Bern, 24.03.2017 - What contribution is Switzerland making to prevent a whole generation from being lost to humanitarian crises? What is it doing to create new prospects for the more than 30 million children and young people worldwide who are currently refugees? These questions were the focus of the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) held at the Kursaal in Bern.
Communiqué de presse, 24.03.2017
(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions joins UN-Water, the organization that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation, and the international community in celebrating World Water Day. Every year since 1993, the international community has celebrated World Water Day on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of safe, clean water while advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s yearly flagship ICT in education conference, opened on Monday 20 March 2017 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Focusing on ‘Education in emergencies and crises’, this year’s event is organized in partnership with UNHCR and examines how new and affordable technologies can provide learning opportunities for displaced people around the world.
Les gouvernements devraient appuyer et appliquer la Déclaration sur la sécurité dans les école
(New York) – Dans le monde entier, des pays prennent des mesures pour protéger les élèves, les enseignants et les écoles contre les conséquences néfastes de l’utilisation des écoles à des fins militaires en temps de conflit armé, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui.
Protect Schools from Military Use
Governments Should Endorse, Carry Out Safe Schools Declaration
(New York, March 20, 2017) – Countries around the world are taking measures to protect students, teachers, and schools from the harmful consequences that can result from the use of schools for military purposes during times of armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
17 March 2017 – Education experts and government officials will gather at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 20 to 24 March, to discuss ways of expanding the use of mobile technologies to “reach people where they are” and improve education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons and others in emergency situations.
GENEVA, 17 March 2017 – One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation, says UNICEF.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.
“The question is not if human lives will be lost as a result of President Trump’s decision to slash spending on foreign aid and diplomacy; the question is how many and how soon,” warned Joel Charny, NRC’s Director in the United States.
The number of children on the Central Mediterranean Route is on the rise with more than 2,450 child arrivals in the first two months of 2017 (compared to 1,388 during the same period in 2016). Meanwhile, European countries registered 7,678 new first-time asylum claims by children (5,000 of them in Germany), while 25,080 children remain stranded in Greece and other Balkan countries.
This week marks the completion of the first twelve months since the EU emergency support regulation was adopted by the Council. To date, €192 million have been contracted to the Commission's humanitarian aid partners to help the Greek government in the refugee and migration crisis.
Key achievements under this programme include:
The degrading conditions on the Greek islands as a result of the European Union’s agreement with Turkey one year ago have led to an alarming rise in self-harm, increased aggression, anxiety and depression among child refugees and migrants, a new report by Save the Children has revealed.
A Tide of Self-Harm and Depression details the impact of the appalling conditions created by the agreement – which has forced thousands of families and more than 5,000 children to live in detention-like facilities.
In a simulation presented by Doctors Without Borders, participants had to choose the few items they would take with them if forced to flee. They faced a wall of plastic cards with pictures on them: shoes, medicine, passport, food, water. Even young children rushed to grab the card with the phone printed on it.
Vienna, Austria, March 14, 2017. Over 15 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing, totaling nearly US$190m, which was approved at the 158th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The public sector loans, which total US$106m, will support the following projects/programs:
On February 8, the UN General Assembly held an informal meeting marking the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 51/77 (1997) on the promotion and protection of the rights of children. This resolution established the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC). In his opening remarks, President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, called the resolution “a landmark development in our global efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.” A high-level panel discussion was moderated by SRSG-CAAC Ms.
In Romans Manyiel Garang’s classroom, there are 180 students, some as old as 35 — ten years older than Garang himself. Garang is a primary school teacher in Kenya’s Kukuma Refugee camp, responsible for providing refugee children and some adults with a pathway to a brighter future while they wait to be resettled.
Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG):
EDUCATION AND VIOLENCE
March, Doha, Qatar
Education Above All (EAA) Foundation joined world leaders from across the education and development sector at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, to improve access to education and global education equality.
Several meetings, led by EAA’s programmes Educate A Child (EAC) and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), discussed strategies to overcome the barriers marginalised communities face in accessing quality education.
FAO joins celebrations for International School Meals Day
9 March 2017, Rome – International School Meals Day, celebrated around the world today, is a timely reminder of the need to promote healthy eating habits for all children through sustainable policies, including sourcing food from family farmers.
Every day around 370 million children around the world are fed at school through school meals programmes that are run in varying degrees by national governments.