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16 May 2017 description

The monthly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. Social Stability partners are working to strengthen local communities and institutions ability to mitigate tensions and prevent conflct, and to inform the overall response on the evolution of tensions.

16 May 2017 description

GENEVA (16 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, today urged Israel to comply with international law and international standards for detention.

The expert’s call comes as the ongoing hunger strike by approximately 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails enters its second month. They are requesting better and consistent access to health care, more liberal family visit policies, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.

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.

16 May 2017 description
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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

International Protection to Stop the Ongoing Nakba is Long Overdue

Nakba at 69: Statement by the Global Palestinian Refugee and IDP Network

16 May 2017 description

Ramallah, May 15, 2017 - Israeli border police shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on May 7, after the girl allegedly brandished a knife near forces stationed outside of the Old City of Jerusalem in circumstances warranting an impartial investigation.

15 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa [1], poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.

12 May 2017 description

The Government of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has contributed US$ 450,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help provide a better and safer life for Palestine refugee girls in the Gaza Strip. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed earlier today by the UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications, Francoise Vanni, and the Representative of the Republic of Korea to the Palestinian Authority, Young-Sam Choi, at the UNRWA offices in East Jerusalem.

11 May 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching 638,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 17 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 69 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,401.8 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

11 May 2017 description

Key messages

  • 2017 marks 50 years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and 10 years of its blockade on the Gaza Strip. Palestinians still live in a protracted crisis causing a deteriorating humanitarian situation emanating from recurrent violations of International Law and the contextual lack of accountability for these violations. Two million people are in need of humanitarian assistance out of a total population of 4.8 million.

11 May 2017 description
report The Guardian

Marta Bausells

Reinforced fences in this Spanish city in Morocco are designed to shut a notorious gateway to Europe – but have left a fractured and anxious city

After finishing the couscous and arroz con leche cooked by a semi-clandestine group of local volunteers, the unaccompanied boys disappear into the night as quickly as they appeared.

Read more on The Guardian

11 May 2017 description

Diane Archer

People forced to leave their homes are often displaced for many years, and most end up in urban areas. So how can host cities become more resilient while managing such crises? A meeting last week shared learning from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, reports Diane Archer.

Conversations around urban resilience often focus on making cities better able to withstand the impacts of climate change. But there are other shocks and stresses affecting cities, including mass influxes of people fleeing conflict, disaster or other threats.

10 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

● Unless additional funds are provided, fuel reserves for the 186 most critical health, water and sanitation facilities in the Gaza Strip will be exhausted in June.

● Aerial spraying of herbicides along Gaza’s perimeter fence compounds the impact of access restrictions and regular incursions on agricultural livelihoods.

● Construction of a bypass road on Palestinian land in Qaliqliya area is expected to impact on the agricultural and commercial livelihoods of one village.

10 May 2017 description

By Nibal Zgheib
10 May 2017

The EBRD Board of Governors has approved the engagement of the EBRD in the West Bank and Gaza for an initial period of five years to support the development of the economy with investments through a trust fund.

09 May 2017 description

The Palestinian village of Burin is located east of the city of Nablus in the West Bank. In 1983, the settlement of Yitzhar was built on village land to the east of the village itself. Route 60, the West Bank’s main traffic artery, lies between the village and the settlement. Burin residents have suffered many violent attacks at the hands of the settlers ever since Yitzhar was established. The Burin Boys and Girls High School has also been subjected to attacks. The school is located a kilometer away from Route 60 and a military post was erected right beside it.

09 May 2017 description

The Russian Federation has contributed US$ 2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of its core programmes and services, including education for over 500,000 children, quality primary health care for over 3.5 million patients and assistance for over 250,000 acutely vulnerable refugees.

09 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council
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1. The present report is the twenty-fifth semi-annual report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). It provides a review and an assessment of the process of the implementation of the resolution since the report of my predecessor on the subject issued on 21 October 2016 (S/2016/882).

I. Implementation of resolution 1559 (2004)