25 May 2017, CANCUN, Mexico – The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, today met with other world leaders and heads of international organizations to identify practical measures for reducing economic losses.
Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region
Act decisively to eliminate measles
The WHO South-East Asia Region is making rapid progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Region was certified polio-free in 2014. Maternal and neonatal tetanus was routed in 2016. And routine immunization for diseases such as diphtheria and pertussis continues to expand. More than 90% of populations Region-wide are now accessing the life-saving benefits vaccines bring.
GENEVA—The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce.
UNAIDS and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief have convened a ministerial meeting to review progress in implementing the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free framework on 24 May. The meeting, sponsored by Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and the World Health Organization was held on the sidelines of the 70th World Health Assembly.
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council at the open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in New York today:
Thank you for this opportunity to address the critical issue of protection of civilians in armed conflict.
As G7 leaders gather in Taormina, Sicily, UNICEF urges them to adopt six-point action agenda to keep refugee and migrant children safe
TAORMINA, Italy, 25 May 2017 – At least 200 children have died along the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy so far this year – a rate of more than one child per day – according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. The updated child death figures come as leaders of G7 countries gather in Sicily, a major locus for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
Today new statistics have been published showing a significant increase in the number of people seeking refuge in the UK having to wait longer than six months for a decision on their asylum application.
The figures show that at the end of March 2017, there were 8,879 asylum applications that hadn’t received an initial decision within six months — a 72% increase on twelve months before.
The Home Office has previously said that it aims to decide straightforward asylum applications within six months.
BY PHILLIP CONNOR
The number of refugees entering the United States each month has declined sharply so far in fiscal 2017, falling from 9,945 in October 2016 to 3,316 in April 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data. All but four states reported declines in monthly arrivals.
Orlando Milesi interviews JULIO BERDEGUÉ, FAO regional representative
By Orlando Milesi
SANTIAGO, May 24 2017 (IPS) - The fight against hunger has been “remarkably successful” in Latin America and the Caribbean, but “it is a crime” that 35 million people still go to bed hungry every day, FAO regional representative Julio Berdegué told IPS.
Submitted by Luis Triveno, co-authors: Peter Yanev
The scene is as familiar as it is tragic: A devastating hurricane or earthquake strikes a populated area in a poor country, inflicting a high number of casualties, overwhelming the resources and capacity of rescue teams and hospital emergency rooms. First responders must resort to “triage” – the medical strategy of maximizing the efficient use of existing resources to save lives, while minimizing the number of deaths.
1. Executive summary
On trouvera ci-après le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies, célébrée le 29 mai:
Depuis près de 70 ans, les opérations de maintien de la paix de l’ONU se sont révélées être l’un des investissements les plus efficaces qu’ait faits la communauté internationale en faveur de la paix, de la sécurité et de la prospérité.
In accordance with the most recent International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities of the world-wide System of National Accounts (United Nations, International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, Rev.4, New York, 2008. (http://unstats.org/unsd/cr/registry/), the Information and Communications Sector covers the following activities:
The manufacturing or industrial sector is composed of several individual economic activities, according to the United Nations, International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, Rev.4, New York, 2008. (http://unstats. org/unsd/cr/registry/). These include the manufacture of the following:
• Food products;
• Tobacco products;
• Wearing apparel;
• Leather and leather-related products;
35,867 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
65,869 capacity (Official, informal, on-hold sites, other state run facilities, NGOs, UNHCR)
12,920 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
8,569 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
By Hanne Beirens and Susan Fratzke
In response to growing humanitarian needs, more governments around the world have turned to resettlement to offer protection to some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. In Europe, proximity to ongoing humanitarian crises has led the European Union to ramp up its resettlement efforts, including in the form of an EU-wide resettlement scheme and dedicated funding to support Member State initiatives.
By Andy McElroy
CANCUN, Mexico, 24 May 2017 – Advances in early warning systems and disaster risk awareness have saved tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.
However, care must be taken to ensure that all people and sectors benefit and that the development of such systems does not create new divides between haves and have-nots.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a USD 110 million financing agreement to support investment projects in the Caribbean under CDB’s climate action policy. The Climate Action Framework Loan II builds on the USD 65 million Climate Action Line of Credit (CALC) signed between EIB and CDB in 2011, and which supports nine projects in seven countries across the Caribbean. The EUR 100 million climate action initiative is the EIB’s biggest loan to the Caribbean.
Over 1,000 migrants are still scattered across the region and the numbers are growing, with 600 now living around Calais
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
LONDON, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping in the streets in "disastrous" conditions in northern France with no access to tents, showers or water since a fire ravaged the country's last major refugee camp, a charity said on Wednesday.
A fire destroyed most of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk last month after fighting broke out.