10 December 2016 – A global effort to end violence against women is now underway: 16 days of activism began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against and will continue through 10 December, Human Rights Day galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.
This short advocacy briefing – prepared for UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign activities during 16 Days of Activism against GenderBased Violence in 2016 – aims to highlight some of the costs to national economies and households of violence against women and girls. It also gives some examples of how strategic investments to address this violence can make a concrete and long-lasting difference in lives of women and girls as well as their communities.
I thank the representatives of the Irish Mission, the Mexican Mission and International IDEA for co-hosting this event together with UNDP.
I would like to welcome Ms Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the Civil Society Reference Group (CS)-RG) and Chair of the board of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC); and the distinguished panelists and participants to this important dialogue.
The Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands have made financial contributions of USD 3.3 million and USD 800,000 respectively towards UNDP’s regional initiative on preventing and responding to the growth of violent extremism in Africa through a development lens.
The project also received an earlier contribution of USD 2 million from the Government of Japan.
by Coco Liu | @cocojournalist | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 9 December 2016 14:43 GMT
Some urban refugees are away from camps because there are no such places in their hosting countries
By Coco Liu
Humanitarian crises are increasingly taking place in urban contexts. Urban areas are highly dynamic and present complex challenges. But while local actors best understand the context, international actors continue to dominate the funding, strategic design and decision making. While this gap needs to be bridged, the policy and practice of how to do so lacks a systematic approach. This briefing presents the findings of a study assessing existing collaboration between local and international actors working in urban humanitarian response.
As we mark the second International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, we pay tribute to the memory of the victims and reaffirm our pledge to prevent such atrocities.
Decades have passed since the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on 9 December 1948. Yet we continue to be confronted with extreme acts of violence against individuals and communities simply because of their national, racial, religious or ethnic identity.
As many people prepare for joyful year-end holiday celebrations, disparate images of war-torn cities, makeshift camps and misery continue to flash across screens.
The world is facing a humanitarian crisis, as a record 65.3 million people have been displaced by armed conflicts, violence and natural disasters. This is the highest number since the Second World War.
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Mientras desempeñaba el cargo de Secretario General durante el decenio pasado he destacado en repetidas ocasiones la interdependencia de los tres pilares de las Naciones Unidas —la paz, el desarrollo sostenible y los derechos humanos—, que, juntos, constituyen la base de las sociedades resilientes y cohesionadas, enraizadas en la inclusión, la justicia y el estado de derecho.
También he resaltado que los derechos humanos son el eje de la labor y la identidad de las Naciones Unidas, y este es el concepto que sustenta nuestra iniciativa «Los Derechos Humanos Primero».
Les Gouvernements de la Suède et des Pays-Bas ont respectivement accordé un financement de 3,3 millions de dollars US et de 800 000 dollars afin de soutenir l'initiative régionale du PNUD pour la prévention et la lutte contre la montée de l’extrémisme violent en Afrique.
Ce projet avait préalablement bénéficié d’une contribution de 2 millions de dollars du Gouvernement du Japon.
Esta nueva cifra revela por qué la labor de UNICEF en favor de los niños más vulnerables es todavía absolutamente necesaria, 70 años después de su fundación
NUEVA YORK, 9 de diciembre de 2016 – Un total de 535 millones niños y niñas –casi uno de cada cuatro– viven en países afectados por conflictos o desastres, a menudo sin acceso a ningún tipo de atención médica, educación de calidad o una nutrición y protección adecuadas, dijo hoy UNICEF.
Human Rights Day – Saturday 10 December 2016
GENEVA (9 December 2014) – Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day on Saturday 10 December, the largest body of independent experts of the United Nations Human Rights system* urges all Governments around the world to stand up for human rights.
“The greatest achievement of the international community since the end of World War II has been the construction of an international human rights system based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted 68 years ago.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 10 DECEMBER 2016
GENEVA (8 December 2016) – “Unprecedented pressure on international human rights standards risks unravelling the unique set of protections set in place after the end of World War II,” according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Speaking in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, Zeid also stressed it was within the power of every individual to play a role in pushing back against such pressures, and that many are already doing so.
Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts become more serious.
352,471 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 09:00 CET 9 December
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Un enfant sur quatre est confronté aux conflits ou catastrophes
Environ 535 millions d’enfants, soit près d’un sur quatre, vivent dans des pays touchés par des conflits ou des catastrophes. Ils sont souvent privés de soins médicaux, d’une éducation de qualité et d’une nutrition et d’une protection adéquates, affirme aujourd’huil’UNICEF.
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day – we, the undersigned organizations, speak out in support of the Health Care in Danger initiative. We forcefully renew our call for wounded and sick people's right to health care during armed conflict to be respected and protected, and for attacks on health personnel and facilities to stop.