EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
1.- The International Contact Group for Libya (ICG-L) convened its second meeting, at ministerial level, in Addis Ababa, on 28 January 2015. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), and Mr. Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office to the AU (UNOAU). The list of countries and organizations that attended the meeting is indicated below1 :
Five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. With the help of the international community, Haiti has made significant advances. The U.S. post-earthquake strategy for Haiti focuses on four sector pillars designed to catalyze economic growth and build long-term stability. Carried out by a range of U.S. departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S.
If the African Union (AU) decides to keep its report documenting wartime abuses in South Sudan under wraps, it could hinder bringing those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity to account.
On Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council is expected to consider the final report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, its first-ever commission to document the conflict’s abuses and offer recommendations on justice and reconciliation. It should release this report to the public.
The Asia–Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS has opened in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 250 representatives of governments, civil society and international organizations from across the region are assessing progress on the response to the AIDS epidemic and considering challenges for the future. The Asia–Pacific region has achieved significant results in the HIV response over the past decade. In 2013, there were an estimated 350 000 new HIV infections in the region, a decline of 25% since 2001.
January 27, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon ignore threats for sanctions and embark on full-scale war against rebels if they continue violating the ceasefire, president Salva Kiir warned.
“Our patience is running out and next time when I come back from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I will tell you that any slight attack on our forces, we will breakout for offensive attack against Riek Machar’s forces,” Kiir told the ruling party’s (SPLM) national liberation council members on Monday.
The response to the EVD epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic. To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials, and community engagement is used as effectively as possible.
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More than 14,000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to a United Nations report on Wednesday.
The report by the UN's Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the daily arrivals rate at 774 and said it expected 30,000 refugees to arrive in the country this year.
The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak on record, with an unprecedented number of affected countries and thousands of cases and deaths. 1 Widespread and intense transmission is devastating for families and communities, compromising essential civic and health services, weakening economies and isolating affected populations.
Worsening of the food insecurity situation in Ituri (Province Orientale) and in Boende (Equateur); persistence of the Emergency Phase in Punia (Maniema), Shabunda (South-Kivu), Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto (Katanga)
The analysis of the 12th IPC cycle conducted in DRC covered the entire rural areas of the national territory. The work performed by the technical groups showed that:
In response to resolution WHA61.2, in which it was decided that States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) and the Director-General shall report to the Health Assembly on the implementation of the Regulations annually, the present report provides an overview of the international response in 2014 to public health events and emergencies, with a particular focus on the role of WHO and the International Health Regulations (2005) in preventing, detecting, reporting and responding to such events.
Sumbe - At least 47,298 people affected by drought in 2014 in the province of Kwanza Sul, received support in various goods from the local department of Social Welfare.
According to a report of that institution made available to ANGOP, about 332,939 tons of food were channeled to 12 returnees, 297 vulnerable people in extreme poverty, 74 with disabilities with means of locomotion and other 184 inserted into the working generation projects and income for over 200 families.
Polio experts cautiously optimistic, but warn that disease could make renewed comeback
BEIRUT, 27 January 2015 - A 12-month emergency immunization response across the Middle East appears to have halted an outbreak of polio that began in Syria and Iraq, according to health experts meeting in Beirut.
- Mano River Union (MRU) emphasises regional dimension of EVD
- Local health officials in Liberia remain vigilant on EVD efforts
- UNICEF continues monitoring activities of re-opened schools in Guinéa
DAR ES SALAM CAMP, Chad, January 28 (UNHCR) – Thousands of Nigerian refugees have been arriving in western Chad by canoe this month with harrowing tales of the situation in north-east Nigeria, and UNHCR is preparing for a further influx of people amid the continuing violence.
More than 14,000 people have crossed Lake Chad since early January when militants attacked their homes in and around the north-east Nigerian town of Baga, torching homes, killing hundreds and kidnapping people.
28 January 2015 - A few years ago, Anna*, now aged 24, and her friend Precious*, now 19, were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d'Ivoire, under the pretence of attractive jobs. With difficult living conditions back home, the choice of moving for a better life, earning some money and studying further was a seemingly easy one. The opportunity, however, was not as innocent as it seemed and Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked.
This report explores evidence and insights from five case studies that have made significant recent progress in addressing the challenge of insuring poor smallholder farmers and pastoralists in the developing world. In India, national index insurance programmes have reached over 30 million farmers through a mandatory link with agricultural credit and strong government support. In East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania), the Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise (ACRE) has recently scaled to reach nearly 200,000 farmers, bundling index insurance with agricultural credit and farm inputs.
76% of the schools that were functional before the crisis are functional in the three regions of northern Mali as of December 2014 (back to school data for 2014-2015 school year). More than 300 schools are still closed in the regions of Gao, Kidal, Mopti, and Timbuktu, the consequences of which imply internal displacement within the North and the overcrowding of classrooms, deteriorating the quality of teaching and learning. Data on (non)functional schools is in constant flux due to population movements, occupation of schools, and general insecurity.
KHARTOUM, 28 January 2015 – UNICEF flew in today emergency supplies in response to the growing influx of displaced persons into Um Baru locality, north east of the State capital, El Fasher, in North Darfur. Over the last two weeks some 4,000 additional people have arrived to the locality, most of them are women and children. Their number continues to increase daily.