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Update on UNHCR’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Sixty-second session

Geneva, 1-5 October 2012

A. Situational analysis including new developments

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Egypt + 3 others
End Sinai Nightmare for Migrants

Target Traffickers Who Detain, Torture, Sexually Assault Hundreds

(New York) – Egypt should use its increased security force presence in the Sinai Peninsula to free hundreds of migrants held for ransom and abused by human traffickers and other criminals. Security forces should detain, investigate, and prosecute the traffickers.

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World + 19 others
Rapport du Secrétaire général sur la protection des civils dans les conflits armés (S/2012/376)

I. Introduction

  1. Ce neuvième rapport sur la protection des civils en période de conflit armé est présenté comme suite à la demande faite dans la déclaration du Président du Conseil de sécurité en date du 22 novembre 2010 (S/PRST/2010/25).

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World + 19 others
Report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2012/376)

I. Introduction

  1. The present report, submitted pursuant to the request contained in the statement by the President of the Security Council dated 22 November 2010 (S/PRST/2010/25), is my ninth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

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Ethiopia + 5 others
MASHAV and USAID sign MOU

MASHAV and USAID have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation on food security to Africa

(Communicated by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation)

The Heads of MASHAV and of USAID signed in Washington, April 18, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase cooperation on food security to Africa, within the framework of USAID’s “Feed the Future” Initiative. The MOU allows for closer cooperation on the issue of food security in four countries: Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Israel donates 165MT relief food to Ethiopian children in drought

Israeli Ambassador Mr. Oded Ben-Haim initiated this donation with the view to protecting children at risk against malnutrition,

(Communicated by the Israel Embassy, Addis Ababa)

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Israel hands relief food to drought affected children

The Israeli government donated 165 metric tons of blended food for Ethiopian children in drought affected areas; the first time when Israel provides such humanitarian assistance.

Matiwos Hunde, Director of the Early Warning and Response Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture, yesterday received the truck load of relief food from Oded Ben-Haim, Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Israel donates 165 metric tons of relief food for Ethiopian children

Addis Ababa, October 10, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - The Israeli Government here on Monday provided 165 metric tons of relief food worth 2.4 million Birr in donation to children living in drought affected areas.

Early Warning and Response Director with the Ministry of Agriculture, Matewos Hunde received the donation from the Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia, Oded Ben-Haim.

Matewos on the occasion said Ethiopia is one of the countries affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa that led to deteriorated food security conditions in the affected areas.

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World + 19 others
Closing 'Historical and Unforgettable' Annual Debate, General Assembly President Says Time to Shift Gears to Crucial Next Step, 'Turn Talk into Real Impact'

GA/11155

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
28th, 29th & 30th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

World Leaders Came to Express ‘Hopes and Needs of Their Nations’,
Salute Courage of Those Who Fought for Freedom, Dignity, Democracy around Globe

“It has been an historic and unforgettable debate,” said the President of the General Assembly this evening as he closed the annual event, but it was now time to shift attention to the crucial next step, “turning talk into real impact”.

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Palestinian Authority President presents application for United Nations membership as heads of state, government address General Assembly

GA/11152

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
19th, 20th & 21st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Peace Can Only Come through Negotiations, Responds Israel’s Prime Minister, Offering ‘Straightforward Discussion’

Declaring “this is the moment of truth, our people are waiting to hear the answer of the world,” Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, presented an application for United Nations membership before a packed hall today as the General Assembly continued its general debate.