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30 Nov 2017 description

In this issue
On the Agenda

Donald Trump’s insistence on reducing US aid to peacekeeping missions will affect US-Africa relations.

Should the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic be allowed to attend crucial AU partnership summits?

Situation Analysis
In its worst political crisis in over a decade, is a divided Kenya the answer?

Addis Insight
After placing Burundi at the top of its agenda in 2015 and 2016, so far this year the PSC has failed to address the situation in the country.

29 Nov 2017 description
report Tufts University

This report describes a relatively unknown humanitarian program that has addressed one of the saddest aspects of displacement – the separation of families. Between 2004 and 2014, UNHCR’s Confidence Building Measures (CBM) program helped more than 20,000 refugees in the Tindouf desert camps of Algeria to visit their families in Western Sahara, from whom they’d been separated since the conflict in Western Sahara began (late 1970s). The CBM program was brought to a halt by politics, but the report suggests that the time is right for this ‘humanitarian bridge’ to be re-opened.

15 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • Thanks to generous donor contributions, WFP Algeria foresees the distribution of complete rations until the end of the year.

  • No funding forecasts or projections have been committed for 2018. To avoid funding constraints hindering life-saving assistance, as in early 2017,
    WFP Algeria must secure USD 5 million to ensure operational viability for the first three months of 2018.

18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • Thanks to generous donor contributions, WFP Algeria foresees the distribution of complete rations until year-end.

  • No funding forecasts or projections have been committed for 2018. To avoid funding constraints hindering life-saving assistance, as in early 2017, WFP Algeria must secure additional funding in the coming months (USD 5 million for the first three months of 2018).

11 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

CPSD/638
10 OCTOBRE 2017

La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques et de la décolonisation s’est félicitée aujourd’hui de ce que les parties au Sahara occidental se soient engagées à continuer de faire preuve de volonté politique et de travailler dans une atmosphère propice au dialogue.  Outre ce projet de résolution, la Commission en a adopté 17 autres également par consensus sur les territoires non autonomes.

11 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/638

GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 9TH MEETING (AM)

Concluding its consideration of decolonization questions today, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved 19 draft resolutions for adoption by the General Assembly, 5 of them by recorded vote.

09 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

CPSD/636 6 octobre 2017

La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation a poursuivi, aujourd’hui, son examen de la question du Sahara occidental, l’occasion pour de nombreuses délégations d’Afrique de mettre l’accent sur l’urgence de trouver une solution au conflit, afin d’« éviter la balkanisation du continent ».

09 Oct 2017 description

Inside this Issue

  • MINURSO Force Commander Interview 2

  • SWEDEN and UN Peacekeeping 3

  • Currculum vitae Deputy Force Commander 3

  • Obituary Maj TOURÉ (GUINEA) 4

  • Conduct and Discipline 4

  • MINURSO Conduct and Discipline 5

  • UNTSO — Brothers in Arms 6

  • MINURSO Parades and Trainings 7

  • Change of Commands 8

  • Tips 9

Budget Restraints

07 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/636

General Assembly Fourth Committee
Seventy-second Session, 6th & 7th Meetings (AM & PM)

Delegates from several African countries called for greater regional cooperation in the peaceful resolution of the Western Sahara question today, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its general debate on decolonization.

04 Oct 2017 description

Three priorities — the terrorist threat in the Sahel, peacekeeping and the ongoing crises in Myanmar and the Middle East — would be the focus of the Security Council’s work in the coming weeks, François Delattre (France), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.

03 Oct 2017 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Overview on UNHCR’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa

A. Situational context including new developments

Syria situation

03 Oct 2017 description

Selon le chef du HCR, la communauté internationale abandonne des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort.
Par Jonathan Clayton

GENÈVE - Appelant à des efforts internationaux renouvelés pour prévenir et résoudre les conflits, le chef du HCR Filippo Grandi a déclaré aujourd’hui que la communauté internationale abandonnait des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort. Par ailleurs, il a exhorté un « monde en mutation rapide » à adopter une nouvelle approche en matière de protection et de solutions durables.

02 Oct 2017 description

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A year ago, States gathered in New York to reaffirm the fundamental values of solidarity and protection for people forced into exile.

They agreed to share responsibility for embedding them in practical action.

And they decided to address and resolve refugee flows through a new model that places the rights, interests and potential of refugees and of their hosts at the heart of a comprehensive response.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Realising this ambition has never been more urgent.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Algeria received almost USD 10 million in the last weeks. Thanks to these contributions, WFP will be able to distribute full rations until the end of 2017. The funding shortfall remains at around USD 2.1 million, excluding funding needs for complementary activities like hydroponics.

  • WFP’s advance financing (IRA, IPL) allowed food distribution to continue in the first half of 2017. Even after the recent contributions, USD 1.6 million still need to be reimbursed until end of 2017.

05 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly
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Summary

The present report, covering the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/106 of 27 December 2016. It summarizes the most recent report submitted by the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2017/307), with information on subsequent developments added where appropriate.

22 Aug 2017 description

ALGIERS – The European Union has contributed €4.9 million (US$5.5 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to continue to cover the basic food needs of Sahrawi refugees residing in camps in Algeria.

The European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) contribution will help provide Sahrawi refugees with diversified monthly food rations that include cereals (rice, barley and wheat flour), pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and fortified blended foods.

22 Aug 2017 description

ALGER – L'Union européenne a fait une contribution de 4,9 millions d'euros (5,5 millions de dollars américains) au Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) pour la couverture des besoins alimentaires de base des réfugiés sahraouis résidant dans des camps en Algérie.

18 Aug 2017 description

Our methodology uses 9 indicators, grouped under 3 categories:

  • Access of humanitarian actors to affected population

  • Access of people in need to humanitarian aid

  • Security and physical constraints Each category is measured through proxy indicators, such as violence against personnel, denial of needs, or active hostilities.

Data is collected at the country level and may therefore not show disparities between sub-regions.

16 Aug 2017 description

SG/A/1753-BIO/4998

Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.