7685th Meeting (AM)
Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières Heads, Secretary-General Brief Members
Strongly condemning attacks on medical personnel in conflict situations today, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an end to impunity for those responsible and respect for international law on the part of all warring parties.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council meeting on health care in armed conflict, in New York today:
Let me begin by welcoming the presence of Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors
Slightly more than half are Afghans
In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.
Latin American and Caribbean countries are engaging the public in the fight against Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever
Washington, D.C., 28 April 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — As part of Vaccination Week in the Americas (April 23 to May 2), health authorities in a number of Latin American and Caribbean countries are urging people to clean up potential mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes to prevent the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.
ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).
Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):
42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.
March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.
Vienna, Austria, April 27, 2016. As part of its 40th anniversary dedication to highlighting the plight of refugees, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) opened the Equal Dreams exhibition at its Vienna headquarters on April 26. Co-hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East (UNRWA), the exhibition showcases the difficulties faced by refugee children in realizing their dreams.
Le présent rapport, qui porte sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2015, est soumis en application de la résolution 63/282 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle celle-ci a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter chaque année un rapport sur le Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix.
The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2015, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the Peacebuilding Fund.
The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.
Based on Government data from June 2015 to March 2016
Total Arrivals in 2015 - Greece: 856,723 Italy: 153,842
Total Arrivals in 2016 (as of 31 March, 2016) - Greece: 151,452 Italy: 18,777
Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises over 50% in five years
In Unacceptable Harm, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) comes out with its fifth global analysis of the harm wrought by explosive violence. We recorded 33,307 civilians having been killed or injured by explosive weapons – 54% more than when AOAV’s monitor began in 2011. 2015 was the fourth consecutive year that saw a rise in civilians killed or injured.