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19 Jun 2017 description

May 29th marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. More than 3,500 peacekeepers have died since the first mission in 1948. As of April 30, 2017, over 112,000 troops, observers, police, and civilians representing 124 countries were participating in 16 UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKOs) at a cost of $7.87 billion. However, UN peacekeeping represents only one part of the international community’s investment toward the prevention of relapse into violent conflict.

19 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Muzoon became an advocate for girls’ education after fleeing Syria in 2013

NEW YORK, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.

18 Jun 2017 description

Damascus/Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strongly condemns an attack on Saturday against a humanitarian convoy on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria that wounded a staff member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The 37-truck convoy from the ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and the United Nations was to deliver food, medicine and daily essentials to 11,000 people in the town of East Harasta.

18 Jun 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

KEY FINDINGS

• The largest change across Syria in May was the continued decline in the median price of assessed vegetables across all of Syria in May. The median price of cucumbers and onions dropped by 43% (150 SYP) and 28% (50 SYP), respectively. Price declines of tomatoes and potatoes were also observed in some regions. This may be related to early harvesting, as the expected onset of harvest season for these foods is in June.

• An average 3.2% decline in SMEB costs was reported in the 37 subdistricts with complete SMEBs in April and May.

18 Jun 2017 description

The challenge of desertification, already big, is becoming even more significant as a growing global population places increasing pressure on productive land. If we have any chance of delivering more nutritious food to people in the Global South we need to recover degraded land and enhance the health and fertility of our soils.

In the dry areas, where ICARDA works, this challenge is likely to be more difficult – these marginal environments are on the frontline in the fight against desertification and are predicted to be worst affected by climate change.

17 Jun 2017 description
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The UN in Syria strongly condemns an attack on a joint UN/SARC/ICRC convoy of 36 trucks which attempted to deliver humanitarian assistance to people in need in East Harasta today. Two Syrian Arab Red Crescent drivers were injured by shooting that occurred as the convoy was exiting the area on its way to Damascus, and are currently receiving medical treatment. The UN in Syria wishes them a speedy recovery and stands in full solidarity with SARC.

17 Jun 2017 description

Turkey - On 15 June, the Turkish Coastguard (TUR CG) received in Antalya two search and rescue vessels. The vessels are part of a EUR 20 million agreement between the European Union and the UN Migration Agency (IOM).

The Turkish Government responded to the increase in irregular migration by rescuing, since the beginning of 2015, nearly 135,000 migrants and refugees as they tried to make their way to Greece. On land and at sea, Turkish law enforcement authorities have taken effective measures.

16 Jun 2017 description
report Save the Children

New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance

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16 Jun 2017 description

Between 1 January and 31 May 2017, 8,312 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 five months of 2016, when 16% of those arriving by sea were UASC. UASC numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 7,654 UASC arrived in the first five months of the year.

16 Jun 2017 description

16-06-2017

Independent Doctors Association

For Syrians who have lost access to basic medical services due to violence and displacement, mobile clinics can be a lifeline. In March 2017, WHO’s Gaziantep field office in Turkey donated 5 mobile clinics to its health partners working in northern Syria, where many hospitals have been destroyed. Dr Tamer Hasan of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a WHO partner, describes how the mobile clinic they received from WHO was immediately put into action to serve communities.

16 Jun 2017 description
report European Commission

The agreement reached on a new electoral law governing the next parliamentary elections is an important step towards fully functioning democratic institutions in Lebanon.

Following on the election of the President and the appointment of a new government at the end of 2016, the agreement to hold democratic elections under the new law will enable the government to advance with the necessary economic and structural measures. This will contribute to stabilise the country and stimulate faster economic growth.

16 Jun 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

In developing a concept on the Protection of Civilians (PoC), NATO should consider a cautionary approach, recognizing that the policy adopted by the Warsaw Summit emerges from decades of failure to protect civilians in conflict (NATO, 2016). These failures range from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, civilian casualties in Afghanistan, security gaps in Libya, and the inability of the international community to protect civilians during the war in Syria.

16 Jun 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Logistics Cluster enables global, regional and local actors to meet humanitarian needs.
Before crises, we work with the stakeholders in high-risk countries and regions to strengthen local capacities.

In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, and information, and facilitate access to operational services.

Globally, the Logistics Cluster is a community of partners actively working to overcome logistics constraints, and to develop and share best practices and solutions.

16 Jun 2017 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Las nacionalidades más comunes de los solicitantes de asilo son venezolanas, ucranianas y sirias.

Cruz Roja trabaja en este ámbito en coordinación con el Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social.

16 Jun 2017 description

No new cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 have been confirmed since our last communication on 13 June, though of course disease surveillance is ongoing in Deir Al Zour. Outbreak response is still being planned, but we do not yet have specifics in terms of geographic extent and timing, though it will for sure be in the Deir-ez-Zour governorate, which is the infected area .

16 Jun 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 May 2017, 60,228 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 26% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (47,883). Trends in sea arrivals should be assessed over time, as fluctuations on a monthly basis may be linked to various factors, including weather and sea conditions or the situation in the countries of departure and origin. Geopolitical developments and the capacity of smugglers to organize departures may also affect sea arrivals.

16 Jun 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

415,986 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 20161

530,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

190,472 Individuals (39,407 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

3 million IDPs since January 20142

16 Jun 2017 description

Youngsters at refugee camps in northern Greece have had their first ever dental appointments, thanks to Doctors of the World’s Mobile Dentistry Unit funded by the European Commission. Led by dentist Sofia Kouva, the three-person team has been at refugee camps in Ioannina and Thessaloniki, teaching youngsters how to care for their teeth, parents how to help, and of course giving their teeth a polish and shine as well.

16 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF has received only a quarter of funding required for children

AMMAN, 16 June 2017- UNICEF-supported programmes for over 9 million children inside Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical US$220 million funding gap.