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20 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

12 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

29 Oct 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

26 Oct 2017 description

The global burden of Improvised Explosive Devices

Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan

There is no day that goes past without the impact of an improvised explosive device (IED) making headlines around the world. Of all explosive weapons used, the IED is the most widespread, the most harmful and the most pernicious. Based on the belief that to overcome a problem, we must first understand it, this monitor is a small step in seeking to address the terrible realities of today.
It is a monitor that is, also, a response to a call to action.

18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP, Government officials from Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation officialised the nationalisation of the school meals programme in the province of Tavush during the handover ceremony at Hagharstin School.

  • Armenian Government Delegation participated in the 19th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum which took place from 17-21 September 2017, in Montreal,
    Canada.

  • Armenian student, won a prize in WFP Children’s Design Competition for 2017.

Operational Updates

17 Oct 2017 description

VIENNA, 17 October 2017 – The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship closely followed the meeting of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Geneva on 16 October.

“We are pleased to see the fresh impetus and commitment by the Presidents to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and seek additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact,” a spokesperson of the OSCE Chairmanship said.

17 Oct 2017 description

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the summit held on 16 October in Geneva, Switzerland, between the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. He is encouraged by the Presidents’ agreement to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and to take additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

05 Oct 2017 description

"Many people are displaced but they are in areas that are highly militarised. There's a pressure that you have to be prepared, that war can explode at any time"

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

TALISH, Azerbaijan, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict can be long, slow and boring. Especially for the civilians stuck in its midst, living a half life that is neither full war nor genuine peace.

It is more than 20 years since a ceasefire formally ended fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

29 Sep 2017 description

Contents

573 Armenia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan certified malaria-free

578 Malaria elimination: report from the inaugural global forum of countries with potential to eliminate malaria by 2020

586 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-August 2017

Sommaire

573 Arménie, Maldives, Sri Lanka et Kirghizistan certifiés exempts de paludisme

578 Elimination du paludisme: rapport du forum mondial inaugural des pays en mesure d’éliminer le paludisme d’ici à 2020

27 Sep 2017 description

The information sheet describes the results achieved by the ‘Programme to improve national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA)’ established in 2011. The Programme is based on the key concepts of the locust preventive control strategy consisting of monitoring locust habitats. Early to detection of changes in number, density, behaviour and appearance within the locust populations leads to reduced damage on crops and rangelands, reduced negative impact on human health and environment due to less use of chemicals and reduced cost.

18 Sep 2017 description

Youngsters who fled conflict and persecution find new friends and new confidence at summer camp in Armenia.

By Anahit Hayrapetyan in Lake Sevan, Armenia

The still waters and stunning landscape of Lake Sevan in Armenia make it a popular beach destination for tourists. But this year it also became the setting for a summer camp that helped 40 displaced young people from Syria, Iraq and Nagorno-Karabakh find confidence, opportunities and friends in their new home.

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.

04 Sep 2017 description
report adelphi

Water is indispensable to human life. Though plentiful, it is limited and global demand for freshwater has been growing rapidly due to population growth and greater affluence. At the same time, climate change and environmental degradation are altering the regional and seasonal availability and quality of water. The resulting competition over water use may lead to conflict and sometimes violence, though researchers emphasize that it is rarely the lack of water as such that fuels conflict, but rather its governance and management.

02 Sep 2017 description
report EurasiaNet

by Stephen M. Bland

At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the HALO Trust gathered at their compound in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. This summer, tension has been running high amid frequent exchanges of gunfire along the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

31 Aug 2017 description

Published on the 31st August, The 2017 Cluster Munition Monitor report, reveals a sharp rise in the number of new casualties of cluster munitions, which more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Handicap International is calling on States to enforce international law and to put pressure on belligerent parties to end the use of this barbaric weapon.

31 Aug 2017 description

This summary covers inter- and intra-regional displacement and displacement-induced mobility to, from, through and within the Middle East. It draws widely from available sources.

23 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 7th July, the National Assembly approved the 2017-2022 Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which establishes the strategic framework for the next five years across all sectors.

  • The Minister of Finance approved the 2017-2019 midterm Expenditures Framework, which includes School Feeding with two additional provinces to be taken on by the Government.