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24 Oct 2016 description

24 October 2016, Amman | Today, on World Polio Day, polio eradication partners celebrate the successes of the programme to date and rally for the additional support needed to wipe out the disease for good. In the Middle East, polio partners WHO and UNICEF acknowledge the hard work done to keep the region polio free, but urge all countries to maintain vigilance and to guard against the virus being re-introduced.

23 Oct 2016 description

Welcome to the October issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published on the ACLED website, and are also available through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS).

21 Oct 2016 description
report UN General Assembly


Enormous technological developments in the field of autonomous weapons required the world to more sharply focus on addressing the range of threats they posed, while taking into account gaps in existing international regimes, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) heard, as it continued its debate on conventional weapons.

21 Oct 2016 description

14,023 migrants have been rescued in 2016 to date

Regional Migrant Figures Update

In 2016 (as of 19 October) 145,381 arrivals were recorded by sea to Italy through the Central Mediterranean route, whereby 620 migrants were recorded between 10 October and 16 October, a – 95% decrease from the week before when 12,439 were reported. The main countries of origin are Nigeria, Eritrea and Guinea.

21 Oct 2016 description
report European Union


The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.

21 Oct 2016 description
report DanChurchAid

DanChurchAid has been granted one Million Euro from The Dutch Government for our work to save lives and secure safe movement, this time in Libya.

As soon as the guns are silenced in the Libyan city of Sirte and government troops reclaim the city from Islamic State, DanChurchAid is ready to move in to secure the civilian population from lethal war debris.

20 Oct 2016 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children’s search and rescue ship, the Vos Hestia, is returning to Italy with more than 200 refugees and migrants rescued in two separate operations off the North African coast on Wednesday 19th October.

Sadly among them are the bodies of five people who perished before rescuers could reach the first boat in distress.

“We received a call to assist in the rescue of a wooden boat in distress” says Gillian Moyes, Save the Children’s team leader on the Vos Hestia.

20 Oct 2016 description

Trends of Sea Arrivals

In the week from 10 to 16 October, 717 refugees and migrants crossed the sea to Greece from Turkey – a slight decrease from the 898 who crossed the previous week.

18 Oct 2016 description

Regional mixed migration summary for September 2016 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.


18 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

ROME/ GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.

In the first nine months of 2016 more children arrived by sea in Italy than in all of last year. This year more than 90 per cent of the children travelled alone while in 2015 the unaccompanied accounted for 75 per cent. This year has also seen an increase of children from Egypt but most still come from West Africa.

17 Oct 2016 description

15 October 2016 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, expresses his strong support for the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord as the sole legitimate authority under the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).

15 Oct 2016 description

Situation Générale en septembre 2016
Prévision jusqu'à’mi-novembre 2016

14 Oct 2016 description


By Abdalbasset Etbiga

The suffering road of Tawergha City wrote the saddest stories of how to feel homeless at home, for crimes they never committed.

With no functioning government to provide support, there are more than 400,000 displaced People in Libya, and they have nowhere to run; Tawerghan people are still facing racism and mass displacement in their own country.

Mass Displacement and Ethnic Cleansing

14 Oct 2016 description

L'intérêt pour les questions d'agriculture et de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique du Nord s’est accentué à la suite de la flambée des prix des produits alimentaires et leur volatilité continue depuis fin 2006. Les pays d'Afrique du Nord se caractérisent par une forte dépendance à l’égard des marchés mondiaux pour leur sécurité alimentaire. Cela ne semblait pas poser de problème tant que les cours mondiaux des produits alimentaires étaient bas et stables pendant les décennies 80 et 90.

14 Oct 2016 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 317,209 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 12 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 168,427 people have arrived in Greece and 144,950 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when over 500,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey.

14 Oct 2016 description

Tripoli, 12 October 2016 – The Joint Technical Coordination Committee (JTCC) met for the first time today in Tripoli, Libya at the Ministry of Planning.

The meeting was chaired by the Director of Technical Cooperation Department of the Libyan Ministry of Planning and co-chaired by the United Nations’ Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Libya (RC/HC a.i.). The participants were the representatives of Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, US, UNICEF and UNSMIL.

13 Oct 2016 description
report UN Security Council



The threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) might become a growing challenge to international peace and security as the military operations against the group continued to make progress, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council today.

13 Oct 2016 description

Aboard the Astral , Undefined | AFP | Thursday 10/13/2016 - 16:59 GMT


Waves 2.5 metres high, winds of 50 kilometres (30 miles) an hour and a sinking dinghy: rescuers described Thursday a race into Libyan waters to save 113 migrants, with 15 others lost to the raging sea.

The white rubber dinghy had set off Wednesday from Sabrata, taking advantage of a break in the bad weather to make a bid for Italy's shores, but the 130 or so people aboard soon ran into trouble when the wind whipped up.

12 Oct 2016 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.