In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe
- Informal meeting of EU heads of state or government on migration, 23 September 2015 - statement / FR
- UNHCR’s proposals in light of the EU response to the refugee crisis and the EU package of 9 September 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun 2015 – Dec 2016, Supplementary Appeal
- UNHCR: Special Mediterranean Initiative: Plan for an enhanced operational response (Jun–Dec 2015)
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action for European Countries Slovenia (Oct 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Italy (May 2015)
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 13:18 GMT
The EU said Tuesday it would step up resettling refugees now in Turkey and help reinforce Turkish coastguard patrols under a crisis plan agreed during talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ankara will meanwhile put "priority" on setting up six new partially EU-funded reception centres for refugees under the plan published by the European Commission following Erdogan's visit to Brussels on Monday.
By Denis McClean
TEHRAN, 6 October, 2015 - The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the adoption of a global action plan by 24 countries to advance the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) in line with the targets for reducing disaster losses set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Afghanistan: The humanitarian situation in Kunduz is deteriorating as fighting for control of the city continues. Aid organisations have withdrawn, after a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital was bombed in an airstrike, killing 22 and injuring 37.
Burundi: At least eight civilians were killed in Bujumbura over the weekend as political violence persists, and people continue to flee. Some 128,000 people are reliant on food assistance: in some of the areas affected by insecurity, food prices are up to 95% higher than average.
In October, the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, from the women, peace and security agenda, to the fight against terrorism, to humanitarian crises around the world, the Permanent Representative of Spain said today at a Headquarters press conference. Among his country’s priorities for October were also the Council’s methods of work and the situation in the Middle East.
Turkey has warned the EU that millions more refugees could flee Syria as the civil war intensifies, European Council President Donald Tusk has said.
He said Russian and Iranian engagement in Syria was making a victory for President Bashar al-Assad more likely.
According to Turkish estimates, it could mean another three million refugees from Aleppo and the area.
The severity and frequency of natural disasters has risen steadily over the past decades, partly as a result of climate change, urbanisation, population growth and environmental degradation. In 2013, Central Europe suffered once-in-a-hundredyears floods, for the second time in just 13 years.
For every €1 invested in disaster prevention, €4 to €7 are saved in disaster response.
6 OCTOBER 2015 ¦ GENEVA - New Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents developed by WHO and UNAIDS aim to help countries improve the quality of adolescent health care.
Central African Republic
26 September 2015: A local staff member of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was shot dead. No further information available.
27-29September 2015:Several humanitarian offices and staff residences were looted amidst the violence that followed the murder of a Muslim man on 26 September in the capital Bangui. ReliefWeb.
QUOI : Consultations globales pour le Sommet humanitaire mondial QUI : Parmi les orateurs principaux : Jan Eliasson, Vice-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies; et Didier Burkhalter, ministre des affaires étrangères de la Suisse. Les réunions seront co-présidées par Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence; et l’Ambassadeur Manuel Bessler, Chef de l’aide humanitaire suisse, Département fédéral des affaires étrangères, Suisse.
QUAND : 14-16 octobre 2015
WHAT: Global Consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit 2016
WHO: Keynote speakers include Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General; and Didier Burkhalter, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. Meeting co-chairs are Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; and Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland.
WHEN: 14-16 October 2015
Geneva, Switzerland | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 09:11 GMT
by Ben SIMON
Media and politicians alike have said Europe is facing its worst migrant crisis since World War II, but some historians challenge that notion.
Quantifying the current crisis is complicated because it is ongoing.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said it expects no let-up in the waves of people crossing the Mediterranean to seek safety in Europe as Syria's civil war, the main factor driving refugees towards Europe, rages on with little hope for peace in the short-term.
Land tenure is one of the great challenges Habitat for Humanity faces in helping families access decent housing. Countless families around the world lack rights to the land on which they live. Just imagine the stress of knowing that any day you might be forced to move because someone else claims ownership of the place you call home.
Humanitarian situations and responses in Africa have remained complex and challenging and have resulted in a large number of internally displace persons (IDPs) and refugees. In an attempt to address these challenge, the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Policy Framework was drafted to enhance, coordinate and consolidate existing mechanisms. This policy was designed to support the efforts to ensure Full Operational Capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) and its Rapid Deployment Capacity (RDC).
We, a group of experts, met at Georgetown University on August 24, 2015 to discuss ways to improve responses to the current situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The workshop concluded that there is urgent need to raise the visibility of IDPs in two principal regards: gaining access to IDPs in acute crises, such as Syria, in order to provide effective protection; and finding solutions for IDPs in the many protracted situations of displacement that have already lasted for decades.
Save the Children response to reports of UK downsizing search and rescue capacity of refugees at sea.
Monday, 5 October 2015 - 5:31pm
Justin Forsyth, CEO Save the Children, said:
“Last month, 159 people, including 35 children, drowned crossing the Aegean Sea, making September the deadliest month yet for refugees and migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece.
When war breaks out, what happens to the weather forecast? Violent conflict disrupts many essential services in developing countries and one of the most overlooked is meteorology, which has surprisingly big consequences for farmers, policymakers, and the aid workers who are there to help.
At its thirtieth session, held in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations Human Rights Council took a significant step towards reaffirming that human rights are central to the AIDS response.
The Council adopted a resolution calling for a panel discussion to be held in March 2016 on the progress and challenges of human rights in the AIDS epidemic. The panel will also mark the twentieth anniversary of the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-GENERAL ON ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION PUBLISHED
The biennial Report of the Secretary-General on Assistance in Mine Action (A/70/207) was issued on 3 August, in advance of the 70th session of the General Assembly. The Report serves as the Mid-Term Review of the Strategy of the United Nations on Mine Action 2013-2018, and draws on findings of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Mechanism developed to measure progress towards the strategic objectives of the Strategy.
The average number of sea arrivals to Greece decreased and reached a low of 1,630 on 1 October due to the worsening weather conditions. Six shipwrecks took place off the coasts of Kos and Lesvos on 25 and 30 September, taking the lives of 2 persons. While some improvements in registration and reception were reported in Greece, the registration process continues to vary from island to island and accommodation still falls short of the needs.
By Jonathan Fowler
NEW YORK, 27 September 2015 – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and its existing private sector partners have called on businesses around the globe to join a new initiative that aims to raise resilience in the face of natural and man-made hazards.