It is difficult to know where to begin picking oneself up in the wake of devastating attacks on the lives of civilians. Parisians on an evening out, Syrians fleeing a dismal reality, the relentless bombs raining down on Beirut. Intended targets or collateral damage? Our immediate histories are pock marked with circular patterns of depravity that we have mostly failed to collectively confront.
Author, Copyright Holder: Maud Bakirdjian
In April 2014 violent attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria forced 30000 Niger nationals and 8000 Nigerians to flee into the relative safety of Niger’s Diffa region.
De nouveaux attentats ont eu lieu à Ngouboua le 8 novembre, faisant quatre morts et 14 blessés.
L’état d’urgence a été déclaré dans la région du Lac le 9 novembre et prolongé jusqu’au 22 mars 2016.
Le nombre estimé de personnes déplacées internes s’élève à environ 53 639 dont 59,5% a déjà été enregistré.
Suite aux annonces de relocalisation du site de Kousseri et du camp de réfugiés de Dar es Salam, les activités des partenaires humanitaires ont dans l’ensemble quelque peu ralenti.
We mark World AIDS Day on 1 December. Here are some HIV/AIDS facts you may not know, taken from a recent speech by Caritas special advisor on HIV/AIDS, Msgr Robert J Vitillo.
The impact and consequences of HIV have exceeded those resulting from every other epidemic in the history of our world, including that of the Medieval Black Plague and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.
In 2014, 36.9 million people were living with HIV in the world. This number continues to grow since improvements in healthcare mean people are living longer with HIV infection.
The 2015 World AIDS Day causes feelings of loss and sadness as we commemorate the millions of people who have lost their lives to this epidemic during the past 35 years. However, on this occasion we also have good reason for hope. Public health experts have demonstrated the effectiveness of combination anti-retroviral medications (ARVs) in prolonging the lives of some 15 million people who now have access to them throughout the world, including in many of the low income countries.
30 novembre 2015 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, s'est félicité lundi du déroulement pacifique des élections présidentielles et législatives au Burkina Faso le 29 novembre, et notamment de la forte participation des femmes au scrutin.
M. Ban « félicite le peuple du Burkina Faso pour sa participation enthousiaste, ce qui montre son engagement en faveur du processus démocratique. En particulier, le Secrétaire général salue la forte participation des femmes dans le processus électoral », a dit son porte-parole dans une déclaration à la presse.
Against the complex backdrop of a fragmented ceasefire and momentous political developments, Geneva Call continues to push for compliance with international humanitarian norms in Burma/Myanmar.
How a school curriculum-based approach can work
GENEVA - To mark World AIDS Day on 1 December, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria declared its strong support for Fast-Track, the smart approach by UNAIDS to end the epidemic by 2030.
It was all smiles as Bertha Chibhememe of Sangwe communal area in Chiredzi, south eastern Zimbabwe, showed off her traditional seed varieties at a seed fair. A 45-year-old smallholder in Zimbabwe’s lowveld region, Chibhememe told how her “nzara yapera” maize variety is thriving in a changing climate.
ProTest HIV, a global initiative that encourages young people to get tested for HIV, was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Libreville, Gabon, on 28 November. At the event, Mr Sidibé called on young people worldwide to join the movement and get involved in ending the AIDS epidemic.
Young ProTest HIV ambassadors selected by their peers participated in the launch, which was held at an HIV testing site set up at the Gabon marathon. UNAIDS is working with young people on the initiative to spread the word on the importance of HIV testing.
In October, a total of 68 partners reported a response in 254 different locations; the number of people reached by protection monitoring team continues to increase with more then 49,000 people reached; over 500,000 people have assisted with food.
Index number: ASA 21/2973/2015
An expert UN Committee has raised concerns about the on-going failure by the government of Timor-Leste to adopt laws to ensure comprehensive reparation for survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence that occurred during the Indonesian occupation (1975-1999) and the 1999 independence referendum.
30 November 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential and legislative elections in Burkina Faso over the weekend and congratulated the people of Burkina Faso for their enthusiastic participation, “which shows their strong commitment to the democratic process.”
Mr. Ban, in particular, saluted the “strong participation of women in the electoral process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.
65th Meeting (AM)
Gains made in the areas of human rights and development contrasted sharply with the volatile and deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the General Assembly heard today from three dozen speakers as the 193-member body took up the situation in that country.
Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan
(covering the period from 20 August to 9 November 2015)
Health system urgently requires additional support
Market disruptions and diminishing incomes negatively impact food security
UN humanitarian pooled fund releases US$14.9 million for 24 projects
Health system on the verge of collapse