UNICEF has revised its humanitarian strategy for 2017 to focus on immediate life-saving measures needed to advert famine. UNICEF has revised its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) requirements for Somalia from US$66.1 million to US$147.9 million to meet the increased humanitarian needs of children due to the rapidly deteriorating drought situation which is now affecting most of the country.
Human Rights Council
22 March 2017
The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held separate interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sri Lanka under its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building.
Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal.
1. Le présent rapport est soumis en application de la résolution 2313 (2016), dans laquelle le Conseil de sécurité a prorogé le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH) jusqu ’au 15 avril 2017 et m’a prié de lui rendre compte de l’exécution du mandat au plus tard 30 jours avant la date d’expiration de celui-ci. Il fait le point sur l’évolution de la situation sur place depuis mon dernier rapport en date ( S/2016/753, du 31 août 2016) et présente les conclusions de la mission d’évaluation stratégique.
1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2313 (2016), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) until 15 April 2017 and requested me to report on the implementation of the mandate not later than 30 days before its expiration. It covers major developments since my report dated 31 August 2016 (S/2016/753) and presents the findings of the strategic assessment mission.
II. Political developments
La situation sécuritaire dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord demeure volatile et imprévisible. Les forces de défense et de sécurité camerounaises poursuivent les opérations de bouclage dans les localités frontalières avec le Nigeria. Dans la nuit du 15 au 16 mars, la localité d’Ashigashia dans le Mayo Tsanaga a été bouclée et des centaines de personnes interpellées parmi lesquelles 330 nigérians transférés dans les locaux de la commune de Mozogo et pris en charge par le budget de la commune.
The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating in Somalia, where two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have led to massive drought. Hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes, walking long distances to find food, water and other essentials. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that Somalia is at risk of famine, putting millions of lives at stake.
In February 2017, WFP Ukraine has distributed in-kind food assistance transferred from its previous emergency operation to PRRO 200953 to 35,503 people.
In response to an escalation of the conflict beginning of February, WFP and its cooperating partner ADRA provided emergency food assistance in affected settlements in government controlled areas (GCA).
WFP is concerned about funding constraints for 2017. The PRRO urgently requires USD 12.3 million to cover operational needs until August 2017.
Recent negotiations with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates a high forecast contribution of EUR 1 million to PRRO 200310, to be confirmed in April 2017.
In February, WFP assisted 12,751 people with full entitlements and 15,927 with partial entitlements (8,030 woman 6,022 girls, 8,030 men and 6,596 boys).
WFP launched an awareness raising campaign on the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO 200987) that started in 2017, in support of vulnerable Syrian refugees in Egypt. The campaign informs Syrians of the upcoming trainings and provides all necessary information to apply.
On 08 February, WFP Country Director together with the President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute had a meeting with the Minister of Education and Science and the Director of the newly established State School Meals Foundation to discuss the modalities of strengthening the capacities of Foundation and the roadmap towards National ownership of the programme.
So far in 2017, the total number of undocumented returnees who have arrived from Pakistan has now reached 9,928 exceeding – by 3% – the total figure (9,335) which returned in the first quarter of 2016. In the past month, numbers of undocumented returns slowed significantly following the closure of the Spin Boldak and Torkham borders between 16 February and 19 March owing to security concerns; the borders reopened on 20 March. Only 23 deported Afghans arrived in the country from 12 to 18 March.
Drought assistance to host community
Human Rights Council
21 March 2017
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with Gustavo Gallon, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, after hearing the presentation of his report. The Council also held an interactive dialogue with Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, after she presented the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Libya.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa has raised more than £30 million in its first week, with donations continuing to pour in from the UK public.
Prolonged drought and conflict have left 16 million people across East Africa on the brink of starvation.
Mothers are going without food as they give what little they have to their children, but with 800,000 children under five years old needing lifesaving treatment for acute malnutrition there just isn't enough food to go around.
Overall, a total of 100,800 conflict and natural disaster affected individuals, returnees and refugees were provided with life-saving humanitarian assistance, including cash, emergency shelter and non-food items, food rations, WASH, health and winterisation support, by 24 international humanitarian partners between 1 February to 16 March.
The cluster projects 303,000 children with SAM will be treated in 2017; of these, 130,000 SAM cases in IOD affected woredas in Somali, parts of SNNP, Oromia and Afar regions. The cost for treatment supplies and related costs to address the expected SAM cases amounts to US$14.3 million, of which only US$4.2 million are currently available. The projections for required MAM commodities in priority one woredas is US$32 million, of which US$16 million is currently available and US$23.6 million required for priority 2 woredas, for which no funding is currently available.