As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.
Date: 17 January 2017
Refugees are suffering terribly in the bitter cold gripping the Greek islands, and the Dutch government does not intend to abandon them to their fate. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, said, ‘Consultation between Dutch diplomatic staff in Athens, representatives of the Greek government and aid organisations has revealed that the bulk of relief supplies have already arrived in the country. That’s good news, because it cuts down transport time. Now we need to get the supplies to the refugees as fast as possible.’
According to UNESCO, 101 journalists were killed in the pursuit of a story in 2016, which on average constitutes one casualty every four days.
by Astrid Zweynert | azweynert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:13 GMT
"We see much more money being spent in responding to disasters and very little in preventing them"
By Astrid Zweynert
LONDON, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments need to step up efforts in preparing for disasters to cut the rising bill for helping people hit by crises, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
January 17, 2017
Today, the U.S. State Department is announcing that it has made an additional $500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Consistent with last year’s GCF grant, this funding is provided from the fiscal year 2016 Economic Support Fund (ESF) appropriation. U.S. funding for the GCF continues U.S. government support by this and prior Administrations for climate change programs through multilateral funds.
Total number of places: 19,089
“La Résolution 46/182 des Nations Unies reste aussi pertinente et fondamentale aujourd’hui qu’en décembre 1991 et les principes d’humanité, de neutralité, indépendance et d’impartialité qu’elle contient continuent de guider une assistance humanitaire stratégique, coordonnée et efficace aux personnes qui en ont besoin”
Four people killed, 15 wounded in a suicide attack by a teenage girl suspected to be linked to Boko Haram at a university mosque in Borno State on 16 January. Police earlier shot a 12yo girl trying to enter the university. The IED strapped to her body exploded, killing her instantly. These incidents come two days after suicide bombers killed at least six people and injured 14 in a crowded market in the northeastern town of Madagali.
Geneva, 17 January 2017
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
Switzerland - IOM reports that 2,876 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 15 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 23,664 through the first 14 days of January, 2016.
There have been 219 estimated deaths, compared with 91 during the first two weeks of 2015. This fatalities figure is considered low by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which is investigating reports that surfaced over the weekend that would add at least 200 deaths to the total.
Turkey - In 2016 IOM Turkey’s refugee resettlement program moved 21,120 refugees from Turkey to new homes abroad. This was double the previous year’s total and the largest number of refugees ever resettled by IOM Turkey in a single year.
The top three destination countries were the United States (nearly 8,500), Canada (over 7,000) and European countries (approximately 4,800). Women and children accounted for 73 percent of the refugees resettled.
Switzerland - The Western Balkans migratory route may largely be closed, but the number of migrants stranded in Serbia continues to climb. Latest figures show 7,500 migrants are stuck in the country, unable to reach the European Union (EU).
Now atrocious winter weather spreading across Central Europe is adding to their plight. The Serbian government has provided reception centers where IOM is working together with government officials. Over the past three months, four such centres have been established – the most recent in Divljana, near the southern city of Nis.
Switzerland - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing is this week taking part in the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The IOM chief will attend on Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 January. He will deliver a keynote address today, Tuesday.
Severe winter weather and extreme temperatures as low as – 30 degrees Celsius in some areas affected much of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, including Turkey and Greece in the first two weeks of January 2017.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Around 7,300 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants seeking were counted in Serbia, of which 5,942 (i.e. 82%) were accommodated in 16 government shelters, many exceeding capacities (see below chart). Some 49% are from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 10% each from Syria and Pakistan, 5% from Iran and 7% from other countries. 46% are children, 39% adult men and 15% adult women.
En Belgique, le froid sera sibérien dans les jours qui viennent. Une situation qui inquiète Médecins du Monde : on dénombre quelques 200 réfugiés et migrants en transit rien que dans et autour des gares bruxelloises du Nord et du Midi. Médecins du Monde en appelle à la solidarité des autorités, des citoyens et des organisations humanitaires alors qu'au moins quatre réfugiés sont morts de froid ces 10 derniers jours en Europe.
16 janvier 2017 – A l'ouverture des travaux de la 74e session du Comité des droits de l'enfant lundi à Genève, la Haute-Commissaire adjointe des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Kate Gilmore, a attiré l'attention sur l'impact dévastateur de l'aggravation des migrations internationales et de la crise des réfugiés sur les droits de millions d'enfants à travers le monde.
Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, s’est félicité de l’intervention des garde-côtes italiens qui, en collaboration de Frontex, l’Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures, ont porté secours à quelque 1500 personnes à bord d’embarcations confrontées à une mer démontée et à des conditions dégradées en Méditerranée ces trois derniers jours. Après le naufrage connu d’au moins une embarcation légère et surchargée au large des côtes libyennes, les autorités européennes ont repêché au moins huit corps sans vie.
Message du Directeur Régional
Les politiciens, les dirigeants et les parties prenantes d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sont clairs. Nous devons faire passer les jeunes d’abord si nous vou- lons maîtriser le dividende démographique, établir la résilience et transformer notre région pour réaliser les objectifs de développement durable et l’Afrique que nous voulons.
Message from the Regional Director
Politicians, leaders and stakeholders across West and Central Africa are clear. We must put young people first if we are to harness the demographic dividend, build resilience and transform our region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa We Want.