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24 Feb 2017 description

The new research proposals are aimed at identifying solutions to address the virus. They range from the identification of transmission risk factors to the evaluation of diagnostic tools.

Geneva/Washington, DC, February 23, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)—A total of 17 new research proposals on Zika will be conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean to identify solutions to address this virus, which causes congenital brain abnormalities when pregnant women are infected, and triggers Guillain-Barré syndrome in some infected people.

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24 Feb 2017 description

The Government of Japan has allocated USD 34.3 million to support IOM’s operations to assist vulnerable migrants including displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities around the world in 2017.

The funding will also contribute to increasing the capacity of various governments in humanitarian border management to cope with displacement resulting from conflicts and to enhance security.

24 Feb 2017 description

The Secretary-General is encouraged that the Syrians, who have accepted the United Nations invitation to be in Geneva in the context of the resumption of the intra-Syrian talks, sat together in the same room today. He commends the work of his Special Envoy in bringing this about and for resuming the talks. He appreciates the presence of the members of the Security Council and the International Syria Support Group at today’s welcoming, and underlines the importance of international unity behind the UN-led political process in the weeks and months ahead.

24 Feb 2017 description

The “Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action” Compendium which was compiled by SPREP-FINPAC Project in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) and Environment and Climate Change Canada is a result of a first “writeshop” for climate services in the Pacific.

24 Feb 2017 description

Key figures (Oct 2015 - 08 Feb 2017)
- 3,205 persons relocated
- 5,839 places pledged
- 39,600 target

24 Feb 2017 description

Key Figures

14,094 arrivals to Spain

  • 5,932 land arrivals

  • 8,162 sea arrivals

23 Feb 2017 description

ROME, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Almost 2,500 boat migrants were rescued in the past three days, the Italian Coast Guard said on Thursday, as this year's arrivals already far outpace the record-setting 2016.

Some 1,100 were plucked from nine flimsy vessels off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the Coast Guard said, after a total of 1,360 were picked up the two preceding days.

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23 Feb 2017 description

Background: While the majority of Grand Bargain partners have more or less explicit stated commitments to integrating gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment outcomes into their work, the Grand Bargain itself is not explicit on the issue.

23 Feb 2017 description
report Solidar

The Hungarian Government has recently submitted to the Parliament a bill on “reinforcing the legal border seal” with the declared aim of preventing illegal entry and movement of people of “unknown identity and motivation”. If adopted, the new rules will introduce tough criminal sanctions by authorising the police to push back every irregularly staying migrant and automatically detain all migrants entering transit zones for the entire duration of the asylum application procedure.

23 Feb 2017 description
  • Part of a new Strategic Partnership on violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced €2.2 million in funding over the next two years as part of a new Strategic Partnership between Ireland and the International Rescue Committee.

23 Feb 2017 description

23rd February marks the 10th anniversary of the Oslo Process. Ten years ago today the Oslo Process began when 46 states took an extraordinary step by making a historic declaration to outlaw cluster munitions at a conference hosted by the Norwegian government in Oslo in February 2007.

23 Feb 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

· Influenza-like illness: Niue

· Prolonged fever: Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands: As of 12 February 2017 there have been 10,498 cases across all ten (10) provinces since August 2016. A total of 2,917 rapid diagnostic tests (Dengue duo Standard Diagnostics) have been conducted from Week 33, 2016 to Week 6, 2017 and 1,276 (44%) were positive either NS1 or IgM.

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The Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) in Central Asia and South West Asia (CASWA) region aims at gathering data on displaced Afghans on the move. 4Mi intends to facilitate improved protection monitoring of those in mixed migration flows where increasing levels of abuse, neglect, hardship and death face men, women and children. In addition 4Mi aims to support a range of agencies, donors, governments, departments and academic institutions by providing concrete insights on mixed migration trends and changes in flows.

23 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

22 février 2017 – Au moins 65.000 enfants ont été libérés par des forces armées et des groupes armés au cours des dix dernières années, s'est félicité le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), alors que les 'Engagements de Paris' pour mettre fin à l'utilisation des enfants dans les conflits célèbrent leur 10e anniversaire.