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04 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 3 August 2015 (IRIN) - Aid policy experts are talking about improving delivery and doing things better, finding new financing streams, and, most of all, localising response.

But can you really just push money down the chain to local organisations and expect better results, or is it time to take a candid look at the entire humanitarian architecture and rethink the incentive structure?

04 Aug 2015 description

France - IOM views the evolving situation in Calais and at the Eurotunnel with concern – especially for the most vulnerable migrants including women and children – and calls for broader, longer-term measures to address the wider phenomenon.

Some 3,000 to 5,000 migrants are currently reported to be encamped in Calais, while IOM estimates that nearly 200,000 migrants have already arrived to the European Union (EU) by sea this year.

04 Aug 2015 description

Italy - Over 2,000 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, confirming this as the deadliest route for migrants in search of a better life. In the same period last year, 1,607 migrants perished. A total of 3,279 lost their lives in 2014.

As in 2014, the overwhelming majority died in the Channel of Sicily on the Central Mediterranean route connecting Libya and Italy, where unseaworthy vessels used by smugglers and traffickers significantly increase the likelihood of tragedies occurring.

04 Aug 2015 description


Message du Président

Au nom de nos amis, pays membres du PROE, et en ma qualité de Président de la Conférence du PROE, c’est avec beaucoup de plaisir que je vous livre ces quelques remarques introductives pour le Rapport annuel du PROE – 2014. Il ne fait aucun doute que cette année encore, le Secrétariat a connu une croissance remarquable accompagnée de résultats positifs et tangibles toujours plus nombreux en faveur de nos États et territoires insulaires océaniens et de l’environnement que partagent les pays de notre région.

04 Aug 2015 description
report World Bank
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Publics in France, Germany, Japan, UK, and US Strongly Support Investing in Health in Developing Countries to Reduce Threat

Washington, DC, July 23, 2015 – Citizens in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States are not convinced that the world is prepared for another global epidemic like Ebola, and they strongly support investments in developing countries to reduce the threat of infectious diseases, according to a new opinion research survey with 4,000 respondents among the general public and opinion elites across the five nations.

04 Aug 2015 description

SPREP launches 2014 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2014 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. The Report, available in both English and French, documents the many projects and activities through which SPREP has supported Pacific island countries and territories to address their environmental and development challenges in 2014.

03 Aug 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Monday 8/3/2015 - 22:10 GMT

More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.

The migrants who were brought to safety in Palermo had been travelling on several different boats and were rescued over the weekend, the aid group said.

03 Aug 2015 description

In my new book that attempts to explain why ending hunger has been so hard, I focus on four main themes: the complex role of markets, the importance of government policies, the historical process of structural transformation, and the need to identify the appropriate time horizon for analysis and interventions. These themes are not new, but integrating them into a coherent approach to ending hunger seems to be original. And it is the integration itself which is difficult, conceptually, politically and operationally.

03 Aug 2015 description
report Guardian

Jean-François Corty, director of humanitarian organisation Médecins du Monde, wants more to be done by Europe to help the migrants in France

Women and children are turning up in large numbers at migrant camps in Calais for the first time and authorities are not doing enough to shelter and protect them, a senior aid worker has warned.

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03 Aug 2015 description

July 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations

August 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Turkey, Yemen

-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan

03 Aug 2015 description

Calais, France | AFP | Monday 8/3/2015 - 09:02 GMT

Migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England, French police sources said Monday, and an officer sustained facial injuries from a stone.

Of the 1,700 attempts, some 1,000 were "pushed back" by authorities and 700 were intercepted within the 650-hectare Channel Tunnel site, police added.

03 Aug 2015 description

August 1, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

03 Aug 2015 description

Samoa joined FAO in 1979 and has hosted the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands since 1996, covering 14 island states. Over the past 35 years, FAO assistance has focused on building the evidence base and capacities for policy-making, strengthening animal and plant protection and boosting agricultural productivity and marketing in the face of climate change. Samoa is involved in FAO’s new initiative on Value Chains for Food Security and Nutrition in the Pacific Islands

Strengthening animal and plant protection

02 Aug 2015 description

The WHS regional consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

02 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ROME, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.

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02 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts

Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims

(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.