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19 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

India supports disaster management capacity building efforts in the Asia Pacific region. The country’s role throughout the region as an increasingly capable actor in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance has reinforced India’s role promoting connective partnerships throughout the region.

19 Nov 2018 description

KARACHI, 19 November 2018: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Monday inaugurated a skills development centre for vulnerable Afghan and non-Afghan refugees in Karachi.

The project opened by UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Ruvendrini Menikdiwela will provide artisanal skills training to refugee women to help them become economically self-reliant.

19 Nov 2018 description

Key Findings

Area under opium poppy cultivation decreased by 20% since 2017 but remains at very high levels

The total opium poppy cultivation area in Afghanistan was estimated at 263,000 (242,000 – 283,000) hectares in 2018, a 20% or 65,000 hectares decrease compared to the previous year. It is the second highest measurement since the beginning of systematic opium poppy monitoring and recording in 1994. The level of 2018 exceeds the third highest level of 2014 by 17% or 39,000 hectares.

19 Nov 2018 description
report The Guardian

Group aims to create jobs and reduce tensions on Greek island bearing brunt of migrant arrivals

By Helena Smith

An air of optimism hovers over the olive grove. Men from Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are busy building a wooden structure that will serve as a new shelter. There is quiet concentration, banter and even a bit of laughter as they bang nails into the beams.

Read more on The Guardian.

19 Nov 2018 description

PUL-E-KHUMRI - Close collaboration at the community level is crucial to protect and promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of women, said participants at a UN-backed symposium in the northeastern province of Baghlan.

During the event, led by Governor Abdul Hai Nemati, participants discussed improving community coordination to protect the rights of women and using national and international legal instruments to guide all efforts in fighting gender-based violence.

18 Nov 2018 description

During last week (11 – 17 November 2018), 137 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (113 from Pakistan, 24 from Iran and 0 from other countries)

15,232 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 13,292 from Pakistan, 1,798 from Iran and 142 from other countries (as of 17 November 2018)

This is 73% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 57,279 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan

18 Nov 2018 description


Drought affected almost 6.2 million rural population in Afghanistan as per the recent Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted by food security cluster Afghanistan.

Out of 6.2 million rural population, 3.9 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. FSAC is targeting 3.9 million people in 22 worst affected provinces.

17 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

New safety, security and access information

01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian

16 Nov 2018 description

Teenaged asylum-seekers in Athens are hooked on classes that show them how to use technology to express their creativity.

By Leo Dobbs in Athens | 16 November 2018

Syrian teenager Odai* holds up a pair of spectacles held together by sticky tape. They belong to his friend Farshid*, who is leaving Athens in a few days to reunite with his family in Austria. “My teachers said maybe I can help fix them,” the 14-year-old tells UNHCR.

16 Nov 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 103,347 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 14 November. Spain topped 50,440 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through 45 weeks of 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined.

This marks the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 mark, although this year’s totals are low compared to those at this time in 2017 (156,708) and 2016 (343,158).

16 Nov 2018 description

Emergency assistance needs are atypically high through the lean season across the country


15 Nov 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

15 Nov 2018 description


During the first nine months of 2018, just under 25,100 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement' to 19 countries in Europe.2 This is 24% less than the same period in 2017, but already two-thirds more than the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.

15 Nov 2018 description

SUROBI - The active participation of all Afghans in local conflict-resolution is necessary for creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful region, said community leaders in a UN-backed radio programme broadcast from the Surobi district of Kabul province.

Speaking during the programme, aired by Radio Surobi to audiences in and around the district, panellists urged communities to engage in non-violent conflict management and underscored the importance of tolerance and collaboration in addressing community challenges.