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03 Sep 2015 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities. In Syria, where there are still 2 million children out of school or at risk of dropping out, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. BtL in Syria aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Caritas

By Caritas Internationalis | 3 September 2015

The number of migrants and refugees entering Serbia has increased drastically since mid-June. Caritas Serbia is looking to respond to the needs of 100,000 people with an appeal for Euro 800,000.

They’re crossing Serbia to the European Union as they flee conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Most of the refugees are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

03 Sep 2015 description

Thursday 3 September, 2015 – The MSF boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with MOAS, yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on 2 May. In six separate rescue operations, the three search and rescue vessels brought on board people primarily from Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia, many of them women (547) and children (199), including many toddlers and babies.

03 Sep 2015 description

Baghdad, 3 September 2015 – As the security environment in Iraq remains complex and challenging, Security Sector Reform (SSR) is a prerequisite for both long-term stability and peace. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been engaged with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), through its Support to Security Sector Reform Phase I, to develop a National Security Strategy (NSS).

03 Sep 2015 description

TABLE OF CONTENTS

• First Food Security Cluster Coordinators' Retreat, 28-30 July in Rome

• Food Security Cluster Coordinator Training in Rome, 6-10 July

• Final Report: Meeting of global Food Security Cluster Partners, 13-14 May

• Please Complete Survey: Technologies and Innovations used by Food Security Actors

• L-3: Iraq

• L-3: Yemen

• L-3: Whole of Syria

• Central African Republic

• Niger

• Cross-Cutting Issues and Programme Quality

• Vacancy Announcements

03 Sep 2015 description
report Caritas

Greece is being overwhelmed by refugees and migrants, with a spike in the number of arriving this year. They’re mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They’re fleeing war and poverty.

The number of new arrivals has reached over 160,000 people. In just one week alone in August, more than 20,000 arrived. That’s about half the total of the whole of 2014.

The Greek Coast Guard is rescuing people from the sea as the refugees make their way from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Agathonissi, Kos and Symi.

03 Sep 2015 description

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CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
CONFÉRENCES DE PRESSE

C’est devant une salle de presse comble que le Représentant permanent de la Fédération de Russie auprès des Nations Unies, M. Vitaly Churkin, qui vient de prendre la présidence tournante du Conseil de sécurité, a présenté, cet après-midi, le programme de travail du mois de septembre qui s’achèvera, le 30, par un débat public sur le thème du règlement des conflits au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord et la lutte contre la menace terroriste dans la région.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Oxfam

How to revitalize the agenda 15 years after UNSCR 1325

Author: Shaheen Chughtai, Deputy Head, Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam GB

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Conflicts threaten devastating consequences for everyone – but women and girls face particular impacts. In general, women and girls have access to fewer resources to protect and sustain themselves, are more often the deliberate target of gender-based violence and are more often excluded from political processes essential for peace and security.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand.

But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them. Our lifesaving work is only possible with your knowledge and support.

03 Sep 2015 description
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Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.

The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Situation Overview

  1. Humanitarian Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.04 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 908.8 million, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and HRPs are 32.1% funded.

  2. The Syria Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.42 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.5 billion (33.7%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.92 billion (66.3%).

02 Sep 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Fighting continues to intensify across Syria, further increasing internal displacement and humanitarian needs. As of 31 July, almost 1.2 million people have been internally displaced this year alone, Many have been repeatedly displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, and beyond. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

02 Sep 2015 description

WFP Response

  • Providing food assistance to displaced and conflict -affected people through its EMOP 200677, WFP tailors its assistance to meet specific needs, deploying three-day rations, monthly rations or food vouchers.

  • WFP EMOP 200677 aims to assist 2.2 million people per month. However, due to funding shortfalls and access constraints, WFP has been forced to scale back its assistance. In the coming months, WFP will work to reach some 1.5 million people per month, throughout all 18 governorates in Iraq.

02 Sep 2015 description

Changing Dynamics and Fresh largescale Displacements

The first six months of 2015 has seen fresh fighting, changing dynamics and the massive displacement of over 1 million people, some multiple times, throughout Syria.

02 Sep 2015 description

Hundreds of people arrive at the Serbian border with small bags and blankets. After going through the pre-reception centre in Miratovac, they smile and shake hands with each other and with local residents.

“We made it,” said a man from Palmyra, Syria. “Now we must travel on to the northern border and we will finally arrive.” On his mobile phone is a recent picture of his 10-month-old daughter, who is still in Syria. “We don't have enough money, so my family is still there. I will find a way to bring them here, but my dream is to return home when there is no war.”

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

02 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Leaving the departures terminal in Baghdad airport is like walking into an oven. It is over 50 degrees. I haven’t been to Baghdad for three years. When I last left, I thought the country was on the right track.

Things have, however, taken a sharp turn since June last year – and not in the right direction. More than three million people have been displaced. Many ran for their lives. Children have been abducted, girls raped and tens of thousands of houses looted or seized.