- Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Afghanistan (S/2015/336)
- PIN/DRC: Urban Poverty Report: A Study of Poverty, Food Insecurity and Resilience in Afghan Cities
- The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security - Report of the Secretary-General (A/69/929–S/2015/422)
Appeals & Funding
Human Rights Council MORNING/MIDDAY/AFTERNOON
17 June 2015
Hears Address from Minister for Human Rights of Yemen, Concludes Interactive Dialogue on Transnational Corporations and on Trafficking in Persons
By Kieran Guilbert
CROYDON, England, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The two bowlers gasp as the ball flies narrowly past the head of 22-year-old Mati, then burst into laughter as the batsman's momentary look of panic turns into a bashful grin.
The scene on a sunny afternoon at this modest cricket club in south London is a world away from war-torn Afghanistan, where these three young men - Mati, Arman and Haroon - grew up.
Read the full report on Reuters - AlertNet.
Asylum decisions in the EU
Syrians remain the main beneficiaries
The 27 EU Member States for which data are available granted protection status to 185 000 asylum seekers in 2014, up by almost 50% compared with 2013. Since 2008, more than 750 000 asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.
These data on the results of asylum decisions in the EU are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
More than 1 out of 3 persons granted protection status in the EU was Syrian
A warm welcome for child refugees
Unaccompanied child refugees flee to Britain escaping war and persecution. They have often experienced significant trauma; including witnessing the death of a loved one or suffering abuse or exploitation themselves.
Unsurprisingly, child refugees are usually extremely frightened and completely bewildered when they arrive on British shores.
Statistics on International Development (SID) is an annual publication that provides an overview of official UK spend on international development. The publication is the official release of finalised 2013 estimates, updating the previous provisional estimates1 published in April 2014. The publication covers:
Total UK spend on international development for the 2013 calendar year;
Trends for the last five years;
Key breakdowns by destination country or organisation, type of assistance and purpose;
Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.
03 October 2014
In response to remarks by David Cameron during his visit to Afghanistan today, Rowan Harvey, ActionAid's women's rights policy advisor, said:
"The £178m a year the UK government has pledged to support Afghanistan's development is an important first step, but the most fragile and patchy progress so far has been in realizing the rights of women.
This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.
The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.
The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).
United Nations increases health spending in 2013
COPENHAGEN, 10 July 2014 – The value of procurement of goods and services by the United Nations was $16.1 billion in 2013, with the largest sums spent on pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, medical equipment, transportation, construction and food.
These highlights are part of the latest Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement, which provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the UN system in support of its operations.
Australia and the United Kingdom are working together to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict and other situations of armed violence.
The Australian Dialogue on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, held today at Parliament House in Canberra, unites experts across government, non-government organisations and academia to discuss ways to address and respond to sexual violence.
Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.
The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The governments of Japan, United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) will continue their support for improving and maintaining Afghanistan’s key roads, power plants, and other infrastructure by providing an additional $286 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF).
Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs - The Hon Julie Bishop MP
UK Secretary of State for International Development - Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, have announced that Australia and the UK have signed a Partnership Arrangement to ramp up their joint international development efforts at ensuring more coordinated, effective and sustainable results.
Organisation: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Delivered on: 30 January 2014
Minister:The Rt Hon William Hague MP
The Foreign Secretary William Hague has updated Parliament on progress in Afghanistan for November to December 2013.
I wish to inform the House that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, together with the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development, is today publishing the thirty-third progress report on developments in Afghanistan since November 2013.
Recommendation 2. The situation in Afghanistan is very complex. There are great uncertainties about the political, security and economic future of Afghanistan, notably: the outcome of the 2014 elections; whether there will be a political settlement; economic growth; and the role of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries. In the light of these uncertainties DFID will need to be able to adapt. DFID will also need to continue to lead donors in pledging and disbursing aid so that there will not be any sudden drops in funding which could exacerbate an extremely fragile situation.
This publication explains why the UK went to Afghanistan in 2001 and the work we have undertaken alongside international partners since then. It covers the military campaign, development and reconstruction efforts, and how we are supporting efforts towards peace.
Overview of the UK and Afghanistan
NATO and ISAF: a partnership of nations
Security in Afghanistan
Political development and peace
Reconstruction and development
Development in Helmand province since 2006
Afghanistan: what next?
Organisation: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Delivered on: 22 November 2013
Page history: Updated 22 November 2013 Policy: Establishing stability in Afghanistan
Minister: The Rt Hon William Hague MP
World location: Afghanistan
The Foreign Secretary William Hague has updated Parliament on progress in Afghanistan for October 2013.
The UK is providing £18.5 million in new funding to increase the involvement of Afghan women in upcoming elections and to reduce violence
New support from the UK will help to ensure that women have the chance to play a full part in Afghanistan’s elections next year, Justine Greening announced from Kabul today.
She set out how £18.5 million in new British funding will:
help to boost numbers of women voters and their involvement in the political process;
provide training to women provincial councillors once elected; and