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16 Aug 2017 description

by Cecilia Costella, Climate Centre

Climate Centre specialists this week call for existing social protection systems around the world to be expanded to include “early action and preparedness”. 

Social protection consists of long-term policies and programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability by providing support to people over their lifetimes.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Theirworld

A UNICEF Syria education specialist tells of the agency's efforts to repair damaged classrooms and get as many children into school as possible. Nearly 200 schools in Syria reopened during the first half of 2017 - allowing thousands of children to return to education in the war-torn nation.

But 1.75 million children remain out of school and the education sector has lost 150,000 personnel, which has drastically affected the quality of schooling.

16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• An estimated 1.69 million people are still internally displaced across the three north eastern states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe. Of them, 85 per cent are in Borno alone.

• Between January and June 2017, the Nigeria Immigration Service registered 19,257 Nigerian refugee returnees, including 15,036 refugee returnees returned during the recent influx from April to June.

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report Food for the Hungry

WRITTEN BY BETH ALLEN

The complexities of the South Sudan refugee crisis are myriad. Merely crossing the border, leaving the war behind, doesn’t end the nightmare. Food for the Hungry is walking alongside refugees and host families in Northern Uganda who are part of the living hell of the world’s worst refugee situation since World War II.

16 Aug 2017 description

WHO: Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms. Ursula Mueller
WHAT: ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management and World Humanitarian Day
WHEN: 18 August 2017
WHERE: Singapore

16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The IOM DTM Round XVII (June 2017) estimates that a total of 1.69 million people are still internally displaced across the three north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, of which 85 per cent are in Borno alone.

• Between January 2015 and 15 June 2017, the number of Nigerian returnees registered by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with UNHCR support reached nearly 360,000 individuals.

16 Aug 2017 description

6 August 2017- Uganda and Zambia are carrying out activities to better assess adaptation options through cost-benefit analysis and impact evaluation exercises, as part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme, led by FAO and UNDP. Both Uganda and Zambia are also paving the way for gender mainstreaming in national adaptation planning policies.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Peru

I. HECHOS:

Durante el presente periodo se viene registrando heladas meteorológicas (temperaturas iguales o inferiores a 0°C) en gran parte de las zonas alto andinas y altiplánicas que se encuentran por encima de los 3,500 msnm. Esta situación viene afectando de manera significativa la vida y salud de las personas.

Desde el 02 de junio, se registran descenso de temperaturas afectando a la vida y salud, sector pecuario, áreas de cultivo en las provincias y distritos de la región Puno.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Peru

I. HECHOS:

Durante el presente periodo se viene registrando heladas (temperaturas iguales o inferiores a 0°C) en gran parte de las zonas alto andinas y altiplánicas que se encuentran por encima de los 3,500 msnm. Esta situación viene afectando de manera significativa la vida y salud de las personas.

Desde el 18 de abril, se registran descenso de temperaturas afectando a la vida y salud y áreas de cultivo en las provincias y distritos de la región Cusco.

16 Aug 2017 description
  • During the first half of 2017, the number of reported airstrikes exceeded the total number of 2016, with the monthly average being almost three times higher in 2017.
  • The reported armed clashes in 2017 are also 56% higher per month compared to 2016.
  • Taizz, Sa’ada, Hajjah, Sana’a, Al Jawf and Marib remain the most affected by military operations, clashes and airstrikes.
  • Major incidents resulting in civilian casualties have occurred recently in Taizz (July) and Sa’ada (June and August).
16 Aug 2017 description
  • As of 13 August, the number of suspected cases reached the dramatic level of half a million with 503 484 reported cases and 1 975 related deaths. The number of cases might have slowed in some areas over the past couple of weeks but it is still increasing in 81 districts, notably in Lahj, Hajjah, Amran provinces showing an active epidemic throughout the country.
  • A national cholera campaign started yesterday, covering 22 governorates.
  • 20 000 teams are delivering hygiene and health messages to communities.
16 Aug 2017 description
report Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is responding after torrential rains in the capital, Freetown, caused significant floods and devastating landslides. According to the latest reports, almost 400 people are known to have lost their lives – most in a landslide that buried houses in the Regent neighbourhood – and at least 600 are missing. The country's Office of National Security estimates that more than 3,000 people have lost their homes.

16 Aug 2017 description

MSF international president Joanne Liu has recently returned from a visit to Kananga city, in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo. She shares her impressions of the ongoing crisis there.

During my recent visit to Kasai I went with our teams to a rural part of the region that has been particularly affected by violence. Villages and fields have been burned, and several mass graves have been discovered. A man approached us and said very simply, “The violence here was so terrible that we didn’t hear the birds sing for days.”

16 Aug 2017 description
  • Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods that killed over 200 people in recent days and displaced at least 2 million more across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • 31 districts (out of the country's 75) have been affected in Nepal, the worst in the past 15 years.
  • A third of Bangladesh is flooded, affecting as many as 3.9 million people in 20 districts. The situation is expected to worsen, as swollen rivers are carrying the flood water from upstream India into the low-lying and densely populated Brahmaputra delta.
16 Aug 2017 description

En la sede de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la Universidad Nacional de Asunción, se dieron cita este lunes representantes de instituciones de Educación Superior, en el marco de la reunión ordinaria de la Red Universitaria de Latinoamérica y el Caribe para la Reducción de Riesgo de Desastres “REDULAC”. El objetivo de la reunión fue la planificación del V Foro de la Gestión de Reducción de Riesgos en Instituciones de Educación Superior, a realizarse en octubre próximo en Itapúa.

16 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18645

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns the series of terrorist attacks on 15 August in Borno State, Nigeria.

The Secretary-General extends his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls for those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to justice.

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Pondores, La Guajira - 15 August 2017. I am pleased to report about the balance of operations and activities related to the laying down of arms process:

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16 Aug 2017 description
report European Commission

EU provides support to SESAME, a unique international research centre in the Middle East and the first bringing together scientists from all over the world.

The Jordanian city of Allan saw the opening of the first major international research centre in the Middle East and the first such centre in the world powered by solar energy. Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) is a unique science for peace project where Arabs, Israeli, Iranians, Turks, Europeans and others work together in a world-class science facility.