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report UN Security Council


7685th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières Heads, Secretary-General Brief Members

Strongly condemning attacks on medical personnel in conflict situations today, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an end to impunity for those responsible and respect for international law on the part of all warring parties.

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By Caroline Haga, IFRC

Tania Karagianni, 53, makes the men around her laugh. “No drawings, no shade,” she says under a marquee near the Red Cross medical clinic and a couple sit down at the table and obediently pick up pencils. “Sometimes it’s good to break the ice,” she says.

This is the camp at Idomeni, where Hellenic Red Cross volunteers are currently setting up a space for children to draw and play, providing a fleeting distraction from the dire situation on Greece’s northern border. But the activities are not just for youngsters.

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council meeting on health care in armed conflict, in New York today:

Let me begin by welcoming the presence of Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.

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report A World at School

The Syrian refugee crisis has been making headlines across the world - so most people are aware that hundreds of thousands of children who fled from the conflict are living in neighbouring countries.

But there are many other "hidden" refugee situations, where children whose families have left their homes are struggling to get into school.

One of these is in Rwanda, where large numbers of refugees have crossed the border from Burundi - a country again on the brink of civil war

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Following the increase in violence in Aleppo, 88 international and Syrian NGOs have called on the Governments of USA and Russia, co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), to help restore the cessation of hostilities that has been increasingly challenged in recent weeks.

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Today the European Commission has announced €3 million in humanitarian funding for a UNICEF and World Health Organisation-led nationwide polio vaccination campaign in Syria. The campaign aims to reach 2 million children in areas where medical access remains critical, such as in besieged, hard-to-reach and under-served areas.

The announcement comes after a recent spate of attacks on health facilities and workers in Syria, and as the United Nations Security Council is set to debate the topic of healthcare in armed conflict.

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report Trócaire

Posted by Meabh Smith

Fardoza sits on her father’s arms, looking on as he talks with a doctor from Luuq hospital in Gedo, Somalia. She’s oblivious to how lucky she is to be alive.

A few months ago, little Fardoza was admitted to the Trócaire-funded hospital in Luuq with severe malnutrition and vomiting.

The five year old’s condition was so severe that doctors had no hope that she would survive. She was soon diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB).

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DFID Management Response to ITAD Evaluation of the UK’s Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Section 1 – Context - English version

The evaluation focuses on both the initial response in the first 3 to 4 months, which constituted largely relief, and the transition to recovery during 2014. It addresses 3 evaluation objectives, with a particular focus on cross-cutting issues such as:

  • value for money (VfM)
  • accountability
  • violence against women and girls (VAWG) and protection
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UNDP with support from a number of bilateral donors have embarked on laying the ground-work for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Resilience-Building Fund. This is an initiative between Government of Zimbabwe and donors which has the overall objective: to contribute to increased capacity of communities to protect development gains in the face of shocks and stresses, enabling them to contribute to the economic growth of Zimbabwe.

The strategy to achieve the set objective is developed around the following four main components:

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Crisis overview

A severe heatwave is expected to strike Pakistan, in particular the southern province of Sindh and its capital Karachi, from the beginning of May up to the first week of June, coinciding with the first week of Ramadan. Karachi has already been affected by a moderate heatwave during the last 10 days of April, which caused two deaths.

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As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

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The Food Security Atlas, Livelihood, Food Security, and Resilience (2015) is the first of its kind to be produced in Sri Lanka. Food Security Atlas (FSA) provides an extensive map-based spatial analysis defining livelihood, food and nutrition security and vulnerability. The aim of FSA is to contribute to a better understanding of the spatial patterns of food security, poverty livelihood, and resilience in Sri Lanka in order to provide a solid basis for developing a comprehensive National Food Security Plan to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty in Sri Lanka.

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report UN Population Fund

Erbil, Iraq, 3 May 2016 – The United Nations Population Fund in cooperation with its national partner Al-Masala and funded by the United States Department of State ( Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM)) and the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), established the first women centre in the Debaga camp in Makhmour district in Kurdistan Region, North of Iraq.

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  • Lean season: 3 million people will be food insecure

  • Some schools remain closed in the north and center of the country

  • Customs and traditions, keys factors of malnutrition in Mali

  • Analysis of intercommunity conflicts in Menaka

16 percent of the Malian population affected by food insecurity this year

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Key Issues

  • Improved Belg (spring) rains lower requirements for water trucking but have increased demands for water treatment chemicals.

  • Member States pledge additional funding to El Nino affected countries at “Global Call to Action” event in Geneva.

  • Federal Ministry of Health completes a one week measles and polio campaign.