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28 May 2015 description

The purpose of this tool is to obtain a quick understanding of the emergency food security and livelihood situation within the first few days after a rapid-onset disaster. This tool is independent of other inter-agency multi-sectoral assessments such as the MIRA and collects information only on food security and livelihoods. However, this tool can be used alongside processes such as the MIRA to complement them with more detailed food security and livelihoods information necessary for rapid response design.

27 May 2015 description



The Transformative Agenda

In the Transformative Agenda (2012), IASC Principals agreed that ‘there is a need to restate and return to the original purpose of the clusters, refocusing them on strategic and operational gap analysis, planning, assessment and results’. At country level, the focus should be on strengthening response through coordination, partnership and accountability to affected populations.

The IASC Sub-working Group on the Cluster Approach

27 May 2015 description

1. Introduction

Despite being preventable, disasters caused by natural hazards represent one of the biggest threats to sustainable development and human safety today. The number of deaths caused by disasters per year in the last decade has been, on average, 97,954 globally. In 2013 alone, disasters cost US$ 118.6 billion, yet it was still one of the lowest records of the previous ten years.

19 May 2015 description
  1. Introduction

En dépit d’être évitables, les catastrophes causées par les risques naturels représentent aujourd’hui une des plus grandes menaces pour le développement durable et la sécurité humaine. Le nombre de décès causés par des catastrophes, par an, lors de la dernière décennie a été, en moyenne, de 97 954 à l’échelle mondiale. En 2013 seulement, les catastrophes ont coûté 118,6 milliards de dollars, et encore cela représentait l’un des registres les plus faibles des dix dernières années.

19 May 2015 description


Following the Syrian Crisis, the majority of refugees are being hosted in communities that are among the poorest in the country, including the North of Lebanon and the Bekaa. These communities suffer from poor water services due to lack of adequate infrastructure and have limited means to expand local sources of livelihood including agriculture.

13 May 2015 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Q&A on the European Agenda on Migration
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Frontex Triton fact sheet
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Communication on the European Agenda on Migration

Today, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

11 May 2015 description


Ce manuel est un guide sur les meilleures pratiques à mettre en œuvre dans les centres de soins communautaires. Il est destiné aux personnels de santé (y compris aux infirmières subalternes et aux agents de santé communautaires) et autres personnes prodiguant des soins aux patients dans ces centres.

On retrouvera au sommaire:

  • Conseils pour faire des centres de soins communautaires de slieux sûrs et accueillants

  • Traitement des cas suspects ou confirmés de maladie à virus Ebola

11 May 2015 description

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is the most widespread form of abuse worldwide, affecting one third of all women in their lifetime. In line with its international and national commitments, preventing VAWG is a top priority for the UK government.

11 May 2015 description


Why is there a need for this Brief?

In 2008 the estimated proportion of the global population living in urban areas reached 50% for the first time in human history, a figure projected to rise to 70% by 2050 (UN-Habitat 2008).

08 May 2015 description
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The 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM), which documents six grave violations perpetrated against children in situations of armed conflict, is a UN-led process that performs best when it enjoys the support and participation of civil society actors. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), whether local or international, have been contributing to the MRM by monitoring and documenting grave violations, responding to the needs of victims, and by advocating for stronger action to protect children.

05 May 2015 description

WHO/UNHCR issue new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

5 MAY 2015 | GENEVA – Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency.

04 May 2015 description
report Harvard University

Remote sensing analysis by humanitarian organizations to detect and document changes related to displaced population camps has been employed, in various iterations, by the field for as long as two decades. The use of remote sensing to support responses to civilian displacement can prove valuable for site planning, identifying patterns of population change, and capturing key data for program planning and evaluation purposes.

29 Apr 2015 description

Over the past few decades, commissions of inquiry have become an increasingly prominent component of international, regional, and national responses to allegations of violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) in the context of armed conflicts and internal disturbances.

29 Apr 2015 description

This publication provides policy, methodological, legal and operational guidance based on relevant international standards and two decades of experience by OHCHR in advising, supporting, deploying and reviewing international commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions. It is intended to assist the work of such international investigative bodies, and those establishing and mandating them, in applying a consistent methodology based on best practice and maximizing their potential to successfully fulfil their mandates.

29 Apr 2015 description

Project Overview

The global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) works with national and regional cluster systems in both sudden onset disasters and protracted emergencies, be they from natural or human causes, and long-running crises. Among the responsibilities of the Food Security Cluster during an emergency is the management of member responses to ensure gaps are addressed and humanitarian responses are comparable and timely to affected populations.

28 Apr 2015 description

Un plan de réponse stratégique est établi en cas d'urgence prolongée ou soudaine nécessitant une aide humanitaire internationale. Ce plan définit une vision commune concernant la manière de réagir face aux besoins évalués et exprimés de la population affectée.

23 Apr 2015 description

This document explains FAO’s multidisciplinary approach in helping countries in the fight against threats to the human food chain. It offers examples of how FAO's supports countries to mitigate risks affecting the food chain. In this context, it draws special attention to information systems, monitoring and early warning systems.