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24 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Egypt

Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga said on 23/12/2009 Egypt attaches much importance to the issue of refugees, referring to great attention the country gives to refugees living in it.

As many as 41,000 refugees live in Egypt from 38 countries mainly Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.

At a meeting here Wednesday with Saad al-Attar, the outgoing regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Abul-Naga reiterated the importance of continued cooperation between the Egyptian government and UNHCR to provide basic needs and services …

24 Dec 2009 description


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 2010 Iraq Humanitarian Action Plan (IHAP) is a continuation of the inter-agency consolidated appeal process launched for Iraq in 2008 and expanded to Iraq and the Region in 2009. The 2010 IHAP is a joint humanitarian strategy for Iraq in 2010. It is not characterised as a consolidated appeal per se, in that it is not accompanied by detailed project proposals (although it is intended to facilitate fund-raising for humanitarian operations in the country).

16 Dec 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York, December 16, 2009) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of International Migrants Day, on December 18, 2009.

A 25-page roundup of Human Rights Watch reporting on violations of migrants' rights this year, "

15 Dec 2009 description

The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) is to sign an agreement with IOM today supporting the East African Community (EAC) in efforts to harmonize migration management in the region.

The agreement will contribute towards overall efforts to ensure free and safe movement of people between EAC partner states while tackling issues such as irregular migration, smuggling, human trafficking and labour migration

Large refugee movements and internally displaced people, labour migration, irregular migration (including trafficking and human smuggling) and …

09 Dec 2009 description
report UNIDO

VIENNA/DÜSSELDORF, 9 December 2009 - Promoting social and economic development in developing countries and economies in transition is the aim of a strategic partnership signed between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the METRO Group, one of the world's largest retailing companies.

The agreement, which focuses on joint projects that will help develop better food standards and combat hunger, was signed today in Vienna by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K.

07 Dec 2009 description

UNHCR's re-focus in policy spotlights the challenge of protecting a growing refugee population living in towns and cities, and calls for states, municipal authorities and mayors, humanitarian agencies and civil society to join forces in building and rolling-out new strategies and new responses to this challenge.

Rapid urbanization is one the most significant mega-trends confronting our planet. As urban populations have grown, so too has the number of refugees living in towns and cities, with indicators pointing to both trends accelerating in the coming decades.

05 Dec 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 5 December 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 43,650 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. There are 452 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 18 Member States in the Region.

02 Dec 2009 description
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General Situation during November 2009
Forecast until mid-January 2010

23 Nov 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 21 November 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 38,859 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Somalia has reported the first 2 cases on the beginning of November. There are 330 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 17 member states in the Region.

21 Nov 2009 description

Decentralization efforts continue with increased capacity in regions

November 21, 2009, Rome - FAO continues its efforts to strengthen the capacity of its decentralized offices. This week, agreements were signed with the Governments of Barbados, Egypt and Tunisia to increase the capacity of the UN agency's decentralized offices to respond to the needs of member countries in a timely and effective manner.

The agreements, which foresee additional inputs by the host governments, will upscale the technical capacity of FAO's offices in these three regions to the level of some …

19 Nov 2009 description

Introduction

Decades of insecurity and violence have led to the displacement of millions of Iraqi men, women and children. About half remain within the borders of Iraq as internally displaced persons (IDPs), while the other half live in countries throughout the region.

18 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 18 November 2009 (IRIN) - More people have died from H1N1 influenza in Iran than in any of the 22 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region, according to WHO's 14 November update.

With 33 deaths to date, Iran made up about 17 percent of the 188 total deaths in the region since May 2009. Saudi Arabia has had 28 deaths, Oman 25 and Syria 22.

Syria had by far the highest rate of deaths to cases with 9.5 percent of all cases being fatalities.

17 Nov 2009 description

The Egyptian authorities must take immediate and inclusive steps to protect Cairo's poorest inhabitants living in 'unsafe areas' where they are at risk from rockslides and other dangers, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

"Thousands of Egypt's poor are trapped by poverty and neglect that could ultimately end in their deaths," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa director.

"The government must urgently address the risks faced by those living in areas designated as 'unsafe' and …

14 Nov 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 14 November 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 28,751 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Somalia has reported the first 2 cases on the beginning of November. There are 188 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 15 member states in the Region.

12 Nov 2009 description
  1. INTRODUCTION

    "We are buried alive under the dust"

    Fathy, resident of Haret Ahmed Nader in Al-Duwayqa

    Between 8:30am and 9:20am on 6 September 2008, huge boulders and rocks crashed down Al-Muqattam Hill in Al-Duwayqa onto Ezbet Bekhit in the Manshiyet Nasser neighbourhood of east Cairo, home to around a million of the city's poorest residents. By the time the terrifying roar subsided, 107 people were dead and 58 lay injured, according to officials.

05 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 5 November 2009 (IRIN) - Despite a number of positive economic indicators, Egypt has a hunger problem: Nearly a third of all children are malnourished, according to a new report compiled by the Ministry of Health and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The Egyptian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) 2008, published in March 2009, recorded a 6 percent increase in undernourishment severe enough to stunt growth in children under five, pushing the percentage of stunted Egyptian toddlers to 29 percent from 23 percent in …

02 Nov 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 31 October 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 22,689 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 21 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. There are 137 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 14 member states in the Region.

31 Oct 2009 description
The Humanitarian Update is a monthly publication from UN OCHA's Regional Office in Cairo, reporting on the main humanitarian events in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. For more information on Iraq or OPT, please visit www.ochairaq.org and www.ochaopt.org

On 5 October 2009, a suicide bombing in the Islamabad Headquarters of United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) marks the first time where UN Offices were directly targeted in Pakistan. Five UN employees tragically lost their lives and another …

30 Oct 2009 description

Mensajes principales

El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009 es el 10.=BA informe de situación de la FAO sobre el hambre en el mundo desde la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Alimentación (CMA) de 1996. En el informe se destaca el hecho de que, incluso antes de que se produjeran la crisis alimentaria y la crisis económica, el n=FAmero de personas que padecían hambre había aumentado lenta pero constantemente.

29 Oct 2009 description

Oct 29 (Reuters) - Waves of H1N1 flu spread by some three million pilgrims travelling to and from Mecca for November's haj threaten to pile pressure on healthcare systems around the world, disease experts said on Thursday.

Several Muslim countries have imposed restrictions on the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because of worries about a major outbreak of H1N1 flu.

Here are some details:

* EGYPT:

-- The most populous Arab state has decided to restrict umra and haj pilgrims to those over 25 and under 65.