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One third of Latin Americans risk falling into poverty, says UNDP

UNDP calls for universal social protection, with more emphasis on health and education to avoid social and economic setbacks

San Salvador, August 26 2014 - Although poverty in Latin American and the Caribbean has been cut nearly in half in the last decade, many have been unable to enter into the middle-class: the population at risk of falling into poverty reaches 200 million, according to a new study released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) here today.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response

The use of drones raises serious practical and ethical issues that humanitarian organizations must address through transparency, community engagement, and guidelines for privacy and data security.

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Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, and, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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International humanitarian law – 150 years of fighting for more humanity in war

Bern, 22.08.2014 - The first Geneva Convention was signed on this date 150 years ago, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, and even now there are countless victims of war crimes. This has prompted Switzerland to join forces with the International Committee of the Red Cross to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening international humanitarian law.

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Security Council, adopting Resolution 2171 (2014), pledges better use of system-wide approach to conflict prevention


Speakers in All-Day Debate Cite Early Warning, Mediation, Cooperation with Regional Organizations as Effective Tools

The Security Council this morning committed itself to better utilizing all tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signs of impending bloodshed translated into “concrete preventative action”, at the start of an all-day debate on prevention of armed conflict.

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El mundo necesita más héroes humanitarios

Managua, 19 de agosto de 2014/ “El mundo necesita más héroes humanitarios” fue el lema de la feria y exposición fotográfica organizada por el SINAPRED, la red humanitaria de Nicaragua y el Sistema de las Naciones Unidas a través del Equipo Interagencial de Emergencias (UNETE), en conmemoración del Día Mundial de la Asistencia Humanitaria, en la UNICIT.

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A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants

BioMed Central

The rising global burden of forced migration due to armed conflict is increasingly recognised as an important issue in global health. Forced migrants are at a greater risk of developing mental disorders. However, resilience, defined as the ability of a person to successfully adapt to or recover from stressful and traumatic experiences, has been highlighted as a key potential protective factor. This study aimed to review systematically the global literature on the impact of resilience on the mental health of adult conflict-driven forced migrants.

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Las mujeres y los niños primero

Artículo de Opinión del Director Regional de Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) para América Latina y el Caribe con motivo del Día Mundial Humanitario hoy, 19 de agosto de 2014

Por Miguel Barreto*

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In memory of those who lost their lives working for human rights

Speaking at a memorial ceremony held at human rights headquarters in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke of the “acts of simple and unselfish courage by UN and NGO staff”, who choose, often, to work in very dangerous situations “to mitigate oppression, repair disaster and heal the scars of conflict.”

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Europe's support for humanitarian action

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is observed in memory of the victims of the attack on the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad (Iraq) in 2003 which caused the death of 22 people including the UN Special Representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The European Union – the Commission and Member States - is the world's largest donor of humanitarian aid. EU work in this area has the overwhelming support of European citizens: nine out of ten say it's important that the EU funds humanitarian aid according to the most recent Eurobarometer survey.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World Humanitarian Day 2014

World Humanitarian Day marks the date in 2003 when 22 people died in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. On the same day every year since, we honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, and those that continue to risk them every day in order to provide aid to people in need. But the day is also now established as a global celebration of the spirit of humanity. In 2014, we want to continue the celebration of humanitarian action under the theme: #theworldneedsmore #HumanitarianHeroes.

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World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

ROME - World Humanitarian Day is a day of sorrow, but it is also a day of joy.

First and foremost, today is an opportunity for us to remember our fellow humanitarians who lost their lives while serving others. It marks the 2003 tragedy when 22 people were killed in an explosion at the United Nations office in Baghdad. And it provides us a moment every year to mourn our colleagues and our partners who have died on the job since then.

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UNFPA salutes our humanitarian workers

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2014

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, I salute those who respond to crises and work tirelessly to save people in times of deep distress and danger. Today’s theme, “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes,” calls attention to the courage and commitment of humanitarians who respond to increasing disasters and persistent conflicts around the world. They put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others.

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Message on the 500-day mark to the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals “500 days of action to build a better world”


18 August 2014

There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals. Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000, the MDGs are an ambitious 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.

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World Humanitarian Day 2014 (19 August): International law violations hinder the work of humanitarians


Cologne. The growing number of international humanitarian law violations has made the work of relief workers increasingly difficult, Malteser International states ahead of World Humanitarian Day on August 19th.

“We are extremely worried about the developments in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and many other countries today,” says Ingo Radtke, Malteser International Secretary General. “Violent conflicts, terror and violence are making it nearly impossible to work in those countries.”