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22 Feb 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/PK/227

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, 249TH & 250TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

The United Nations must be more flexible, nimble and pragmatic in creating and managing peacekeeping operations in order to better prevent conflict and protect civilians in an increasingly complex world, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations heard today as it opened its 2017 substantive session.

22 Feb 2017 description
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Fiji + 1 other
Visit to Fiji

I will visit Fiji from 19 to 21 February on the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit Fiji on 20 February 2016 and resulted in the tragic death of 44 Fijians.

During my visit, I will attend a formal commemoration service in Suva.

I will visit the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) which, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is growing seedlings to help communities recover from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

22 Feb 2017 description

By Naw Noreen

Ethnic armed groups that are not signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on Tuesday kicked off a meeting at the United Wa State Army’s Panghsang headquarters as a spokesperson for one of the groups lamented a “stagnation” in Burma’s peace process.

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The trend of increased numbers of refugees and migrants on the Central Mediterranean route continues in 2017 - more than 80 per cent of all sea arrivals during the first 6 weeks of the year were registered in Italy.

  • Major risks confronted by refugee and migrant children and women along this route remain to be detention, extortion, gender-based violence, abuse, exploitation and drowning at sea.

22 Feb 2017 description

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

21 Feb 2017 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao, The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 6:00 AM of 21 February 2017, 227 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Medair

Lausanne, 21 February 2017 – East Africa, and in particular the Horn of Africa, has been in a state of crisis for a good part of the 21st century. However, the UN’s official announcement yesterday declaring a state of famine in several areas of South Sudan underlines the extreme severity of the humanitarian situation.

Medair has been active in East Africa for the past 23 years, delivering critical and emergency health and nutrition aid to South Sudan and Somalia.

21 Feb 2017 description

After Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, response actors estimated that as many as 35,000 families—approximately 175,000 people—in Grand’Anse and Sud departments whose homes were damaged or destroyed relocated to temporary shelters. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responded by distributing emergency shelter supplies, including plastic sheeting and shelter repair kits, to help displaced households return home quickly.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12724

SECURITY COUNCIL
7886TH MEETING (AM)

Focus on Ukraine, Cyprus, as Spotlight Also Falls on Disputed Territories

Peace must never be taken for granted in Europe, where simmering conflicts could potentially impact security on a global scale, speakers in the Security Council said today, during an open debate that cast a particular spotlight on the situation in Ukraine.

21 Feb 2017 description

Las comunidades Sawhoyamaxa y Yakye Axa, ambas de la localidad de Pozo Colorado, departamento de Presidente Hayes, recibirán este martes 21 de febrero asistencia alimentaria consistente en 198 kits de alimentos no perecederos de 48 kilogramos cada uno, por parte de la Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional (SEN) en el marco de la Sentencia Definitiva de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH).

21 Feb 2017 description

En enero de 2016 el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU aprobó por medio de la Resolución 2261 el establecimiento de una Misión Política, a solicitud del Gobierno de Colombia y las FARC-EP, con el objetivo de verificar el compromiso de dichas partes en lo que se refiere al cese al fuego y de hostilidades y la dejación de armas.

21 Feb 2017 description

El objetivo de la gira es crear el Centro Operativo de Análisis –COA-, espacio físico para la integración de un equipo de trabajo multidisciplinario, interinstitucional e intersectorial, que analizará e interpretará información relacionada con la ejecución de la estrategia y tomar decisiones a nivel local.

21 Feb 2017 description

Birungi Machrine

President Salva Kiir today said that improving South Sudan’s international image and mending strained relations with the United Nations are two of his priorities.

“Our relations with the United Nations have not been smooth over the last three years,” President Kiir told the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba.

He recognised the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, as a “pragmatic man,” and added:

“My government pledges to work with him very closely to improve our relationship with the UN system in general.”

21 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Chile

El Centro Nacional de Alerta Temprana, de acuerdo a información técnica proporcionada por la Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), reporta que al día lunes 20 de febrero del total de incendios forestales activos registrados a nivel nacional (36), 15 fueron controlados, 1 se encuentra en combate y 20 han sido extinguidos.

ALERTAS VIGENTES POR INCENDIOS FORESTALES

Alerta Roja para la comunas de Valparaíso, Cartagena y Villa Alemana (Región de Valparaíso).

21 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Chile

De acuerdo con la información proporcionada por la Dirección Meteorológica de Chile, mediante su Alerta Meteorológica, emitida ayer 20 de febrero, en relación a la ola de calor que afectará la zona sur del país los días 22,23 y 24 de febrero de 2017, se prevé un aumento de las temperatura máximas en la Región de Los Ríos, lo que supone un aumento del riesgo asociado a la variable de incendios forestales.

Las temperaturas máximas (°C) esperadas para la región son las siguientes:

Sector Costa

Miércoles 22: 24-26

Jueves 23: 25-27

Viernes 24: 24-26

21 Feb 2017 description

Statement from International Development Secretary Priti Patel and summary of how UK aid is already helping.

Following the declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan yesterday (Monday 20 February) – the first famine in the world for six years – there has been widespread media coverage including by the BBC, ITV, Sky, Guardian, Times, Financial Times and the Independent highlighting the worsening humanitarian crisis.