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28 Feb 2018 description

Human Rights Council AFTERNOON

27 February 2018

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard statements from dignitaries of 11 countries and two organizations and closed the second day of its high-level segment.

Edward Nalbandian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, said Armenia continued to implement the national plan of action for human rights protection, had a good record of submission of national and follow-up reports to the treaty bodies, and would submit the Universal Periodic Review second mid-term report on a voluntary basis.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

• WFP and UNHCR organized advocacy events “Together Against Violence” for youth and women as part of the 16 days of activism.

• No funding forecasts or projections have been committed for 2018.

• Starting January 2018, there will be no specialized nutritious foods (SNF) will be available for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition and anaemia in children, and pregnant and nursing women.

• High Energy Biscuits are in short supply due to funding shortfalls

Operational Updates

09 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18849
6 JANVIER 2018

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général est profondément préoccupé par le regain récent de tensions dans les environs de Guerguerat, dans la zone tampon au sud du Sahara occidental, entre la butte marocaine et la frontière mauritanienne.

08 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18849

6 JANUARY 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border.

06 Jan 2018 description
report UN Radio

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Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies s'est dit profondément préoccupé samedi par les récentes escalade des tensions dans les environs de Guerguerat, dans la zone tampon du sud du Sahara occidental, entre la berme marocaine et la frontière mauritanienne.

06 Jan 2018 description
report UN News Service

6 January 2018 – Deeply concerned over rising tensions near Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called for maximum restraint in the area.

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.