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04 Oct 2015 description


  • A total of 587 individuals arrived in Obock on 29 September to various transit points of Obock town. They could not reach Obock Port because of fuel shortages. Boats carrying passengers continue to arrive from Yemen.

  • UNHCR and ONARS (the government refugee agency) registered 209 new arrivals (62 families) on 29 September and 138 individuals on 30 September.

03 Oct 2015 description

GENEVA (2 October 2015) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 1 October 2015 and repeats its call for universal ratification of the Convention.

“We applaud Somalia for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as the 196th State to do so,” the Chairperson of the Committee, Benyam Dawit Mezmur, stated. “Ratification is an important step that brings with it a commitment towards implementation,” he added.

03 Oct 2015 description

10/3/2015 - 03:07 GMT

by Catherine BOITARD

As volunteer doctors, they are accustomed to treating injuries and disease outbreaks in conflict zones -- but now duty calls on Greek soil.

In the mobile Medecins du Monde mobile unit on the island of Lesbos, attending to thousands of refugees and migrants landing from neighbouring Turkey is a round-the-clock affair.

Aching muscles, lower body injuries, pulmonary infections -- with around 350 patients a day, there is little time to dwell on specific patients.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

2 October 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in hailing Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in renewing the call for the last remaining country that has yet to join the treaty to do so.

Somalia deposited its instrument of ratification at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday during the annual treaty event held in conjunction with the General Assembly’s high-level debate, formalizing the process of ratification started earlier this year.

02 Oct 2015 description


Stories of courage—how refugee women in Turkey are making something of their lives in exile.

Refugee women: stories of courage

The desperate and rather horrific situation in Syria is well known, with more than 4 million refugees globally, of which nearly half live in Turkey. More than 7 million are internally displaced within Syria and half that number of refugees and IDPs, are children. In the camps in Turkey, 78% of Syrian refugees are women and children.

02 Oct 2015 description

Somalia becomes 196th State Party to the Convention

NEW YORK – “Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country’s 6.5 million children.

“The children of Somalia face enormous challenges. Somalia today has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world, alarming malnutrition rates, and very high levels of violence affecting children.

02 Oct 2015 description


2 October 2015

Adopts Resolutions on Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Countering Violent Extremism, and Racism and Racial Discrimination

02 Oct 2015 description

Helsinki, Finland | AFP | Friday 10/2/2015 - 12:22 GMT | 252 words

Finland on Friday updated its estimate of asylum seekers arriving in 2015 from 30,000 to 50,000 -- which would be nearly 14 times as many as last year.

"The new estimate is that altogether around 50,000 asylum seekers would come to Finland this year," the interior ministry said in a statement.

Finland has seen an unprecedented influx of migrants in recent months as part of the huge wave of people arriving in Europe from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

02 Oct 2015 description

In this issue

Study on Flood and Irrigation Control Systems in Middle Shabelle........Page 9
El Nino in Somalia........Page 2
Land Mapping to Support Land Policy in Somaliland........Page 3
Information Open Days........Page 4
Feature: Minitoring Using Remote Sensing........Page 5 - 6
Ceel Waaq Hydrogeology Study........Page 7
Data Centres in Mogadishu........Page 8
Pictorial........Page 10

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.

02 Oct 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Right now, there are nearly 60 million refugees or displaced people worldwide. If all of the world’s refugees were the population of a country, it would be the 24th largest in the world, just after Italy.

Half of the world’s refugees are children, growing up far from home without consistent education, safety or emotional support.

02 Oct 2015 description

• Critical prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) among children 6-59 months has been observed in Guban accompanied by Very Critical levels of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

• Threefold increase in Severe Acute Malnutrition (MUAC <11.5 cms) was observed in Xudur (Bakool region) while Very Critical levels of acute malnutrition (MUAC <12.5 cms) continue to persist.

• Sustained prevalence of Very Critical levels of Acute Malnutrition (MUAC <12.5 cms) was reported in BuloBurte (Hiran region) though trends show a decline in prevalence.

02 Oct 2015 description

Dryness worsens in Ethiopia and coastal West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall over several bimodal areas of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria has led to a rapid increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions. Reduced rainfall is expected during in the region during lateSeptember.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session, 19th, 20th & 21st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

As the Palestinian flag was raised outside United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the General Assembly for support to see an independent State of Palestine take its rightful place among the community of nations.

01 Oct 2015 description

September 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations
    Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia

October 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

01 Oct 2015 description
  • The week, WHO removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries following all samples in the polio laboratory being tested negative for wild poliovirus for a whole year following the most recent case on 24 July 2014. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. More.

01 Oct 2015 description

The Deyr 2015 rains have started in some parts of Somalia. In the coming three days, most parts of the country will continue to receive light to moderate rains. Moderate to heavy rains are foreseen in the Ethiopian high- lands during in the coming three days.