ABOUT THIS ISSUE
The Paris Agreement, which was finalized at the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) has been signed by 175 countries on April 22, 2016. This is the first step in implementing this historic agreement which seeks to limit global warming below 2oC. The ratification of this agreement, based on parliamentary discussion and approval within the signing countries would be the next step in making it come into force. Perhaps, this is the best time for nations to reflect on the best ways to implement the Paris Agreement.
Islamabad, May 24, 2016: Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar addresses World Health Assembly - Calls for equity and social protection as Priority for global health.
Arrivals and departures
In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).
STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS
- UNHCR and partners learned of 150 irregular arrivals: 93 from fYR Macedonia, 51 from Bulgaria and six from Montenegro.
- The number of asylum seekers waiting to be admitted into Hungarian “transit zones” increased after Hungarian authorities’ halved daily admission from some 60 to some 30 asylum seekers. As a result, on average 418 asylum seekers, predominantly women and children, were waiting for admission in the open, without shelter or sanitary facilities.
From 13 to 19 May over 2,000 families returned to Noth Waziristan (NWA) and South Waziristan (SWA) Agencies. The Government has announced a schedule for all remaining returns. This schedule will consist of a series of phases for each agency lasting until mid-November. Stage three of NWA returns is ongoing and involves 22,000 families. Stage four will commence 16 Sep. with the final 40,000+ families.
QUETTA: The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has called for repatriation of Afghan refugees back to their country because they are creating problems for Pakistan and disturbing its system.
The commission urged the government to pay special attention to removing sense of deprivation among people of Balochistan by protecting their rights.
This was the crux of a consultative workshop on “Development of Redress and Coordination Mechanisms in Balochistan” held here on Tuesday.
By the end of 2015, strong progress continued towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives. The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, with fewer cases in fewer areas of fewer countries than at any time in the past. The virus is now more geographically constrained than at any point in history. As the GPEI enters 2016, it is more important than ever to redouble efforts to eradicate poliovirus in every corner of the globe.
This Financial Resource Requirements (FRRs) report is the budget document accompanying the Polio Eradication & Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 (PEESP) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Government of Pakistan has sent a 30 bed fully equipped modern field hospital and relief materials for the victims of the recent floods in Sri Lanka.
The relief assistance includes a state of the art 30 bed field hospital, which is equipped with operation theatres, X- ray systems and Labs, as well as variety of relief items including Medicine, Electricity Generators, Tarpaulins, Tents, in heavy quantities.
As well, 17 Pakistani doctors will also be arriving in Sri Lanka for providing health care assistance to the flood victims.
- Temperatures rising
- Heatwave subsides as rain lashes parts of Punjab
- Survey to set up flood warning system starts
- Government hammers out strategy on climate change
- Two children die of malnutrition in Thar every day
- Saudi Arabia announces $60m relief projects in Pakistan
- Policy sought to tackle climate change implications on labour market
- Chaudhry Nisar has ‘reservations’ over border post handover to Afghanistan
- Pakistan formally applies to join nuclear suppliers club
- Pakistan to …
1.The Council stresses the need to further strengthen the work on the external dimension of migration policy and reaffirms its commitment to a comprehensive and geographically balanced approach on migration on the basis of the European Agenda on Migration, European Council conclusions and Council conclusions of 12 October 2015 and 12 May 2016 in full respect of international law and human rights. The Council recalls the steps taken by the EU and its Member States in integrating migration as a permanent and structural component of EU foreign policy.
Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.
Returns continue at a regular pace with 2,331 families returning during the week of 6 to 12 May. As before, the bulk of returns are to North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agencies. Twenty six families have returned to Orakzai in the past week, concluding this phase of Orakzai returns. The next two phases of Orakzai returns will address the remaining 21,252 families, although exact dates for these returns have not yet been announced. The current phase of Kurram returns has also concluded. The next phase will begin following further denotifications within Kurram.
BIBAK TOP: With the completion of the final phase of the operation Zarb-i-Azb in Shawal, the army has shifted its focus to the repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which will be initiated very soon in order to end by December, said senior military officers.
Eighty per cent of the displaced population will be back in their homes in North and South Waziristan by September, said an officer while briefing the media on Friday.
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