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Avant-propos

La politique belge en matière de développement international subit de profondes transformations.
Dans l’élan des Objectifs de développement durable, nous définissons dans de nombreux domaines une nouvelle approche et endossons un leadership international, avec pour mot d’ordre l’innovation.
La Belgique joue un rôle de premier plan dans le domaine de la numérisation et du développement. Sous son impulsion, l’Union européenne a décidé d’accorder désormais une place de choix aux technologies numériques dans le cadre de sa politique de développement.

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IN NUMBERS

7 million
people food insecure and 2 million at risk (projection 2017)

USD 11-17 billion
cost of rebuilding the agriculture sector over a three-year period

USD 16 billion
financial cost of damages and losses in the agriculture sector (2011–2016)

USD 119.4 million
appealed for by FAO under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan

HIGHLIGHTS

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Preface

The Belgian international development policy is undergoing a complete transformation. Under the impulse of the Sustainable Development Goals we opt in many different fields for a new approach and for international leadership. Innovation is the key word in this context.

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report ACTED

In March 2017, ACTED Jordan, with funding from the World Food Programme (WFP), began an innovative new pilot project in Azraq refugee camp: the installation of hydroponics systems to give refugees enhanced access to climate-smart agriculture trainings and livelihoods opportunities.

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Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on sexual violence in conflict.

Thank you Minister, Mr President, for convening this important open debate.

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Key points:

Although a large share of households in Aleppo city received assistance in April, the city continues to report the worst food consumption.

Food consumption has improved in hard-to-reach areas of Homs and Hama, but negative coping levels have risen in Al-Hasakeh.

Basic food prices have fallen in Madaya following the four-town agreement and delivery of humanitarian assistance. Food prices have soared in besieged east Ghouta.

Situation Update

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report UN Children's Fund

By Donatella Lorch

IZMIR, Turkey, 17 May 2017 – As a family therapist, Zeynep Kapisiz regularly deals with anger, depression, fear and many pleas for help. Some days she feels overwhelmed. The problems she is trying to solve can seem intractable.

“I’ve learned that some days I just have to listen,” Zeynep says. “I can’t pay a family’s rent or find money for food. So we focus on learning how to take deep breaths and we just talk.”

Zeynep works with Syrian refugees, mostly women and their children living in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city.

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HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • 7,020 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 14 May. During the week UNHCR and partners met and assisted only 30 new arrivals. For the first time this year, these did not include a single unaccompanied or separated child (UASC).

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report UN Security Council

CS/12819
15 MAI 2017
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
7938E SÉANCE – MATIN

Les violences sexuelles en période de conflit étant considérées comme une menace légitime pour la sécurité et la paix durables, le Conseil de sécurité a tenu un long débat, aujourd’hui, sous la présidence du Vice-Ministre des affaires étrangères de l’Uruguay, M. José Luis Cancela, pour réfléchir aux moyens de prévenir ce fléau et d’y remédier, face à une aggravation récente du problème.

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report UN Security Council

SC/12819
15 MAY 2017
SECURITY COUNCIL
7938TH MEETING (AM)

Words, Laws, Resolutions Will Mean Nothing if Violations Go Unpunished in Practice, Deputy Secretary-General Stresses

Shame and stigma were integral to the logic of using sexual violence as a tactic of war, torture or terrorism, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide told the Security Council today, amid demands that survivors be recognized as legitimate victims of conflict entitled to equality before the law as well as reparations.

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53,912 arrivals by sea in 2017
1,316 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 16 May
363,401 arrivals in 2016

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report UN News Service

15 mai 2017 – A l'occasion d'un débat au Conseil de sécurité sur la violence sexuelle dans les conflits, la Vice-Secrétaire générale de l'ONU, Amina Mohammed, s'est félicité lundi que la façon dont on considère cette violence ait changé et a appelé à s'attaquer aux causes profondes de ce fléau.

« La violence sexuelle dans les conflits n'est plus considérée comme 'purement une question féminine' ou comme un 'moindre mal' dans une fausse hiérarchie des violations des droits de l'homme », a souligné Mme Mohammed lors de débat.

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report United Nations

DSG/SM/1058-SC/12820-HR/5361

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks to the open debate of the Security Council on sexual violence in conflict, in New York today:

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Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 37,235 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 33% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (27,926). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions. Monthly arrivals increased in the spring: in April 2017, 12,943 refugees and migrants reached Italian shores.

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Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 5,190 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 14% of all sea arrivals in this period. This proportion is comparable to the first four months of 2016, when 16% of those arriving by sea were UASC. Their numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 4,541 UASC arrived in the first four months of the year.

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New Zealand will provide a further $5 million in relief assistance to pressing humanitarian crises across Africa and the Middle East, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.

“An estimated 45 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, of which 20 million face starvation and famine,” Mr Brownlee says.

“Conflict and insecurity have exacerbated drought conditions, causing widespread humanitarian need.

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Overview

  • 79,822 persons of concern
  • 461,701 refugees have passed through the camp
  • 57% are under 24, 19.9% of whom are under 5 years old
  • 1 in 5 households are headed by women
  • Average of 80 births per week, and 14,000 weekly consultations
  • The Camp covers some 5.3 km2