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22 Jul 2011 description


1 . The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“the Convention”) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1979. It entered into force on 3 September 1981, whereupon it became law, requiring all signatory States to make a firm commitment to action.

15 Dec 2010 description

Les différents travaux sur la sécurité des acteurs humanitaires classent la Somalie parmi les contextes opérationnels les plus dangereux du Monde avec l’Afghanistan, le Darfour et, depuis peu, le Tchad.

Le danger est en effet permanent pour les acteurs et ces derniers ont payé un prix élevé pour leur engagement auprès des populations somaliennes. Si le nombre d’incidents a diminué entre 2009 et 2008, passant d’environ 120 incidents sérieux à 70, c’est essentiellement lié à la diminution très forte de la présence des humanitaires sur le terrain.

07 Dec 2010 description

OBOCK, Djibouti, December 7 (UNHCR) - A chance encounter last weekend in a Djibouti port with António Guterres, head of the UN refugee agency, may have saved the life of a 14-year-old Ethiopian called Ahmed.*

The teenager met the High Commissioner for Refugees as he waited in Obock for a smuggler's boat to take him and about 30 other hungry and tired Ethiopians across the choppy, dangerous waters of the Gulf of Aden to Yemen and hopes of a better life.

30 Nov 2010 description

A two-day meeting between high-level government officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen organized by IOM will focus on tackling the many challenges posed by mixed migration flows in the Horn of Africa.

The meeting, on 1st and 2nd December in Djibouti will also look at ways of improving cross-border cooperation between the four countries through better information sharing.

Every year, tens of thousands of people make the hazardous journey from their place of origin through Somalia and Djibouti and onwards across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen and the Gulf states. These complex …

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)'s Africa Zone (Zone) covers 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa1 and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely West Coast (Abuja), Sahel (Dakar), Central Africa (Yaoundé), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), East Africa (Nairobi), and Southern Africa (Johannesburg).

29 Oct 2010 description

An analysis and projections based on actual persons registered in the UNHCR refugee database (proGres)

27 Oct 2010 description

Key Messages

-        In the year 2000, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imposed an import ban on all livestock and livestock products from the Horn of Africa in response to the health risks related to the epizootic Rift Valley Fever (RVF). The ban lasted 10 years until September 2009 affecting local economies and causing several changes in livestock marketing.

27 Oct 2010 description

On the watch...

La Niña: Drought spells & floods predicted

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre ( ICPAC) and other global weather forecast centers confirmed convergence of evidences of the presence of La Niña event bringing drier-than-normal conditions during the October-December rainy season of 2010 in the eastern sector of East Africa, and wetter that normal conditions in the western and northern sectors .

25 Oct 2010 description

An innovative new software application that keeps real-time tabs on rainfall and its impact on local farmers could help WFP anticipate droughts in Africa before they're felt. The first platform of its kind, Africa RiskView could also gauge the effects of climate change over the long term.

ROME-Imagine that it's the end of a growing season in East Africa and the harvests have been poor. The rains this year were too little and too late and now millions of people stand to go hungry.

21 Oct 2010 description
report Yemen Times

Interviewed by Yasser Al-Ariqi

For the Yemen Times


Could you briefly tell me about IOM in Yemen? When did it start and what are the key areas?

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established in 1951. Working closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners, IOM is the principle international organization addressing global migration challenges. In 2010, 127 countries were members of IOM with 17 holding observer status, with an annual programme budget exceeding USD 1 billion.

06 Oct 2010 description

UNairobi, Kenya | Wednesday, October 06, 2010

SAID/East Africa's Regional Director, Larry Meserve, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) Executive Secretary, Eng. Mahboub M.

04 Oct 2010 description

Palais des Nations, Geneva

4 October 2010

Check against delivery

Mr. Chairman, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies. May I express my very deep gratitude and appreciation for your leadership and support. Thank you very much on behalf of UNHCR.

In December of this year, UNHCR will mark its 60th birthday. Next year we will celebrate that same anniversary for the 1951 Refugee Convention, as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

30 Sep 2010 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and new developments in global programmes and partnerships since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.


30 Sep 2010 description

Regional update - Africa

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and developments in the region since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.


30 Sep 2010 description

Regional Displacement Summary

The last six months have been characterised by persistent conflict and insecurity, particularly in Central Somalia and Eastern DRC. Humanitarian access continues to be limited by the heightened insecurity in the affected areas. In Somalia, three international organisations were ex-pelled from southern Somalia by Al Shabaab in Septem-ber, on accusations of having ties with the US govern-ment. OCHA Somalia reports that, eight international organisations have been expelled from south-central So-malia in 2010.

28 Sep 2010 description

Note: The last situation report was dated July 22, 2010.


- Fighting between Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and armed opposition groups that commenced on August 23 continues to intensify in Mogadishu. As of September 17, violence had displaced more than 32,000 people, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

20 Sep 2010 description

Addis Ababa, September 20, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - The Government of Djibouti today signed an agreement handing over 40,000 square meters of land to the United Nations World Food Program to help enhance a regional logistical supply chain network for humanitarian assistance.

Economic, Finance and Planning Minister, Ali Farah Assoweh and Lynne Miller, and WFP Ethiopia Acting Country Director, Lynne Miller signed the agreement, according to the press release WFP sent ENA on Monday,.

On the signing ceremony, Miller thanked the Government of Djibouti for this land.

He said the land will …

15 Sep 2010 description

Food security conditions in the region have continued to improve due to the above?normal long rains, as well as the good performance of the June-August meher season in Ethiopia and Sudan. Food security is likely to continue to improve in the northern and western parts of the region from October to December as main season harvests take place and prices of staple foods decline.

However, early forecasts for the October to December rains indicate the probability of below normal rains in the eastern sector of the region due to a moderate La Niña episode.

06 Sep 2010 description

General Situation

Somalia is the country generating the highest number of refugees in the world, after Afghanistan and Iraq.