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11 Feb 2016

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, welcomes yesterday’s confirmation by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) that they will stop the recruitment and use of children under 18.

“I am heartened by the FARC-EP’s public announcement and, as the peace negotiations are progressing, I am pleased to see that the protection of children continues to receive the attention it deserves,” declared Leila Zerrougui.

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Press Release No. 16/57
February 11, 2016

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. This mission will not result in a Board discussion.

12 Feb 2016 description

Munich, Germany | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 23:53 GMT | 159 words

Ministers meeting for Syria crisis talks agreed to seek a full cessation of hostilities within one week's time, US Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday.

The working group of 17 countries meeting in Munich agreed "to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week's time," he said.

They also agreed to immediately "accelerate and expand" humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

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Issued by the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation

Lima, Peru, 11 February 2016 – The 21 APEC member economies are on the lookout for next generation innovators whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific is breaking new ground in efforts to feed the region’s three billion people and support healthy, productive work forces needed to drive sustainable growth in the face of climate change.

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Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 23:37 GMT

Colombian lawmakers will meet beginning Tuesday to create zones where FARC rebels can turn over their arms, in anticipation of a peace deal that would end a half-century of conflict, sources said.

President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered Congress to convene in special sessions lasting from February 16 to March 16 as he closes in on a deal with FARC rebels, congressional sources told AFP on Thursday.

11 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Government agents and military staff have visited 20.7 million properties looking for breeding grounds. 772.9 thousand (nearly 4% of the total) properties were identified containing breeding sites. The objective is to reduce this rate to ≤ 1%.

  • Brazilian government is working closely with national and international research institutes in order to:
    1) Investigate the relation between ZIKV and Guillain-Barré syndrome;
    2) Investigate the relation between ZIKV and microcephaly;
    3) Develop a vaccine against ZIKV.

11 Feb 2016 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:26 GMT

Author: Sofia Barbarani

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq, Feb 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Members of Iraq's Yazidi community, joining academics and lawyers at the first conference devoted to their plight, spoke on Thursday of their brutal treament at the hands of Islamic State militants who overran their homeland.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Suva, Fiji, 12 February 2016

The Pacific’s humanitarian challenges have been placed front and centre of the agenda for May’s World Humanitarian Summit in a new report by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The report, released this week, outlines the Secretary-General’s vision for humanity and identifies five core humanitarian responsibilities of the international community.

11 Feb 2016 description

By Jonathan Fowler

GENEVA, 11 February 2016 – Governments on Thursday continued hammering out ways to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international agreement to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

Ministerial delegates, diplomats and disaster risk reduction practitioners have been working to craft a common understanding of what countries will be measuring and how to measure it, enabling them to verify whether the aims of the Sendai Framework are being met worldwide up to 2030.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The National Food Security Coordination Committee (CNSA) alerts on the situation of nearly 4 million people affected by food insecurity ;

  • In 2016, the humanitarian response to the cholera outbreak remains a priority for the United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners;

  • The UN Under - Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs has allocated to Haiti nearly US $ 2 million from the CERF to meet the humanitarian and protection needs of people crossing the border bet ween Haiti and the Dominican Republic;

11 Feb 2016 description

346 reported disasters
22 773 people dead
98.6 million people affected
US$66.5 billion economic damage

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Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 20:10 GMT

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that economic growth in the Israeli-occupied West Bank slowed to an estimated 2.8 percent in 2015 and was likely to remain below 3.0 percent this year.

In a statement concluding a week-long visit to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the IMF said Gaza rebuilding after the destruction of the 2014 summer war with Israel gave some boost to the coastal strip's economy.

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Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 20:39 GMT

A military court in Israel has sentenced a soldier to seven months in prison for abusing captured Palestinians, following the outbreak last October of anti-Israeli attacks, the military said Thursday.

A statement in response to an AFP query said the man was found guilty Wednesday "on multiple accounts of mistreating apprehended individuals".

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Budapest, 11 February 2016

UNHCR urges Central European leaders to show solidarity with refugees ahead of the V4 Summit

The UN Refugee Agency is urging leaders in Central Europe to show greater solidarity with desperate refugees who seek sanctuary in the continent as war, conflict and extremism force millions out of their homes.

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SG/SM/17531-AFR/3320

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements on 9 February in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria. He deplores the death of scores of internally displaced persons and injuries to many others.

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Arrivals and Departures: Only 3% of the more than one million people arriving to Italy and Greece in 2015 were relocated across the EU as refugees, or returned to their countries of origin, according to figures released by the European Commission on 10 February.

Condition of People: On the Island of Samos, nine persons remain detained for reasons of irregular entry at the Vathy Police Station.

Deaths at Sea: None reported.

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report Voice of America

A new report finds that some 470,000 people have been killed since Syria's civil war began nearly five years ago and that the new casualty figure is nearly twice that of past United Nations estimates.

According to the independent, non-profit Syrian Center for Policy Research, 400,000 Syrians were killed in violence linked to the conflict, while 70,000 people lost their lives because they lacked necessities like adequate health care, housing, sanitation, food and potable water.

11 Feb 2016 description
report AlertNet

Author: Anthony Langat

CHEPKRAM, Kenya, Feb 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With her year-old baby strapped on her back, Christine Lenganya, 25, lifts and balances a 20-litre jerrycan of water on her head. The mother of four leaves the borehole and follows a rocky footpath that weaves through dense acacia trees uphill to her home. This is the second of two trips she makes daily to the nearby communal well, fitted with a solar-powered pump.

Read the full article on AlertNet

11 Feb 2016 description

By Farangis Najibullah

The Afghan government has sent a team of specialists to a northern province to repair electricity pylons blown up as fighting raged between security forces and Taliban insurgents.

With the capital, Kabul, already facing blackouts since late January due to the destruction of several other electricity-transmission towers elsewhere in Baghlan Province, Baghlan officials announced on February 10 that the Taliban had destroyed at least one more tower, near Dahana-e Ghuri.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

The Sudanese Air Force has destroyed at least 20 villages in the area of Golo in Jebel Marra since the start of a major offensive on rebel strongholds in the area on 15 January. Tens of thousands of people are reportedly still hiding from the ongoing air raids. According to a Darfuri scholar, the Sudanese government continues to target the population as it plans to change the demography of Darfur.

Sources that contacted Radio Dabanga on Tuesday from the vicinity of Golo said that “at least 20 villages were entirely destroyed by barrel bombs”.