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30 Mar 2017 description

Refugee rights subsiding? New AIDA comparative report

An AIDA comparative report launched today discusses the impact of Europe’s two-tier protection regime, distinguishing between refugee status and subsidiary protection, on the rights of those granted protection.

30 Mar 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 30 March 2017 – Refugees and migrants must be included in efforts to reduce the risk of disasters, experts said this week at a European conference.

A special session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction spotlighted their vulnerabilities in the face of natural and human-induced hazards, but underlined that they also have an important role to play in curbing impacts.

30 Mar 2017 description


Pooled funds have become a significant part of the humanitarian landscape and financing toolbox over the last decade. Their numbers have grown, more donors are channelling funds through them, and more humanitarian actors are looking to them as a means of financing. The level of information exchange and learning between the funds, however, do not seem to match the expansion in pooled funds.

30 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA) a, en sa 670ème réunion, tenue le 22 mars 2017, consacré une séance publique au thème ‘’la reconstruction et le développement post-conflit (RDPC) en Afrique’’.

30 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) held its 670th meeting on 22 March 2017, an open session, dedicated to the theme: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) in Africa.

30 Mar 2017 description
  • On 6-7 February, IOM convened Community Management Committees from Al Qatrun to discuss the programme’s achievements and challenges in 2016, and to plan for 2017.

  • IOM has held a 5-day training (20-25 February) for managers and staff of Libyan detention centres on The Promotion and Protection of Migrants’ Human Rights.

  • Three chartered fl ights were organized in February, a total of 506 stranded migrants were able to return home through the voluntary return assistance.

30 Mar 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Vanuatu · Prolonged fever: Fiji, Kiribati

Other updates:


30 Mar 2017 description
report European Union, UN Women

This document represents the outcome of an expert meeting hosted in Geneva by UN Women and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in November 2016. The meeting brought together leading experts from relevant treaty bodies, select UN agencies and civil society organisations.

30 Mar 2017 description
report UN Women
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Across the 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region where UN Women has programme presence, partnerships with ministries for gender equality, women’s organisations, UN agencies and developmental agencies have shaped our work on economic empowerment, ending violence against women; addressing harmful practices based on gender stereotypes and advancing peace and security.

Our first interactive Annual Report 2015 highlights our key achievements.

30 Mar 2017 description

29 MARCH 2017 | GENEVA/BONN - WHO today launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.

The Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm that results. It lays out ways to improve the way medicines are prescribed, distributed and consumed, and increase awareness among patients about the risks associated with the improper use of medication.

30 Mar 2017 description


• On 26 March, 7,892 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,738) were sheltered in 17 government facilities, while the rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or close to the borders with Croatia or Hungary.

29 Mar 2017 description

Countries such as Pakistan, Iran and India, which use the most groundwater to grow food, are already suffering from water scarcity

By J.D. Capelouto

LONDON, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers around the world are using an unsustainable amount of well water to irrigate their crops – which could lead to an uptick in food prices as that water runs low, international researchers warned Wednesday.

29 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened at the news of another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, which may have left up to 146 people dead or missing.

29 Mar 2017 description

In the past two days, rescuers have picked up more than 1,100 migrants at sea

  • Humanitarian ship picked up survivor on Tuesday - IOM
  • Some 1,100 migrant rescues made in two days
  • Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied minors

By Steve Scherer

ROME, March 29 (Reuters) - A rubber boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean and the presumed sole survivor - a 16-year-old Gambian boy - told rescuers he believed all other passengers drowned, the International Migration Organization (IOM) said on Wednesday.

29 Mar 2017 description

This framework provides a consolidated summary of the major commitments and recommendations made to improve cash transfer programming† in humanitarian response during 2015 and 2016. It aggregates the core content of: the Grand Bargain, ECHO’s 10 Principles, the High Level Panel report, the Strategic Note on Cash Transfers and the Agenda for Cash. It is neutral across high level policy questions about approaches to cash transfer programming. The framework is designed to enable a consistent approach to implementing commitments and monitoring progress.

29 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

On 29 March 2017, the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee backed a proposal to increase EU support for regions affected by earthquakes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters. The EU share in the costs of reconstruction would raise to up to 90%. This would almost double the EU financial contribution for some regions from the current level of 50%.

Today's decision allows the Maltese Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

29 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Italian parliament passes law following lobbying efforts and release of UNICEF’s “Child Alert: A Deadly Journey for Children”

29 Mar 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available from open sources.