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14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in the Americas. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in the Americas.

05 Dec 2017 description

28.9 M required for 2017
5.4 M contributions received, representing 19% of requirements
23.5 M funding gap for the North of Central America Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

18 Nov 2017 description

Continued heavy rains in November bring relief to dryness in East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since late October, above-average rainfall has mitigated moisture deficits across Somalia and eastern Kenya. However, dryness remains in parts of the northern Somali region of eastern Ethiopia.
  2. Below-average rainfall since mid-October have resulted in considerable moisture deficits across parts of the Free State, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga regions of South Africa and in Lesotho and Swaziland.
15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

14 Nov 2017 description

This misguided development shuts our doors to children fleeing violence, gang conscription, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation in the region

CAM termination is yet another illustration of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda that people of good faith must resist together

09 Nov 2017 description

Despite a recent improvement in seasonal rainfall, dryness remains in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Increased seasonal rainfall was recorded in Somalia and northeastern Kenya, helping to mitigate early-season moisture deficits, although dryness remains. Average to above-average rainfall forecast in mid- November is expected to continue to provide relief to the region.

  2. Heavy rainfall continues to sustain the risk for flooding in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.

07 Nov 2017 description

The Government of Belize, with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is stepping up its climate change adaptation efforts. Belize’s Social Investment Fund (SIF), an implementing agency of the Government addressing the basic needs of the country’s most vulnerable, has set in motion plans to incorporate Climate Risk Management in its National Project Development Process.

28 Oct 2017 description

NEMO and the National Met Service hereby inform the general public that as at 2:00 p.m., showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) located over the north western Caribbean Sea are beginning to show signs of organization. The broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) has a medium to high chance of development into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.

28 Oct 2017 description

Moisture deficits continue to grow in eastern Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Moisture deficits have grown in eastern Ethiopia, southern and central Somalia, and northeastern Kenya due to poor rainfall since late September. Over central and southern Somalia, a dry weather pattern is forecast, which could worsen conditions on the ground.
26 Oct 2017 description

CARICOM Media Release

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.

The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.

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

Focus on tropical cyclones on American continent “Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean” (NOAA, 2017).

03 Oct 2017 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Overview of UNHCR’s operations in the Americas

A. Situational context including new developments

Colombia situation

03 Oct 2017 description

The North of Central America suffers high levels of violence stemming from gangs and other organized criminal groups.

This insecurity is compelling an increasing number of persons - often entire families - to flee their homes, within their countries or to nearby countries.

All countries in the region are affected by these movements and a regional response is therefore of paramount importance.

KEY INDICATORS

29 Sep 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

25 Sep 2017 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Executive Summary

Main Findings of this Working Paper

23 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11951

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 15th to 18th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The interdependence of States and the benefits of joint action must be recognized and reaffirmed, the General Assembly heard today, as speakers debated the value of multilateralism in addressing pressing global challenges, ranging from inequality to climate change.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development