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25 Jun 2019 description

Your Excellency Vice-President Hilale,

Distinguished delegates,

Monsieur le Vice-President, dear Omar, thank you very much for your opening remarks and for your leadership of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment. Thank you also to the President of ECOSOC and the ECOSOC Bureau members for your support. And I also want to thank the co-facilitators for this year’s resolution, Donatirin Sahadatun of Indonesia and Gilles Cerutti of Switzerland, for your work this year.

24 Jun 2019 description

Official TRCs are at full capacity and there is an urgent need to identify locations for new TRCs to-be quickly operationalized.

The security situation in and around the Bira and Miral TRCs continues to be challenging with tensions between nationalities and un-authorized entries.

There is an urgent need for expanded outreach activities and to facilitate access to services for refugees and migrants outside of centres.


7,500 – 8,500 estimated refugee and migrant population in BiH at the end of May 2019

23 Jun 2019 description

To date in 2019, 2,320 registered refugees voluntarily returned to Afghanistan, out of which 1,597 returned from Pakistan, 673 from Iran and 52 from other countries. In 2018, 15,699 registered refugees voluntarily returned from neighboring and non-neighboring countries.

132,171 individuals have been displaced by conflict in 2019 and profiled by OCHA as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in need of protection and assistance. In 2018, 343,341 individuals were newly displaced by conflict.

18 Jun 2019 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

11 Jun 2019 description


● Participants strongly agreed on the need for a solution to the global coordination debates.
Coordination is not adequately resourced in any of the countries/regions which has a tangible impact on the effectiveness of the CWGs to ensure preparedness, reduce duplication and link humanitarian activities appropriately to the government.

● Some interim solutions include:

o Budgeting the cost for dedicated coordinator and information management support in proposals and HRPs

06 Jun 2019 description

April saw an increased number of refugees and migrants in UnaSana Canton (USC) and in particular of unaccompanied and separated children and families.

Protection outreach efforts have been intensified and a dedicated Working Group established in USC to coordinate protection efforts outside of centres.

Measles, mumps, and rubella, immunization of refugee and migrant children commenced in April, with the support of the WHO, UNICEF, and partners.

Key Indicators

13 May 2019 description
report Protection Cluster

The new centrality of protection in humanitarian action 2018 review is out. The five country case studies selected for the 2018 GPC Review (Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ukraine, Whole of Syria and Yemen) allow for more context specific reflection and highlight particular issues around accountability, shrinking humanitarian space, localisation and the humanitarian-peace-development nexus. The country studies also highlight innovative practice in overcoming the challenges faced by protection clusters in leading the development and implementation of many protection activities.

10 May 2019 description


Internal displacement is a global challenge, but it is also heavily concentrated in a few countries and triggered by few events. 28 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and disasters across 148 countries and territories were recorded in 2018, with nine countries each accounting for more than a million.

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.

04 Apr 2019 description

Appeal history:

● 22 May 2015: CHF 296,549 was released from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to meet the immediate needs of 10,000 migrants arriving in the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Chios, Lesvos, Samos and Crete.

● 24 July 2015: DREF Operations Update was issued

● 2 September 2015: Emergency Appeal was launched for CHF 3.03 million to assist 45,000 beneficiaries, prioritising the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos, capital city of Athens and the border area between Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

02 Apr 2019 description

University of Vienna, 29 March, 2019
As delivered

Annelies [Annelies Vilim, Director, Global Responsibility], Karin [Karin Kniesel, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria], ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much indeed.

Thank you for the invitation and I am delighted to be here in Vienna, the birthplace of multilateralism.

I do want to start by thanking our NGO partners for organizing this event. The Austrian Red Cross, Caritas, Global Responsibility, MSF, SOS Children’s Villages and others.

25 Mar 2019 description

Vaša Prava and UNHCR supported asylum seekers (who registered their claim over nine months ago) to become legally eligible for employment in BiH.
On 2 February, the Una-Sana Canton authorities placed a restriction on the entry of newly arriving single men to the Miral and Bira TRCs.
Approval from the Government of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton is still pending for refugee and migrant children in the Salakovac Reception Center to access primary school.


4,800 – 5,300 estimated refugee and migrant population at the end of February 2019

19 Mar 2019 description

134 refugee and migrant children, from House of All, the Žene sa Une safe house, and the Sedra,
Borići, Ušivak, and Bira TRCs were enrolled in primary education.
IOM opened the Borići TRC on 3 January and the first 136 refugees and migrants moved in. The Borići TRC is predominantly for families with children.
Health care services in the Ušivak TRC are now provided by the Sarajevo Cantonal Health Institute through the Hadžići Primary Health Centre, with the support of DRC.


05 Feb 2019 description

"This 17th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety summarizes the United States' CWD programs in 2017. CWD assistance provides the United States with a powerful and flexible tool to help partner countries manage their stockpiles of munitions, destroy excess small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) and clear explosive hazards such as landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and UXO. Our assistance also helps countries destroy or enhance security of their man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and their threat to civilian aviation, in addition to other weapons and munitions.

24 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2018, some 141,500 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. On average one in every four was a child. This included an estimated 6,000 unaccompanied and separated children.

  • In 2018, UNICEF-supported child protection activities in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany reached over 28,000 children, while another 18,900 children benefitted from UNICEF-supported formal and nonformal education activities.

15 Jan 2019 description


Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).