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27 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, March 27, 2017) – The European Parliament should ensure that European Union funds for refugees also reach those with disabilities, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum said in advance of an event at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow, March 28.

19 Mar 2017 description
report UN Radio


Support for people with disabilities around the world who are preparing for disasters is "still in a symbolic stage".

That's the frank assessment of veteran activist and NGO chief executive, Carlos Kaiser from Chile, speaking at a recent UN-backed conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.

12 Mar 2017 description


An estimated 9.8 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict and generalized violence.

They are among the most “at-risk” and socially excluded groups in any refugee and displaced community. They are often not identified in data collection or included in needs assessments, and thus are not considered in program design or implementation.

09 Mar 2017 description

La Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR) desarrolló un taller interactivo sobre las Poblaciones de alto riesgo como agentes de cambio para la reducción del riesgo de desastres (RRD). Este taller formó parte de la agenda regular de la Quinta Plataforma Regional para la Reducción de Riesgo de Desastres en Américas (RP17), que se está llevando en Montreal, Canadá.

09 Mar 2017 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) hosted a moderated interactive workshop on High-Risk Populations (HRP) as Agents of Change for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This workshop was part of the regular agenda at the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17), which is currently taking place in Montreal, Canada.

07 Mar 2017 description

Women’s rights in Africa – UN and African Union launch report ahead of International Women’s Day

GENEVA/ADDIS ABABA (7 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office today launched, together with the African Union and UN Women, a report into women’s rights in Africa. It is the first in a planned series about women’s human rights on the continent that will address various thematic issues.

24 Feb 2017 description


  • Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental degradation, and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

24 Feb 2017 description


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

22 Feb 2017 description

Brussels, 22 February 2017

Dear European leaders,

We, the undersigned non-governmental organisations, are deeply concerned with the direction of the EU-Libya policy as outlined in the Commission Communication on the Central Mediterranean (25.01.17) and reaffirmed in the conclusions of the Malta Summit (03.02.17) and the Council Conclusions (06.02.17), aiming to stop migratory movements through Libya.

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)

15 Feb 2017 description

Zeid préconise une augmentation du financement relatif aux droits de l’homme pour soutenir la stabilité dans un monde incertain

GENÈVE (15 février 2017) – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme a lancé aujourd’hui l’appel de fonds le plus ambitieux de son histoire, exhortant les États et les bailleurs de fonds privés à soutenir sa capacité à travailler et défendre les droits de l’homme pour tous, en tout point du globe.

15 Feb 2017 description

UN Human Rights Office launches USD 253M funding appeal – most ambitious to date

Zeid urges greater funding for human rights to bolster stability in an uncertain world

GENEVA (15 February 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office today launched its most ambitious funding appeal yet, urging States and private donors to bolster the Office’s ability to work and stand up for human rights for all people, everywhere.

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.

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