The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.
May 16th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) assessment team sent to Myanmar returned to Doha today, following a mission to examine the situation there in health care, shelter, water and sanitation, and food sectors.
The team also identified the needs and evaluated the work of QRCS's mobile clinics program launched in 2013 in response to the clashes in Rakhine State.
May 14, 2016 (PARIS) - Leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Gibril Ibrahim said they would ask the Qatari government to take part in the mediation efforts led by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
He told Sudan Tribune that the leaders of JEM and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) led by Minni Minnawi would meet with the Qatari mediation late this month in continuation for the meeting which was held in Paris.
During Workshop on Strengthening Humanitarian Partnership
Today was the closing of the three-day workshop on 'Strengthening Humanitarian Partnerships with Key Qatari NGO Stakeholders in Syria Crisis', co-organized by Qatar Development Fund (QDF) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The Stabilization Facility for Libya was launched today at the Senior Officials’ Meeting in Tunis in the presence of H.E. Dr. Taher Al-Jehaimi, Minister of Planning in the Libyan Government of National Accord, Mr. Rüdiger König, Director General of Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Peace Building in the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UNSMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, and Dr. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Libya Country Director.
In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.
This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.
February 29th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is pursuing the second version of its 'Safe School' program for the academic year 2015-2016, for the purpose of educating school students and staff on how to deal with earthquakes.
The map shows that the countries which send and receive migrants in Asia and the Middle East all pose extreme or high risks to business of association with trafficking, according to Verisk Maplecroft’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Index. The impact of unethical brokers is critical across the recruitment corridors in the Middle East and Asia. Labour brokers play an essential and unavoidable role in providing workers to suppliers. But, during the recruitment journey, workers – and especially foreign migrants – may become exploited, for example, by paying large fees to one or multiple brokers.
February 23rd, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are continuing to conduct the training program for the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) over the period 14-24 February.
The purpose of the training is to create an international team for intervention in major disasters, by making situation reports and developing intervention plan and budget, in coordination with the host National Society based on the urgent needs.
The UN and the government of Sudan have signed documents worth $88.5 million in contributions from the State of Qatar for projects in all Darfur states over a period of nearly two years. The majority will be spent on constructing model villages for displaced Darfuris.
Jerusalem, 9 February 2016
"I welcome the ongoing Palestinian unity talks hosted by Qatar. The United Nations supports all efforts undertaken to advance genuine Palestinian reconciliation on the basis of non-violence, democracy and PLO principles.
I urge all sides to follow up on these discussions in good faith and implement previous agreements, in particular those brokered by Egypt. The formation of a National Unity Government that abides by the PLO programme and the conduct of long-overdue elections are important elements of this process.
Following a generous donation of approximately US$ 4.6 million by the Qatar-based Al Fakhoora, a programme of Education Above All Foundation, to UNRWA to undertake maintenance and repair activities across 43 UNRWA schools in Gaza, a delegation from the Qatar Development Fund paid a visit to the UNRWA Al Fakhoora school in North Gaza on 2 February. The delegation was led by executive manager Mr. Ali Al Dabagh and included various representatives from Al Fakhoora Education Programme.
January 19th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has recently completed its Social Harmony initiative launched in May 2013 to promote peaceful coexistence and productive capabilities in West Darfur, Sudan.
Lasting for 30 months till December 2015, the project was funded by $500,000 (QR 1,819,340) contribution from Qatar Development Fund (QDF).
Jerusalem, 17 January 2016
On the occasion of the inauguration of the first phase of the City of HH Sheikh Hamad in Gaza and the handing over of 1,060 much needed housing units to Palestinian families whose houses were totally destroyed in the 2014 conflict, the Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov said:
"I take this opportunity to thank the State of Qatar for its relentless efforts and commitment to supporting the Palestinian people in Gaza. The completion of the first phase of this project is a significant step in rebuilding lives and livelihoods in Gaza.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:17 GMT
Reconstruction meets a fraction of Palestinian enclave's needs
Gulf state also donates housing complex for poor in central Gaza
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
GAZA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Qatari-funded construction projects have provided 1,000 new dwellings for Palestinians left homeless by the 2014 Gaza war with Israel, and a similar number for low-income families in the territory, officials said on Saturday.
Minni Minawi, leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM), has said that a meeting is scheduled to be held in Paris next week between Sudan’s armed movements and the Qatar government representatives “to discuss and exchange views on solving the problems of Darfur”.
Minawi told Radio Dabanga on Tuesday said that “the Qataris have decided to sit with us next week in Paris for dialogue about what is happening in Darfur and what Qatar’s role is to be in Darfur”.
• IA mission identifies 5,900 new refugees arrived in South Kordofan between July and September 2015.
• Response is underway for the 36,984 people—verified by IOM—in need of aid in North Jebel Marra’s Fanga Suk area.
• In East Darfur, aid organizations start to respond to the needs of an estimated 13,700 returnees to Labado village.
• Qatar will contribute $70 million to construct 10 model villages in Darfur in 2016.
This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk, including population growth, urbanisation, and conflict.
BADIL Resource Center for Residency and Refugee Rights (BADIL) has published the Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons since 2002. This edition of the Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (Volume VIII) focuses on Palestinian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the period between 2013 and 2015. Unless stated otherwise, statistical data and estimates of the size of this population have been updated in accordance with figures from the end of 2014.
DOHA, Nov 15 (KUNA) -- Qatar announced on Monday that two aircraft loaded with new batch of aid left Doha for Yemen to help alleviate suffering of the Yemeni people.
The aid inculdes relief materials, medical supplies, medicines and food, the Qatari News Agency (QNA) reported.
This brings Qatar's total relief aid to Yemen up to 356 tons of aid sent through 11 flights, it added. (end) nnd.mmb.hs