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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...).

01 May 2015 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 503rd meeting held on 30 April 2015, was briefed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security on the follow-up to communiqué PSC/PR/COMM/1.(CDXCVI) on the situation in Western Sahara adopted at its 496th meeting held on 27 March 2015.

30 Apr 2015 description

Dans ce numéro

■ Vues d’Addis

Le CPS a décidé d’intensifier ses efforts afin de trouver une solution au conflit au Sahara occidental.
Le président zimbabwéen et nouveau président de l’UA, Robert Mugabe, a promis d’en faire une priorité cette année.

■ À l’ordre du jour

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
file preview
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.

16 Apr 2015 description

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has decided to scale up its efforts to find a solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara. Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, the new chairperson of the African Union (AU), has vowed to make it a priority this year.

10 Apr 2015 description

United Nations, United States | | Friday 4/10/2015 - 22:20 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara and stressed that cooperation to address human rights could help find a settlement.

In a report to the Security Council, Ban said Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front must "seriously engage" with his envoy and "intensify their efforts" to end the conflict over the north African territory.

10 Apr 2015 description

Since 2014 the Western Sahara situation has risen high on the agenda of the African Union (AU) with the former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, appointed as the Special Envoy of the Chairperson for Western Sahara. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has now decided to place the issue on its agenda at least twice a year.

06 Apr 2015 description

Security Council
Press Conference

Amid the crisis in Yemen, the ongoing situation in Syria and other urgent threats to peace and security, the Jordanian presidency of the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, holding three open debates and hearing top officials brief on pressing matters.

03 Apr 2015 description

CONF150402-CS

La Représentante permanente de la Jordanie auprès des Nations Unies, Mme Dina Kawar, qui préside ce mois-ci le Conseil de sécurité, a présenté à la presse, cet après-midi, le programme de travail mensuel de cet organe, qui sera notamment marqué par trois débats publics, dont un, le 23 avril, portera sur le rôle des jeunes dans la lutte contre l’extrémisme violent et pour la promotion de la paix.

01 Apr 2015 description
report Geneva Call

On 30 March, the Polisario Front destroyed a stockpile of anti-personnel (AP) mines in Tifariti, Western Sahara. The total number of destroyed AP mines still has to be confirmed. This is the fifth destruction since the Polisario Front decided to ban this weapon in 2005 by signing Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment banning AP mines.

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. This report is submitted in pursuance of the relevant decisions of both the Executive Council and the Assembly of the Union, requesting me to pursue my efforts with respect to the search for a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara and to provide regular updates on the evolution of the situation.

II. BACKGROUND

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
496TH MEETING
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PSC/PR/COMM/1.(CDXCVI)

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 496th meeting held on 27 March 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation in Western Sahara:
Council,

26 Feb 2015 description

ALGIERS – The World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN agencies appealed today to donors to support the food needs of refugees from Western Sahara living in Algeria, warning of insufficient funding to cover their needs in the second half of this year.

25 Feb 2015 description

ALGER – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) et d’autres agences des Nations Unies ont lancé un appel aux donateurs aujourd’hui, pour qu’ils continuent d’appuyer les besoins alimentaires des réfugiés du Sahara Occidental en Algérie, en alertant sur le financement insuffisant pour couvrir leurs besoins pendant la deuxième partie de l’année.