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16 Oct 2017 description

Although the factors driving migration are diverse, we should not ignore food insecurity. On World Food Day we argue that one solution to the migration crisis is a sustained effort to strengthen the resilience of agriculture against a back-drop of rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity.  

Conflict and instability are widely seen as the principal factors driving the migration crisis – but food insecurity, poverty and extreme weather events linked to climate change such as drought also play an important role.   

16 Oct 2017 description
report ACTED

Today, October 16, ACTED joins the international community to celebrate World Food Day, one of the most celebrated days in the United Nations calendar, which focuses for this 2017 edition on “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”.

Here a glimpse of ACTED Jordan’s activities in Azraq refugee camp, where ACTED has been distributing bread, dry foods, dates, and vouchers to Syrian refugees every morning since 2014, in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

AMMAN/NEW YORK, 16 October 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan travelled to Jordan to meet children who, like her, fled the Syria conflict and are now determined to go to school despite extremely challenging circumstances. It was the first time Muzoon had returned to the country – where she spent three years in refugee camps, before being resettled in the United Kingdom with her family in 2015.

16 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

International partners agreed today that the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) had provided critical assistance to Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, but that continued support is urgently needed. Additional support amounting to $80 million was pledged by donors to help the GCFF deepen its impact on the grant.

15 Oct 2017 description
report World Vision

Innovative WASH UP! program will support socio-emotional well-being through lessons on proper water use, sanitation and hygiene habits for Syrian refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.

12 Oct 2017 description

AMMAN, Jordan – Hussein has been a butcher all his working life, having followed his father, uncle and brother into the family business back in Syria.

“I grew up with it. My father owned a butcher’s shop back home. First I used to help out after school, and then it became my profession.”

His future appeared secure and he had just returned home from a lucrative four-year stint working in the Gulf when conflict broke out in 2011.

11 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank
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Signs of Economic Recovery in Middle East and North Africa But Growth Still Impacted by Instability

New World Bank report identifies factors influencing the region’s medium to long term growth

11 Oct 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

As a preparedness measure and in order to strengthen the integrity of the humanitarian supply chain in Iraq, the Logistics Cluster team has been compiling key information on critical border crossing points and international ports.

The supply chain for the overall humanitarian response in Iraq relies almost exclusively on the Ibrahim Khalil border with Turkey. With the operating environment often changing, access being a key concern, and territories being controlled by a number of different authorities, maintaining accurate information on border points is paramount.

10 Oct 2017 description

The European Union (EU) has signed an important additional contribution of EUR 9.5 million to the 2017 Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to a call to donors to help close a shortfall that could impact its key services such as education and health-care.

09 Oct 2017 description

The key durable solutions for refugees from Syria are resettlement and complementary pathways of admission to a third country1, voluntary return to Syria in safety and dignity, and protection and assistance in countries of asylum. UNHCR is pursuing policy, programmatic and strategic directions across the region to facilitate access to durable solutions while maintaining protection space in host countries.

06 Oct 2017 description
  • Last 27 September 2017, UNHCR and SRAD (Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate) signed an agreement for the amnesty of the undocumented and unregistered refugees aimed at regularising their status. It is estimated that a total of 150 000 Syrian refugees in Jordan do not hold a Ministry of Interior Card and do not have access to International humanitarian assistance.

  • DG ECHO has been actively supporting the regularization of undocumented refugees in Jordan through legal counselling and emergency cash support.

05 Oct 2017 description
  • On 1 October 2017, the tripartite committee comprising the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jordanian intelligence and UN representatives, rejected the UN plan for the resumption of distributions and registration in Ruqban, located at the North-Eastern border between Jordan and Syria (The Berm). Among other considerations, this decision is grounded on the Government of Jordan's assessment of the possibility of addressing the needs of the stranded population through cross-line operations.

04 Oct 2017 description

Key achievements

  • Continuous advocacy efforts to address deportations resulted in significant decrease in confirmed forcible return rates.

  • Protection Sector finalized key advocacy messages for 2017 that emphasize on the importance of taking arising is-sues into consideration and advocate for solutions with donors, government and humanitarian actors.

  • Protection Sector continued strengthen linkages with other sectors including in the in implementation of integrating IASC GBV guidelines across 6 sector.

04 Oct 2017 description
  • Issuing birth certificate for children born in Jordan and their age exceeding one year requires a lawsuit verdict from competent court. UNHCR through legal aid partner, ARDD- Legal Aid, assist persons of concerns to file such lawsuit in the courts in the country wide covering the required legal fees as well.

  • Issuing birth certificates for children who exceeding 30 days requires paying ten JD fines. In camps exclusively, there is an exemption effective till the end of 2017 of paying such fine.