International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.
By Rosangela Berman-Bieler
“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”. _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_
Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the Convention has spurred significant progress in commitment and action for equality, inclusion and empowerment around the world, with disability being increasingly incorporated into the global human rights and development agendas.
Baghdad, 3 December 2016 – On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, salutes all persons with disabilities living in Iraq, recalling that this year’s commemoration coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption by the International Community of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Coordination and Partnerships
IMPACT OF THE CRISIS
More than five years after the start of the conflict, intense hostilities persist across many parts of Syria. Parties to the conflict continue to commit violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law. Economic collapse continues to drive the immense humanitarian crisis across the country
Beirut, 1 December 2016 – Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and supported by UNICEF, the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University organised an academic symposium to initiate discussion on Lebanese schools inclusiveness while promoting inclusive education for children with special needs.
Mosul: More than 12,700 families (76,400 individuals)1 are currently displaced from Mosul district since the start of the military offensive on 17 October. Among the recently displaced were 189 families from Telafar who were received at the Iraqi government’s Qayarrah Jad’ah camp, and 148 families from Mosul city who were received at the government’s Khazer 2 camp.
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2,459,751 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Dominican Red Cross (DRC) to deliver assistance and support to some 25,000 people (5,000 families) for 12 months, with a focus on the following sectors: health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), livelihoods, nutrition and food security; shelter including household non-food items; disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.
Emergency: Hurricane Otto
Date of Emergency: 24 November 2016
ACT Requesting Member(s): Iglesia Luterana Costarricense, ILCO
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
Yangon/Myitkyina (ICRC) – The first physical rehabilitation centre in the northern part of Myanmar officially opens its doors today in Myitkyina, Kachin State, following an investment of 1.98 billion Myanmar Kyats (1.5 million US dollars) by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Emergency assistance team enters Haiti
On October 13, the first team of Emergency Assistance Team (Kazuya OMURO and Asako IKEGAMI) from Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) has entered Haiti to provide support to people left devastated by the extremely destructive Hurricane Matthew. According to the United Nations, 473 people lost their lives and 1.4 million people, 600,000 of them children, are in need of emergency assistance (UNOCHA, October 13th, 2016).
It’s been eight weeks since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, and tens of thousands of people are still in need of aid. Many are living in makeshift shelters and do not have easy access to healthcare or drinking water. A cholera outbreak continues to pose a threat.
The assessment was conducted in September 2016, involving interviews of 619 households providing representative estimates of key variables/indicators for the Juba urban population.
Following are the key highlights of the report:
HUMANITARIAN NEEDS & KEY FIGURES
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since the beginning of the month of November, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi. Gemena town is located 3 hours by air (979 Km) from the town of Kinshasa. with a total population of 350,511 people (source: Provincial Mayor).
On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds intensified, causing extensive floods in the Gemena neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo.