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24 Nov 2015 description

On Friday last week, UNHCR, together with our partners IOM and Unicef, expressed our shared concern at the risks associated with a series of new and uncoordinated restrictions imposed on several borders in the Balkans in use by refugees and migrants. The negative consequences of these actions are already becoming clear as people become backed up in countries along the route and without proper solution to their situations. A new humanitarian situation is developing in Europe that needs urgent attention.

24 Nov 2015 description
report UN News Service

23 November 2015 – Amid the deepening global refugee crisis, the IKEA Foundation will restart its ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign between November 29 and December 19 in 40 countries, through which the Foundation will donate €1 to the United Nations refugee agency for every light-emitting diode (LED) product sold in all the big-box retailer’s stores and online.

23 Nov 2015 description

Chronic conflicts, droughts, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

23 Nov 2015 description


23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

21 Nov 2015 description

New border control rules implemented almost simultaneously by the governments of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia over the past 48 hours have resulted in large-scale renewed human rights violations, including collective expulsions and discrimination against individuals perceived to be economic migrants or refugees on the basis of their nationality, Amnesty International said today.

19 Nov 2015 description
report ActionAid

The world expects a new global climate agreement to be agreed at COP21 in Paris this year. If this new deal is to help developing countries to cope with and adapt to the impacts of climate change, it must ensure that richer countries provide the necessary financial support to meet these challenges. Without such an agreement, there is a serious risk that the world’s inaction on climate will worsen the inequalities that are already distorting our economies and creating dangerous divisions in our societies.

19 Nov 2015 description

UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition

NEW YORK, 19 November 2015– Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

16 Nov 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Migrants and refugees from Africa and beyond find shelter in a former major smuggling route to Italy. Karlos Zurutuza reports from Zuwara, Libya.

15 Nov 2015 description


■ 51,055 refugees and migrants have crossed the border into fyR Macedonia during the reporting period 28 October - 03 November with a daily average of 7,294. Since UNHCR began monitoring the departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 470,000 refugees and migrants have departed.

Intention to apply for asylum: 207,905 applications have been filed from 19 June to 03 November 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

Operational Context

12 Nov 2015 description

But, 2015 global milestones and measles elimination goals are off track

10 Nov 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 November 2015

Nepal: Crossings on the India–Nepal border have been closed since late September as a result of protests, leading to fuel shortages that are severely hampering humanitarian assistance. Of particular concern are 400,000 people living in remote areas who cannot be reached during winter and need winterisation supplies. Hospitals in Terai region are reporting acute shortages of medicine, while food and cooking-gas shortages are reported across the country.

06 Nov 2015 description


■ 54,212 refugees and migrants have crossed the border into fyR Macedonia during the reporting period 21 – 27 October with a daily average of 7,745. Since UNHCR began monitoring the departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 420,000 refugees and migrants have departed.

Intention to apply for asylum: 182,978 applications have been filed from 19 June to 27 October 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

Operational Context

06 Nov 2015 description
report United Nations


Board gears up to larger scale projects in the near future

(Livingstone, Zambia, 6 November 2015) – The Green Climate Fund Board today approved USD 168 million of GCF funding for projects and programmes worth USD 624 million, marking the end of its launch phase and kick-starting the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries. The activities supported by the Board will generate up to USD 1.3 billion in investments over the coming five years.

04 Nov 2015 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the third quarter of 2015 (July to September).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

• FAO’s global cereal price index still continued to fall in Q3-2015, down 12.7 percent year-on-year and is now at 2010 levels.

04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements

03 Nov 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

A new report launched today by ACT Alliance in cooperation with Bread for the World and Germanwatch stresses the need for governments meeting in Paris in December to address loss and damage that occurs as a result of climate change.

The report highlights that a central challenge the world faces is to offer solidarity and coordinated help to those affected by loss and damage. It states that to meet this challenge, it is important to promote climate risk analysis and climate management.

03 Nov 2015 description

Snapshot 28 October – 3 November 2015

Syria: 1 million more people are in need of humanitarian assistance than a year ago, as the total is now at 13.5 million. 6.6 million people are internally displaced, with 120,000 newly displaced in Aleppo, Hama, and Idleb governorates. Shelter, food, and WASH are reported as priority needs for the newly displaced.