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23 Apr 2015 description

Catania, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 13:37 GMT

People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean's worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.

The Prosecutor's office in the Sicilian city of Catania on Thursday identified the 26 men who, along with two crew members, were the only survivors of Sunday's catastrophe, saying publication of the names by the media was the only way they could inform friends and family.

22 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 22 avril (HCR) – Le HCR s'est félicité mardi du Plan d'action européen pour répondre aux problèmes de la migration irrégulière en Méditerranée. L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a toutefois annoncé que davantage doit être fait, après que des centaines de réfugiés et de migrants aient péri en haute mer.

En particulier, le Haut Commissaire assistant en charge de la protection Volker Türk a déclaré à Genève qu'une opération robuste de recherche et de sauvetage et des voies juridiques crédibles à ces traversées périlleuses demeurent nécessaires.

22 Apr 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This technical paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

22 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.

21 Apr 2015 description

GENEVA, Italy, April 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed European plans to tackle the challenges of irregular migration in the Mediterranean, but said saving human lives at sea should remain the priority after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives.

The European Union (EU) Joint Foreign Affairs and Home Council on Monday proposed a 10-point action plan on migration following a week of shipwrecks on the Mediterranean, including the most deadly recorded by UNHCR.

15 Apr 2015 description

15 Apr 2015

A recent study published in The Lancet shows that food consumption habits are worsening across the developing world, raising the likelihood of a double burden of obesity and malnutrition in poorer countries

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

12 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 10 avril (HCR) – Une campagne menée cette année par la Fondation IKEA dans les magasins du groupe mondial d'ameublement a récolté 10,8 millions d'euros qui permettront d'améliorer la vie des réfugiés grâce à des projets éducatifs et à la distribution de produits à énergie renouvelable comme des lampes solaires.

08 Apr 2015 description

WHAT IS THIS GUIDE ABOUT?

The aim of this guide is to provide practical, easy to follow advice on what people displaced from their homes and lands by climate change can do to get help. It is written directly for climate displaced persons and their advocates.

It explains in non-technical language what climate displacement is, what rights you are entitled to as a climate displaced person, and what you can do to protect your rights.

07 Apr 2015 description

By Sophie Amos

Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.

“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.

06 Apr 2015 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific tap the latest technologies, including satellite maps, to help them prepare and respond more effectively and quickly to natural disasters.

30 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to Issue 39 of THE ASSESSOR,

WFP’s Food Security Analysis e-Newsletter!

30 Mar 2015 description

The sixth issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at global level, among them the extension of the IPC Global Strategic Programme until 2018, the IPC-Chronic and Nutrition Working Group Meetings, the new IPC Quality Compliance Review Policy and Process, and the development of the IPC GSU Quality Compliance Review and Strategic Engagement Plan.

This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.

26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

  • Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.

23 Mar 2015 description

This paper reviews the available data on men’s and women’s land rights, identifies what can and cannot be measured by these data, and uses these measures to assess the gaps in the land rights of women and men. Building on the conceptual framework developed in 2014 by Doss et al., we utilize nationally representative individual- and plot-level data from Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste to calculate five indicators: incidence of ownership by sex; distribution of ownership by sex; and distribution of plots, mean plot size, and distribution of land area, all by sex of owner.

23 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

L'accès à l'eau potable fait partie des plus grandes réussites des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) a déclaré l'UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l'eau, mais pour 748 millions de personnes dans le monde, l'accès à ce service essentiel demeure un véritable défi. « Depuis 1990, l'accès à l'eau potable s'est considérablement amélioré malgré des obstacles incroyables », a affirmé Sanjay Wijesekera, le chef des programmes mondiaux de l'UNICEF pour l'eau, l'assainissement et l'hygiène.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Water is essential to life. Clean water is vital for drinking, growing food and keeping clean. A person can only survive on average three days without water, and if the water they have is dirty and contaminated, fatal diseases spread quickly and the effects are devastating. At Islamic Relief, we believe in providing Water For Life.

17 Mar 2015 description

By Jonathan Fowler

SENDAI, 17 March 2015 – Climate change is a clear and present danger, forcing countries to evolve their policies constantly to keep up, participants at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction said today.

“It’s clear that climate change is going to have dramatic consequences for disaster risk reduction, particularly for poorer countries,” said Mr. Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the United Kingdom’s Met Office.