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24 May 2017 description

The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed to avert famine and help people in need.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

24 May 2017 description

Crisis overview

6.9 million people are living in areas with inadequate health services in the northeast, including more than 68% of the 1.8 million IDPs living in host communities across Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. The lack of qualified staff and essential medicines, and the destruction of medical facilities all continue to hamper the implementation of interventions.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • With only 21 per cent of the funding needs met, aid partners continue to be severely constrained. The situation is increasingly concerning due to the imminence of the rainy and lean seasons.

  • Since its creation in February, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has raised close to US$24 million and held its first Advisory board meeting. A first round of allocations is expected in June.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

Group of Seven leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, urged Oxfam today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control.

Further delay will cost more lives.

23 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

G7 leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-7 May should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, Oxfam urged today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control and cost more lives.

23 May 2017 description

KENYA

24,800 people have been displaced by flooding in 13 counties across Kenya so far in May. Approximately 65,000 people in Dadaab have also been affected by flooding. Livestock have been killed, and houses and food stocks damaged, leaving people in need of shelter, food, and livelihood support.

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CAR

23 May 2017 description

(Maiduguri, 23 May 2017): The new United Nations fund set up this year to tackle the looming famine in Nigeria and a deepening humanitarian crisis has reached US$24 million.

The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) – that is projected to receive $80 million by year-end and is one of 18 country-based pooled funds – allows donors to pool their contributions for a stronger and timelier response to the needs of those most affected by the ongoing crisis, including millions who face a high risk of food insecurity and disease outbreaks.

23 May 2017 description

In the past weeks, the humanitarian community has witnessed an increasing trend of refugee returns from Cameroon into Borno State. In particular, thousands of returnees are returning from Minawao camp in Cameroon through Banki, where humanitarian actors are already providing life-saving response to affected populations in IDP camps.

Many of these returnees are then continuing their journey to their various areas of origin in particular to Pulka and Gwoza (Gwoza LGA), where humanitarian response efforts are ongoing as well.

23 May 2017 description

Polio staff in Nigeria have contributed emergency response expertise in Sokoto State

In early May 2017, polio programme staff from across Nigeria joined efforts to combat a meningitis outbreak in Sokoto, providing support and expertise in outbreak response to help Sokoto State in controlling the outbreak.

Almost 200 WHO polio officers worked with state and national government agencies and other partners to plan and implement a state-wide vaccination campaign aimed at reaching almost 800 000 young people at risk of contracting the disease.

23 May 2017 description

Conseil des droits de l’homme

Trente-cinquième session

6-23 juin 2017

Point 3 de l’ordre du jour

Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l’homme, civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels, y compris le droit au développement

Note du secrétariat

23 May 2017 description

Human Rights Council

Thirty-fifth session

6-23 June 2017

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Note by the Secretariat

23 May 2017 description

In Numbers

1.8 m people displaced across Northeast Nigeria (IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix, March 2017)

4.7 m people food insecure in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and estimated to increase to 5.2 m between June and August 2017 (Phases 3, 4 & 5– Cadre Harmonisé, March 2017)

450,000 children under the age of five likely to suffer from severe acute malnutrition (Situation Report No. 10, UNOCHA, 30 April 2017)

Highlights

23 May 2017 description

Key Priorities

  • Protection monitoring, analysis and response

  • Community-based protection  Operationalizing the Tripartite Agreement and implementing the Return and Reintegration Strategy

  • Return monitoring  Registration and profiling

  • Supporting self-reliance activities  Access to Justice

  • Coordination of Protection Sector Working Groups at National and State levels