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29 Nov 2014 description

28 November 2014 – The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) officially concluded yesterday at a ceremony in Manila, the Philippines, attended by representatives from a range of partners in rural development. The event capped a year in which the importance of family farming to reduce poverty and improve global food security became a centrepiece of worldwide attention and action.

28 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beirut) – Egyptian authorities need to take clear action to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) following the country’s first trial on the crime ending in acquittals, Human Rights Watch said today.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Egyptian authorities must halt the arbitrary demolition of hundreds of homes and mass forced evictions underway in Rafah, North Sinai in order to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip, Amnesty International said amid signs that the operation may be expanded.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:58 GMT

  • Egypt opens crossing with Gaza after a month-long closure

  • Palestinians urge Egypt to open the crossing permanently (Adds quotes from traveller, previous dateline ISMAILIA)

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, border officials said.

26 Nov 2014 description

26 Nov 2014 by Keti Chachibaia, Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Adaptation

It’s less than a week to COP20, the UN climate change summit where nearly 200 governments will meet in Lima, Peru. This is an important opportunity for the global community to make progress on a universal and meaningful global climate change agreement, to be agreed in Paris in 2015.

Reaching an agreement is often a hard process, but if everyone is committed to it we can break through. Egypt is one example.

26 Nov 2014 description

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

26 Nov 2014 description

Summary

UNDP is working with Egypt to consolidate democratic gains by promoting an inclusive process that respects the rights of all citizens; addressing urgent economic needs of the most vulnerable; and answering the need for strong accountable institutions.

26 Nov 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

25 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces nearly $135 million in new humanitarian assistance, bringing total U.S. Government contribution to the Syria crisis to more than $3 billion.

  • Humanitarian actors continue providing cold weather-appropriate relief items to populations in need.

  • U.N. report details the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) violations, including restrictions on humanitarian access.

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

24 November 2014 – The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said today.

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,249,401 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Miraya FM

The offer was made in a meeting between Electricity, Dams and Irrigation Minister, Jemma Nunu Kumba and her Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

Kumba says an assessment team from Egypt is expected in the country in January next year ahead of construction.

The Minister is part of a delegation of 10 Ministers and several government officials that accompanied President Salva Kiir on a trip to Egypt.

20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP food reaches 60,000 besieged civilians in Homs, Syria.

  • Food deliveries to Al Hasakeh through Nusaybin corridor underway for second consecutive month.

  • WFP supports Government of Lebanon's assistance to vulnerable Lebanese

  • WFP to expand assistance to non-camp refugees in Turkey.

  • Iraq’s Akre and Darashakran camps to transition to voucher assistance.

20 Nov 2014 description
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Introduction

2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

Turkey: Syrian refugees shot at border with hundreds of thousands destitute

The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

19 Nov 2014 description

11/18/2014 - 23:40 GMT

Ten people including women and children were killed in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday when a rocket struck their home, security and medical official said.

It was not immediately clear whether it was a missile fired by one of the Egyptian army helicopters that have repeatedly struck militants, or an errant mortar round from the insurgents, security officials said.

Three children, three women and four men in the house south of the Rafah border town were killed in the blast, medics said.

14 Nov 2014 description

Brussels, 31 October 2014

What is Triton?

Triton is a Frontex coordinated joint operation, requested by the Italian authorities that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy.

How have the details of the operation been defined?