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12 May 2015 description

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER compiles list of satellite resources in response to Nepal earthquake
UN-SPIDER holds training course for Bhutan officials
UN-SPIDER concludes training workshop in Bangladesh
Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific: Successful first training
UN-SPIDER experts publishes article on space-based information and ecosystems
UN-SPIDER participates in Engage2015 Conference
News from our Regional Support Offices

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

07 May 2015 description

Aide humanitaire aux réfugiés sahraouis, la crise oubliée

L'année 2015 marque les 40 ans de cette crise oubliée. Les réfugiés sahraouis, estimés à plus de 165 000 personnes par les autorités algériennes, vivent depuis plusieurs générations dans des camps répartis autour de la ville de Tindouf, au sud-ouest de l'Algérie, et dépendent intégralement de l'aide internationale pour l'accès aux services essentiels (eau, assainissement, hygiène, alimentation/nutrition, soins de santé, soutien aux personnes vulnérables...).

04 May 2015 description
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General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

29 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

CS/11876

7435e séance – matin
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS

Par la résolution 2218 (2015), adoptée à l’unanimité ce matin, le Conseil de sécurité a décidé de proroger le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’organisation d’un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO) jusqu’au 30 avril 2016.

28 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11876

7435th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Deciding to extend by one year the mandate for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Security Council adopted today a resolution calling on all parties to continue to show political will to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations to resolve the territorial dispute.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Oxfam
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Full Briefing

Forty years after the Sahrawi refugee crisis began the social pressures on the men and women who live in these camps and the problems concerning their humanitarian situation are becoming ever more unbearable. Today, their voices must be heard.

Oxfam has worked in the Sahrawi refugee camps since the 1970s. Based on this experience, the report gives tangible insights in their way of living, their aspirations and their growing frustration over what they consider the inability of the international community to uphold their rights.

23 Apr 2015 description

Humanitarian situation and needs

Key messages

  • The Sahrawi refugees are the result of an unresolved political conflict with humanitarian consequences, which have to be addressed in line with the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality.

  • The Sahrawi refugee situation is defined as a forgotten crisis by the European Commission, meaning that it receives little funding from the international community.

22 Apr 2015 description

Security facts

1 - May 2013: The Nigerian Government declares The State of emergency in Borno , Yobe and Adamawa states, 3 northeastern states of Nigeria hit by attacks of armed groups.

2 - November 2014: New attacks occur on November 5 in Malam Fatori (3km from Bosso) and November 24 in Damasak (35km from Diffa )

3 - January 2015: 3,000 Nigerian soldiers are deployed in the border area of Nigeria.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

14 Apr 2015 description

Préface

Le droit à l’éducation est un droit pour lequel l’Algérie a déployé beaucoup d’efforts au fil des années. Le budget de l’éducation a été multiplié par dix depuis 1990 permettant une éducation gratuite à plus de 8 millions d’élèves répartis à travers prés de 23 000 établissements scolaires pour les cycles primaire et moyen.

14 Apr 2015 description
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Summary - Arabic version

OVERVIEW

The last decade has seen an increase in enrolment, a decrease in disparity and rising levels of government funding for education. Of particular note, pre-primary enrolment rates have dropped dramatically. Despite this, far too many children drop out of lower secondary education.

14 Apr 2015 description
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Executive Summary - Arabic version

Preface

In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.