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Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Europe in 2016 (as of 30 September).

Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2016 (as of 30 September). Compared to 3,771 in 2015.

Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2016 (as of 30 September) compared to 385,069 during the same period in 2015

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report IRIN

By James Jeffrey
Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

A $500 million investment aims to keep migrants at bay

The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles.

25 Oct 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: William Spindler | 25 October 2016

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Polio workers around the world overcome huge obstacles every day to protect millions of children and ensure that we end polio.

World Polio Day on 24 October provides an opportunity to reflect on just how many hands are contributing to making polio history. From committed donors and governments to citizen activists and non-governmental organisations to international partners, thousands of people work tirelessly to get vaccines to every last child.

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report Reuters - AlertNet

Coast Guard ships as well as fishing boats, merchant ships and vessels from humanitarian organisations took part in separate operations

ROME, Oct 24 (Reuters) - About 2,200 migrants were plucked to safety in the central Mediterranean in 21 rescue missions on Monday and 16 bodies were recovered, the Italian Coast Guard said.

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At 8.30am, volunteers Eleanna and Dimitra began setting up for the Hellenic Red Cross’ winter distribution at Scaramagas camp, an old shipping yard on the harbor in western Athens. The chill coming off the water was a stark reminder to volunteers how urgently the people staying here need warm bedding and clothes in preparation for winter.

25 Oct 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: William Spindler

UNHCR is alarmed at the high death toll being seen this year among refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Already, and with two months of 2016 still to go, at least 3,740 lives are reported lost – just short of the 3,771 deaths reported for the whole of 2015. This is the worst we have seen.

25 Oct 2016 description

Asia: Catching the wave of success

As the highest performing region under the Millennium Development Goals, Asia has much to shout about. Among other notable achievements, poverty has been slashed by more than two-thirds, great strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare, and primary school enrolments have surged.

The results are remarkable for a continent that is the largest on earth and home to more than half the world’s population.

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MANILA, 25 OCTOBER 2016 - The neonatal period is one of the most crucial phases in the survival and development of a child. At the recently concluded session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Member States widely acknowledged the importance of Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) in reducing neonatal mortality in the Region, and highlighted significant progress made in countries towards scaling-up EENC. WHO was called upon to further support countries in improving the quality of newborn care.

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Switzerland - IOM reports that 328,225 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 23 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 169,302 people have arrived in Greece and 153,450 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which nearly 690,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey.

25 Oct 2016 description
report UN News Service

24 octobre 2016 – Deux experts des Nations Unies sur les droits de l'homme ont appelé lundi les Etats membres de l'ONU à élaborer des stratégies et des politiques de long terme pour faciliter plutôt que de restreindre les migrations soulignant que la gestion de ces dernières ne peut seulement se résumer à la fermeture des frontières et à la mise à l'écart des personnes.

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Over the last few decades, countries in Asia-Pacific have made tremendous economic progress and witnessed social transformation. The proportion of the population living in extreme poverty decreased from 50 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. Despite this, the region is home to about two-thirds of the world’s poorest people. Inequality and disparities in access to services continue to rise. Gender based discrimination remains high and women’ political participation in the region is less than the global average.

25 Oct 2016 description
report Save the Children

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 24, 2016) — Tomorrow’s planned demolition of "The Jungle" camp in Calais should be halted immediately until every child is accounted for and found a safe place to stay.

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report Harvard University

For immediate release: October 24, 2016

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• Humanitarian Needs Overview foresees that 1.3 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2017.

• The top priority needs for Libya remain health care and essential medicines, protection of the most vulnerable, access to essential goods and services.

• Food supplies are at risk, with WFP forced to scale down operations due to lack of funding.

UN and partners launch 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Response Planning process

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Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could halt severe water shortages - UN Environment

  • Rivers begin to dry up as the loss of Mt Kilimanjaro's forests triggers water crisis
  • Climate change has destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain's forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year's supply of drinking water for 1 million people
  • East Africa's glaciers expected to disappear within a few decades

19 October 2016 – Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could help protect vital water supplies that …