Introduction: Key question
Despite widespread investments in child poverty reduction, the way in which child poverty is measured presents a narrow and partial picture. Current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using monetary indicators as a proxy to capture other areas of deprivation. This limits the understanding of underlying causes that keep children trapped in poverty and what needs to be done to reduce all forms of child poverty.
Geneva, 27 August 2015 – Two recent tragedies have highlighted the dangers faced by individuals and families attempting to reach safety in Europe. In Austria, dozens of people were discovered suffocated in the back of a lorry parked alongside a highway in the east of the country. Earlier today, in the Mediterranean, a Swedish coast guard vessel rescued more than 400 people from a small boat, but found a further 51 people dead on the lower decks.
These deaths increase the current total of over 3,200 people known to have died in 2015 on the world’s migration routes.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT
by Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya
Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.
Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.
By SOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONEAUG. 26, 2015
UNITED NATIONS — The new top emergency relief official here urged the world’s rich countries on Wednesday to step up aid to war zones in the Middle East and Africa so that refugees are not forced to seek safety in Europe.
GENEVA, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean in the headlines almost daily, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms 'refugee' and 'migrant' being used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?
Yes, there is a difference, and it does matter. The two terms have distinct and different meanings, and confusing them leads to problems for both populations. Here's why:
BELGRADE, 27 août 2015 (IRIN) - La biométrie, pour ceux qui n’ont pas passé les dix dernières années à jurer devant le système de contrôle automatisé des passeports à l’aéroport d’Heathrow, est l’utilisation des caractéristiques biologiques des personnes pour leur identification. La plus connue est l’empreinte digitale, mais le balayage informatisé des yeux et du visage est utilisé dans un nombre croissant de contextes.
Focus greater attention to the core role of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) interventions for children affected by armed conflict, especially addressing inter-generational aspects of the issue.
Develop further innovative approaches to scale up quality MHPSS interventions for children and adolescents.
Achieve an appropriate balance between community-based and specialized interventions to meet the diverse needs of large numbers of affected children.
As a major regional meeting on migration health opens in the Thai capital today, Reuben Lim reports on the challenges migrants face in accessing healthcare in Asia and the efforts made to include them in national health systems.
By Reuben Lim
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Islamic Relief’s child protection experts have received specialist training in helping faith leaders become agents of positive change.
Through a partnership between World Vision International and Islamic Relief Worldwide, faith leaders and experts were invited attend the first interfaith facilitators’ training on child protection. Christians and Muslims were brought together to discuss faith interpretations of child protection according to religious scripture. This helped build community faith leaders’ awareness and motivation to support and advocate for children’s rights.
GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency head António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated the need to protect refugees fleeing to Europe by ensuring they are protected from human traffickers and that a properly functioning system is created to allow them to apply for asylum legally.
At a joint press conference with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Geneva, he said such a system would help replace the currently "dysfunctional" approach within the European Union to the handling of the influx of refugees to Europe.
Paris, France | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 11:00 GMT
Europe is struggling with its biggest migration crisis since World War II, and the situation has got much worse since January.
Around 340,000 migrants have reached the borders of the European Union in the seven months to July, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to Frontex, the EU border management agency.
In 2014, a total of 283,000 people sought to emigrate to Europe, three times the figure in 2013.
BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN) - Biometrics, for those of you who haven't spent the last 10 years swearing at the automated passport gates at Heathrow, is the use of human measurements for identification. The most familiar biometrics are fingerprints, but the computer-powered scanning of eyes and faces is being implemented in a growing range of contexts.
Submitted by Temi Ibirogba on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:29pm
The first thing that may come to mind when thinking about children in armed conflict is the use of child soldiers. Images of small boys and girls with faces covered in dirt and war paint, awkwardly hugging rifles close to their bodies that seem almost as tall as them, fill our minds.
A blog by Martina Liebsch, Director of Policy Caritas Internationalis
Over 10 years ago I saw a fiction film called “The March”. It showed police fighting to stop millions of Africans trying to reach Europe.
I watched it with other migration experts in Germany. At the time, we thought it was unhelpful as it might spread panic. Now, as the latest crisis unfolds with tens of thousands of people trying to reach the European Union through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia, it seems prescient.
How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it.
25 août 2015 – Suite au chaos de ce weekend, où des milliers de migrants bloqués depuis plusieurs jours à la frontière entre la Grèce et l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine ont tenté de forcer le passage pour atteindre l'Europe occidentale, un expert des droits de l'homme de l'ONU a appelé mardi la région à redéfinir intégralement sa politique migratoire.