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21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description
report Internews Network

Greater educational opportunities, job creation, and an independent governmental entity focused on youth issues: those were among the top concerns Basir Bita, representing young Afghans across the country, relayed to new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an October 5 briefing about the new government's agenda for youth and civil society engagement.

21 Nov 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11589

Sixty-ninth session,
57th Meeting (PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

Afghanistan, which this year saw the first democratic transfer of power from one president to another, had great potential, through its new unified Government, to serve as a hub for connectivity and trade across Asia and thus enhance the development and prosperity of the entire region, delegates heard today as the General Assembly unanimously adopted a draft resolution on the situation in that country.

20 Nov 2014 description

Child Protection

Child protection is about keeping children safe from violence, exploitation and abuse. It is an issue in all countries, including here in Canada. Here we have strict laws, social services and specialist charities that are all in place to prevent and respond to child protection violations. Widespread child protection crises are thankfully relatively rare here.

20 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

20 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Slowly but surely, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. While such deals have been developing in private for several years, NGOs have been hesitant to discuss their relations with the Afghan Islamist group because of political pressure and counter terrorism legislation.

20 Nov 2014 description
  • On 13 November, the Director-General of WHO accepted the recommendation of an International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee of Experts on polio that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the IHR, and extended the existing Temporary Recommendations to prevent the international spread of polio for countries affected by the disease for another 3 months.

20 Nov 2014 description

With a cost of AFN five million a 230-m long irrigation project of the Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) was recently completed in Shahrak district of Ghor province. Approximately, 166 families have benefited the facilities of this project.

Likewise, upon the completion of this project nearly 95 acres of agricultural land have been irrigated, during the implementation of this project that last for about six months the ground was paved for 56 residents of the area to have access to short term job opportunity.

19 Nov 2014 description
report ActionAid

Executive summary

Women in Afghanistan have paid a heavy price for the political turmoil, conflict and repression that have blighted their country for decades. But they have fought back bravely to make gains in their freedoms and in recent years have secured real – if fragile and uneven – progress. This has attracted significant support from an international community keen to emphasise the benefits to women from the invasion to oust the Taliban.

19 Nov 2014 description

Kabul, Afghanistan, 19 Nov 2014 -- The Government of Japan, through technical assistance of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and in collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has announced a new project to boost the resilience and livelihoods of livestock farmers in Afghanistan.

Animal disease outbreaks and emergencies threaten the livelihoods of livestock farmers and negatively impact a country’s economy and, in particular, the food security of nomad communities in Afghanistan that rely heavily on livestock.

19 Nov 2014 description

Marking Universal Children's Day, 20 November, the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Victim Assistance Team releases a fact sheet on ‘The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children’.

The factsheet, The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children, produced annually since 2009, provides an update on casualty data and assistance to child survivors in 2013.

Child casualties

19 Nov 2014 description

Canada’s leadership is helping to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition, improve learning, and increase school attendance

November 18, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada's continued support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding program in Afghanistan.

18 Nov 2014 description

11/19/2014 - 03:41 GMT

by Martin PARRY

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Wednesday said he was "taking the sugar off the table" in controversially announcing that Canberra was slamming the door on UN-registered asylum-seekers in Indonesia.

Morrison said that asylum-seekers who arrived in Indonesia after July this year would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia.

18 Nov 2014 description

Salma Malik Assistant professor, Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University

The newly-elected President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, while addressing a joint press conference at the end of his two-day visit to Pakistan, said “We must overcome the past…we will not permit the past to destroy the future.” It was indeed a very optimistic and pragmatic message for interested and watchful audiences not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but for all those keenly monitoring the transition Kabul is undergoing.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/LEIDEN, 18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US $31.5 million (€24.9 million).

The new grants will focus on reaching the most marginalized and disadvantaged children living in poor communities and in strengthening UNICEF’s response in emergency and conflict situations.

18 Nov 2014 description

Afghanistan is a rural, patriarchal, traditional and religious society. At almost all levels, decision-making dynamics are top-down and largely informal. Identity is shaped by factors such as ethnicity, social privilege, financial assets, or by one’s authority—formal or informal—the source of which can be any of the above, or even the number of armed body guards and armored vehicles one possesses. Afghan society is elitist at its core, populist in its aura, and misogynist in its heart, where women are secondary citizens, always one of four: someone’s daughter, sister, wife or mother.

18 Nov 2014 description

11/18/2014 - 06:51 GMT

A Taliban suicide truck bomb struck at the entrance of a foreign-run compound in Kabul on Tuesday, killing two Afghan guards, highlighting the security challenges facing the country as NATO forces depart.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the early-morning blast, which shook windows across the Afghan capital and sent a plume of smoke into the sky over the east of the city.

After the initial explosion, two other militants were shot dead as they tried to storm the compound.