 March 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of Sweden today signed a 90 million Krona (approx. US$10 million) partnership to strengthen the governance of climate change finance and budgeting in Asia and the Pacific.

14 Mar 2017 description

Le constat que les femmes pâtissent généralement plus que les hommes des effets du changement climatique et des catastrophes naturelles est le point de départ d’une stratégie d’action ciblée de la DDC. Celle-ci multiplie les projets où les femmes jouent un rôle central pour leur émancipation sociale et économique.

14 Mar 2017 description

LES DROITS DE L’HOMME, UNE DES FONDATIONS DE L’ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES

Cette initiative répond au souci de communiquer davantage sur la situation des droits humains en RCA avec nos partenaires y compris les populations civiles, et sur le mandat et les actions de la Division des Droits de l’Homme (DDH) de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République Centrafricaine (MINUSCA).

13 Mar 2017 description

Reducing ‘gender’ to ‘women’ is problematic

10 Mar 2017 description

The team from Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), Uttar Pradesh, India, reflects on the gender dimensions of their climate-related disaster risk reduction project in celebration of International Women’s Day. The project’s gender aspects emerged naturally in the interests of project effectiveness, rather than by design. This article first appeared on the GEAG blog.

10 Mar 2017 description
report UN Radio

Affirmant que les Nations Unies ne devraient en aucun cas être associées à des actes criminels tels que les viols, la violence sexuelle, l’exploitation et les atteintes sexuelles, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, António Guterres, a présenté jeudi une nouvelle stratégie pour prévenir et répondre aux abus commis par des personnes servant sous le drapeau de l’ONU.

09 Mar 2017 description

Facts & Figures

Crises have a different impact on women and men, boys and girls.

In accordance with the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, gender considerations are systematically taken into account in EU humanitarian assistance.

Protection strategies against sexual and genderbased violence must be incorporated in all aspects of relief operations.