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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the central Mediterranean

Report
Amnesty

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.

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Security Council press statement on Afghanistan elections

SC/11583
AFG/427

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Samantha Power ( United States):

The members of the Security Council welcomed the inauguration on 29 September 2014 of Dr. Ashraf Ghani as the new President of Afghanistan, marking the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history, and looked forward to the formation of the Government of National Unity with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as its Chief Executive Officer.

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Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update September 2014

Second crop harvest likely average to above-average

KEY MESSAGES

  • The wheat harvest has progressed normally in high-elevation areas with average to above-average yields anticipated. Second crops, including rice, maize, vegetables, and fruit, developed normally with production expected to be similar to or more than last year. However, fruit and vegetable prices are lower than last year.

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Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

09/30/2014 15:04 GMT

by Ben Sheppard

KABUL, September 30, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.

Hamid Karzai, who stood down as president on Monday, had refused to sign the deal -- a disagreement that symbolised the breakdown of Afghan-US relations after the optimism of 2001 when the Taliban were ousted from power.

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NRC provides education to children in Khost

Ongoing military operations in North Waziristan (Pakistan) has led to thousands of refugees being forced to live in makeshift camps in Afghanistan. Currently over 2,900 displaced families are living in tents in Gulan camp in Khost province. There are at least 4,000 children living in the camp, in addition to an estimated 15,000 refugee children living in nearby host communities.

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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Situation Report #07, August 2014

Shortfalls have hampered WFP's efforts to pre-position food in districts difficult to access in winter, leaving 230,500 malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers without food assistance for November.

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UN congratulates president Ghani on inauguration

KABUL, 29 September 2014 – The United Nations today warmly congratulates Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on his inauguration as the new President of Afghanistan and reaffirms its commitment to cooperate with the national unity government in the country’s progress to peace, stability and development.

The UN applauds both President Ghani and the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, for their pledge to work together to serve all Afghans through the national unity government and looks forward to the speedy formation of a new government.

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New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

09/29/2014 12:20 GMT

by Ben Sheppard

KABUL, September 29, 2014 (AFP) - Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

The militant threat in Kabul was underlined by a suicide attack outside the airport's main entrance that killed four members of the security forces and three civilians shortly before the inauguration.

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Too Much, Too Young

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Nikki Whaites

“When my husband came to see me the first time I was playing with the other children. I was 12 years old. He was 20.”

“I was married when I was 14. If I said no there were men with sticks who would have beat me.”

“When I was 13 I was married and I had my child when I was 14 years of age.”

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Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale

AG/11564

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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MRRD’s Minister Inaugurates Construction Work of Shelters

Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak-Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development paid visit from Ab-e-Barik village of Argo district, Badakhshan province.

The aim of this official trip was to lay the foundation stone of 170 shelters for those who were affected by land-slide on 2 May 2014 in Argo district of Badakhshan province.

While accompanied by Governor of Badakhshan and provincial leadership board Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development once again visited the land-slide-hit area and laid the foundation stone for construction of 170 shelters.

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1800 Families Gain Access to Facilities

With a cost of 25 million and 853 thousand Afs 29 sub-projects of National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were completed in last six months of current year [solar year].

The stated projects included construction of 37-km rural road, 11 culverts, 1790-m irrigation channel, two irrigation water intakes, one agricultural water reservoir, 14 safe toilets, five water supply networks, one irrigation network, extension of 2750-m pipe and an irrigation water reservoir.

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Unparalleled Global Pressures Tempered in General Assembly Debate by Appeals to Forge Bonds with Neighbours, Mitigate Man-Made, Natural Disasters

GA/11564

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

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Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

09/28/2014 01:45 GMT

by Ben Sheppard

KABUL, September 28, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency.

Ghani takes over from outgoing President Hamid Karzai after a three-month standoff over disputed election results that fuelled the insurgency and worsened Afghanistan's dire economic outlook.

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Polio this week as of 24 September 2014

  • A synchronised regional mass polio vaccination campaign in central and western Africa is currently underway to vaccinate nearly 94 million children in 18 countries with oral polio vaccine (OPV).

  • On 18 September, Nepal became the first GAVI eligible country to introduce inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization programme. Plans are underway to introduce IPV into the immunization programmes of the 126 countries currently using only oral polio vaccine, ahead of a planned switch from trivalent OPV to bivalent OPV.

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Up to 100 Afghans killed, 12 beheaded, in Taliban offensive

09/26/2014 13:11 GMT

by Ben Sheppard

KABUL, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials said Friday, as violence worsens with the withdrawal of US-led troops.

This summer's fighting season has seen Taliban militants advance in several provinces, exploiting a prolonged political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results.

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Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

09/26/2014 10:32 GMT

KABUL, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's disputed presidential election decisively with 55 percent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence.

Ghani and Abdullah both claimed victory in the June 14 run-off vote, tipping the country into a political crisis that the United Nations feared could descend into the ethnic unrest of the 1990s civil war.

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Afghanistan: New Leaders Should Take Action on Rights

Reforms Needed to Ensure Accountability, Protect Fragile Gains

(New York, September 26, 2014) – Afghanistan’s newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani, and chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the new unity government.

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General Assembly session pivotal if world leaders ensure effective custodianship of environment, economic justice, social responsibility, speaker says in debate

GA/11562 Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
9th, 10th & 11th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

“If we did what we must, it could be remembered in history as the session that helped us turn the corner in ensuring effective custodianship of the environment, economic justice and social responsibility,” the General Assembly was told today as its annual debate continued.