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24 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


The effects of the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp of Laayoun on 15 August combined with the return of high temperature, resulted in more of the damaged mud houses and other infrastructure to collapse. This increased the number of houses damaged and of people affected by the emergency.

23 Aug 2016 description


  • WFP Algeria requires USD 6.4 million until the end of 2016.

  • WFP will not be able to provide full rations from September, and will need to stop food assistance in November and December if no additional funding is received.

  • The Western Sahara refugee crisis ranks top among forgotten crises, according to the ECHO Forgotten Crisis Assessment 2014.

Operational Updates

23 Aug 2016 description
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The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/98 of 9 December 2015, summarizes the most recent report submitted by the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2016/355) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

22 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


On August 15th, a strong storm accompanied by heavy rains hit Laayoune Camp, one of the 5 Sahrawi refugees’ camps near the city of Tindouf in South-Western Algeria. The storm affected the refugee population, of which 70-80% are children and women. 11 people were injured by collapsing houses and taken to hospital.

UN agencies led by UNHCR conducted a rapid assessment on 16-17 August, in collaboration with the NGOs, and coordinated with the Sahrawi Red Crescent.

19 Aug 2016 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/18/2016 - 23:46 GMT

The United Nations on Thursday said it had found no sign of any suspicious military activity by Morocco in the disputed Western Sahara, after a separatist group complained about a Moroccan security operation in the region's far south.

18 Aug 2016 description
  • Violent winds and heavy rains on 15 August have led to flash floods in southwest Algeria. In particular Tindouf and Laayoune Sahrawi refugee camps have been affected. 11 people were injured. Part of the infrastructure, houses and tents have reportedly been damaged and food stock lost. Stagnating water is increasing the risk of water-borne diseases. Water level remains high, hindering the access to health services.

30 Jul 2016 description

Rabat, Maroc | AFP | samedi 30/07/2016 - 13:45 GMT

Le roi du Maroc Mohammed VI a déclaré samedi que la récente décision de son pays de réintégrer l'Union africaine (UA) ne signifiait pas le renoncement du royaume à ses droits sur le Sahara occidental.

Le roi a tenu un discours télévisé à l'occasion du 17e anniversaire de la fête du trône au cours duquel il a abordé de nombreux thèmes dont l'épineux dossier du Sahara occidental.

27 Jul 2016 description

Nations unies, Etats-Unis | AFP | mardi 26/07/2016 - 22:57 GMT | 474 mots

Le Conseil de sécurité a salué mardi "les progrès accomplis" pour remettre sur pied la mission de l'ONU au Sahara occidental (Minurso), et a demandé la poursuite du retour progressif de ses experts expulsés en mars par Rabat.

27 Jul 2016 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Tuesday 7/26/2016 - 23:00 GMT

The UN Security Council said Tuesday that more UN staff must return to the peace mission in Western Sahara after Morocco allowed a first group of 25 staffers back at their posts.

Morocco expelled dozens of UN personnel in March in angry retaliation for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's use of the term "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara.

26 Jul 2016 description


  • During the holy month of Ramadan, WFP provided full rations, as well as a contribution of dates received from Saudi Arabia and dried skimmed milk from Switzerland.

  • WFP Algeria urgently requires 5.3m to continue its activities in the next six months. WFP will not be able to provide food assistance in November and December and only partial entitlements starting in September, unless immediate funding is received.

14 Jul 2016 description

In this issue

  • Special focus: 27th AU Summit, Kigali Women’s rights and the African Union Commission (AUC) elections top the agenda of the AU summit from 10–18 July 2016

  • Candidates for the position of AUC chairperson are campaigning in the run-up to the elections.

  • The chairperson of the AUC has over the years taken on more and more responsibility to drive change in Africa.

Situation Analysis

08 Jul 2016 description

In the first six months of 2016 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) had a lot on its plate. A brief overview of the crises and PSC decisions in this period reveals the complexity of the council’s work.

02 Jul 2016 description



L’Afrique et la consolidation de la paix, le Moyen-Orient, les méthodes de travail du Conseil et le processus de sélection du prochain Secrétaire général seront les grands axes de la présidence japonaise du Conseil de sécurité au mois de juillet, a déclaré, cet après-midi, le nouveau Représentant permanent du Japon, M. Koro Bessho, qui présentait le programme de travail mensuel du Conseil.

02 Jul 2016 description


The Security Council would focus on Africa and peacebuilding, the Middle East, working methods and selection of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, Koro Bessho (Japan), its President for July, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Taking up Africa, Mr. Bessho said the Council would hold a ministerial-level open debate on 28 July, with Japan’s Foreign Minister presiding. Before that, on 12 July, it would hold an open debate on the Middle East.

30 Jun 2016 description

La 10e réunion consultative conjointe annuelle du CPS de l’Union africaine (UA) et du Conseil de sécurité de l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) a été marquée par des tensions concernant l’ordre du jour.

Les questions liées au financement et à la coordination entre l’ONU et l’UA dans la prévention des crises ont dominé le débat ouvert.

Le CPS veut que les pays membres africains du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU lui fassent rapport sur la façon dont ils collaborent pour défendre ses décisions.

28 Jun 2016 description


  • WFP Algeria is facing a funding shortfall of 44 percent (USD 4.8 million) for the next 6-months.

  • WFP will not be able to provide food assistance in November and December, and will experience pipeline breaks from August to October.

  • The Western Sahara refugee situation ranks top among forgotten crises, according to the ECHO Forgotten Crisis Assessment 2015.

25 Jun 2016 description


  • Mixed outlook for winter cereals across the country: drought in west, favourable conditions in east

  • Wheat imports slightly lower than last year

  • Annualized food inflation increased in April 2016

  • Humanitarian assistance continued under Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation to refugees

Mixed outlook for winter cereals across the country

23 Jun 2016 description

In this issue

■ Special focus: Annual meetings in New York

The 10th Joint Consultative Meetings between the PSC and the United Nations Security Council were marked by tension over the agenda and diverse approaches to decisionmaking.

Funding and joint action to prevent crises dominated the open debate in New York on the roles of the United Nations and the African Union in peacekeeping.

The PSC wants African members of the United Nations Security Council to report to it on how they have worked together to defend PSC decisions.