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21 Jan 2017 description

Goma, 17 January, 2017 – In the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), MONUSCO has been supporting national institutions as well as the initiatives of the United Nations system in its efforts to response to issues of HIV through the innovative programme of activities of its HIV/AIDS Section. This also includes the effort to overcome stigma and discrimination related to AIDS as well as capacity-building of people involved in the fight against HIV.

21 Jan 2017 description

Comité des droits de l’enfant

Examen des rapports soumis par les États parties en application de l’article 44 de la Convention

Introduction

  1. Le Gouvernement de la RDC a présenté et défendu le 21 janvier 2009, son 2è rapport périodique sur la mise en œuvre de la Convention relative aux Droits de l’Enfant devant le Comité des Droits de l’Enfant (CRC/C/COD /2).

21 Jan 2017 description

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention

Introduction

  1. On 21 January 2009, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented its second periodic report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC/C/COD /2) to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and responded to the Committee’s questions on the subject.

20 Jan 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

MORODIJEEX – It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, Somaliland. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the queue.

They were seeking reproductive health services, offered through a UNFPA-supported campaign targeting marginalized populations. The health tent in Morodijeex was located near a settlement for displaced people.

19 Jan 2017 description

A total of $781.8 million * requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:

  • $**9.8 million** for CAR
  • $**30.3 million** for the DRC
  • $**157.7 million** for Ethiopia
  • $**40.5 million** for Kenya
  • $**171.7 million** for South Sudan
  • $**68 million** for Sudan
  • $**283.8 million** for Uganda
  • $**476,251** for HQ & Regional Coordination

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes support costs (7%)

19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to newly arrived Ethiopian asylums seekers, already existing refugees and vulnerable local populations in drought-affected and urban areas continues to be undermined by limited funding.

WFP Assistance

19 Jan 2017 description

The man who raped Maureen was a friend of her father’s.

At the age of 11, she had left her home to work as a “house girl” for this family friend. In return, he purchased food for her family and paid Maureen’s school fees, which can be a barrier to education for girls in Malawi.

“We used to call him our uncle because of the good relationship they had,” the young Malawian woman said last year.

But then everything went wrong.

“His wife went out for a night, and that night he raped me,” Maureen said. “I didn’t tell anyone. I had no one to talk to.”

18 Jan 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe – Two years ago, Evermore left school at the age of 14 to marry a 23-year-old man. Her marriage quickly deteriorated to the point of her husband beating her and denying her food. She was miserable, stressed and scared.

After four months, Evermore appealed to her parents to help her leave the marriage.

18 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland hosted a meeting of UNAIDS’s governing board in Geneva from 6 to 8 December 2016. In its capacity as chair of the board, it invited all members to a day of site visits in the Geneva region. The aim was to highlight the importance of highly effective coordination between prevention services and patient care in the field of HIV/AIDS.

17 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF, the World Bank and the Ministry of Social Development disbursed the third tranche of the Cash Grant Top-up to 85,443 children (53% were girls) in 28,481 households, providing unconditional emergency support to families with children negatively affected by food insecurity and other drought related deprivations.

17 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF and partners continue to meet on-going humanitarian needs, respond to small, localised emergencies and remain prepared to respond to requests for humanitarian assistance. UNICEF and partners reached more adults and children than planned, providing access to safe water, learning materials, safe spaces for learning, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming. Reports of Grave Child Rights Violations have been identified, verified and responded to.

16 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Following a request from the Ministry of Education, WFP is supporting the School Lunch Programme for Full Day Classes which will be piloted in January 2017 in three selected schools in Angkor Thom district, Siem Reap province.

Operational Updates

14 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The cumulative number of children aged 6-59 months who were treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the 20 priority districts with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels (5% and above) at the end of November 2016, was 6,189.

12 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Juan Haro

Last April 2016, I arrived in Burundi to serve as a Communication Officer with UNICEF, with a very clear mission: to advocate for the rights of Burundi’s children through the power of storytelling and digital communications.

When I landed for the first time at the international airport in Bujumbura, I realized the situation in the country was highly volatile. Heavily armed policemen and military ‘welcomed’ my arrival to the capital of Burundi.

11 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7,984 refugees were received in Uganda from South Sudan between the 4th and 10th of January. After a significant reduction in the number of new arrivals towards the end of 2016, the arrival rate has again increased, with a daily average of 1,140 new arrivals.

  • The majority of South Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda through informal border points, with 13 refugees arriving in Uganda through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 5,389 South Sudanese refugees have reached Uganda through the DRC to date.

11 Jan 2017 description

Key points:

  • Negative coping levels slightly increased across the country

  • Maize prices remain stable amid good supply of the grain in ADMARC markets

  • New admissions into moderate acute malnutrition treatment programmes affected by referral challenges and lack of food stocks

Situation Update

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children and women in West and Central Africa remain vulnerable to multiple threats, including insecurity, conflict, drought, flooding and epidemics. In the Central African Republic and the Lake Chad basin, widespread violence and armed conflict characterized by grave human rights violations have led to mass displacement both internally and across borders.

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded has affected more than 51 million people and placed more than 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in 10 countries in the region.In 2016, more than 1 million children were targeted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and water shortages, protection concerns and the deterioration of basic social services remain key concerns.

10 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total affected population: 4.7 million

Total affected children: 2.7 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 850,000

Total children to be reached in 2017: 530,000