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29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

29 Apr 2016 description
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Highlights

  • The security situation continued to deteriorate throughout March with intense armed clashes in Donetsk, Horlivka and Mariupol areas in particular. This had a negative impact on the water and electricity supply to vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine; the number of causalities has also increased.

28 Apr 2016 description
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7683rd Meeting (PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

Concerned by escalating violence and political gridlock in eastern Ukraine, senior officials of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) called on all parties to the three-year old conflict to immediately lay down their weapons and make good on their commitments under the Minsk agreements, during a Security Council meeting this afternoon on the subject.

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

28 Apr 2016 description

Four civilians were killed in “DPR”-controlled Olenivka, south-west of Donetsk city, when the area came under shelling. The SMM recorded significant numbers of ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including multiple launch rocket system fire. The SMM monitored a demonstration against the mayor in Odessa. The SMM monitored a demonstration outside a closed-door court hearing in Kharkiv involving members of the Aidar battalion.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

28 Apr 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

74.8 per cent of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about insecurity
58 per cent cross by private cars
57.2 per cent are aged 40-65
54 per cent travel to visit relatives
46 per cent cross the line of contact every month
Source: UNHCR crossing the line of contact survey

FUNDING

USD 34.8 million requested for the operation in 2016

PRIORITIES

28 Apr 2016 description

VIENNA, 28 April 2016 – The sides in eastern Ukraine must urgently and fully respect the ceasefire in order to reverse the worsening security situation, said the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik and the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ertugrul Apakan in their addresses to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna today.

28 Apr 2016 description

The ICRC has distributed 16,000 food parcels and hygiene kits in southern Russia so far this year to people who fled the fighting in neighbouring Ukraine. We are carrying out these operations with the local authorities and the Russian Red Cross.

Many people who fled from south-eastern Ukraine in 2014 have returned home over the last year, but thousands are still far from their home towns and villages. Some are living in southern Russia, either because of the ongoing hostilities or because their homes have been destroyed.

28 Apr 2016 description
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April 2016 As the armed conflict in Ukraine enters its third year, it has disappeared from global media front-pages. However, the human suffering in Ukraine is real and the protracted crisis continues to trigger new humanitarian needs every day. Here are 10 things you need to know:

28 Apr 2016 description

Summary

Four civilians were killed close to a “DPR” checkpoint near Olenivka when shelling occurred in the early hours of 27 April.

Detail

At 10:01 on 27 April, the SMM arrived on Lenina Street on the southern edge on “DPR”-controlled Olenivka (23km south-west of Donetsk), 650m north of a “DPR” checkpoint, and approximately 4km east of the contact line.

The SMM observed a cordoned-off 50m2 incident scene, with two craters and three damaged cars.

27 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall cross-border traffic increased at both BCPs.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 21 permanent international staff members (incl. the Chief Observer). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

OBSERVATIONS AT THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS

Persons crossing the border

27 Apr 2016 description

In Donetsk region, the SMM observed a high level of violence, with more than 600 explosions recorded. In particular, the SMM noted a considerable increase of violence in the Yasynuvata area, with some 450 explosions recorded. In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded ceasefire violations in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska on the night of 25 April. SMM noted a number of weapons missing from permanent storage sites and holding areas. It observed long queues at checkpoints along the contact line.

27 Apr 2016 description

BERLIN, 27 April 2016 - A spokesperson of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, holder of the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship, issued the following statement in Berlin today in response to reports on alleged plans for an armed OSCE mission to eastern Ukraine:

The OSCE monitoring mission currently in place in eastern Ukraine is a civilian, unarmed mission. This was decided by the 57 participating States of the OSCE, and neither Germany nor France are involved in any agreement about changing the civilian nature of the mission – neither within the OSCE nor in the Normandy format.

27 Apr 2016 description

Olenivka, Ukraine | AFP | Wednesday 4/27/2016 - 09:38 GMT

Four civilians including a pregnant woman were killed and eight others wounded early Wednesday when their cars came under mortar fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine, rebel officials said.

The shelling attack occurred in the rebel-controlled village of Olenivka just 300 metres (1,000 feet) from a demarcation line separating pro-Russian rebels and government forces.