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29 May 2016 description
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29 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the “invaluable partnership” between Rotary International and the United Nations, telling delegates gathered in Seoul, Korea, for the organization's annual international conference that Rotarians had been instrumental in working with the UN to defeat polio.

29 May 2016 description

Sofia, Bulgaria | AFP | Sunday 5/29/2016 - 16:33 GMT |

Bulgaria has for the first time blocked around a hundred migrants from entering through its southern border with Greece, sending a "strong message" to human traffickers, a minister said Sunday.

Among them were 56 Afghans who were found hiding on board a freight train, as well as another group of some 40 Syrians and Iraqis.

Both groups were stopped on Saturday in what was the largest number of people caught trying to enter the eastern European country since the start of the migrant crisis.

29 May 2016 description

El presente informe surge a raíz del monitoreo constante que la Comisión realiza de las condiciones para el ejercicio de los derechos humanos de las niñas, niños y adolescentes, de las condiciones de vulnerabilidad y de las violaciones a los mismos. En ese sentido, la Comisión ha hecho seguimiento a cómo los contextos de inseguridad y violencia que se viven en la región impactan a los niños y adolescentes y sus derechos.

29 May 2016 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 5/29/2016 - 10:48 GMT

by Ella IDE

A week of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with 700 migrants feared dead and survivors giving harrowing testimony of dozens of small children drowned.

Survivors brought to safety in the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo told the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) and Save the Children how their boat sank on Thursday morning after a high-seas drama which saw one woman decapitated.

29 May 2016 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Sunday 5/29/2016 - 08:26 GMT

The British coastguard said it rescued 19 migrants on Sunday from the Channel after their inflatable boat began to take on water.

"The rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), with 19 people on board was located at 2.00am (0100 GMT) and the incident handed over to Border Force," it said in a statement.

29 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

“Declaration of Intent” signed at Ministry of Interior

ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.

29 May 2016 description
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53 migrants detained aboard freight train to be returned to Greece to "send a strong message" to others tempted to use same route

SOFIA, May 28 (Reuters) - Bulgaria detained 53 Afghan migrants on Saturday aboard a freight train from Greece and said it would return them to its southern neighbour to "send a strong message" to others who might be tempted to use the same route to western Europe.

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28 May 2016 description
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27 de mayo, 2016 — La falta de lluvias desde mediados de 2014 ha generado la pérdida de cultivos de cereales básicos y la muerte de miles de cabezas de ganado en El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y, en menor medida, en Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panamá.

28 May 2016 description

26 DE MAYO DE 2016 | GINEBRA - Los delegados en la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud acordaron hoy poner en marcha dos nuevas estrategias sanitarias que están estrechamente relacionadas con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Una guarda relación con la salud de la mujer, el niño y el adolescente, y otra con el envejecimiento saludable.

Estrategia Mundial para la Salud de la Mujer, el Niño y el Adolescente

28 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Manifestó que todas las mujeres deben estar en capacidad de tomar decisiones informadas y las autoridades deben asegurar que las que deseen postergar el embarazo tengan acceso a los métodos de planificación familiar y al servicio de consejería relacionado con el uso de anticonceptivos.

28 May 2016 description

Cólera en las Américas – Resumen de la situación

  • Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 1 del 2016 a la SE 17 de 2016, se registraron 14.574 casos de cólera en tres países en las Américas: Ecuador (1), Haití (13.859) y la República Dominicana (714). Es decir, Haití registró el 95 % del total de casos notificados hasta la SE 17 de 2016 en la Región de las Américas.

28 May 2016 description

Washington, DC, 24 May 2016 (PAHO / WHO) - A group of bioethicists who analyzed the main ethical challenges in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus have concluded that countries are obliged to give all available information on Zika and be explicit about what is not known. Their recommendation from the ethics perspective is that countries should also give women the capacity to choose from all relevant reproductive options.

28 May 2016 description
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28 May 2016 – More than two dozen journalists from the world's least developed countries are in Antalya, Turkey, to report on a United Nations conference focused on the state of their homelands, and to ensure that key messages are disseminated as widely as possible thanks to their local news outlets.

Aminata Charlotte Seck, an editor for a monthly women's magazine in Senegal, said she was particularly interested to hear about the “impressive” statistics shared by Rwanda, regarding its progress made over the past five years.

28 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Lorenzo Morales

Alejandro Labarte, a 32-year-old X-ray operator from Cuba, has been stuck for the last 20 days in a warehouse in Turbo, a chaotic port in northern Colombia near the Panamanian border. His journey north towards the United States was interrupted earlier this month when Panama closed the border in an attempt to halt the flow of mainly Cuban migrants.

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28 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, aims to raise awareness of the fundamental role that MHM plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential in areas such as education.

28 May 2016 description

Key messages

  • Greece has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants. Between January 2015 and March 2016, more than one million people transited through Greece, most of them fleeing conflict in their own countries.

  • The closure of the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece in early March 2016 had the effect that more than 54 000 people become stranded in Greece – often without adequate access to shelter, food and water.

28 May 2016 description

Beirut / Geneva, 27 May 2016 – While scores are dying at sea in the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are helping survivors on both northern and southern shores. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to call for governments and institutions to ensure the protection of migrants, and for all people to recognize their right to safety and dignity.

28 May 2016 description

Mister President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

I have taken one overarching message from this Assembly. We can do anything in the world we want to, provided we speak with a united voice.

Your support for the new programme on health emergencies sends a powerful political signal. You want WHO, as the single agency with universal legitimacy in matters of international health, to lead and coordinate the response to emergencies. This function stays at WHO. Thank you.

28 May 2016 description
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27 mai 2016 – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l'homme (HCDH) a exprimé vendredi sa préoccupation concernant la grave crise financière à laquelle la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l'homme est confrontée.