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04 Dec 2016 description

International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities

The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.

To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.

04 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rosangela Berman-Bieler

“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.  _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_

04 Dec 2016 description

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.

04 Dec 2016 description

In the winter of 2006 Syria experienced the beginning of the most crippling drought in its recorded history. By 2009 key crops had declined by more than half, plunging almost a million people into food insecurity. In the northeast of the country farmers lost 85% of their livestock as wells dried up and farm animals died. About 10% of the population saw their livelihoods wiped out. During the three-year drought, more than 1.5 million Syrians fled from their farms, migrating to Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and other urban centers.

04 Dec 2016 description

Priti Patel has announced investments to protect refugees at risk of being trafficked in the Mediterranean region will be doubled.

Delivering the keynote speech at a Freedom Fund event in Central London (1 Dec) to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today (2 Dec), Priti Patel set out how the Department for International Development (DFID) is to boost its support to tackle modern slavery.

03 Dec 2016 description

Il est essentiel pour tous d'avoir une alimentation saine et une nutrition adéquate afin d’éradiquer la faim et la malnutrition d’ici à 2030

03 Dec 2016 description

The requirements presented in this funding snapshot refer to the 2016 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan covering the period January to December 2016

Funding level

RRP requirements: $669,867,115

Funding received: $449,761,670

% funded: 67%

03 Dec 2016 description

Debates on international judicial cooperation, the sanctions regime surrounding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and human trafficking would be the major topics to be addressed this month by the Security Council, Román Oyarzun Marchesi (Spain), Council President for December, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

03 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

Par Antonio Donini
M. Donini travaille sur les enjeux liés à l’humanitarisme et à l’avenir de l’action humanitaire ; il est également spécialiste de l’Afghanistan. Il a publié « The Golden Fleece: Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action » (2012)

GENEVA, 30 novembre 2016

« La crise consiste justement dans le fait que l’ancien meurt et que le nouveau ne peut naître : pendant cet interrègne on observe les phénomènes morbides les plus variés ». Cahiers de prison, Antonio Gramsci, env. 1930

03 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

By Antonio Donini
Donini works on issues relating to humanitarianism and the future of humanitarian action as well as on Afghanistan. He edited "The Golden Fleece: Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action" (2012)

GENEVA, 30 November 2016

"The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.' - Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, circa 1930.

02 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

By John Kirk

Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a serial author on Cuba, Kirk’s most recent book is Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

02 Dec 2016 description
report Oxfam

"People are arriving here exhausted, hungry and thirsty and often in need of urgent medical attention.” Riccardo Sansone" Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Serbia*

A global displacement crisis

More than 65 million people around the world are now officially displaced from their homes – the highest figure recorded by the United Nations since the Second World War.

02 Dec 2016 description

FAO advocates linking conservation of biodiversity to sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods

2 December 2016, CANCUN, Mexico -Maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food and to conserve the very foundation of life and rural livelihoods, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo told participants in an international summit aimed at protecting biodiversity.

02 Dec 2016 description

Healthy diets and adequate nutrition for everyone are essential to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030

2 December 2016, Rome - A high-level international symposium on nutrition ended here today with a resounding reminder of the importance of promoting healthy diets and ensuring adequate nutrition for everyone in order to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030 - a goal set by the UN Member nations last year. The conference was jointly organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO).

02 Dec 2016 description

While the world has changed in the 65 years since the Convention was drawn up, UNHCR’s protection chief, Volker Türk, explains why it remains relevant today.

2 December 2016

02 Dec 2016 description
  • As of 30 November 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22.1 billion to meet the needs of 96.2 million humanitarian crisis-affected people in 40 countries. Together the appeals are funded at $11.4 billion, leaving a shortfall of $10.7 billion.

02 Dec 2016 description

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

2 December 2016

Faced with record displacement from conflict, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has this week moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war.

02 Dec 2016 description

Claims for refugee status related to situations of armed conflict and violence under Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and the regional refugee definitions

02 Dec 2016 description

La FAO encourage la conservation de la biodiversité afin de parvenir à une agriculture durable et d’améliorer les moyens d’existence en milieu rural

2 décembre 2016, Cancún, Mexique - «Il est essentiel de maintenir la diversité biologique pour produire de la nourriture et conserver les origines mêmes de la vie, ainsi que les moyens d'existence ruraux», a déclaré Mme Maria Helena Semedo, Directrice générale adjointe de la FAO, aux participants présents lors d'un sommet international destiné à protéger la biodiversité.