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Ethiopia + 3 others
Ethiopia Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014


  • Above-average meher harvests benefit chronically food-insecure areas of Ethiopia, but localized food insecurity persists in areas affected by below-average rainfall.

  • GoE and humanitarian partners release the Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2014.

  • Conflict in South Sudan forces more than 42,000 South Sudanese refugees to seek shelter in Ethiopia.

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Syria - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #23, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 [EN/AR]



  • The number of Syrian refugees surpassed the 2 million mark on September 3.

  • Conflict in Syria internally displaced thousands of people during the month of August. At least 5 million people are internally displaced.

  • The first humanitarian cargo flight with commodities for new refugees arrived in Erbil, Iraq, on August 26.

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Commissioner-General’s opening statement to UNRWA Advisory Commission, June 2012

18 June 2012
Dead Sea, Jordan

Delivered by Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi at the 2012 meeting of the UNRWA Advisory Commission.

Minister Azayzeh,
Mr Chairman,
Distinguished Delegates:

Welcome, everybody. I would like to thank Minister Wajieh Azayzeh, representing Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh of Jordan, for his opening remarks. He is, of course, an old friend of this Commission and of UNRWA, and of mine personally, and we warmly welcome him and appreciate his cooperation.

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Yemen + 3 others
Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #8, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012


  • Relief agencies have expressed concern that intensified fighting in Abyan Governorate between Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) security forces and militant groups may lead to civilian casualties and population movements out of the area. Relief agencies are preparing contingency plans to respond to potential humanitarian needs.

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World + 19 others
Unsustainable water use threatens agriculture, business and populations in China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and USA - global study


South American drought fuels fears of food price shocks, as soya bean harvests suffer

The viability of water supplies throughout key regions of China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the US are under threat from unsustainable domestic, agricultural and industrial demands, according to a new study that maps water use down to 10km² worldwide.

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Afghanistan + 12 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review, FY 2002 - 2011 - Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.