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21 Jan 2017 description

A total of P6,415,628.36 worth of relief assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to affected families of the cold front in Regions NIR, VII, VII, X, and CARAGA.

The said amount is part of the augmentation support of the Department to the affected Local Government Units (LGUs) which has provided P866,850.54 worth of relief assistance.

To date, there are 58,334 families or 276,860 persons in 482 barangays in the aforementioned regions affected by the tail end of the cold front.

21 Jan 2017 description

A ceremony to hand over aids and two schools donated by the Government of Indonesia to two communities in Maungtaw and Buthidaung in Rakhine State will be held in Sittway today.
The two schools, PKPU, an Indonesian NGO, had them built and aids will be handed over to Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi on behalf of the Indonesian Government.

21 Jan 2017 description

Goma, 17 January, 2017 – In the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), MONUSCO has been supporting national institutions as well as the initiatives of the United Nations system in its efforts to response to issues of HIV through the innovative programme of activities of its HIV/AIDS Section. This also includes the effort to overcome stigma and discrimination related to AIDS as well as capacity-building of people involved in the fight against HIV.

21 Jan 2017 description

Earlier today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at the Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut to honour 112 young Palestine refugee graduates and awardees of university scholarships funded by the European Union (EU) in Lebanon.

21 Jan 2017 description

An Inter-Cluster mission led by UNOCHA and comprising Food Security, Logistics, Health, WASH, Child Protection, and Shelter-NFIs, accompanied by a WFP Security Officer, visited Gogjali and Al Samah neighbourhoods on 10 January. Child Protection also reported on Education.

21 Jan 2017 description
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Iraq, 20 January 2017 - Al-Qayara emergency site in Ninewa governorate, Iraq, constructed by IOM in cooperation with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoMD), is now hosting 18,543 individuals (3,224 families), all of whom fled their homes due to military operations in the Mosul corridor.

21 Jan 2017 description

GENEVA (19 January 2017) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, today expressed dismay at the bombing of a camp housing internally displaced persons in Borno state in the troubled northeast region of Nigeria, in which a counter insurgency against Boko Haram is being waged.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Turkey, there are more Syrian children in school than out – as of November, over 490,000 Syrian children are currently enrolled in formal education, a 50% increase in enrolment since the end of the previous school year in June 2016.

  • Over 100 Temporary Education Centres (TECs) were upgraded or provided with essential furniture in December, bringing the total number of TECs supported in 2016 with this intervention to 259.

21 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Since 14 January, an estimated 1.8 million people in Aleppo city and eastern rural Aleppo have been cut off from their main source of water supply following a technical failure in Al Khafse water station. The UN is supporting the response to the water crisis.

  • More than 121,350 people who from east Aleppo city have been officially registered. Of those, 65,345 remained or re-registered in east Aleppo, 50,929 are registered as sheltering in west Aleppo, and 5,077 remain in the Jibreen collective shelter.

21 Jan 2017 description

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined third to fifth periodic report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as its initial report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

21 Jan 2017 description

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention

Introduction

  1. On 21 January 2009, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented its second periodic report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC/C/COD /2) to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and responded to the Committee’s questions on the subject.

21 Jan 2017 description

ABIDJAN / GENEVA (20 January 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on capacity building and technical cooperation for Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights, Mohammed Ayat, today examined the challenges for the new Ivorian political and social landscape in view of the imminent withdrawal of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Backlogs and brutal weather compound hardships facing stranded children

NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.

21 Jan 2017 description

By Hayder al-Khoei & Ellie Geranmayeh & Mattia Toaldo

SUMMARY

  • ISIS has suffered significant setbacks in both Iraq and Libya with the battles for Mosul and Sirte representing potential turning-points.

  • Without a clear political strategy to guide post-ISIS efforts, these military gains could quickly be lost. Both countries could again become breeding grounds for conflict and extremism, exacerbating European security and migration challenges. This risk is especially high for Iraq given the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

21 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor
NAIROBI, 20 January 2017

Africa, the world’s poorest continent, faces many security challenges. But its leaders are not slow to intervene in crises when they can, as Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia is now discovering.

Read more on IRIN.

21 Jan 2017 description

by Zoe Tabary | zoetabary | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:17 GMT

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

How do you help people overcome climate and other stresses? Ask them and work with what they know

What do free movement of livestock across Africa’s Sahel region, drought-tolerant seeds in Niger, and climate-smart technologies in Nepal have in common? They all help local communities cope with worsening weather and climate extremes.