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08 Jan 2016 description

OVERVIEW

  • Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2015, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at the local, national, and regional levels.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

17 Nov 2015 description

Yemen: 14.4 million people are now food insecure: two million more than in June and four million more than before the escalation of conflict in March. 7.6 million people are severely food insecure. Heavy fighting continues, in particular in Al Dhalee and Taizz governorates. Peace talks between Houthi and government representatives, which were expected to begin mid-November, are yet to take place.

10 Nov 2015 description

President José Eduardo dos Santos’s tightening stranglehold on freedom of expression in Angola and his government’s decades of fear and repression will cast an indelible stain on the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence, said Amnesty International today.

As dignitaries and foreign leaders gather in the capital Luanda to mark four decades of independence, at least 16 activists continue to languish in Angolan jails.

30 Oct 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Abéba, le 28 octobre 2015: La Commission de l'Union africaine (UA), en collaboration avec le Centre régional des Nations unies pour la paix et le désarmement en Afrique (UNREC), a organisé une formation de deux jours sur l'identification et le traçage des armes légères et de petit calibre et leurs munitions pour les États membres de la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique centrale (CEEAC).

20 Oct 2015 description
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This paper examines prospects for enhanced regional migration governance and protection of migrants’ rights in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Migration in this region is substantial in scale and diverse in nature, incorporating economic, political and mixed migration flows. In addition to movements between countries within the region, migrants also come from across the African continent and even further afield. At its foundation in 1992, SADC as an institution initially embraced a vision of intra-regional free movement, but this has not become a reality.

12 Oct 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Masha Hamilton, Vice President of Communications

The 2015 Global Hunger Index reveals the need for peace to end hunger.

Conflict is the main cause of enduring severe hunger, so diplomacy that leads to conflict prevention and resolution is critical to making sure the global humanitarian system can end famine and starvation by 2030, according to this year’s Global Hunger Index, now in its 10th year of monitoring hunger levels throughout the world.

09 Oct 2015 description
report Christian Aid

Strategic report

Objectives and activities

In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.

But these achievements tell only part of the story.

09 Oct 2015 description
report CARE

Out of school and into marriage: 39,000 girls forced to marry every day

Girls in 26 countries are more likely to be forced into marriage than to enroll in secondary school, research from CARE has found.

The report, Vows of Poverty, has been released to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October and provides a snapshot of the forces that drive girls into marriage and out of school.

The report found:

06 Oct 2015 description

Roundtable on Solidarity, Coexistence and Integration of Refugees in the City of São Paulo
Hosted by UNHCR
June 3, 2015 São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, Brazil

Introduction

06 Oct 2015 description

Geneva - The Angolan Social Welfare minister, João Baptista Kussumua, said Monday in Geneva (Switzerland) that 523.318 Angolan citizens have voluntarily returned home, as part of the refugee repatriation process.

The minister was addressing the 66th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner of Refugees (HCR) that opened Monday in Geneva.

João Kussumua stressed that the figure is the result of an assessment for the period from July 2003 to September 2015.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1 . The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2211 (2015), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.1 It covers developments since the issuance of my report of 13 March 2015 (S/2015/173) and provides information on peace and security developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region until 15 September 2015.

II. Recent developments

30 Sep 2015 description

Cuito - The situation of landmines and unexploded ordnance in central Bié province is still worrying.

This was said Tuesday in Cuito by the liaison officer of the National Inter-ministerial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Aid (CNIDAH) in Bié, Norberto Quinta.

Speaking to Angop, the official said this year CNIDAH notified five accidents with landmine, in the localities of Cuito and Chitembo, with two cases each and Cunhinga with one.

22 Sep 2015 description

Bangladesh: 1.5 million people are affected by flooding, which has displaced around 320,000 people in the areas of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, and Bandarban. Shelter, WASH and food security are key priorities. 15 out 24 rivers are over danger levels as heavy rainfall continues.

Libya: An estimated 2,244 people have died this year as a result of conflict, and nearly one-third of the country’s population is affected. Humanitarian access remains severely restricted.

15 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 9–15 September 2015

Afghanistan: The number of severely food insecure has risen to 1.5 million people, according to a new assessment. 7.3 million people are moderately food insecure. Food security among IDPs is worsening, with around 200,000 people reported to be in need of immediate assistance.

12 Sep 2015 description
report World Bank

By the end of 2014 the total worldwide displaced population of concern to UNHCR stood at an unprecedented 57.7 million persons, and of these 19.5 million were refugees and 38.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Significant in the context of the present study is that the number of refugees under UNHCR’s mandate had increased by 23% on the previous year, 45% of the refugees are in a protracted displacement situation, and 86% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing regions.

08 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 2–8 September 2015

Yemen: The health system in Taizz governorate is close to collapse. All public hospitals have closed, and the remaining health facilities are overwhelmed by severely injured people as well as a dengue outbreak. Access remains severely restricted across the country. Hudaydah port, the main entry point for humanitarian supplies in north and central Yemen, remains closed, and road transport from Aden port to northern governorates remains limited.