Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania will succeed Anthony Banbury as Special Representative and Head of UNMEER in early January.
Community resistance continues to be experienced in many regions of Guinea.
18,118 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported in the three most affected countries, where there have been 6,533 reported deaths.
Swarms laying eggs on Red Sea coast in Sudan
During the first week of December, groups of adults and swarms were seen laying eggs on the Red Sea coast of Sudan near Port Sudan, Suakin and in the Tokar Delta. Groups of adults were also present along the central coastal plains between Port Sudan and Tokar and on the southern coastal plains near Aiterba and Karora, close to the border of Eritrea. Control operations treated 7,000 ha during the first week of the month, of which 6,200 ha were by air.
Saudi Arabia has pledged one million dollar to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in recognition of its sincere humanitarian efforts to assist refugees around the world, Ambassador Faisal bin Trad, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, announced at the UNHCR Pledging Conference in Geneva Dec. 9.
Ambassador bin Trad stressed the Kingdom's continuing support for the UNHCR efforts and noted that over the past three decades, Saudi Arabia has provided over $110 billion in assistance to more than 90 countries.
USD 35 Million grant The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia
JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, December 11, 2014/ -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.
December 10, 2014
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz contributed $104 million to the World Food Program (WFP) to help meet an urgent need for funding to continue food distribution to millions of refugees sheltering in countries neighboring Syria, in Ethiopia and in Kenya.
“The contribution to the World Food Program reflects King Abdullah's desire to help those in need, regardless of religion, sect or ethnicity,” said Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous and timely contribution of US$104 million to assist refugees sheltering in countries neighbouring Syria, in Ethiopia and in Kenya, provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.
On 30 June 2014, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced an extraordinary contribution of US$500 million to the United Nations (UN) to scale up operations and provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq. This is the largest single contribution of its kind for UN humanitarian operations.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, regarding the issue.
SANAA, 1 December 2014 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia is considering stopping financial support to Yemen, a move that could tip the country further towards economic collapse, Yemeni, Saudi and Western officials have said.
Since rebels from the Houthi movement took hold of the capital Sana’a in September, Saudi Arabia, which has provided an estimated US$4 billion to keep the Yemeni economy afloat since early 2012, has been reviewing its economic support for its southern neighbour. Among the key disbursements put on hold is $700 million in military aid.
The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation deteriorated along the Red Sea coast in the central outbreak region during November. Aerial and ground operations treated swarms and groups of adults and hoppers on close to 83,000 ha in Sudan during this month. A few adult locusts were detected on the Gulf of Aden & the Red Sea coastal plains in Yemen the last week of November. No locusts were reported in Ethiopia, Oman or Somalia and no reports were received from Eritrea or Saudi Arabia during this period (DLCO-EA, DLMCC/Yemen, LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).
In 2015, humanitarian partners estimate that 15.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance. This represents an 8 per cent increase since last year, mainly due to the effects of expanded conflict, improved access to areas that were inaccessible, better data and population growth in areas of high need.
General Situation during November 2014 Forecast until January 2015
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has given directives to provide Yemen with relief assistance worth $54 million. Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Saeed Al-Jaber disclosed during a meeting with Yemen's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Mohammed Al-Maytami in Sana'a today. The food assistance was designed to alleviate the suffering of some 45,000 Yemeni needy families.
A number of Iraqi wounded and sick civilians arrived last night at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi to receive medical treatment at the U.A.E. hospitals in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces.
The Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers funded medical centers in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan treats about 2,250 patients per week, Medical Director of the Saudi Specialized Clinics Dr. Muhammad Ismail Zoubi said today.
In 2014, nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled horrific violence and armed conflict, and many of those who barely escaped with their lives now find themselves in need of proper shelter and basic services. Iraq has seen three major waves of displacement. The first wave, in January, occurred after armed groups seized control of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar governorate. The occupation of Mosul, in June, triggered a second wave.
2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.
Yemen - During the month of October, IOM recorded 25,940 Yemeni returnees at the Al-Tuwal border crossing point between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The crossing is about 10km north of Haradh in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate.
Field teams operating from IOM’s Haradh sub-office distributed water and food to 24,144 of the returnees on arrival and provided 4,508 of them with non-food items, mostly clothing and medicines. Medical assistance was provided to 1,989 individuals and serious cases diagnosed by IOM doctors were referred to public hospitals.
Erbil/ IRAQ— More than 40 babies are being born to internally displaced families every day in Duhok governorate within Kurdistan Region, shows official statistics.
According to Duhok Health Directorate figures, approximately 2,707 newborns to internally displaced families were registered in two months.