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Community testimonies showing the way to protect rights and forests

Tackling deforestation and other climate mitigation actions will be one of the key items on the agenda of the up-coming Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December in Lima, Peru (COP20). This has been evidenced in the recent past with the intense negotiations on REDD+ and more recently with the launch of the New York Declaration on Forests, signed by governments, companies and NGOs on the occasion of the UN Climate Summit held in New York September.

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Liberia + 3 others
WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The third meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the IHR 2005 regarding the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee on Wednesday, 22 October 2014, from 1300 to 1710 CET.

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European Union to boost Ebola research with €24.4 million

The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible.

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African Union: Seminar on protection of health services

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly held a seminar in Addis Ababa on 22 October on the protection of health services in situations of armed conflict and other emergencies. The adoption and reinforcement of national legislation was one of 20 recommendations adopted by the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).

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Assessing and planning medical evacuation flights to Europe for patients with Ebola virus disease and people exposed to Ebola virus

Abstract

​The aim of this document is to guide decision-making when there is a perceived need for medical evacuation by air of an Ebola-infected or Ebola-exposed person from an Ebola-affected country to an EU Member State. The decision to evacuate must be based on:

• the likelihood of the person being infected with Ebola virus;

• the potential benefits of evacuation for the concerned person/patient;

• the risks associated with medical evacuation by air for the person/patient; and

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L’UE et la FAO intensifient la lutte contre la désertification en Afrique, aux Caraïbes et dans le Pacifique

Contribution de 41 millions d’euros pour éliminer la faim et favoriser la stabilité et l’adaptation au changement climatique

22 octobre 2014, Bruxelles/Rome - .L'Union européenne et la FAO viennent de lancer en collaboration avec le groupe des pays Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifique (ACP) un programme d'un montant de 41 millions d'euros, étalé sur quatre ans et demi, en faveur de la gestion durable des terres et la réhabilitation des sols arides et dégradés en Afrique, aux Caraïbes et dans le Pacifique.

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La UE y la FAO redoblan sus esfuerzos contra la desertificación en África, el Caribe y el Pacifico

Una iniciativa de 41 millones para acabar con el hambre, fomentar la estabilidad y adaptarse al cambio climático

21 de octubre de 2014, Bruselas/Roma - La Unión Europea (UE) y la FAO, en colaboración con el Grupo de países de África, el Caribe y el Pacífico (ACP), han lanzado una iniciativa de 41 millones de euros y 4 años y medio de duración, para impulsar la gestión sostenible de la tierra y restaurar las tierras áridas y degradadas en África, el Caribe y el Pacífico.

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Promotion and protection of human rights, including ways and means to promote the human rights of migrants (A/69/277)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

Summary

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Effective promotion of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (A/69/266)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Summary

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The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity (A/69/268)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

Summary

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Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons (A/69/295)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Summary

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World + 2 others
Human Rights Chief Tells Third Committee ‘Toxic Tide’ of Discrimination, Xenophobia Undermines Equality, Fuels Conflicts, Ebola Outbreak

GA/SHC/4108
Sixty-ninth session,
23rd & 24th Meetings (AM & PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

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Destabilizing Stocks of Conventional Weapons Preoccupy First Committee as Speaker Describes Amount Spent on ‘Breeding, Exacerbating and Maintaining’ Conflict

GA/DIS/3508
Sixty-ninth session,
14th Meeting (AM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

It was “ironic” that the weapons that propelled and sustained conflicts came from areas that enjoyed peace, a delegate told the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) as it continued its thematic debate on conventional weapons.

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Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes: A Tool for Prevention

Report
United Nations

I. INTRODUCING THE FRAMEWORK OF ANALYSIS

What do we mean by atrocity crimes?

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Overlooked Among 50 Million Displaced Worldwide, Women and Girls Lose Out

Mass displacement has become a significant feature of recent conflicts, as the number of people forced to flee their homes has passed 50 million worldwide, a level not seen since World War II. This is one of the reasons why the UN Security Council will focus on women refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) during its annual open debate on women, peace, and security on October 28, according to Elizabeth Cafferty, senior advocacy officer at the Women's Refugee Commission.

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World + 5 others
EASO: Quarterly Asylum Report, Quarter 2, 2014

Report
European Union

Introduction

The EASO Quarterly Asylum Report is produced b y EASO’s Centre for Information,
Documentation and Analysis. It aims to provide an overview of key asylum trends by analysing data on applications for international protection , pending cases and decisions made on applications by EU M ember States and Associate Countries.

The analysis is based on data submitted to Eurostat as per Article 4 of the Migration Statistics Regulation and extracted from Eurostat database on September 2014.

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The ATT Baseline Assessment Project: Initial Findings and Current State Practice, October 2014

Report
Stimson Center

Rachel Stohl:

In two months the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — the first global treaty to establish legally binding standards regulating the international trade in conventional arms — will become international law. Governments are now preparing to implement it by ensuring they have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet the treaty’s obligations. For governments like the United States, this is a relatively simple process. But it may be more complicated for others who are now seeking guidance on what resources they may need to fulfill the treaty’s obligations.

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World + 14 others
West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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Red Cross Red Crescent Asia Pacific Conference calls for greater innovation in tackling escalating humanitarian challenges

Published: 22 October 2014

Geneva/Beijing-October 22, 2014 - Today, members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) gather in Beijing for the organisation’s 9th Asia Pacific Regional Conference. The Conference, which takes place every four years, brings together over 200 representatives from 49 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies from the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific to discuss solutions to the most pressing humanitarian and development issues in the region.