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01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment

The North Africa subregion serves as either a transit or final destination for sizeable mixed migration movements from subSaharan Africa. In addition, the instability still affecting much of North Africa continues to generate irregular movements from the region to Europe. UNHCR offices throughout North Africa witnessed an increase in the number of asylum-seekers in 2013.

14 Nov 2014 description
North Africa version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 10 000 000


20 Oct 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

HRW publie un rapport détaillé sur la situation dans les camps sahraouis gérés par le Front Polisario près de Tindouf

19 Oct 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch


For four decades tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees have lived in remote refugee camps in the Sahara desert near the Algerian town of Tindouf. With the assent of Algerian authorities, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) administers the camps.

15 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Soixante-neuvième session,
7e séance – matin
Assemblée générale
Couverture des réunions

Le Maroc et l’Algérie précisent leur position respective sur le Sahara occidental

La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation, a achevé, ce matin, son débat sur les questions de décolonisation avec les interventions des représentants de l’Algérie, du Maroc et du Chili, avant d’adopter 11 projets de résolution relatifs à ces questions.

13 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Soixante-neuvième session,
5e séance – après-mid

Après avoir fait l’objet de plusieurs accusations, dont le détournement de l’aide internationale, le Front Polisario, par la voix de son représentant, a choisi de saluer « une nouvelle occasion de sortir de l’impasse », alors que le Maroc, soutenu par plusieurs délégations, a réitéré sa proposition d’autonomie. La Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation terminait aujourd’hui l’audition des pétitionnaires sur la question du Sahara occidental.

13 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Soixante neuvième session
6e séance – matin
Assemblée générale
Couverture des réunions

« Le problème est que le Maroc essaye d’imposer une proposition d’autonomie qui nie le droit à l’autodétermination des Sahraouis et ne leur offre pas la possibilité de choisir leur destinée par référendum » a déclaré, ce matin, le représentant de l’Afrique du Sud devant la Quatrième Commission chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation, qui poursuivait son débat sur les questions de décolonisation.

10 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-ninth session
4th Meeting (PM)

In a meeting session dominated bypulsating with harsh words and displays of raw emotion, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard petitioners on behalf of Western Sahara emphasize the urgency of international action ton settlepromoting the territory’s long-running quest for self-determination and also also as an imperative to bbolster regional and global security..

17 Sep 2014 description


  • Below-average cereal harvest in 2014 due to drought in parts

  • Wheat imports expected to slightly decrease in 2014/15 owing to good harvests in previous years

  • Annualized food inflation increases in June

  • Continued humanitarian assistance needed for Western Saharan refugees in Algeria

02 Sep 2014 description

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

26 Aug 2014 description

Providing fresh and nutritious food to the Sahwari refugee community, in the heart of the Sahara desert, is a great logistical challenge. Our humanitarian partners at Oxfam describe the creative solution they found for ensuring the Sahrawi's are not only well-fed, but also take ownership and responsibility of their situation.

In the southwest of Algeria, nearly 2000km from the capital Algiers, the Sahara desert is home to the Sahrawi refugees. Mark a tragic 40th anniversary, the Sahrwai are victims of one the world's oldest and most forgotten crises.

22 Aug 2014 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam est active dans les camps de réfugiés depuis 1975. Notre programme humanitaire, mis en œuvre avec des partenaires locaux et financé par l’Union européenne, met l’accent sur la sécurité alimentaire. Un nouveau projet a vu le jour en juin 2014 : un centre d’approvisionnement alimentaire.

25 Jul 2014 description

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

02 Jun 2014 description
report Geneva Call

The recent War Report describes 27 on-going non-international armed conflicts in 24 States or territories, all involving armed non-State actors (ANSAs), most of them unequivocally subject to International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Violations of international humanitarian norms are widespread in all of these conflicts, with civilians consistently suffering the most. Many IHL violations – though not all – are committed by ANSAs.