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- UN Calls on Iraqi Government to Take Active Steps to Support and Protect Minorities [EN/AR/KU]
- UNHCR welcomes new pledges from Japan to protect and assist displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees [EN/AR/KU]
- UN Migration Agency in Iraq appeals for funding to assist IDPs and returnees [EN/AR]
- 4.1 million people in Iraq require shelter and NFI support
- Joint launch of humanitarian plans for Iraq in 2018 [EN/AR/KU]
The humanitarian operation in Iraq has reached a critical juncture with the retaken areas, including Mosul city, facing high numbers of returnees despite huge levels of destruction, few available services and little opportunities for livelihoods. It is imperative for humanitarian actors to move into the city to provide direct assistance and to support much needed reconstruction. Many organisations have faced problems maintaining an adequate supply chain and securing suitable storage facilities within the city of Mosul to support their operations.
8213th Meeting (AM)
The United Nations senior-most humanitarian official and the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) came together today to urge the Security Council to play a greater role in breaking the link between hunger and conflict, stating that in doing so, it would make a significant contribution to famine eradication and sustainable development.
In Tunisia, UNHCR’s priorities are to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national and regional capacities for refugee protection, in a context of mixed migration.
UNHCR provides protection and direct assistance to refugees and proactively identifies appropriate durable solutions.
Together with its partners, UNHCR supports refugees and asylum seekers in accessing public services and becoming self-reliant.
Working with Partners
Throughout 2017, conflict in northeast Syria resulted in significant displacement of civilians and a deterioration in humanitarian conditions. Although conflict in AlHasakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates has largely subsided since the expulsion of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), tens of thousands of households remain in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps.
-Tánaiste Coveney and Minister Cannon announce funding for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and support for humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced Irish funding of €2.9 million for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). They also announced a further €8.5 million to relieve humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Baghdad, 23 March 2018 --- Japan has renewed its commitment to the work WHO does in the Republic of Iraq by meeting lifesaving needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok.
This recent contribution raises Japan's donation to 5.2 million USD since 2016. The donation has been valuable in purchasing ambulances, medical kits and equipment, which have assisted thousands of men, women and children in need of medical care.
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KHANKE and DOHUK, Iraq – “I was sold more than once,” Resalah* told UNFPA. A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Da’esh), traded as property and subjected to relentless abuse. Though she eventually escaped, the experience stayed with her. “I tried to commit suicide more than once,” she said.
Asessing families’ needs: A UNHCR partner staff conducts a household visit using a standard questionnaire which enables a wide range of information to be gathered on a family and their circumstances.
Determining eligibilty: Following the household visit, UNHCR and partners use vulnerability assessment frameworks to assign each household a vulnerability ranking, which is then used to determine assistance levels.
Responding to an Associated Press report that Iraqi authorities have detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of links to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) or other terror-related offences, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International, said:
"We are deeply alarmed by this report and the Iraqi authorities’ mass use of the death penalty and the courts’ reliance on torture-tainted “confessions” to secure convictions.
Overview and Impact
The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase. Combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have ended and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities.
Estimaciones globales sobre la inseguridad alimentaria aguda en 2017
• Alrededor de 124 millones de personas en 51 países se enfrentan a una situación de Crisis de inseguridad alimentaria o peor (equivalente o superior a la fase 3 del IPC/CH) y requieren una acción humanitaria urgente para salvar vidas, proteger los medios de vida y reducir los niveles de hambre y desnutrición aguda.
Estimations mondiales de l’insécurité alimentaire aiguë en 2017
• Environ 124 millions de personnes vivant dans 51 pays sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire de Crise ou pire (Phase 3 ou pire de l’IPC ou du CH ou équivalent) et requièrent une action humanitaire urgente afin de sauver des vies, protéger les moyens d’existence et réduire les déficits de consommation alimentaire et la malnutrition aiguë.
Acute food insecurity global estimates in 2017
• Around 124 million people in 51 countries face Crisis food insecurity or worse (equivalent of IPC/CH Phase 3 or above). They require urgent humanitarian action to save lives, protect livelihoods, and reduce hunger and malnutrition.
On 19-20 March 2018, the UN Environment and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) hosted a workshop in Mosul to develop debris management scenarios.
BAGHDAD, 21 March 2018 – A handover ceremony was held today to mark the completion of the project to “Improve the Impact and Effectiveness of Community Police in the Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq”. The project was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in cooperation with the Government of Iraq.
Preserving the civilian and humanitarian character of sites and settlements is fundamental to the protection of civilians fleeing armed conflict. It is, however, increasingly put at risk today by the presence of, or proximity to, fighters and armed activities. Infringements to the civilian and humanitarian character result in major protection concerns for internally displaced people and refugees hosted in the sites and adversely impact humanitarian actors.
Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA MIXED MIGRATION HUB
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM,
OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans continued to be the top citizenships
In 2017, 650 000 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU). This was just over half the number recorded in 2016, when 1 206 500 first-time asylum applicants were registered, and is comparable to the level recorded in 2014, before the peaks of 2015 and 2016.
On 15 March seven years ago, conflict broke out in Syria. Since then, while people around the world have graduated from school, married and found new jobs – in other words, lived their lives – too many children, women and men in Syria have known little but conflict, fear and deprivation.
13.1 million The number of people who need humanitarian assistance due to the conflict. This includes 6.1 million people who have been internally displaced, and 5.5 million people living as refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some 5.3 million of those in need of aid are children.