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17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

16 Apr 2015 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Syrian refugees now arriving at the Azraq camp are in a weaker condition than before.

The hospital managed by the Finnish Red Cross in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan has received 3.5 million euros of aid from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO). The hospital treats refugees from Syria. It focuses particularly on taking care of women and children.

15 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

7428th Meeting (AM)

Nearly 70 Speakers Speak on ‘Great Moral Issue of Our Time’

In its fight against sexual violence in conflict, the world had arrived at a “new juncture”, characterized by ongoing, shocking crimes, but also by greater opportunity to respond to the scourge in a resolute and integrated manner, the United Nations’ top official on the issue told the Security Council today ahead of an open debate on women, peace and security.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

March 2015 marked four years of civil war in Syria. While many in the world have moved on, Syrians find themselves trapped in conflict, and forced to flee for their lives. The fighting has killed at least 220,000 people; and 840,000 have been injured in violence. Life expectancy has fallen by approximately 20 years.

15 Apr 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

The war in Syria is already tiring the aid donors around the world, but it exhausts the individuals that are placed inside the refugee camps.

Intended to be temporary, the camps in the northern part of Jordan may become the permanent residence of refugees there. ‪Zaatari‬ camp, set up in 2012, already has its own government, security forces, hospitals, shops, and the “Champs-Élysées,” bumpy alley lined with vendors shacks. Inside their own fenced compounds various aid organisations offer training and different activities for the refugees.

15 Apr 2015 description

Located in the Ajloun Governorate of Jordan, Kufranja is home to 40,000 people, including Syrian refugees and Jordanians. To support what is one of the most vulnerable communities in Jordan, ACTED built the first football field in the area and recently handed it over to the local municipality, with the support of UNHCR. The football field sits with a view of the green and majestic mountains of Ajloun, if only to offer a background of tranquility to the bustling heat of local matches between youth in Kofranja.

14 Apr 2015 description

Preface

Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.

14 Apr 2015 description
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OVERVIEW

Primary and lower secondary enrolment rates have stayed low or decreased for most of the past decade, but have seen a slight rise in the last few years. Completion rates are high but the dropout rate has remained stable at roughly 4,000 per year.

There are currently 9,661 primary school aged children out of school (1.1%), along with 21,234 lower secondary aged children (4.2%). A further 45,862 pre-primary aged children are also out of school (41%).

14 Apr 2015 description
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Executive Summary - Arabic version

Preface

In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

13 Apr 2015 description

I. General / Inter-Sector Update

Refugee Statistics: As of 28 March, 627,287 Syrian individuals were registered in Jordan. The majority of the refugees, 521,232 individuals (83%) were registered in urban areas. The population of Azraq rose to 17,192 while the population of Zaatari was remained relatively stable at 83,515 individuals. 51.6% of the refugees are children, while 3.5% are elderly individuals over 60.

12 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cropping season progressing well

  • Cereal import requirements to remain high

  • Rate of inflation stabilized

  • Refugees from the Syrian Arab Republic put strain on resources

2015/16 cropping season progressing well

12 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 10 avril (HCR) – Une campagne menée cette année par la Fondation IKEA dans les magasins du groupe mondial d'ameublement a récolté 10,8 millions d'euros qui permettront d'améliorer la vie des réfugiés grâce à des projets éducatifs et à la distribution de produits à énergie renouvelable comme des lampes solaires.

10 Apr 2015 description

Jordan - Yesterday (9/4) the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Jordan donated eight Hyundai vehicles to IOM Jordan to support IOM’s emergency response to the Syria conflict, now entering its fifth year.

The handover ceremony, which was held in Amman, was attended by senior officials, including Korean Ambassador to Jordan Choi Hong-ghi and IOM Jordan Chief of Mission Davide Terzi.