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25 May 2017 description

By Sophie Hares

CANCUN, Mexico, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan has improved its capacity to respond to natural disasters but needs a drastic overhaul of its infrastructure to cope better with devastating earthquakes, floods and landslides, a top official said on Wednesday.

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP assisted 12,879 people with full entitlements and 15,811 with partial entitlements (8,033 woman 6,025 girls, 8,034 men and 6,598 boys).

Operational Updates

  • In April, 247 mt of locally purchased wheat flour, as well as 57 mt of locally purchased fortified vegetable oil were delivered to the settlements.

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Kabul, Afghanistan – One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. However, help is on the way, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

24 May 2017 description

Switzerland - 2015 was the year of hope for the global migration and humanitarian communities.

That year, we saw the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development call for effective measures and strengthened support to empower displaced people and migrants as part of a broader commitment “to leave no one behind”. This was important progress on the Millennium Development Goals which had nothing to say about migration, let alone the contribution it can make to resilience or sustainable development.

24 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan increased by 20% compared to last week’s figure of 3,461. The return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 24% compared to 5,781 individuals that returned between 29 April and 6 May 2017. Chaman border remained closed during the week. All returns took place via Torkham.

Some 98% (4,338 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance. Also, 98% (4,085 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

24 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN Security Council should strengthen call for justice

(New York, May 24, 2017) – Deadly attacks on hospitals and medical workers in conflicts around the world remain uninvestigated and unpunished a year after the United Nations Security Council called for greater action, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 May 2017 description

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request for USAID defends our national security interests and addresses the challenges to American leadership abroad.

23 May 2017 description

Afghanistan - Over 55,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan between 1 January and 18 May 2017. This is double the number of returns during the same period in 2016, the highest return year on record. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is expecting nearly 600,000 undocumented Afghans to return from Pakistan and Iran by the end of 2017.

23 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia continued to stabilize. 7,364 were counted on 30 April. 5,985 (i.e. 81%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres across the country, while the rest were counted squatting mainly in Belgrade City.

  • Based on all available information, 43% of those accommodated were children, 42% adult men, and 15% adult women; 57% originated from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 13% from Pakistan, 6% from Syria and 5% from other counties.

23 May 2017 description
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Highlights:
- Held 48 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. A total of 372 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,731 beneficiaries (1,935 males, 1,796 females).
- Provided psychosocial counselling to 731 new beneficiaries (411 males, 320 females).
- Provided physical therapy to 305 new beneficiaries (72 female, 233 male).
- Delivered 15 income generation assistance packages tailored to victims’ and families’ needs benefitting 123 victims and families (64 males, 59 females).

23 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

26,160 People benefitted from alternatives to camps in UNHCR accommodation since the beginning of the programme

20,962 People benefitted from cash assistance through UNHCR and UNHCRfunded partners in February

19,314 UNHCR accommodation places currently active as alternatives to camps

1,581 Asylum-seekers transferred from the islands to improved accommodation on the mainland in state-run sites or UNHCR accommodation this month

23 May 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - May 2017): 6,421

Total arrivals in Greece during May 2017: 1,257

Average daily arrivals during May 2017: 60

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 39

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 7

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during May 2017: 807

23 May 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world. This infographic focuses on arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region and also provides a global view. #MissingMigrants

23 May 2017 description

Highlights

4,564 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

5,609 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

59,985 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

133,544 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

98% of returnees from Pakistan (4,471 individuals) assisted

7% of returnees from Iran (402 individuals) assisted

Return from Pakistan