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26 Nov 2014 description

Civilians continue to be the majority of victims of armed conflict, demonstrating the continuing need to translate the commitment of the Security Council into enhanced protection and real change on the ground.

The Security Council Aide Memoire for the Consideration of Issues pertaining to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict remains an important tool for identifying key issues pertaining to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts and for actions that can be taken by the Council to respond.

25 Nov 2014 description

A new guide to help Ministries integrate disaster risk reduction in school curriculums, within an Education for Sustainable Development framework, has been published by UNESCO in partnership with UNICEF.

25 Nov 2014 description

Purpose and scope

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) and its member States have been committed to applying a comprehensive and integrated human rights-based approach in all areas of EU external action, including EU development cooperation. The 2009 Treaty on European Union (Treaty of Lisbon) contains an explicit commitment to protect and promote the rights of the child, and in 2011 the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced the promotion of the rights of the child as one of the Union’s three explicit foreign policy priorities.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Crises can bring education to a halt, depriving children of their fundamental right to education and further contributing to an atmosphere of chaos in already traumatised communities. Education is integral in restoring a sense of normalcy and security in the midst of crisis, helping to build resilient schools and communities and bridge the humanitarian and development divide.

21 Nov 2014 description

Study Offers Practical Guidance for Coastal Decision-Makers

Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom, 6 November, 2014: A new guidebook on mangroves as a coastal defence finds that mangroves can reduce risk from a large number of coastal hazards. The role of mangroves in coastal defence has been widely promoted since the tsunami that struck South-East Asia in 2004. Yet, the level of protection provided by mangroves has been subject to debate.

14 Nov 2014 description
report Internews Network

Irresponsible reporting in tense situations may inflame passions and exacerbate conflicts. This was what happened in Rwanda in 1993, when broadcasts of a popular radio station stoked hatred and incited widespread violence against ethnic Tutsis. Media also played a role in intensifying the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the mid-90s.

12 Nov 2014 description

WHO sets benchmarks to reduce health damage from indoor air pollution

Geneva, 12 November 2014 (WHO)- World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, released today, highlight the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cookstoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps.

12 Nov 2014 description

by Jessica Burniske, Naz Modirzadeh and Dustin Lewis

Over the past two decades, states and inter-governmental bodies have adopted increasingly robust counter-terrorism laws and policies.

11 Nov 2014 description

A wealth of academic research and UN, INGO, NGO and CSO publications document the differences between the needs, capacities and perceptions of women and men and boys and girls on the types of humanitarian assistance needed in a natural or man-made disaster. When these different perspectives are not taken into account interventions are not effective and assistance can actually be harmful. For example, boys and young men go hungry even when food is provided directly to them because they do not know how to prepare it.

07 Nov 2014 description

New WHO “Safe and Dignified Burial” Protocol Key to Reducing Ebola Transmission

7 November 2014 ¦ GENEVA: A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.

06 Nov 2014 description


  • The public is using Twitter for real-time information exchange and for expressing emotional support during a variety of crises, such as wildfires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, political protests, mass shootings, and communicable-disease tracking.31 By encouraging proactive standardization of hashtags, emergency responders may be able to reduce a big-data challenge and better leverage crowdsourced information for operational planning and response.

04 Nov 2014 description


The present guidance aims to ensure that the health sector works with partners in the environment and other related communities, and follow a systematic process to:

01 Nov 2014 description

The guide is organised into a set of modules, each representing important aspects of the successor to the existing Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). By presenting evidence in the form of data, facts and summary messages, the modules highlight what should be covered by a new agreement.

31 Oct 2014 description

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.

30 Oct 2014 description


Natural disasters, such as cyclones and floods, are a reality of living in the Pacific. The impact of such disasters can be significant and given the remoteness of some islands response from outside is often difficult or even impossible. That is why increasing the capacity of national and local authorities to manage and reduce the impact of disasters, as well as improve the preparedness and resilience of communities, is a priority for Pacific Island governments and the many humanitarian partners in the region.

23 Oct 2014 description


​The aim of this document is to guide decision-making when there is a perceived need for medical evacuation by air of an Ebola-infected or Ebola-exposed person from an Ebola-affected country to an EU Member State. The decision to evacuate must be based on:

• the likelihood of the person being infected with Ebola virus;

• the potential benefits of evacuation for the concerned person/patient;

• the risks associated with medical evacuation by air for the person/patient; and

23 Oct 2014 description
report United Nations


What do we mean by atrocity crimes?

22 Oct 2014 description


The responsibility of the Department of Defense is the security of our country. That requires thinking ahead and planning for a wide range of contingencies.

16 Oct 2014 description
report UN Women

Authors/editor(s): Independent Evaluation Office

In recent years, we have advanced progressively in the development of a conceptual and methodological basis for improving the processes of programme and project evaluation. Similarly, there is an important body of resources for the gender equality approach, and the same is true for the field of human rights.