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17 Aug 2015 description

Summary

The following Operations update highlights
• LRC with the support of its partners’ response to the needs of Syrian refugees and the affected vulnerable Lebanese communities
• PRCS/L Branch response to the needs of Palestine Syrian refugees.
• Announces the intention of IFRC to revise this Appeal by October 2015.

Click to view the interim financial report and revised summary budget

07 Aug 2015 description

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The Syrian conflict, now in its fourth year, has resulted in more than 150,000 deaths according to UNOCHA of which nearly 11,000 are women and children. As at 4 September 2014, there were 10.8 million people in need in Syria and 6.45 million of them internally displaced. Also, UNHCR reports that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.

27 Jul 2015 description

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Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

21 Jul 2015 description
report CIVICUS
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From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.

“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.

20 Jul 2015 description
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This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of disasters in the Arab states. The study provides an assessment, interpretation and visualization of ten national disaster loss databases from the region (i.e.: Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen) including damage and loss data from the previous thirty years.

17 Jun 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Global response in 2014

UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:

• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;

13 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

The European Union Representative, John Gatt-Rutter, handed over today a total of 14 vehicles including five rapid response vehicles and nine administrative support vehicles to General Mahmoud Issa, the Director General of the Palestinian Civil Defence (PCD). Twelve Mobile Lighting Masts and fifteen mobile electric generators were also delivered to facilitate rescue operations by the PCD at night. This is part of a 3.7 million euro grant of equipment by the EU to the Palestinian Civil Defence.

09 Jun 2015 description

Palestine is exposed to a range of risks, including earthquakes, landslides, flooding, droughts and civil unrest. Three years ago WFP partnered with the Palestinian Civil Defence to prepare better for such emergencies and reduce risks. Recently, WFP led a simulation exercise to practice the early warning tools it developed.

08 Jun 2015 description

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

03 Jun 2015 description

2015 - Le PNUD : oeuvrer pour les peuples et la planète

Dans toutes les régions du monde, des voix s’élèvent pour demander un leadership et des mesures en 2015 pour lutter contre la pauvreté, l’inégalité et le changement climatique.

02 Jun 2015 description
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Voices around the world are demanding leadership and action in 2015 on poverty, inequality and climate change. These universal challenges demand global action, and this year presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving the future we want. This is the year when world leaders come together to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development. The new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty.

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

14 Apr 2015 description

Preface

Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.

06 Apr 2015 description

ABU DHABI, 6th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and a number of humanitarian, regional and international organisations, have discussed ways to coordinate and enhance partnerships to develop relief and humanitarian fields and building potentials of fragile communities, as well as alleviate suffering on peoples who are witnessing dire humanitarian conditions.

03 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

In order to reduce the risk of disasters in the North Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the Palestine Red Crescent Society has implemented a number of disaster risk reduction initiatives targeting 5,000 people in the area.

02 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

In order to reduce the risk of disasters in the North Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the Palestine Red Crescent Society has implemented a number of disaster risk reduction initiatives targeting 5,000 people in the area.

10 Mar 2015 description

OVERVIEW

  • Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.