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28 May 2015 description

Regional governments must take immediate action to save lives and address the root causes of the South East Asian migrant crisis, Amnesty International said ahead of a key summit in Thailand on Friday.

“The Bangkok summit is an opportunity to develop a genuine regional effort to address all the many dimensions of the crisis in line with international human rights law that must not be missed,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.

28 May 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Niue, Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in Kiribati has reduced significantly.

Cook Islands reports 33 cases, in the week to 24 May 2015. As of 27 May 2015 there have been 572 cases since November 2014.

Dengue

28 May 2015 description

BELGRADE, 28 May 2015 - Criminal justice experts and representatives from international organizations gathered in Belgrade today for the two-day OSCE Annual Police Experts Meeting, to discuss new trends related to links between organized crime, irregular migration and trafficking in human beings.

The aim of these discussions is to explore ways to strengthen multi-agency co-operation in fighting trafficking in human beings and migration-related crimes committed by organized criminal groups in the OSCE area.

28 May 2015 description

New FAO partnership with World Union of Wholesale Markets

28 May 2015, Budapest – Recognizing the growing challenge of feeding the world's cities and the importance of efficient urban markets, FAO and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) are partnering to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in the wholesale sector, including developing “best practices” for reducing food waste.

Wholesalers function as brokers who sell agricultural goods purchased directly from producers in bulk to businesses and resellers.

28 May 2015 description
report Adeso

Report Calls for Local Actors to have Greater Say in Humanitarian Efforts

A Global Network of Southern NGOs finds Widespread Support, reveals Report

Nairobi, May 28, 2015 – A new report just launched by Adeso reveals an escalating sense of frustration on the part of Southern Non-Government-Organizations (SNGOs), who - despite playing a vital role in responding to many emergencies - still find themselves with little control over how humanitarian, recovery, and resilience efforts are managed in their countries and regions.

28 May 2015 description

The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed to use funding from the EEA and Norway Grants to set up a new reception centre on the island of Lesvos, as part of Norway's contribution to alleviating the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

'A growing number of people are attempting to enter Europe from the Turkish mainland via the islands of Greece. It is crucial that all migrants are registered and that their rights are upheld. All the countries of Europe have a shared responsibility in this context,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.

28 May 2015 description

As Europe copes with surge of crossings in Mediterranean, new report argues far deeper insight is needed into migrant decision-making and smuggler business model

BRUSSELS — Facing unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and other migrants seeking to gain entry to Europe via the often perilous Central Mediterranean route, European policymakers are drawing upon an incomplete evidence base as they seek to stem the flow of boats that are largely responsible for the inflow of more than 220,000 people in 2014, a new Migration Policy Institute Europe report argues.

28 May 2015 description

The purpose of this tool is to obtain a quick understanding of the emergency food security and livelihood situation within the first few days after a rapid-onset disaster. This tool is independent of other inter-agency multi-sectoral assessments such as the MIRA and collects information only on food security and livelihoods. However, this tool can be used alongside processes such as the MIRA to complement them with more detailed food security and livelihoods information necessary for rapid response design.

28 May 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 27, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government, office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed on a joint strategy paper in Khartoum today to combat the growing wave of human trafficking.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also signed on to this strategy paper.

28 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 May 2015 – In Brussels today, where he was addressing the European Parliament, the United Nations Secretary-General today the important role played by the European Union in boosting the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development and human rights.

Within that context, he stressed the importance of addressing the challenge of migration, in the Mediterranean and in Southeast Asia, in his speech to the parliament.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11908

7450th Meeting (AM & PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

Strongly condemning impunity for attacks on journalists, which had greatly increased globally, the Security Council, during an all-day open debate today, called on parties to conflict and all Member States to create a safe environment “in law and practice” for media professionals to do their important work.

28 May 2015 description
report Geneva Call

Can a hospital be targeted if the enemy is inside and targeting you? Can you enrol young people as combatants without being sure they are 18? Can you pretend to surrender in order to attack your enemy by surprise? These are the types of questions—and they sometimes involve complex answers—that many combatants in armed groups might ask themselves in conflict areas. Geneva Call’s new mobile application quiz – called Fighter, not Killer- is available in English, French and Arabic and provides the answers to these questions in a simple yet meticulous way.

28 May 2015 description
infographic TorqAid

The four key diagrams highlighted in this article illustrate clearly the main initiatives which are required for effective disaster risk management (DRM).

28 May 2015 description
report TorqAid

WDR Disaster-related Statistics

  • The best source of disaster-related information can be found in the annual Red Cross World Disasters Report (WDR). Tables 1 and 2 below are drawn from the 2014 Red Cross World Disasters Report (WDR)
  • Disasters here include both ‘natural’ (eg drought) and ‘technological’ (eg industrial accident) hazards, with WDR giving a breakdown into different sub-groups and types

  • These figures exclude;

27 May 2015 description

What causes tides?

Tides are the daily rise and fall of sea levels, caused mainly by the gravitational pull of the moon as it revolves around the earth. Tides are also affected by the earth’s rotation and the gravitational pull of the sun.

What are spring tides and neap tides?

27 May 2015 description

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have produced a Seasonal Rainfall Watch to encourage Pacific Red Cross disaster managers to make use of seasonal scale rainfall forecasts in preparedness planning.

With this information at hand, they will be better prepared to respond early and help better manage droughts and prolonged wet periods.

The importance of rainfall forecasts in small island developing states

27 May 2015 description

Le 27 mai 2015, le secrétaire général de Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Christophe Deloire, a salué au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU à New York l’adoption à l’unanimité d’une résolution historique sur la protection des journalistes. Lors de son allocution devant le Conseil, il a réclamé des mécanismes concrets d’application du droit international.

27 May 2015 description

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary-general Christophe Deloire hailed the council’s unanimous adoption today of an historic resolution on the protection of journalists in armed conflicts. At the same time, he called for concrete measures to ensure implementation of international law on the safety of journalists.