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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.

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 …

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 .

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.

06 Sep 2010 description

UNHCR Operational Highlights

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

- Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today.

27 Aug 2010 description

IOM Djibouti is providing emergency material assistance to a group of 700 irregular migrants intercepted in Obok yesterday.

The group of Ethiopian migrants is stranded in Obok and is in need of immediate medical assistance following reports of over 170 individuals with severe diarrhea. One death has been confirmed thus far.

27 Aug 2010 description

Djibouti - L'OIM à Djibouti fournit une aide matérielle d'urgence à un groupe de 700 migrants irréguliers interceptés hier à Obock.

Ce groupe de migrants éthiopiens est bloqué à Obock et nécessite une aide médicale d'urgence à la suite du signalement de 170 cas de diarrhée sévère.

13 Aug 2010 description

This past weekend, IOM Nairobi held an awareness raising workshop in Djibouti, to sensitize Djibouti authorities on mixed migration flows, the risks to and consequences for migrants and host communities, and IOM's response to those challenges.

13 Aug 2010 description

? Following normal to above?normal rainfall in most parts of the region, favorable crop harvests are expected. Rangeland conditions have also benefitted, leading to further improvements in food security conditions in many parts of the region over the last several months.

? However, as the lean season peaks during the July to September period in many areas, levels of food insecurity are generally expected to remain high.

23 Jun 2010 description
report European Commission


Brussels, Wednesday 23 June 2010

Today, the European Commission adopted a € 20 million humanitarian financial package to support 12 million people affected by drought in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. This funding will help efforts to develop the populations' resilience to drought and adapt to climate change.

Commissioner Georgieva stated: "Drought is by far the main cause of natural disasters in the Greater Horn of Africa. Worryingly, the effect of climate change is felt more dramatically in this region.

22 Jun 2010 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. In paragraph 22 of its resolution 1907 (2009), adopted on 23 December 2009, the Security Council requested me to report within 180 days on Eritrea's compliance with the provisions of the resolution.

2. A note verbale was subsequently transmitted to the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations on 22 April 2010 outlining the provisions of Security Council resolution 1907 (2009) and requesting information from the Government, by 7 June 2010, on the fulfilment of the provisions contained therein.