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27 Feb 2017 description

A. Summary of the current situation

Migration trends

As of 8 February 2017, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe, including more than 9,000 to Italy. This is an increase for Italy of almost one third against the same period in 2016.

24 Feb 2017 description

NATO has developed a multinational telemedicine system, enabling medical specialists to provide real-time recommendations to first responders at emergency scenes or in combat zones. On Friday (24 February 2017), a high-level conference at NATO headquarters marked the completion of this project, supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.

24 Feb 2017 description

Overview

76 million
people in need of aid as a result of emergencies – almost 60% of all people-in-need globally

30 million
people displaced (internally and in neighboring countries) as a result of conflict and natural disasters

7 graded emergencies
directly and indirectly affecting a total of 14 countries

Protracted emergencies
in Somalia and Sudan

H5N1, MERS CoV, Polio
health security threats currently in the Region

21 Feb 2017 description

Edible drones filled with food, water or medicine could soon become indispensable in humanitarian emergencies

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Edible drones filled with food, water or medicine could soon become indispensable in humanitarian emergencies by delivering live-saving supplies to remote areas hit by natural disasters or conflict, their designers said on Monday.

14 Feb 2017 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD is a network of depots around the world (in Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that procures, stores, manages and transports emergency items on behalf of the humanitarian community.

Since the beginnings of the response operations to the European Refugee Crisis, relief items and support equipment have been sent to Austria, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey.

13 Feb 2017 description

ROME – Luxembourg and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a four-year agreement, confirming the long-standing partnership between the Grand Duchy and the UN’s frontline organization working towards zero hunger globally by 2030.

The agreement between Luxembourg and WFP was signed yesterday by Romain Schneider, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of Luxembourg, and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. The signature took place during a “virtual” ceremony, in a video-conference link between Luxembourg City and WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy.

10 Feb 2017 description
report Freedom House

Washington
November 14, 2016

Internet freedom around the world declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 as more governments aggressively targeted social media and communication apps than ever before, according to the Freedom on the Net 2016 report released today by Freedom House.

10 Feb 2017 description

Darrell M. West
6 October 2016

More For media inquries, contact: Governance Studies Main Line 202.797.6090

Around the world, digital technology is seen as vital for economic development. In the U.S. alone, the internet accounts for about six percent of the entire economy. Digital technology has expanded its role in the global economy in recent years, as both developed and developing nations have become increasingly reliant on the internet.

09 Feb 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 7.51 million Swiss francs (decreased from 9.27 million Swiss francs) to enable the IFRC to support National Societies world-wide to respond to the global Zika virus outbreak, delivering assistance to 7 million people for 19 months, with a focus on 10 priority intervention areas, including health emergency risk management, preparedness, vector control, community based surveillance, community engagement and psychosocial support.

08 Feb 2017 description

More than 300 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government and UN organisations are set to convene at the Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi this February exchanging innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa.

03 Feb 2017 description

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme and Government of Belgium are launching an initiative to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, widely known as drones) in humanitarian emergencies.

WFP and Belgium led the first international humanitarian UAV coordination workshop today, bringing together in Brussels experts from the humanitarian, academic, government and private sectors.

03 Feb 2017 description

Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) des Nations Unies et le gouvernement belge lancent une initiative visant à explorer l'emploi de véhicules aériens sans pilote (que l'on connaît plus communément sous le nom de drones) dans les situations d'urgence humanitaire.

Le PAM et la Belgique ont dirigé le premier atelier international de coordination des drones humanitaires qui a rassemblé, aujourd'hui à Bruxelles, des experts de premier ordre des secteurs humanitaires, académiques, gouvernementaux et privés.

03 Feb 2017 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD is a network of depots around the world (in Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that procures, stores, manages and transports emergency items on behalf of the humanitarian community.

Since the beginnings of the response operations to the European Refugee Crisis, relief items and support equipment have been sent to Austria, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey

31 Jan 2017 description
report UNHCR Innovation

BY KATIE DREW, EMERGENCY LAB MANAGER
JANUARY 17, 2017

The need for differentiation and the role of mass customization. 

31 Jan 2017 description

Messaging apps: an untapped humanitarian resource

Geneva: New research, led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), suggests messaging apps could play a vital role in humanitarian work in the future. The research carried out by the ICRC, The Engine Room and Block Party, says messaging apps have become so widespread that they deserve to be considered 'strategically', for use in humanitarian operations. The results of the research have been released in the report 'Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps', published today.

27 Jan 2017 description
report European Union

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has trained 81 border guards from six Western Balkan countries during the first year of the IPA II project.