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15 Feb 2017 description

The end year dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need.

15 Feb 2017 description

The ancient ruins of Baalbek are pictured on many a postcard from Lebanon. Just a short drive from Beirut, the city draws tourists from around the world. It’s nestled in the Bekaa Valley, a mountainous region known for its farms and vineyards.

14 Feb 2017 description

On Monday, 13 February, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held a ceremony in Burj Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to recognize the generous in-kind donation of winter clothes, valued at nearly US$ 500,000, from Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., which owns the globally renowned UNIQLO clothing chain, to help some of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Lebanon.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beirut) – A decision to lift a hefty fee that has prevented many Syrians from maintaining legal status in Lebanon is a positive step, Human Rights Watch said today. Yet the on appears to exclude a number of the most vulnerable refugees.

14 Feb 2017 description

Executive summary

This mid-year progress report covers the period January through June 2016 and is intended to provide an update on results achieved as measured against the full range of indicators included in the Emergency Appeal (EA) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 2016. An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in April 2017.

Overview

14 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

1,379
Refugees and migrants accommodated in the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre (as of 31 January)

232
Refugees and migrants arrived on Samos Island

99
Persons with specific needs accommodated by UNHCR/partners outside Vathy Reception and Identification Centre

3,671
Core Relief Items distributed by UNHCR/partners during January such as rubber mats, blankets, hygiene kits, etc.

13 Feb 2017 description

The Zionist Israeli strategy of forcibly displacing Palestinian people and controlling over Palestinian lands has become very evident after the Israeli Knesset’s passage of the so-called “Regularization Law” on 6 February 2017. The law legalizes 4,000 housing units in 55 colonial outposts built on over 800 hectares of stolen Palestinian owned land in Area (C), which has been under Israeli control since the Oslo Accords and constitutes 60% of the West Bank.

13 Feb 2017 description
report European Union

In January, there were nearly 8000 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU.

Central Mediterranean

4400 migrants reached Italy by sea in January, a drop of 16% from a year ago and of nearly 46% from December. Most of the departures occurred from Libya.

The main reason for the decrease in migratory flows last month was worsening weather conditions on the Central Mediterranean, which made it nearly impossible to make a sea crossing for a larger part of the month.

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process hang in the balance.

What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15 February?

The meeting will be crucial for the future of the peace process and the remaining prospect of a two-state solution.

12 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has committed a new assistance of USD 46,668,925 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs.

12 Feb 2017 description

On Tuesday, 7 February 2017, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld a request from the Israeli prosecution to increase the prison sentence of Al Mezan’s client—Palestinian prisoner, Jihad Khalid Abu Hadaid, 28—from six years of imprisonment to eight. The change in sentencing reflected the 14 January 2016 appeal submitted by the Israeli public prosecution against the 30 November 2015 ruling. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the increase in prison term in a case built on the torture of the defendant, and calls on the international community to intervene.

12 Feb 2017 description

In 2016 UN Resolutions promote the rights of Palestinian women and people: WCLAC contently welcomed the achievements made at the international level in 2016 to promote Palestinian women's and people’s rights. The approved UN resolution on the "Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women" provided deeper insights on the field reality while calling for occupying power's accountability.

12 Feb 2017 description

executive summary

This mid-year progress report covers the period January through June 2016 and provides an update on results achieved as measured against the full range of indicators included in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal (EA) for 2016. An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in April 2017.

Overview

12 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over the past year, the UNRWA Rehabilitation Centre for Visually Impaired (RCVI) implemented the Vision Project. The project aimed to supplement and enrich the teaching of visually impaired children through the use of modern technology, particularly through tablet computers and the Voice Dream Reader software.

12 Feb 2017 description

Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness

This week, UNRWA became a partner of the ‘Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies’ which was a commitment made by the Agency during the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. This underlines our commitment to addressing a form of violence against women and girls which undermines their rights, dignity and human potential.

In response to the Call to Action 2016-2020 Road Map envisaged by the plan, UNRWA commits to take the following actions and report on them:

11 Feb 2017 description

Jericho, 08 February 2017 – In the presence of the H.E. Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, and representatives of various ministries, missions and organizations, the Government of Italy and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People marked the completion of 14 infrastructure projects in support of communities and institutions located in Area C and East Jerusalem.

11 Feb 2017 description

Honourable Prime Minister,

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,

It is indeed for me an enormous pleasure and an enormous honour to be in Istanbul, starting my first bilateral visit since I was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations. And I believe it was my duty to start here in Turkey, as I have a huge depth of gratitude [to] the Turkish Government and the Turkish people.