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25 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

An estimated 1.3 million people - including 439,000 children – are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Libya. To respond to these urgent needs, UNICEF continues to deliver humanitarian assistance in Libya in partnership with line ministries, municipalities and non-governmental organizations, and to implement emergency interventions in the Education, Child Protection, WASH and Health sectors. UNICEF is also scaling up its interventions to reach out to the most vulnerable children, which includes children on the move.

Highlights

24 May 2017 description

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 May, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organisations Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée, whose teams witnessed the violent incident.

24 May 2017 description

1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

NSTR

2 - Key Success/Progress made during the month (of the Sector)

WFP: In April, WFP was able to distribute food parcels to 40,290 people in need throughout Libya. The lower number is due to a partial pipeline break caused by lack of funding. WFP is currently working on visibility materials for social media, communications and reporting in order to effectively relay the situation in‐country and WFP's response.

24 May 2017 description

1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

During the reporting period assessment, monitoring and screening of beneficiaries has been conducted during the month of April 2017 in order to identify the beneficiaries for the coming delivery of assistance. ACTED is currently screening vulnerable Libyan affected population in Benghazi in order to deliver assistance in the form of CBI. UNHCR is closely following the return movement in Al Awiniya to assess needs and related possibilities of intervention.

24 May 2017 description

1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

*The MoE has led the Education Sector Working Group for the past three meetings.

*On 18 April 2017, a new Minister of Education (Dr. Osman Abed Al‐Jalil Mohammad Amhammad) was appointed by the Preseidency Council of the Government of National Accord to replace Dr. Mohammad Khalifa Al‐Azabi.

*Partners for Sirte humanitrain intervention were idenfied.

*Scaling up of Education Response in 7 towns/cities in the South (Sabha, Obari, Ghat, Morsq, Alshati’, Timenhint & Samno) was carried out by UNICEF.

24 May 2017 description

1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

No significant change since last reporting

2 - Key Success/Progress made during the month (of the Sector)

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2017 description

- Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

‐ Increasing number of cash based interventions being proposed and/or approved for 2017.

‐ Evidence gathering initiatives hosted by the CMWG initiated to deepen contextual analysis of markets and context to inform response analysis

2 - Key Success/Progress (of the WG)

‐ 24 members from 15 organisations attended the 'Protection & CBI Training' facilitated by the Global Protection Cluster and jointly hosted by the CMWG and Protection WGs

24 May 2017 description

n the period 2013-16, more than 1.5 million people have converged towards Europe from across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Some seek asylum from conflict, violence and humanitarian need; others are migrant workers taking the opportunity of a confluence of political instabilities and circumstance that has made migration to Europe more affordable and accessible than ever before.

24 May 2017 description

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm. He is particularly disturbed by the high number of fatalities as well as reports of summary executions of civilians, which, if confirmed, may constitute war crimes. The continued insecurity in Libya is a reminder that there is no military solution. The Secretary General therefore urges all key Libyan stakeholders to re-commit to the political dialogue and engage constructively towards that goal.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation

AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.

23 May 2017 description
  1. The European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the United Nations (UN) met in Brussels on 23rd May 2017 to assess developments in Libya since their last meeting in Cairo on 18th March 2017 and further coordinate their efforts to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.

23 May 2017 description

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Maria Riberio expresses alarm at the toll the continued fighting in southern Libya is having on ordinary people, including reduced access to humanitarian assistance and health services.

23 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 59,135 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 21 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 190,977 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.

Mediterranean Developments

IOM Rome reported that, through 21 May this year, 50,041 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below).

23 May 2017 description

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

AI Index: EUR 30/6319/2017
22 May 2017

Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Italian authorities may be attempting to circumvent their obligation to protect people fleeing widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses in Libya by facilitating the interception of refugees and migrant boats by Libyan authorities in the central Mediterranean.

22 May 2017 description

by Liska Wittenberg

Every summer since 2014 has seen an increase in the number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and Malta. This increase in migration is having a wide-ranging impact on countries of origin, transit, and destination, creating new and complex challenges for governments, humanitarian agencies, the European Union, and the international community at large.