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18 Dec 2014 description

Tehran, 16 December 2014 - UN-Habitat and the State Organization of Schools Renovation, Development and Mobilization (SOSDRM) of the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to improve the safety and security facilities in schools in Iran.

Dr. Morteza Raissi Dehkordi, the Deputy Minister of Education and Head of SOSRDM and Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, acting Chief of the UN-Habitat Tehran office, signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the SOSRDM conference hall.

14 Dec 2014 description

Voluntary Return to Afghanistan

In November 2014, a total of 1,018 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. Of these, 772 came from Pakistan, 239 from Iran and 7 from India.

12 Dec 2014 description

- There are no more admissions related to the 19 September influx from Kobane since 13 November, when 368 Syrian entered Turkey.
- The cumulative number of individuals admitted remains 192,417 according to AFAD. So far, 52,314 Syrian refugees have been biometrically registered.
- Over 22,000 blankets and 11,000 mats have been delivered to Oncupinar and Nizip 1 and 2 camps. On 05 December, 600 heaters were delivered to Viranşehir camp

12 Dec 2014 description

Tehran, Dec 12, IRNA – Following discussions this week with visiting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Mohammad Mohaqiq, Iran extended for six months the residence time of some 450,000 Afghan refugees living in Iran, according to Foreign Ministry announcement.

05 Dec 2014 description


The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation deteriorated along the Red Sea coast in the central outbreak region during November. Aerial and ground operations treated swarms and groups of adults and hoppers on close to 83,000 ha in Sudan during this month. A few adult locusts were detected on the Gulf of Aden & the Red Sea coastal plains in Yemen the last week of November. No locusts were reported in Ethiopia, Oman or Somalia and no reports were received from Eritrea or Saudi Arabia during this period (DLCO-EA, DLMCC/Yemen, LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

03 Dec 2014 description

During his visit to Tabriz and the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, noted the significant adverse impacts that the continued decline of Lake Urmia was having on surrounding areas and local populations.

He stated that FAO was ready to provide technical assistance to Iran to address this challenge in a sustainable manner.

03 Dec 2014 description

General Situation during November 2014 Forecast until January 2015

03 Dec 2014 description

Amount of Fifteen Billion Rials are paid to damaged people by flood at Behshahr and Galogah Townships. This year and previous year, more than four hundred households damaged at Behshahr By flood. The Manager of Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution at these townships said: this rate is paid with five percent interest for reconstruction and renovation of housing at these townships. Abdi added: amount of three billion eight hundred and forty million Rials gratuitous aids are paying to stricken by flood.

03 Dec 2014 description

By Steven Schubert and Nadia Daly

Video: A pregnant woman spotted at a Darwin detention centre (ABC News)

Two heavily pregnant women who had refused to leave a bus for more than three days were forcibly removed by Darwin detention centre staff, the ABC has learned.

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said he had spoken to the women and their families inside the detention centre.

01 Dec 2014 description

Head of Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution said: from three hundred and forty thousand constructed units of Maskan-Mehr at mentioned cities, so far, two hundred and seventy thousand units have been delivered to applicants. Tabesh expressed: till end of this year, also other forty thousand units of Maskan-Mehr should be completed and delivered to applicants at these cities.

01 Dec 2014 description

Headman’s Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution in Boushehr Province said: one hundred and thirty-seven billion Rials gratuitous facilities allocated to Dashtestan Stricken by Earthquake. Heydari expressed: at last year, earthquake was caused many damages to four thousand and eight hundred units. He reminded: due to this earthquake, rate of four hundred and fifty billion Rials loan was approved and paid to one thousand and eight hundred constructed units.

30 Nov 2014 description

La FAO honore les réalisations du Brésil, du Cameroun, de l’Ethiopie, du Gabon, de la Gambie, de l’Iran, du Kiribati, de la Malaisie, de Maurice, de la Mauritanie, du Mexique, des Philippines et de l’Uruguay

30 novembre 2014, Rome - Treize pays ont obtenu aujourd'hui la reconnaissance de la FAO pour les progrès exceptionnels qu'ils ont réalisés dans la lutte contre la faim et qui leur ont permis d'atteindre les objectifs internationaux avant la date limite de fin 2015.

30 Nov 2014 description

FAO honors achievements of Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay

30 November 2014, Rome - Thirteen countries today won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.

27 Nov 2014 description

IERAPETRA, Grèce | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 15:21 GMT

Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

The migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, include "a lot of women and children", said Theodosis Kalantzakis, the mayor of Ierapetra.

The Kiribati-flagged freighter Baris was towed to the seaside town of Ierapetra after suffering engine failure on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

13 Nov 2014 description

The first heavy snow of the season in Iran covered 11 provinces in a thick white coat, forcing more than 2,500 people to evacuate their homes with the help of the volunteers of the Red Crescent of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) while movement inside and in between cities was prevented due to the extreme weather conditions that rendered the roads unsafe for travelling.

12 Nov 2014 description

Iran - Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Iranian Seismological Centre, Local Media, Iranian Red Crescent)

■An earthquake of magnitude 5.4M, at a depth of 10km, occurred in the province of Hormozgan, southern Iran, on 10 November, 13.52 UTC. The epicentre was located approximately 28km north-west of the city of Fin. As of 11 November early morning, the Iranian Red Crescent Society reports 45 houses damaged in the village of Sirmand. Local media do not report any injuries or further damage.

06 Nov 2014 description

Situation Générale en octobre 2014 Prévision jusqu'à’mi-décembre 2014

Une résurgence s’est développée en octobre au Soudan où des opérations intensives de lutte aérienne et terrestre ont été menées contre des bandes larvaires et des groupes d’ailés.

05 Nov 2014 description

Dr. Naser Charkhsaz, Deputy Head for Relief and Rescue of the Iranian Red Crescent stated that rescuers of Red Crescent relief and rescue posts have provided services to those who are in need following the impact of snow and blizzard in 11 provinces of the country during the last week. “Eleven provinces in the country including Eastern Azerbaijan and Western Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Ardabil, Zanjan, Mazandaran, Qazvin, Kurdistan, Semnan, Golestan, and Gilan were affected by snow and blizzard,” he also said.

04 Nov 2014 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER works with partners on Earth observation for disaster risk reduction
UN-SPIDER participates in 3rd High Level Forum of UN Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information
UNGA Fourth Committee discusses UN-SPIDER programme
Bhutan: Project for stronger disaster response and recovery preparedness
Data application of the month

October Data application of the month: Measuring soil moisture
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