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Having the Right Tools at the Right Time to Meet Food Assistance Needs

Imagine there is a major crisis unfolding. While one region in the affected country is in crisis, there are available food supplies and resources in another. In situations like this, USAID disaster response professionals have several key decisions to make — all with the goal of helping as many people as possible in the most rapid, efficient and effective way possible. Does it make sense to bring in food from the United States? Should we purchase food locally to distribute to those in need? Should we provide people the means to buy the food themselves?

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ACTED Newsletter #82 February 2013 [EN/FR]

CONTENTS /// SOMMAIRE

FOCUS - DRR: Anticipating emergencies, strengthening resilience

ACTED supported by the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize

Community spirit at the heart of life (Jordan)

Za’atari refugee camp under water (Jordan)

The child friendly space, a veritable sanctuary for young refugees (Iraq)

Promoting hygiene at school to hold back waterborne diseases (Pakistan)

Helping Afghan farmers protect their livelihoods (Afghanistan)

Providing food for the "roof of the world" (Tajikistan)

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R2P Monitor - 15 January 2013 Issue 7

R2P Monitor:

Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.

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Middle East and North Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 05 | November – December 2012 (EN/AR)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian actors in the MENA region seek to foster greater collaboration, emphasizing the importance of partnerships and recognizing the value in diverse humanitarian approaches.

  • The number of Syrian refugees in Egypt has increased significantly since June 2012. The UN and humanitarian partners are seeking to address their main protection concerns.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNHCR in Dubai: First Line Responder in Emergencies (activities during November - December 2012)

Excellent logistics facilities

UNHCR Dubai enjoys excellent logistics facilities. A seamless supply chain by sea and air is ensured through proximity to Jebel Ali, the Middle East's biggest and busiest seaport. From Jebel Ali, cargo vessels sail weekly to ports worldwide including remote destinations. Also, six international airports are located within a three hour driving radius, where charter planes can be deployed in 24 to 48 hours. Dubai's logistics services are renowned for their professionalism and cost efficiency.

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R2P Monitor - 15 November 2012 Issue 6

R2P Monitor:

Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Middle East and North Africa, Issue 04, September – October 2012 (EN/AR)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian needs in Syria have continued to deteriorate in the last two months. There are now an estimated 2.5 million people in need of assistance and over 350, 000 registered refugees.

  • The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen talks to the media in Cairo and calls for greater focus on addressing the humanitarian crisis.

  • The Arab Humanitarian Portal is launched in Kuwait at the third Annual Conference on Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for November

The Security Council’s work programme for November will be packed not only with discussions of difficult situations around the world, but also with business not completed at the end of last month, the Permanent Representative of India, which holds the body’s presidency for the month, told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

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Press Conference by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at United Nations Headquarters

Report
United Nations

DSG/SM/643

Following is a transcript of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s press conference held in New York, 2 October:

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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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R2P Monitor - 15 September 2012 Issue 5

CURRENT CRISIS

Mass atrocity crimes are occurring and urgent action is needed.

IMMINENT RISK

The situation is reaching a critical threshold and the risk of mass atrocity crimes occurring in the immediate future is very high if effective preventive action is not taken.

SERIOUS CONCERN

There is a significant risk of occurrence, or recurrence, of mass atrocity crimes within the foreseeable future if effective action is not taken.

Syria

BACKGROUND

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Donor Briefing: USG briefs Member States on CERF - 17 September 2012

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Good afternoon and welcome to our Member States briefing on CERF for 2012.

I want to give you an overview of how CERF has been used this year. I will also focus on some of the lessons learned from our country reviews and I will brief you on progress with the management response plan that was developed in response to the Five-Year Evaluation.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, 10 September 2012

I would like to begin by expressing sympathy with the victims and families of those who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquakes in China and the bombings across Iraq.

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Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for September

Forging greater ties between the United Nations and the League of Arab States to address Middle East turmoil and working closely with their new Joint Special Representative on the crisis in Syria would be among the top priorities of the Security Council in September, the Permanent Representative of Germany, whose delegation holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said today.

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Mediterranean Review - August 28, 2012

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 14 August — 27 August, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

In Focus 1 - The Syrian Refugee Crisis

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 6

Middle East 8

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Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for August

With “military logic winning the day” in Syria’s 16-month-old conflict and the Security Council deadlocked over how to address it, the 15-member body would likely cancel the United Nations observer mission to that country and seek consensus on a new resolution focused on humanitarian aid for the 3 million Syrians in need of emergency relief, the representative of France, which hold’s the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said this afternoon.

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Human Rights Council concludes twentieth regular session

Human Rights Council
ROUNDUP 6 July 2012

Adopts 22 Resolutions, Appoints Special Rapporteurs on Belarus and Eritrea, Extends Mandates on Côte d'Ivoire and Somalia, Decides to Establish Working Group to Negotiate a Draft Declaration on the Right to Peace

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Mediterranean Review - 22 May 2012

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 15 May — 21 May, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

In Focus: Al Qaeda in Syria-A Shift in the Conflict?

By Linda Lavender

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Mediterranean Review - May 1, 2012

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 24 April —30 April, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

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Mediterranean Basin Weekly Review - 24 April 2012

Inside this issue:

In Focus: "Syria's Fragile Peace" (pg 1&10)
Horn of Africa (pg 2-3)
North Africa (pg 4-5)
Northeast Africa (pg 6-7)
Syria (pg 8-9)