On 26 March, Government food packages were dispatched to Aneityum utilising four Australian Blackhawk helicopters.
The Australian Naval Logistics/Supply Ship HMAS Tobruk is currently off the coast of Tanna. Once docked, HMAS Tobruk will unload stores and commence operation of its water purification unit.
New Zealand Defence Force Logistic/Supply vessel HMNZS Canterbury was loaded with relief supplies on 26 March in Port Vila and departed for Epi.
Syrian refugees from Kobane and other areas continue to arrive through the Ibrahim Khalil border (3,025 individuals) and Peshkhabour border (450 individuals). Refugees report that conscription in the Kurdish controlled areas, and a deterioration of economic conditions in ISIL controlled areas, form the main reasons for the flight.
Refugees returning to Syria (1,362 individuals) claim family reunification, access to medical care, attending family events, and the high cost of living in the KR as their main reason for departure.
26 March 2015
Adopts 10 Other Texts on the Use of Drones, Persons with Disabilities, Illicit Funds, Foreign Debt, Right to Food, and Birth Registration, among Others
Mogadishu, 25 March 2015 - At least 27 representatives from civil society organizations and human rights activists in Somalia concluded a two-day consultative workshop in Mogadishu on Tuesday, to review the human rights situation in Somalia and draft a report for the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Humanitarian partners continue working closely together under Government leadership via the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to enact the Government’s response plan to Tropical Cyclone Pam.
On 25 March, Prime Minister Joe Natuman visited cyclone-affected Malampa and Penama provinces.
On 24 March in Port Vila, the Prime Minister and the Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu launched a Flash Appeal, which seeks US$29.9 million for humanitarian operations until 24 June.
1. Executive Summary
The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.
This fourth Operation Update gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the implementation of the operation between 1 November 2014 and 28 February 2015. At the same time, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishes to extend the original end date of 31 March 2015 to 31 May 2015 in the light of the prolonged conflict in the eastern parts of Ukraine.
Situational overview: The number of displaced has stabilized with the reduction in the intensity of the fighting. Concerns have increased over mines and unexploded ordnance as people come out of basement and shelters. Economic difficulties continue to impact the population affected and host communities, with considerable price rises in recent weeks, especially in non-government controlled areas where there are shortages.
GENEVA (20 March 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* called on Vanuatu and the international community to adopt a human rights framework as the basis for recovery in the aftermath of cyclone Pam, while noting that the new global framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted this week includes human rights as a guiding principle in mitigating natural disasters.
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations– observed that fighting continued in areas around Donetsk airport, Horlivka and Shyrokyne, east of Mariupol*.
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has finished the construction and furnishing of the new building for the College of Ability Development in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, as part of QRC's major program to develop and rehabilitate Gaza's higher education institutions with a $5 million funding from Al-Fakhoora Campaign and the Programme of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, under the supervision of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
As part of the Mano River Union Declaration of zero infections by 16 April, UNMEER is supporting the government’s plan to get to a resilient zero within 60 days as committed by the head of state. The NERC plan has been approved by the cabinet and comprises a three pronged approach: Critical Interventions, EVD Event Management and National Campaigns.
GENEVA (17 March 2015) – Two United Nations human rights experts today called on all participants at a key UN meeting on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, Japan, to firmly include in their new global strategy initiatives that take into account disability and allow full participation of indigenous persons with disabilities.
Interview with the head of the ICRC's delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo where she went last week to gain fresh insight into the situation.