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20 Feb 2017 description

Eleven people were hospitalised after the jump over the 6-metre, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the North African enclave

MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Some 359 African migrants broke through the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta early on Monday, in a second mass push after about 500 migrants breached the fence on Friday.

More than 1,400 migrants are now waiting in the North African enclave to be processed, Ceuta authorities said, adding that tents had been requested to house the latest arrivals.

20 Feb 2017 description

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa.

The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources to meet food needs.

20 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Good performance of the current growing season (October 2016 - April 2017) is badly needed for Southern Africa after two consecutive El Nino induced droughts that led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

• The growing season is now well established with favourable growing condition observed in most of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and NE South Africa. However, excessive rains have led to instances of localized flooding and higher incidence of pests and diseases.

20 Feb 2017 description

Current Situation and Outlook

During the second half of 2016, tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures were at borderline weak La Niña/cool-neutral levels. Many atmospheric ENSO indicators also approached or exceeded La Niña thresholds. During January 2017, tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures and some atmospheric fields clearly returned to ENSO-neutral levels. With weak La Niña signals since mid-2016, in some regions the influence of other climate drivers may have equaled or even outweighed that of ENSO.

19 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 19 February 2017 12:38 GMT

"We'll be sending these people home quickly because if we don't it'll damage our credibility as a state based on the rule of law" - German official Altmaier

BERLIN, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Germany deported a record 80,000 migrants denied asylum last year and that figure will rise again in 2017, a top official said, as Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to win back conservative voters before elections in September.

19 Feb 2017 description

Seis ONG se unen para canalizar la ayuda de forma rápida y efectiva en caso de crisis humanitaria.

  • 6 ONG, Acción Contra el Hambre, Comité español de ACNUR, Médicos del Mundo, Oxfam Intermón, Plan International y World Vision, se unen por primera vez en el Comité de Emergencia para canalizar la ayuda de forma rápida y efectiva en caso de crisis humanitaria.

  • Saleh Saeed, director general en Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), asegura la necesidad de una coordinación global ante las catástrofes.

19 Feb 2017 description

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is indeed a great pleasure for me to be back in Munich now in this new capacity.

18 Feb 2017 description

The extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing, with the Arctic witnessing exceptional warmth and – as a result – record low Arctic sea ice volumes for this time of year. Antarctic sea ice extent is also the lowest on record.

18 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 February 2017 – Despite progress in the realization of children’s rights, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which entered into force on 2 September 1990, too many commitments remain unfulfilled. This is particularly true for children deprived of liberty, who often remain invisible and forgotten.

18 Feb 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11889

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES (AM & PM)

Despite gains to end enforced disappearance and redress its harrowing legacy on families worldwide, the number of cases of one of the most egregious human rights violations was on the rise, parties to the Convention on the matter told the General Assembly today, urging universal ratification of the instrument.

17 Feb 2017 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Infectious Diseases Advisor Rupa Kanapathipillai answers questions about how MSF sees the global threat of antibiotic resistance at its projects around the world.

What does antibiotic resistance look like in MSF’s field projects?

I’ll give you an example. MSF runs a reconstructive surgical program in Amman, Jordan, for patients from neighboring countries—Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. They’ve often had multiple surgeries and have received courses of various antibiotics before coming to us.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.

Deutsche Welle: A new malaria immunization method that you tested on 67 healthy individuals was 100 percent successful in the first round of testing. Is this a breakthrough in the fight against malaria?

Peter Kremsner: We sure hope so. The success we had with this new approach to malaria immunization surprised us, too.

17 Feb 2017 description

12,381 arrivals by sea in 2017

272 dead/missing

363,401 arrivals in 2016

17 Feb 2017 description

"We believe some migrants are coming back and that 300 to 400 of them are currently in the region. Most of them teenagers or young adults"

By Matthias Blamont

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Some 300 to 400 migrants, mostly unaccompanied children, have made their way back to Calais in northern France over the past few weeks in the hope of reaching Britain, non-government associations say.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

17 Feb 2017 description

The purpose of this briefing paper is to support evaluators in producing good evaluations by helping to think about values and ethics consciously and carefully. To do this, we’ll first look at the relationship between ethics and evaluation. We will then look at the big picture of what constitutes “good peacebuilding” or peacebuilding “done right.” We will also explore ethical issues involved in who determines the values and criteria by which we judge programs.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Theirworld

The first years of life are the most critical for a child’s development, laying the foundation for years to come. During these important five years, babies and toddlers need nurturing care — which includes health care, good nutrition, protection, and opportunities for play and early learning — for their bodies and minds to grow strong. Physical harm, abuse, or deprivation during these critical years can leave long-lasting impacts not only on a child’s health, but also on his or her ability to grow, learn, and succeed.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Charter for Change

Nous soussignées les organisations travaillant dans le domaine de l’aide humanitaire, encourageons toutes les initiatives de consultations qui ont été prises dans le cadre des préparatifs du Sommet Humanitaire Mondial (SHM). Nous pensons que le moment est venu pour les acteurs humanitaires de mettre à profit les recommandations formulées lors des préparatifs du SHM en s’engageant à être les moteurs du changement qui doit s’opérer dans leurs modes de travail, afin que les acteurs locaux des pays du Sud puissent jouer un rôle plus accru dans le déploiement de l’aide humanitaire.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Charter for Change
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We the undersigned organisations, working in humanitarian action welcome the extensive consultations and discussions which have been generated during the World Humanitarian Summit process. We believe that now is the time for humanitarian actors to make good on some of the excellent recommendations arising through the WHS process by committing themselves to deliver change within their own organisational ways of working so that southern-based national actors can play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response.