From 29 June to 1 July, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Brussels for a range of senior-level meetings to draw attention to the Agency’s crucial role and activities and to raise the alarm regarding its dramatic level of underfunding, as well as to officially open the UNRWA photography exhibition ‘I Am Not a Statistic’, held in the European Parliament until 3 July.
Ireland’s Humanitarian Assistance Policy outlines how we will save and protect lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity before, during and in the aftermath of humanitarian crises.
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 allocated £900 million since 2012 to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross). This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.
Washington, 2 July— More health centres, schools, roads and drinking water systems will be repaired and constructed for rural communities in Myanmar with an additional $400 million in financing approved today by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors for the ongoing Myanmar National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP).
On July 1, the UN-led Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) declared Yemen an L3 crisis—the highest level emergency classification
On June 19, the UN released a revised Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP), which requests a total of $1.6 billion to address increased humanitarian needs in Yemen
Assessments indicate that at least 6 million people are food-insecure and require immediate assistance
Renewed fighting displaces more than 20,000 families across five provinces
Targeted attacks on aid workers and foreigners result in 20 aid worker deaths
USAID/OFDA commits additional assistance to support humanitarian coordination and health initiatives
The number of Burundian refugees arriving in Uganda since November 2014 was approximately 9,000 as at 24 June 2015, with the arrival rate at 100/day in the Nakivale settlement in southwest Uganda. About 80 percent of the new arrivals came in from March 2015 onward.
The majority of the new arrivals say they are coming to Uganda due to security concerns in countries that surround Burundi, family linkages in Uganda and knowledge of more liberal refugee policies of the government in Uganda.
The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine continues to deteriorate. Approximately 5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, civilians living close to the 'contact line' are the most vulnerable in light of the prevailing insecurity. This group, together with 3 million people living in non-government controlled areas (NGCAs) are prioritized for humanitarian action, as social services are severely constrained and banking system as well as commercial trac interrupted.
In CAR, World Refugee Day was celebrated on 20 June. The slogan “Diverse but all united” (I GA NDE NDE, A HON KWE, I YEKE OKO in Sango) and visual identity (a multicolored hand) of this year’s celebration is representative of UNHCR’s efforts in the past months to promote social cohesion and peace in the Central African Republic and to restore the country’s social fabric.
In addition to public buildings, IOM has begun to support debris management and demolition for unsafe or damaged, privately owned buildings in Chautara.
IOM’s DTM teams are rolling out a household level Return Intentions Survey, and have completed data collection from 30 displacement sites in Kathmandu Valley.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on 17 June announced that US$374 million will be disbursed to fight these diseases in Mozambique. The Global Fund, the Ministry of Health, the US-based charity World Vision, and one of Mozambique’s main NGOs, the Community Development Foundation (FDC) all signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of this grant.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND HUMANITARIAN PRIORITIES
In this issue:
How Surveillance Works
Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa
Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan
Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication
●Over 12,500 housing units totally destroyed and nearly 6,500 severely damaged in the Gaza Strip during the 2014 summer hostilities, according to latest damage assessments.
●Concern over the precarious living conditions of approximately 100,000 internally displaced persons, particularly of those belonging to vulnerable groups.
●Successful spring season harvest in a restricted area in northern Gaza, following rehabilitation interventions.
The approval on 1st July by the Swiss Federal Council of funding to UNDP and UNCDF of CHF 180 million for the next three years will help us do more to help end poverty, reduce inequalities in human development and to move to a path of sustainable development. It builds on years of Swiss support for the work UNDP does throughout the world in more than 170 countries and territories.