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Italy confirms end of boat migrant rescue op Mare Nostrum

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 10/31/2014 - 14:10 GMT

Italy on Friday confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean.

"From tomorrow a new operation called 'Triton' begins," deputy prime minister and interior minister Angelino Alfano told journalists at a press conference, referring to a much more limited mission led by the EU border agency Frontex.

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Personal Protective Equipment in the Context of Filovirus Disease Outbreak Response Rapid advice guideline, October 2014

WHO Updates Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Ebola response

31 October 2014 ¦ GENEVA As part of the World Health Organization’s commitment to safety and protection of healthcare workers and patients from transmission of Ebola virus disease, WHO has conducted a formal review of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for healthcare workers and is updating its guidelines in context of the current outbreak.

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Song of the prophets: a global theology of climate change

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Christian Aid

CHRISTIAN AID TURNS TO PROPHETS OF OLD FOR CLIMATE CHANGE HOPE

As the question of how we set about tackling climate change increasingly becomes not just an economic and political issue, but a moral one too, a new paper from Christian Aid draws inspiration from the Biblical prophets.

Song of the Prophets: A global theology on climate change reflects the views of theologians from the global south where climate change is having its greatest impact.

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IDMC Quarterly Update July - September 2014

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 July and 30 September 2014.

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Breakfast Panel Discussion at the 2014 East African Business Summit: The Role of Private Sector in Crisis and Conflict Preparedness, Prevention and Response in Eastern Africa: Opportunities for Collaboration, Kigali, October 17, 2014

Report
United Nations

Background:

  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Eastern Africa (OCHA-EA) hosted a breakfast panel discussion at the 2014 East African Business Summit on October 17, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. The Summit is held every two years and brings together top chief executive officers (CEOs) in East Africa. The theme of the summit was, ‘Positioning East Africa for Inclusive Prosperity in 2020 and Beyond’

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 24 October 2014, vol. 89, 43 (pp. 465–492) [EN/FR]

Contents

465 Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper, October 2014

Sommaire

465 Vaccins contre le papillomavirus humain: note de synthèse de l’OMS, octobre 2014

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Italy + 1 other
IOM Applauds Italy’s Life-Saving Mare Nostrum Operation: “Not a Migrant Pull Factor”

IOM has paid tribute – on the occasion of the launch of the European Union (EU) Operation Triton in the Mediterranean – to the heroic work of Italy’s maritime forces in rescuing at sea thousands of migrants seeking safety in Europe.

Under Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” operation, some 150,000 so-called “irregular” migrants, many of them from the most troubled nations in Africa and the Middle East, have arrived safely over the past 10 months in Europe, where today many are pursuing claims for asylum.

International Organization for Migration:

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Spain + 4 others
España: renuncien a sus planes de control migratorio abusivo

(Madrid) – El Partido Popular debería renunciar inmediatamente a sus planes de dotar de base legal a las devoluciones sumarias desde los enclaves españoles del norte de África, según han dicho hoy 13 organizaciones de derechos humanos.

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World + 4 others
Calling Migration a Human Rights Issue, Delegates Urge States to Consider Migrants as ‘Key’ to Development, Third Committee Hears

GA/SHC/4114
Sixty-ninth session,
35th & 36th Meetings (AM & PM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries

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World + 5 others
Vested Interest in Operational Potential of African Peace Support Missions, Ways to Strengthen Interplay with United Nations, Central to Fourth Committee Debate

GA/SPD/569
Sixty-ninth session,
17th Meeting (AM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

As more than half of all United Nations peacekeepers were serving in Africa, the Organization should mount greater partnership with regional and subregional organizations across the continent, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today, as issues of personnel security, clear mandates, use of new technologies and gender mainstreaming also informed debate.

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World + 21 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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World + 4 others
Study Affirms Impact of USAID Prevention Approach to Crime and Violence in Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An impact evaluation released today shows the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) community-based crime and violence prevention programs in Central America help residents feel safer, perceive less crime and murders, and express greater trust in police. The three-year study, considered the gold standard of randomized control trials, was conducted by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama.

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World + 17 others
Commission Implementing Decision of 22.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2013) 9533 of 03.01.2014 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2014 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

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New e-learning module for health-care professionals

Geneva (ICRC) – A new e-learning module, specifically designed to help health-care personnel understand the effects of violence on health care, their own rights and responsibilities and ethical dilemmas they may face in armed conflicts and other emergencies, was unveiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today.

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World + 4 others
Europe / Migrants: “Let them die, this is a good deterrence”

GENEVA (30 October 2014) – Allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status is a complete disregard for the value of human life, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said today urging the British authorities to reconsider its decision not support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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UN leads Asia-Pacific closer to universal standards for disaster statistics

Senior experts from governments, academia and international organizations this week reached a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, at a United Nations led meeting in Sendai, Japan. Concerned by the frequency of natural disasters occurring in the region, the experts agreed on the core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics.

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In Kenya, UN chief kicks off global media campaign to end female genital mutilation

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UN News Service

30 October 2014 – The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

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World + 3 others
CSA41: Réaffirmer l'importance des Directives sur le droit à l’alimentation

À l’occasion de sa trente-neuvième session tenue en octobre 2012, le Comité de la sécurité alimentaire mondiale (CSA) a convenu de réaliser un examen rétrospectif des progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre des « Directives volontaires à l'appui de la concrétisation progressive du Droit à une alimentation adéquate dans le contexte de la sécurité alimentaire nationale » en 2014. La 41e session du CSA vient de se terminer la semaine dernière.

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World + 3 others
CSA 41: Reafirmar la importancia de las Directrices sobre el Derecho a la Alimentación

En su 39º período de sesiones celebrado en octubre de 2012, el Comité de Seguridad Alimentaria Mundial (CSA) acordó realizar una retrospectiva de 10 años sobre el progreso realizado en la implementación de las "Directrices voluntarias en apoyo de la realización progresiva del derecho a una alimentación adecuada en el contexto de la seguridad alimentaria nacional'' en 2014. El 41º período de sesiones del CSA acaba de concluir la semana pasada.