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22 Apr 2019 description

April 22nd, 2019 ― Doha: Under the theme of "A Call for Mercy", Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) announced today the launch of its annual Ramadan campaign for the year 1440 A.H.

21 Apr 2019 description
report Start Network

Summary

The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.

19 Apr 2019 description

Islamist groups have been deemed one of the most significant threats to international security in the 21st century, and current conflicts include peak levels of political violence involving Islamist actors (New York Times, 6 July 2018). Islamism can imply a variety of qualities – most commonly, the term implies that the group in question aims to establish a state governed according to Islamic law or principles, or to gain independence for Muslims living under non-Islamic states (Wilson Center, n.d.).

18 Apr 2019 description

Seasonal rainfall deficits continue to strengthen across the Greater Horn of Africa

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened moisture deficits in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

18 Apr 2019 description

Executive Summary

  • Extensive U.S. flooding leads to multi-billion-dollar impact in the Missouri & Mississippi River Basins

  • Cyclone Idai leaves nearly 1,100 people dead & causes a humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa

  • Windstorm Eberhard poised to become the costliest event of the 2018/19 season in Europe

8.0 billion Anticipated global cost of flooding events in March 2019 in USD

18 Apr 2019 description

L’Aperçu de la situation humanitaire mondiale (GHO), publié le 4 décembre 2018 annonçait des besoins en financement de 21,9 milliards de dollars pour 21 Plans de réponse humanitaire (HRP) et le Plan régional de réponse pour les réfugiés et les migrants du Venezuela (RMRP). À la fin du mois de février, les besoins s’élevaient à 22,42 milliards de dollars et, au 31mars, le montant demandé avait atteint 25,11 milliards de dollars.

18 Apr 2019 description

In March 2019, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,132 deaths and injuries from 263 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 72% (1,529) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 93% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.

18 Apr 2019 description
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Policy Brief

Executive summary

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financing mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Established in 2011, it aims to make a significant and ambitious contribution towards internationally agreed goals to combat climate change. The flow of international climate finance to developing countries, particularly via the GCF, is projected to increase significantly as industrialised countries meet their commitments under the UNFCCC.

18 Apr 2019 description
report Rotary

Story Written By: Diana Schoberg, Rotary International

1. There were more cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 than in 2017. Should we be discouraged?

No, not at all. We’ve always expected the number of cases to fluctuate somewhat as we get closer to zero. We’ve gone four straight years with fewer than 100 cases per year. That’s an indicator of great progress. With dedication from governments and Rotarians in areas still affected by polio, we’ll get there.

2. Why is it so difficult to eradicate a disease like polio?

17 Apr 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

03 March 2019: Update: In Butembo city, North Kivu province, an Ebola Treatment Centre that was attacked by unidentified perpetrators on 27 February 2019 has resumed operations after a temporary shutdown and is now managed by the Health Ministry in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF. Sources: Reuters, The Telegraph, Thomson Reuters Foundation and UN News

16 Apr 2019 description

This Quarterly Mixed Migration Update (QMMU) covers Southern and Southeast Asia. The core countries of focus for this region are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Depending on the quarterly trends and migration-related updates, more attention may be given to any of the countries over the rest.

15 Apr 2019 description

INTRODUCTION

These country reports provide information on the legal situation for displaced populations, namely asylum seekers, refugees, and returnees, where relevant, regarding access to mobile services, in each country covered. Each report contains information on:

• Registration and Identification of Displaced Persons

• SIM Registration

• Know Your Customer Rules

• Mobile Money

• Data Protection

15 Apr 2019 description
report European Union

Venezuelans were the second most common applicants in the EU+.

In February 2019, some 57 000 applications for international protection were lodged in the EU+. Despite a small decrease compared to the first month of the year, this monthly figure remained higher than the average over the past twelve months, and considerably higher than applications in February 2018 (46 000 applications).

14 Apr 2019 description

Caitlin Wake and Veronique Barbelet

Localisation of aid, partnership, and capacity strengthening are increasingly prominent issues within the humanitarian sector. Calls for localisation are particularly strong in the disaster-prone region of Asia, with governments responding to humanitarian crises, such as those in Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh, limiting the access of international NGOs while encouraging (or requiring) them to work with local organisations.

12 Apr 2019 description

Overview

The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting:

• potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster threats

• new developments in countries already affected by protracted crises which are likely to cause a further deterioration of food insecurity

12 Apr 2019 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2018, is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2106 (2013), in which the Council requested me to report annually on the implementation of resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) and 1960 (2010) and to recommend strategic actions.

12 Apr 2019 description

Drought conditions remain in southern Africa as abnormal dryness strengthens across the Greater Horn

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

  2. Below-average rainfall since mid-February combined with high temperatures, have strengthened moisture deficits in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Africa Overview

11 Apr 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Kidnapping data trends

• The number of kidnappings and individual aid workers who were kidnapped peaked in April 2018. July, August and September also recorded high numbers of kidnappings.

• Between February and May, 36 aid workers were kidnapped while travelling in Central and Western Equatoria states in South Sudan. Many incidents occurred when agencies entered previously inaccessible areas where there have been reports of conflict parties accusing aid workers of spying.

10 Apr 2019 description
report European Union

In March, the number of detections of illegal border crossings on Europe’s main migratory routes fell by 7% from the previous month to nearly 4 600, mainly due to a drop in migrant arrivals in Spain. The total for the first quarter of 2019 was 13% lower than a year ago at around 17 900.

Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean route accounted for two out of every three irregular migrants detected at EU borders in March. The number of migrants taking this route last month increased by 10% from February to more than 3 000.