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25 Feb 2017 description

Budding actors and musicians from the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Group tour the world performing for refugee children

By: Omar Karmi

LONDON, United Kingdom – The ragged boy lurched forward and fell. Limbs flailed desperately until, at the last moment, they caught, leaving his body dangling precariously over a drop.

24 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region*. It presents a three-month trend analysis from October to December 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from January to March 2017. It is the sixth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in October 2016.

Regional Trends: October-December 2016

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The trend of increased numbers of refugees and migrants on the Central Mediterranean route continues in 2017 - more than 80 per cent of all sea arrivals during the first 6 weeks of the year were registered in Italy.

  • Major risks confronted by refugee and migrant children and women along this route remain to be detention, extortion, gender-based violence, abuse, exploitation and drowning at sea.

21 Feb 2017 description

"The kids love the concept that they're talking to a television"

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a university graduate, Korvi Rakshand wanted nothing more than to help break the cycle of poverty in his native Bangladesh by teaching children on the margins of society.

He rented a single room in a slum for his lessons and provided half a kilo of rice a day to parents as a way of encouraging them to send their children to class.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Paris) – French President François Hollande’s announcement on February 21, 2017, that France has endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration is a strong signal to the international community and strengthens the legal protection for children and their education, UNICEF France and Human Rights Watch said today. By endorsing the declaration, a commitment to protect schools in times of conflict, France recognizes the importance of educational institutions to a country’s future.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Education Above All

Education Above All (EAA), welcomes President Hollande’s announcement endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, becoming the 58th country to demonstrate support

21st February

France has today become the latest country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), a series of common sense steps aimed at protecting students and teachers from attack in areas affected by war and conflict.

21 Feb 2017 description

2016 Key Figures

1: Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world

28,901: Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement (since 1 January 2016)

15,140: Refugees counselled on the work permit regulation by UNHCR and partners (Since March 2016)

24,703: Non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs identified by UNHCR and referred for assistance (since 1 January 2016)

32,047: Refugees and asylum-seekers received counselling from UNHCR Ankara (since 1 January 2016)

17 Feb 2017 description
report Theirworld

The first years of life are the most critical for a child’s development, laying the foundation for years to come. During these important five years, babies and toddlers need nurturing care — which includes health care, good nutrition, protection, and opportunities for play and early learning — for their bodies and minds to grow strong. Physical harm, abuse, or deprivation during these critical years can leave long-lasting impacts not only on a child’s health, but also on his or her ability to grow, learn, and succeed.

15 Feb 2017 description

About This Manual

What is it?

This manual provides an overview of the key issues related to gender-based violence (GBV) in the context of WFP’s operations. It seeks to guide staff and partners so they can better identify and respond to GBV risks related to hunger and nutrition and to WFP programmes.

In particular, the guidance aims to identify practical steps to ensure that WFP staff are able to:

  • Understand what GBV means;

  • Understand how GBV is relevant to WFP;

14 Feb 2017 description

Three reasons for Switzerland to commit

  • Multilateral frameworks allow it to project its values.

By participating in the setting of international norms and agendas, Switzerland is able to play an influential role. Thanks to its extensive experience in development cooperation and humanitarian aid, its pragmatism and the values it upholds, it is regarded as a credible and reliable partner in multilateral organisations.

14 Feb 2017 description


Refugees and migrants accommodated in the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre (as of 31 January)

Refugees and migrants arrived on Samos Island

Persons with specific needs accommodated by UNHCR/partners outside Vathy Reception and Identification Centre

Core Relief Items distributed by UNHCR/partners during January such as rubber mats, blankets, hygiene kits, etc.

10 Feb 2017 description
report Theirworld

Students from several countries - many of whom are barred from the state system - get free lessons from 3-6pm in the classrooms of a pioneering private school in Johannesburg

"These children can't go to real schools... kids have been beaten up, assaulted, deprived of food," said college head Colin Northmore of the plight of young migrants in South Africa.

So each day when lessons end at his pioneering Sacred Heart school in Johannesburg, migrant children fill up the empty classrooms - and are taught by migrant teachers.

09 Feb 2017 description

The New Urban Agenda: Seeing the bigger picture

Sustainable urbanization, as defined in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III Summit in October 2016, has been hailed as a positive, transformative force for development. A process that, if properly planned and managed, will usher in a new era of wellbeing, resource efficiency and economic growth for billions of city dwellers.

09 Feb 2017 description

[Delivered by Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet]

Mr. President, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be with you today on this important occasion.

From his previous UN role, the Secretary-General carries forward a deep commitment to the protection of conflict-affected children, and he attaches great importance to the children and armed conflict mandate.

08 Feb 2017 description

For many children around the world, having a safe space to learn is far from guaranteed due to the threat of armed conflict and the targeting of schools. In this guest post for ‘In Focus’, Peter Klanduch and Margaret Sinclair of Education Above All’s legal advocacy programme PEIC – Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) – explain the background to this global problem and the importance of keeping education safe for all children.

07 Feb 2017 description
  • On 7 January, the emergency food intervention expanded to include Tripoli’s Abu Salim detention centre.

  • On 13 January, during a one-day visit to Tripoli, IOM met with the leadership of the Libyan Coast Guard to discuss the outcomes of a needs assessment conducted last year.

  • On 23 January, IOM helped 46 stranded Bangladeshi male migrants return home to Bangladesh from Misratah, Libya.

  • On 30-31 January, a two-day Community Stabilization Committee Coordination Meeting for Sabha was held in Tunis

06 Feb 2017 description

After visiting Jordan and Lebanon, Priti Patel welcomed progress for Syrian refugees but warned that more intrenational help was needed.

01 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

535 millones de niños viven en países afectados por conflictos o desastres naturales

UNICEF hace el mayor llamamiento de fondos de su historia, 3.300 millones de dólares, para atender a los niños en emergencias durante 2017

01 Feb 2017 description


Refugees and migrants accommodated in the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre (as of 31 December)

Beds available in the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre

Persons with specific needs accommodated by UNHCR/partners in alternative facilities

Unaccompanied children accommodated by UNHCR/METAdrasi