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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.

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...).

03 Feb 2015 description

The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

02 Oct 2014 description

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

02 Sep 2014 description

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

02 Aug 2014 description

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

20 Aug 2013 description

LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE,

vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne,

vu le règlement (CE) nº 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire1 (ci-après le «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire»), et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,

11 Jun 2013 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

05 Jun 2013 description

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Sudan: UN-SPIDER Training Course on space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
Bangladesh: Capacity Building on Space Technologies for Floods
Dominican Republic: Training on Space-Based Information for Floods
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER makes Statement during Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Iraq: UN-SPIDER Network acquires Satellite Imagery for Floods

News from our Regional Support Offices

29 Apr 2013 description

28.8 million internally displaced people worldwide in 2012, record high includes five-fold increase in Syria

GENEVA, 29 APRIL 2013: The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

08 Jan 2013 description

LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE,

vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne,

vu le règlement (CE) nº 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire (ci-après dénommé «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire») et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,

08 Jan 2013 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

01 Oct 2012 description

The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide.

25 May 2012 description

BACKGROUND RELEASE

24 May 2012

Situation of Children’s Rights in Cyprus, Viet Nam, Turkey, Nepal, Australia, Greece and Algeria to be Reviewed

The Committee on the Rights of the Child will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 29 May to 15 June to review the promotion and protection of children's rights under the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols in Cyprus, Viet Nam, Turkey, Nepal, Australia, Greece and Algeria.

30 May 2011 description

Geneva, 30 May 2011

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

09 Dec 2010 description

News Stories, 9 December 2010

GENEVA, December 9 (UNHCR) - Skype Limited has developed a low-cost version of its popular communications software application to connect UNHCR field staff in remote regions with their colleagues, family and friends.

The new low-bandwidth technology, created under a landmark partnership between the refugee agency and Skype that could also raise funds for UNHCR operations, has been tested in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan.

It is currently available to more than 1,000 UNHCR employees in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Chad, Congo, Iraq, Kenya, …

30 Sep 2010 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and new developments in global programmes and partnerships since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010.