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10 Feb 2015 description

Italy - The deaths from hypothermia in severe winter conditions of 29 Sub-Saharan Africans, from a group of 105 picked up by the Italian Coast Guard off the island of Lampedusa, marks an ominous and early start to the Mediterranean “human smuggling season”.

"What happened yesterday shows the necessity of life-saving operations in the Mediterranean,” said IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing. “Bigger ships, like those used in the Mare Nostrum operation, could have easily rescued these migrants.”

03 Feb 2015 description

The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.

02 Feb 2015 description

General Situation during January 2015 Forecast until mid-March 2015

25 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 16:00 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to boost already large investments as he visited Somalia, a strategic ally offering lucrative rewards for those willing to work in the war-torn nation.

Erdogan, on a rare visit by a foreign leader to a capital hit by frequent insurgent attacks, praised the "major developments" seen in Somalia and promised to deliver more.

He was welcomed at Mogadishu's new Turkish-renovated airport by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

16 Jan 2015 description

Italy - The number of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Italy by sea in 2014 reached a total of 170,100 by year end 2014. That is about four times the number registered in 2013, when the Italian authorities recorded 42,925 arrivals.

The figures, provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior, show that despite the dangerous sea conditions, migrants continued to cross the Mediterranean during the winter, when arrivals usually decrease.

07 Jan 2015 description

Donor contributions are monetary donations provided by Governments and the private sector. This mechanism gives them the opportunity to pool their unearmarked contributions to a specific country. With these pooled donations, CBPFs offer rapid and flexible financing instruments to scale up humanitarian operations, increase humanitarian access, and strengthen our partnerships with local and international NGOs and UN agencies. This complements the overall humanitarian response based on affected people's needs identified under country-specific strategic response plans.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.

03 Dec 2014 description

General Situation during November 2014 Forecast until January 2015

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

20 Oct 2014 description

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

02 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Abdulaziz Billow

MOGADISHU— With an improvement in security, the Somali government is taking advantage of relative calm and rebuilding the country’s major source of revenues - namely the airport and seaport, with major assistance from Turkey.

This once volatile and bullet-riddled capital, Mogadishu, is being revitalized at a swift pace.

One of the government’s priorities is to upgrade the transit hubs - crippled by two decades of civil strife.

02 Oct 2014 description

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

25 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/11560

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
6e & 7e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

Le débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale s’est ouvert, aujourd’hui, par les appels de plusieurs dirigeants à l’unité dans la lutte contre l’extrémisme radical et le terrorisme international, fléaux qu’incarnent en particulier l’« État islamique en Iraq et au Levant », Al-Qaida et Boko Haram.

25 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11560

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
6th, 7th & 8th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The world’s fasten seat belt light is illuminated, with turbulence testing the multilateral system, national institutions and people's lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today as he opened the sixty-ninth session’s general debate.

02 Sep 2014 description

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

09 Aug 2014 description

Key messages

  • The Syrian conflict has resulted in the world's largest humanitarian and security disaster. Humanitarian needs and displacement continue to increase. An entire generation of children has been exposed to war, violence and death, and has been deprived of basic freedoms, protection and education.

02 Aug 2014 description

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.