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18 Aug 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time:
 Bahamas

Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time:
 Honduras and Suriname

Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time:
 Costa Rica and Guatemala

18 Aug 2016 description
report Swiss Re
  • Total economic losses from disaster events in H1 2016 rise by 38% to USD 71 billion, primarily due to natural catastrophe
  • Insured losses from both natural and man-made catastrophes rise by 51% to USD 31 billion in H1 2016
  • Earthquakes in Japan, thunderstorms in the US and Europe, and wildfires in Canada cause largest insured losses
  • As many as 6 000 lives lost in disaster events in H1 2016, compared to 12 000 in the same period of the previous year

Preliminary sigma estimates show total economic losses from natural catastrophes and …

18 Aug 2016 description
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Baseline Report - Detention situation as of end 2013
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Progress Report mid-2016

UNHCR report notes fall in refugee child detention in focus countries

Two reports issued today show that 12 countries taking part in a UNHCR strategy to end detention of asylum seekers and refugees have made important progress towards ending detention of children over the past two years.

17 Aug 2016 description

Introduction
The first six months of 2016 in Sudan witnessed a varie-ty of interconnected, intricate, and parallel population movements, influenced by numerous factors; highlight-ing the complexity of the drivers of migration in, through and out of Sudan. Migrants in Sudan (internal and external) are experiencing vulnerabilities and are in need of critical life-saving services.

17 Aug 2016 description

The Operations and Movement Management Unit was established for effective implementation of refugee resettlement and migrants’ assisted voluntary return and reintegration in line with IOM’s global principle of providing dignified, orderly and cost effective services to:
• Refugees hosted in Sudan and selected for resettlement in third countries
• Migration health processing for travel abroad
• Vulnerable migrants willing to voluntarily return to Sudan
• Humanitarian evacuation

15 Aug 2016 description
  • As of 10 August 2016, 69 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (66 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

09 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Around the World, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Violence, Discrimination, and Exclusion

By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu

The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are more often breached than observed – something we should remember today, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

04 Aug 2016 description

Ahead of September summits focused on refugees, nine countries pledge to work together to strengthen protection for refugees fleeing Central America.

GENEVA – A pledge by nine countries from North and Central America to work together to strengthen the protection of refugees fleeing Central America has been welcomed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as a landmark step ahead of UN and US summits next month on refugees and migrants.

01 Aug 2016 description
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The Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the critical needs of millions of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The Fund operates within the parameters of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), with the objective to expand the delivery of humanitarian assistance in partnership with national and international NGOs and UN agencies.

27 Jul 2016 description
report Redhum

Honduras, 26 de Julio 2016
Fuente: Hondudiario.com

El Gobierno de Canadá anunció este lunes una contribución de CAD$ 19.5 millones al proyecto PRONIÑEZ. La cifra representa poco más de 341 millones de lempiras para apoyar la protección de la infancia y el fortalecimiento de la justicia juvenil.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that Canada has pledged $158 million over three years to support humanitarian and stabilization efforts for the people of Iraq and up to $200 million in additional financing to the Government of Iraq.

14 Jul 2016 description
report IRIN

Private sponsors ease refugees into new lives

By Brynna Leslie, IRIN Contributor

OTTAWA, 14 July 2016

Shortly after midnight on 31 December 2015, Iman and Zaher Ahmad* and their two young daughters arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada after a 14-hour flight from Beirut.

They didn’t speak English. Not a word. There was confusion as they were moved into lines with other Syrians to be processed by immigration officials at Canada’s largest airport.

07 Jul 2016 description
report HALO Trust

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has today announced that it will commit CAD$12,500,000 to The HALO Trust for mine clearance in Colombia over the next five years.

The announcement follows the historic ‘End of conflict’ agreement reached last month between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP.

06 Jul 2016 description

July 5, 2016 – Bogotá, Colombia

Check against delivery. This speech has been translated in accordance with the Government of Canada’s official languages policy and edited for posting and distribution in accordance with its communications policy.

I am pleased to be with you today on this historic occasion in Colombia.

For some 60 years, Canada and Colombia have maintained a rich and diverse relationship.

It is a relationship characterized by bilateral trade and major private-sector investment.

05 Jul 2016 description
report El Espectador

El apoyo económico se concentrará en cinco proyectos clave que ayudarán a las víctimas del conflicto armado y beneficiarán a mujeres y niños.

Una partida presupuestal de 57.4 millones de dólares canadienses (44 millones de dólares) anunció este martes la Ministra de Desarrollo Internacional y la Francofonía, Marie-Claude Bibeau, para ayudar en la financiación de proyectos de desarrollo tras la firma de un acuerdo final de paz con las Farc.

04 Jul 2016 description

4 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today hailed as “a major breakthrough” the announcement by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Canada, President Barack Obama, USA; and President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico, that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50% clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.

01 Jul 2016 description

Assisted Voluntary Returns Peaked at 70,000 in 2015: IOM

Switzerland - IOM assisted 69,540 migrants from 97 host and/or transit countries and 156 countries of origin in 2015, as part of its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes, according to the newly-released AVRR 2015 Key Highlights report.

20 Jun 2016 description

In 2016, the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program celebrates an important milestone – having provided pre-arrival settlement support to 200,000 Canada-bound refugees and immigrants.

It is 7:30am and already a group of 23 refugees patiently waits in the COA training room at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

Today is their first day of a three-day orientation session.