A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015
By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.
FAO and OIE map campaign to stamp out a virus that kills millions of sheep and goats each year
28 April 2015, Rome - A devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries.
Georgia recently reported its first-ever case of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a viral disease which is capable of severely impacting goat and sheep populations, while a new outbreak has occurred in the Maldives, showing that even island states are vulnerable to the plague.
Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Total cereal production in 2016 anticipated to decline from 2015 level
- Imports of cereals in 2015/16 forecast close to previous year’s level
- Prices of wheat products stable in March
Cereal production in 2016 anticipated to decline from 2015 record level
La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd’hui un train de mesures d’aide humanitaire d’un montant de 52 millions d’euros, visant spécifiquement la réalisation, en 2016, de projets éducatifs en faveur d’enfants en situation d’urgence.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 5 April 2016
EU quadruples its humanitarian financing to education in emergencies worldwide.
The month saw violent extremist movements, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, carry out major deadly attacks in Turkey, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Belgium. In Libya, the arrival of Prime Minister Serraj in Tripoli despite warnings from multiple factions could lead to further destabilisation. Meanwhile in Central Africa, political violence rose in Burundi and could break out in Chad around the 10 April presidential election.
The groundwork done during the last few months has been worthwhile: within the framework of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflicts in Georgia, the participants decided on 23 March, after a four-year period of deadlock, to re-instate the prevention mechanisms for incidents in Abkhazia. Ahead of the meeting, Ambassador Günther Bächler, the Special Representative of the German OSCE Chairmanship, conducted in-depth preparatory talks in the southern Caucasus.
FINDINGS AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees Workshop in Hungary, Budapest
European Economic and Social Committee
European Court of Auditors
EU migration spending in neighbourhood countries “struggling to demonstrate effectiveness”, say EU Auditors
Greece - IOM estimates that 134,905 migrants already have crossed the Mediterranean this year. Of these, 125,819 have reached the Greek islands. The remainder landed in Italy. Media reports indicate that arrivals to Spain in 2016 are fewer than 100.
The month saw conflict continue to rage in Turkey’s south east between Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), looking likely to further escalate in March. Afghanistan and Somalia both saw armed insurgencies capture new territories. In Africa, political tensions rose in Chad, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while in Venezuela, deadlock between the opposition-held parliament and government has brought the country closer to political and economic implosion.
Through February 9-12 and February 23-25, 2016 simulation exercises were conducted in Lentekhi, Ambrolauri, Oni, Tsageri, Sachkhere, Tkibuli and Chiatura Municipalities with the participation of Community Volunteer Teams (CVG). The teams (20 people in each) according to the scenario had to deal with different tasks and compete to each other in search and rescue, as well as in providing of the First Aid and Psychosocial Support to the affected people by the flood using all special equipment.