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17 May 2017 description

Finding Solutions

Voluntary repatriation is the most viable durable solution among Ivorian refugees. UNHCR also pursues local integration and resettlement, the latter as a protection tool based on needs.

16 May 2017 description

Mostly normal start of season with average or better, well distributed rainfall

KEY MESSAGES

  • The onset of the long season (March to July) rains occurred in early March in the bi-modal zone and gradually expanded northward following the ITF migration to reach the Sudanian-Guinean zone in April and southern Sahelian zone in late April-early May.

16 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

16 May 2017 – During his first working visit to Mali, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix met today in the capital, Bamako, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other senior Malian officials, whom he thanked for their constructive and sustained cooperation with the UN integrated mission in the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA.

16 May 2017 description

Avant-propos

La politique belge en matière de développement international subit de profondes transformations.
Dans l’élan des Objectifs de développement durable, nous définissons dans de nombreux domaines une nouvelle approche et endossons un leadership international, avec pour mot d’ordre l’innovation.
La Belgique joue un rôle de premier plan dans le domaine de la numérisation et du développement. Sous son impulsion, l’Union européenne a décidé d’accorder désormais une place de choix aux technologies numériques dans le cadre de sa politique de développement.

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Preface

The Belgian international development policy is undergoing a complete transformation. Under the impulse of the Sustainable Development Goals we opt in many different fields for a new approach and for international leadership. Innovation is the key word in this context.

16 May 2017 description

Water: Are we all too wet behind the ears?

March 22 marked World Water Day; a day when we’re all supposed to take action to tackle the water crisis. But how many people even know there’s a crisis to be tackled? Certainly, a good few in the developing world will be aware that there’s something not quite right, since a full 1.8 billion of them still use a contaminated source of drinking water. This puts them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

16 May 2017 description

Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on sexual violence in conflict.

Thank you Minister, Mr President, for convening this important open debate.

16 May 2017 description

Amnesty International lance une nouvelle campagne mondiale, Osons le courage, pour mettre un coup d’arrêt à la vague d’attaques dont sont victimes les hommes et les femmes qui défendent les droits humains.

Au moins 87 défenseurs des droits humains et 48 journalistes ont été arrêtés arbitrairement en Afrique de l’Ouest depuis 2014.

Tous les cinq jours, un manifestant est tué pendant un rassemblement.

16 May 2017 description

Amnesty International launches new global campaign, ‘Brave’, to stop the wave of attacks against those defending human rights

At least 87 human rights defenders and 48 journalists arbitrarily arrested in West Africa since 2014

One protester killed every five days during demonstrations

States across the region deploy unlawful killings, arrests, surveillance and administrative sanctions to inhibit human rights work

16 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

CS/12819
15 MAI 2017
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
7938E SÉANCE – MATIN

Les violences sexuelles en période de conflit étant considérées comme une menace légitime pour la sécurité et la paix durables, le Conseil de sécurité a tenu un long débat, aujourd’hui, sous la présidence du Vice-Ministre des affaires étrangères de l’Uruguay, M. José Luis Cancela, pour réfléchir aux moyens de prévenir ce fléau et d’y remédier, face à une aggravation récente du problème.

16 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12819
15 MAY 2017
SECURITY COUNCIL
7938TH MEETING (AM)

Words, Laws, Resolutions Will Mean Nothing if Violations Go Unpunished in Practice, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses

Shame and stigma were integral to the logic of using sexual violence as a tactic of war, torture or terrorism, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide told the Security Council today, amid demands that survivors be recognized as legitimate victims of conflict entitled to equality before the law as well as reparations.

16 May 2017 description

53,912 arrivals by sea in 2017
1,316 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 16 May
363,401 arrivals in 2016

15 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

15 mai 2017 – A l'occasion d'un débat au Conseil de sécurité sur la violence sexuelle dans les conflits, la Vice-Secrétaire générale de l'ONU, Amina Mohammed, s'est félicité lundi que la façon dont on considère cette violence ait changé et a appelé à s'attaquer aux causes profondes de ce fléau.

« La violence sexuelle dans les conflits n'est plus considérée comme 'purement une question féminine' ou comme un 'moindre mal' dans une fausse hiérarchie des violations des droits de l'homme », a souligné Mme Mohammed lors de débat.

15 May 2017 description

The statistics on asylum applications from citizens of sub-Saharan African countries, which were decided in first instance in 2016, show that migration flows from Sub-Saharan Africa to the EU are mixed: approximately 30% of applicants have received an international protection status.

15 May 2017 description

“Few amongst those fleeing persecution and conflict are aware that asylum is possible once they have crossed an international border and that Niger could also be a host country. The first protection measure is to provide them with this information. Therefore UNHCR Niger has on 3 May 2017 opened an office in Agadez, located on the mixed migration cross-roads of Western and Central Africa.” Ibrahima Traore, Representative of UNHCR Niger

15 May 2017 description
report United Nations

DSG/SM/1058-SC/12820-HR/5361

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks to the open debate of the Security Council on sexual violence in conflict, in New York today:

15 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 37,235 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 33% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (27,926). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions. Monthly arrivals increased in the spring: in April 2017, 12,943 refugees and migrants reached Italian shores.

15 May 2017 description

La Coopération luxembourgeoise a tenu le 9 mai 2017 à Bamako les premiers Comités de pilotages des programmes de Développement durable dans la région de Kidal (DDRK IV) et de Développement durable dans la Région de Gao (DDRG). Les deux séances ont été co-présidées par le directeur Europe au ministère des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération internationale de la République du Mali, Monsieur Mamadou Berthé, et de l’ambassadeur du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg au Mali, Madame Martine Schommer.

15 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 5,190 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 14% of all sea arrivals in this period. This proportion is comparable to the first four months of 2016, when 16% of those arriving by sea were UASC. Their numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 4,541 UASC arrived in the first four months of the year.