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Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September


Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque (A/HRC/27/55) [EN/AR/RU]

Human Rights Council
Twenty-seventh session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Common violations of the human rights to water and sanitation


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Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award

By Denis McClean

DAVOS, 27 August 2014 - The Chilean town of Peňaflor is celebrating this week. A local NGO born out of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami has scooped the prestigious Risk Award at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland, which ends tomorrow.

The Chilean NGO Inclusiva was among 77 organizations from 44 countries which submitted entries this year and won the €100,000 prize for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the town of Peňaflor.

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Managing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability in Humanitarian Action, issue no. 116, August 2014 issue no. 116, August 2014:

Hardly anything new can be said in the HFA2 process about managing risk and reducing vulnerability. However, when scoped in detail, both these concepts offer gaps as wide as a gateway to march in. Newer and rarer voices of leaders from Asia and beyond point to these gaps and ways to bridge them through the HFA2 process.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August


The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Statement of the Executive Director, UNFPA - International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 “Mental Health Matters”

A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one’s potential, cope with the stresses of life, build healthy relationships, work productively and participate fully in society. Yet, the mental health of young people is largely ignored and, as a result, depression is the largest cause of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people worldwide.

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities


MELBOURNE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN) - Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Treating Cerebral Palsy in Developing Countries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common health conditions Handicap International sees in babies and young children around the world. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 1 in every 323 children has cerebral palsy.

This congenital disorder usually results from brain damage that occurs before or at birth or within the first few years of a child’s life. Symptoms vary but may include poor muscle tone, stiff muscles, uncontrolled movements, poor motor skills, and sensory problems. About a third of cases involve cognitive difficulties or epilepsy.

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UNMAS Annual Report 2013

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations - July 2014

New guidelines stress increasing key populations’ access to HIV services

Countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care, according to new WHO guidelines.

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From “Forgotten” to “Vulnerable” to “Valuable” – Persons with Disabilities in Refugee and Displacement Settings



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CBM promotes disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction during media workshop at the 6th AMCDRR

CBM organised one-hour sessions on disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction (DRR) during Media Workshop hosted by Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) from 23-25 June 2014 at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok, Thailand.

Awareness raising on disability inclusion in DRR among media

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Disability is finally being included in debates about aid. About time too


DfID has promised to focus on disability, and it's not a moment too soon for the 800m disabled people in the developing world

Posted by James Thornberry

Today's response from the Department for International Development (DfID) to the international development select committee's inquiry into disability and development marks the first time that the issue has come close to entering the aid debate. And not before time.

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Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre el derecho humano al agua potable y el saneamiento, Catarina de Albuquerque (A/HRC/27/55)

Consejo de Derechos Humanos
27º período de sesiones
Tema 3 de la agenda
Promoción y protección de todos los derechos humanos,
civiles, políticos, económicos, sociales y culturales,
incluido el derecho al desarrollo

Violaciones corrientes de los derechos humanos al agua y el saneamiento


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Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le droit à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement, Catarina de Albuquerque (A/HRC/27/55)

Conseil des droits de l’homme
Vingt-septième session
Point 3 de l’ordre du jour
Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l’homme,
civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels,
y compris le droit au développement

Violations courantes des droits à l’eau et à l’assainissement


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Policymakers in Asia voice disaster risk reduction priorities at Ministerial Conference

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone region in the world. Rapid economic growth and population expansion, along with the impacts of climate change, will increase the exposure and vulnerability of the region to disasters.