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05 Dec 2019 description

BAGHDAD (ILO News) – Iraq and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed the first Iraq Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), as the country recovers from decades of conflict.

The Programme, which runs from 2019 to 2023, supports national initiatives to promote decent work and strengthen Iraq’s capacity to mainstream decent work in social and economic policies. It will be implemented through close partnerships between the ILO and employers’ and workers’ representatives in the country.

05 Dec 2019 description

PRESS RELEASE - December 05, 2019

New Water, Peace and Security tool uses machine learning to predict violent conflicts, with an 86% success rate

05 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest displacement crisis in the world, with 5.6 million registered refugees, including over 2.5 million children, living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Among the 18.8 million people in need (including in host communities), 6.3 million people require water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance and 7 million children require education support.

05 Dec 2019 description


Due to the latest crisis in Syria, DTM Iraq launched an emergency tracking tool on 14 October to monitor population fleeing the conflict and crossing into Iraq. The information presented here is collected by IOM at the relevant border points and covers all the recorded individuals having crossed the border from Syria.


05 Dec 2019 description

Total (observed) arrivals – November: 3,871
Total (observed) arrivals – October: 4,123

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - November: 431
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 463

Total occupancy of government centres – end November: 4,398
Total occupancy of government centres - end October: 3,261

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end November: 5,362
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end October: 4,185

05 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Regional Office 2020 requirements: US$10,400,000

05 Dec 2019 description

World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead FAO Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

5 December 2019, Rome - World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.

05 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

2020 requirements: US$58,854,223

Total people in need: 4.1 million
Total children (<18) in need: 1.93 million

Total people to be reached: 1.24 million
Total children to be reached: 810,800

05 Dec 2019 description

162,227 Refugees and IDPs reached with protection monitoring last month

39,582 Persons of concern received Core Relief Items last month

40,951 Refugee and IDP families received cash assistance last month

17,505 New refugee arrivals from North East Syria to Iraq since October 14

Working with Partners

04 Dec 2019 description
report World Bank

Climate change continues to make headlines, as its impacts are felt by people and the planet in unprecedented ways. Farmers aren’t spared, as more frequent extreme weather events affect productivity of crops and livestock, and drive down incomes. As climate change intensifies, the food system will continue to be among the sectors that is the most vulnerable. Agriculture is also a major part of the climate problem, generating 19-29% of total GHG emissions.

04 Dec 2019 description

South Sudan: Talking peace while preparing for war?

The UN Security Council (UNSC)-mandated Panel of Experts on South Sudan issued its latest report on 22 November, providing evidence that the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is at serious risk. The Panel said that the collapse of the R-ARCSS would pose an “immediate threat to peace and security in South Sudan.”

04 Dec 2019 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has sent urgent medical assistance to the city of Nasiriyah in the center of Thiqar governorate.

04 Dec 2019 description

Developments in the Middle East last week included the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iraq following the deadliest day of demonstrations since they began in October. In Lebanon, clashes renewed along sectarian lines signaling rising tensions. In Palestine, Palestinians held a ‘Day of Rage’ in response to the US announcement that Israeli settlements are not violating international law. In Syria, clashes intensified between Turkish-led Operation Peace Spring (OPS) forces and Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD).

04 Dec 2019 description


In the first nine months of 2019, just over 27,200 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 20 countries in Europe. This is 84% of the total submissions in 2018, and already more than double the average rate of 17,800 submissions per year during the previous 10 years. Three countries that received smaller numbers of resettlement submissions in 2018 have not yet received submissions during 2019.

04 Dec 2019 description

The Civilian Character of Camps Incident Tracking Matrix is a joint initiative of the CCCM and Protection Clusters focusing on incidents related to armed military/security actors’ presence in camps. The tool aims to consistently track incidents, gauge trends and inform HC/HCT advocacy to uphold the civilian and humanitarian character of camps. The Matrix is not a response mobilization tool; instead, remedial interventions continue to take place at the local level, including through referral to protection partners.

04 Dec 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Raises Concerns Around Command Control

04 Dec 2019 description

Since the start of military action in North East Syria (NES) on 9 October, 17,425 individuals have crossed into the KR-I seeking refuge.

5,755 Syrian refugees have obtained clearance to reunite with family members in KR-I, or to otherwise reside outside of camps.

A total of 419 new arrivals have voluntarily returned to Syria in recent weeks.

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