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24 May 2017 description

United States – The second informal thematic session entitled Addressing Drivers of Migration, including Adverse Effects of Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crisis, through Protection and Assistance, Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication, Conflict Prevention and Resolution took place on 22-23 May 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2017

24 May 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

These standard Terms of Reference (ToR) for Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) are the foundation for developing country-specific HCT ToR that are adapted as necessary. The ToR define the roles and responsibilities for participation and functioning of HCTs. They also reinforce the reciprocal and mutual accountabilities of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and HCT members.

24 May 2017 description

Meteorologists warn that there is twice the normal likelihood of El Niño developing in 2017.

24 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN Security Council should strengthen call for justice

(New York, May 24, 2017) – Deadly attacks on hospitals and medical workers in conflicts around the world remain uninvestigated and unpunished a year after the United Nations Security Council called for greater action, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 May 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

The Sendai Framework on DRR has a global target of “substantially reducing the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower average global figure per 100,000 in the decade 2020 -2030 compared to the period 2005-2015”. This is among the seven global targets agreement upon by States.

24 May 2017 description

Since its inception in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has received strong bipartisan support in Congress and through administrations, including two reauthorizations with significant majorities. The United States is unquestionably the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Originally conceived as a compassionate effort to save the lives of those in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS with urgently needed treatment and care, PEPFAR is now also undertaking the challenge of actually controlling the pandemic.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12834

Security Council
7937th Meeting (PM)

Robust Mandates, Mission Drawdown, New Technology among Main Topics of Discussion

The commanders of four United Nations peacekeeping missions briefed the Security Council this afternoon, emphasizing the need to “go beyond the traditional peacekeeping box” and overcome bureaucratic hurdles, as the Organization’s signature function adapted to ever-evolving challenges.

24 May 2017 description

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request for USAID defends our national security interests and addresses the challenges to American leadership abroad.

24 May 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

CANCUN, Mexico, 23 May 2017 – A UN-backed group of companies working to curb hazard impacts has unveiled a new plan of action on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, or ARISE for short, issued its seven-point plan during a business-focused preparatory meeting ahead of Wednesday’s official opening of the Global Platform.

23 May 2017 description

The African Development Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, aimed at promoting investments that benefit women in Africa.

23 May 2017 description
report United Nations

The Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations, Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, on behalf of the Singapore Government, today handed over to the UN a software application to assist it to better create and maintain reports of casualties of United Nations personnel in peace operations. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Under-Secretary General for Field Support Atul Khare received the software application on behalf of the UN and thanked the Singapore Government for its support and contribution.

23 May 2017 description

Dakar, 17 May 2017 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, participated in the third Pan African Forum on Migration which took place from 15 to 17 May 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. The Forum which was held under the theme “towards an African Common Position on the Global Compact on Migration”, aimed at developing a draft outcome document expressing African common position on migration. This contribution will be used as input to the global Compact on migration to be adopted in 2018.

23 May 2017 description

GENEVA - The heads of the UN World Food Programme and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed an agreement in Geneva on Monday (May 15), committing the two agencies to collaborate to provide cash-based assistance for refugees. Cash is one way to effectively assist refugees with the participation of recipient communities, host governments, donors and humanitarian agencies.

“Cash fosters dignity and autonomy, allowing refugees to determine how best to meet their needs and to contribute directly to local economies,” said UN Refugees Chief, Filippo Grandi.

23 May 2017 description

SG/SM/18529-IHA/1431

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on the first anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit, in New York today:

One year ago in Istanbul, Turkey, the World Humanitarian Summit rallied the global community together behind a vision to address the increasingly urgent and complex challenges that are driving humanitarian need and vulnerability around the world.

Today, the call to action set out in the Agenda for Humanity remains as urgent as ever.

23 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

Orlando Milesi entrevista a JULIO BERDERGUÉ, representante regional de la FAO

Por Orlando Milesi

SANTIAGO, 23 may 2017 (IPS) - El combate contra el hambre ha sido “notablemente exitoso” en América Latina y el Caribe, pero “es un crimen” que todavía haya en el conjunto de sus países 35 millones de personas que vayan a sus camas cada noche padeciéndola, dijo en una entrevista con IPS el nuevo representante regional de la FAO, Julio Berdergué.

23 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

23 May 2017 – The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul rallied global actors to save lives and protect the most vulnerable, but with the number of people in need growing, the international community must use resources better and galvanize new partnerships, top United Nations officials said today.

23 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

23 May 2017 – Over the years, disasters – including earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones – have not only taken a heavy toll on human lives, but have had an immense impact on development efforts owing to the enormous economic losses resulting from them.

23 May 2017 description

23 May 2017, CANCUN, Mexico – The escalation of economic losses from disasters is expected to draw a record attendance of 7,000 people at a biennial UN forum that will bring world leaders and representatives of civil society together to agree ways and means of preventing and mitigating disaster impacts.