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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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South Sudan + 15 others
24 September 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

U.S.A. – Wildfires

• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.

• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)

Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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World + 70 others
CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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World + 54 others
Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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World + 30 others
Treatment 2015


The framework, entitled Treatment 2015, stresses that intensive focus on scaling up HIV services in 30 countries would have a significant impact on the trajectory of the global AIDS epidemic.

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World + 55 others
Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.

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World + 13 others
The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012

After several years of mega-disasters and consequent high funding for disaster response, international humanitarian disaster funding dipped to the relatively low 2009 level.

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World + 14 others
Secretary-General Stresses Negative Impact of Climate Change in Drylands to International Conference on Food Security


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, in Qatar on 14 November:

I am pleased to send greetings to the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands, and I thank His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Qatar National Food Security Programme for organizing it. I also thank Qatar for hosting the forthcoming 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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World + 30 others
Les crises alimentaires vouées à se répéter tant que les leaders ne trouveront pas le courage de résoudre les vrais problèmes


La hausse des prix alimentaires menace des millions de vies

Des millions de gens parmi les plus pauvres seront confrontés à de graves problèmes en raison de la forte hausse des prix alimentaires.

En effet, le système alimentaire mondial présente de sérieux problèmes que les décideurs politiques n'ont pas le courage de prendre en main, préférant miser sur les ressources bon marché qu'ils ont tenues pour acquises pendant 30 ans. Mais cette époque est désormais révolue.

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World + 30 others
Food crises doomed to repeat until leaders find courage to fix problems


Millions more will go hungry as world struggles to respond to unprecedented food crises and sharply rising prices – Oxfam

PM’s hunger summit welcome & should kick start reforms to end “scandal” of a billion hungry people – “we cannot keep relying on humanitarian agencies to pick up the pieces”

Rising global food prices will force millions more people to go hungry and put massive additional strain on already overstretched humanitarian agencies, Oxfam warned today ahead of this weekend’s global hunger summit in Downing Street.

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World + 46 others
Global Overview 2011: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

People internally displaced by conflict and violence

For the last 14 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre has monitored intern- al displacement resulting from conflict and violence across the world. In 2011, the number of people internally displaced by these causes stood at 26.4 million.

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Haiti + 10 others
A decade of donations

Irish Red Cross

Ireland Donates €70 Million to Emergency Appeals

It was announced today that Ireland has donated more than €70 million to Red Cross emergency appeals over the last 10 years. Speaking at the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Annita Underlin - Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Europe Zone, said that, ‘the generosity of the Irish public has literally changed thousands if not millions of lives around the world’.

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Sudan + 23 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for July with a Forecast till mid-September, 2011

Summary The Desert Locust (SGR) situation remained relatively calm in July in the summer breeding areas in the Sahel, North Africa, Red Sea region and Southwest Asia. A few mature adults were seen in Sahel West Africa and the interior of Sudan and a similar situation may be present in western Eritrea.

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Somalia + 48 others
Global food price monitor with focus on the Horn of Africa - August 2011

Highlights Countries in this issue: - International prices of wheat decreased for the third consecutive month but those of rice continue to increase. Maize prices declined marginally. - In Eastern Africa, cereal prices are at generally high levels with new peaks reached in several countries. - In Western and Southern Africa, prices of coarse grains remained overall low despite some seasonal increases. - In Far East Asia, domestic prices of rice and wheat are moving upward. - In CIS countries, prices of wheat remained virtually unchanged despite ongoing harvests.

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Niger + 2 others
Climate Change And Human Rights: Will Cancun Deliver?

Climate change has the potential to exacerbate existing incompliance with economic, social and cultural rights because many countries that are most vulnerable to climate change are ones with weak human rights mechanisms.

Although poor countries are disproportionately feeling the adverse impacts of climate change, however, wealthy countries--the historical CO2 emitters--are dragging their feet on committing to a legally-binding solution, an inaction that led Bolivia's ambassador to the UN to say that wealthy states are "holding humanity hostage." As countries gather

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Monthly Situation Report - September 2010


- There have been 706 cases globally this year (635 type 1 and 71 type 3), compared with 1 126 cases at this time last year (387 type 1, 735 type 3, four type 1/3 mixtures). 17 countries have reported cases in 2010, compared with 21 at this time last year.

- As of 28 September, 151 districts have been infected with wild poliovirus in 2010 - an almost 65% reduction compared with the 408 districts infected at the same time last year.

- In September, Sierra Leone and Liberia came off the active outbreak list (no cases in the past six months) while

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Madagascar + 11 others
Freedom in the World 2010: Global Erosion of Freedom

Freedom House

For the fourth consecutive year, global declines in freedom outweighed gains in 2009, as measured by Freedom House's annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World 2010. This represents the longest continuous period of decline for global freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report.

In a year marked by intensified repression against human rights defenders and civic activists, declines for freedom were registered in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East,

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CrisisWatch N°73, 1 September 2009

Five actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and three improved in August 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

Violence continued to escalate in Chechnya and in the North Caucasus republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan. Intensified attacks by insurgents throughout the month included a suicide bombing on police headquarters in the Ingushetia capital Nazran that killed 25 and injured over 100 on 17 August. As violence in Chechnya worsened, the murder