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By Marcus Skinner

Preparations are well underway for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) that will take place in Istanbul in May 2016. HelpAge has been actively engaged in the process to ensure that the Summit recognises the significance of global ageing and the implications for humanitarian action. Older people have been severely affected by humanitarian crises in the Middle East.

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Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

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report CARE

By David Lai, Ebola Crisis Policy and Information Management Coordinator

March 3, 2015

Today a major international donor conference is taking place in Brussels to plan the rebuilding of Ebola hit countries. Having just recently returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia, I would like to share my reflection on how the impact of the crisis is affecting women and girls. Quite a crucial aspect, and a gender transformative approach should inform donor commitment in Brussels this Tuesday.

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report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

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This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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Issue 2 of the SPC BSRP (Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific) bi-monthly newsletter covers:

· The European Union (EU) working with development partners to highlight impacts of their work by telling stories as part of the EUs Year for Development

· The review of the Federated States of Micronesia Disaster Response Plan

· Special focus on Tuvalu

· Renovation of the Palau National Emergency Management Office

· Niue develops roadmap to guide the development and strengthening of emergency management

03 Mar 2015 description
report Peace Direct

March 2 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on youth and conflict, adaptation to climate change, and more.

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ICRC president Peter Maurer addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva

High Commissioner,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the third time and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Mr. President, on your recent election.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works in the midst of conflict and violence in more than 80 States around the world. Most of the countries you will discuss during this session are countries where we witness – day after day – the effects of war on people.

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In February, the political crisis worsened in Yemen, whose territorial disintegration is in danger of accelerating, while in Bangladesh political violence threatens to further destabilise the country; Venezuela’s downward spiral also continued amid deep political polarisation. Deadly violence rose in Libya, where the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the internal conflict receded further; in Syria, where the regime and its allies initiated a major campaign against rebels in the south; and in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and Niger.

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report Save the Children

Almost 30 countries vulnerable to a new Ebola-style Epidemic, jeopardising the future of millions of Children – Save the children

Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’.

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Hears Statements by the President of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Prime Minister of Fiji and Dignitaries from 20 States

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El Director General de la FAO se dirige a la Cumbre de la Comunidad del Caribe

27 de febrero 2015, Nassau - La agricultura, y particularmente la agricultura familiar, es crucial para que los países del Caribe logren la seguridad alimentaria mientras enfrentan el cambio climático y otros desafíos, y también puede estimular su desarrollo económico mediante la creación de puestos de trabajo, especialmente para los jóvenes, señaló el Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva.

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Hears from United Nations Secretary-General, High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

The Human Rights Council this morning opened its twenty-eighth session, hearing video messages from the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly and statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

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Background: This study aimed to identify the indices and frameworks that have been used to assess the performance of communicable disease surveillance (CDS) in response to disasters and other emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks.

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EVENT: Opening of the World Humanitarian Summit Middle East and North Africa Regional Consultation with participation of global humanitarian leaders in Jordan.


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BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights publishes a new edition of the Handbook on the Protection of Palestinian Refugees in State Signatories to the 1951 Convention.

Building on the 2005 edition and the 2011 update, this year’s Handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of international legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees – most notably, Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

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MNOs to Implement Disaster Response Initiative to Ensure Effective and Predictable Response During Times of Crisis

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China’s presidency of the Security Council during the “very busy” month of February was guided by the principles of objectivity, impartiality, efficiency and transparency, the country’s Permanent Representative said at a Headquarters briefing this afternoon.

“By and large, the Council’s work has been accomplished in a smooth way,” Ambassador Liu Jieyi told correspondents, through 20 public meetings and 15 informal consultations to consider more than 20 agenda items. Seven resolutions and two presidential statements were adopted and 14 press statements were issued.