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26 May 2017 description

By Andrew McElroy

CANCUN, Mexico, 25 May 2017 – It may look like a gadget to many but this robot is a shining example of inclusive technology for disaster risk reduction.

The telepresence robot known as Double enabled the wisdom of 11 persons living with disability participating from the other side of the world in Bangladesh to be shared at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

19 May 2017 description
report European Union

1. The world today continues to face extremely serious crises, with 20 million people at risk of famine in North East Nigeria, South Sudan Somalia and Yemen, more than 65 million people forcibly displaced by conflict, violence, human rights violations, in addition to those displaced due to natural disasters, including as a consequence of climate change, and 130 million people relying on humanitarian assistance.

17 May 2017 description

In May 2016, at the World Humanitarian Summit, the Charter on Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was launched. One year on, the charter has 150 signatories, but only 5 are UK mainstream NGOs.

As part of a global week of action in the run up to the 1st Anniversary of the charter, Handicap International have teamed up with CBM to host an event on Thursday 18th May aimed at increasing UK mainstream NGO support for the Charter.

15 May 2017 description


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 71/127 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2016/9. The period covered by the report is from January to December 2016.

03 May 2017 description

Executive summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

29 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

28 avril 2017 – Estimant que les pays ne peuvent pas gérer seuls la question des vastes mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants, les Nations Unies ont organisé en septembre 2016 un sommet des dirigeants mondiaux dans le but de trouver des solutions durables.

29 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

28 April 2017 – Recognizing that the issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one country to handle on its own, the United Nations convened a meeting of world leaders in September 2016 with the aim of finding durable solutions. At the summit, all 193 Member States came together around one plan, the New York Declaration, expressing their political will to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale.

24 Apr 2017 description

OTTAWA, Canada – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised Canada today for providing solutions to the plight of a record 46,700 refugees through their resettlement to Canada in 2016. This is the largest amount of refugees admitted in a year since the implementation of the 1976 Immigration Act and a significant contribution to UNHCR’s global appeal to increase much needed refugee solutions.

17 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 avril 2017 – Il faut mettre à la disposition des réfugiés et migrants handicapés des services de santé accessibles dans le cadre de la nouvelle politique mondiale sur les réfugiés et les migrants, estime un groupe d'experts des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies, alors que des discussions intergouvernementales doivent bientôt commencer sur cette question.

13 Apr 2017 description

By Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

13 APRIL 2017 - Today we begin the launch of “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” – a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that I have served as Director-General at WHO.

12 Apr 2017 description

GENEVA (12 April 2017) – Dedicated human and financial resources must be made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, UN experts have urged, as an intergovernmental consultation is being launched.

The framework, which is called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and is due to be adopted in 2018, will set out a range of principles and commitments among governments to enhance coordination on international migration.

07 Apr 2017 description

IEDs are used more prolifically – and with greater harm – than many other explosive weapons, for which international law has already been well established. For instance, the rights of victims of land mines and cluster munitions are framed in two international ratified conventions.

03 Apr 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017
905 dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Arrivals in the Mediterranean

From 20 to 26 March, 414 persons arrived by sea to Greece. Chios recorded the majority of sea arrivals (224), followed by Lesvos (72) and Leros (72). A total of 3,783 persons reached the Greek shores from 01 January until 26 March 2017.

28 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Le Parlement européen devrait améliorer le suivi des fonds d’aide destinés aux réfugiés

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.