This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.
ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Algeria is appealing for urgent donor support for refugees from Western Sahara as severe lack of funding has forced the agency in May to reduce food rations by almost 20 percent.
The protection of civilians in armed conflict would be the central theme of the Security Council’s work in the coming month, Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay), its President for May, said at a Headquarters press conference today.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
7933E SÉANCE – SOIR
Le Conseil a, ce soir, prorogé d’un an, jusqu’au 30 avril 2018, le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’organisation d’un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO), déployée en septembre 1991 afin d’y surveiller le cessez-le-feu et d’organiser un référendum qui permettrait aux habitants de décider du futur statut de ce territoire.
28 avril 2017 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, António Guterres, s'est félicité vendredi du retrait de tous les éléments du Front Polisario de la région de Guerguerat, entre la butte de terre et la frontière avec la Mauritanie, confirmé par les observateurs de la Mission des Nations unies pour l'organisation d'un référendum au Sahara occidental (MINURSO) les 27 et 28 avril.
7933RD MEETING (NIGHT)
The Security Council decided this afternoon to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2018.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2351 (2017), the Council called on the parties to the Western Sahara conflict to resume negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, in order to facilitate a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
Situation Générale en mars 2017
Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2017
The Desert Locust situation improved during March and became calm in all countries. Low numbers of locusts were present in a few countries and limited ground control operations were carried out in Morocco. Small-scale breeding is expected to occur during the spring in the interior of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and southeast Iran where good rains fell in March. Although this will cause locust numbers to increase slightly, they should remain below threatening levels. Spring breeding will also occur in Northwest Africa if more rain falls along the southern side of the Atlas Mountains.
WFP Algeria urgently requires USD 7.3 million to ensure food distribution to Sahrawi refugees identified as most vulnerable to food insecurity over the next six months (March - August 2017).
Due to funding constraints, specialised nutritious foods crucial for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children and pregnant and nursing women are not available, for WFP to distribute.
An advanced financing of USD 2.2 million allowed WFP to continue food distribution in February
COMMUNIQUÉ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 668ème réunion tenue le 20 mars 2017, a adopté la décision qui suit sur la situation au Sahara occidental:
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 668th meeting held on 20 March 2017, adopted the following decision on the situation in Western Sahara:
Situation Générale en février 2017
Prévision jusqu'à’mi-avril 2017
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster Heavy rains and flooding affected south-west Algeria's normally arid Tindouf region on 23 October 2015. The heavy rains caused widespread damage to five camps sheltering 90,000 of the most vulnerable Sahrawi refugees. Approximately 35,000 people were affected.
Summary of response
The Kingdom of Morocco took note with interest of the statement made on Saturday, 25 February 2017 by the United Nations Secretary-General’s spokesman over the tense situation in the Guergarate region in the Moroccan Sahara.
Morocco takes note of recommendations and assessments made by the United Nations Secretary General, which are in line with international law.
This statement comes following the phone conversation held by HM King Mohammed VI with Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, on February 24.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border. Armed elements of both Morocco and Frente Polisario remain in close proximity to each other, a position they have been in since August 2016, monitored during daylight hours by the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).