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20 Nov 2018 description

Four years ago, Warda was a dental technician and owned a very well established laboratory in Baghdad. Through a series of poor life choices, diminished financial means and lack of access to healthcare, the 60-year-old diabetic’s journey turned tragic.

Originally from Mosul, Warda moved to Baghdad to escape violence and he set up a laboratory there. He was able to generate a substantial income and support is family in Canada, where his five children and seven grandchildren live. By this time, Warda knew he was diabetic and needed to take good care of his health.

19 Nov 2018 description


  • Alors que le monde continue de s’urbaniser à un rythme toujours plus rapide et avec une ampleur sans précédent, les villes payent un tribut de plus en plus lourd aux conflits, aux crises et aux catastrophes naturelles.

  • Un nouveau document de synthèse de la Banque mondiale et de l'UNESCO, intitulé CURE, propose un cadre amélioré, fondé sur la culture, pour la reconstruction et le relèvement des villes.

17 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

New safety, security and access information

01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian

16 Nov 2018 description

Commissioner-General’s statement: Special Political and Decolonization Committee
New York, 9 November 2018

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to present my annual report to the General Assembly on UNRWA’s work for Palestine refugees in the Near East.

As per established practice, while the written report before you describes trends and events in 2017, my presentation will update you about significant developments in 2018.

16 Nov 2018 description

WAAD (Water Access and Development) Consortium will provide 200,000 people improved access to clean water

16 Nov 2018 description

JE: Thank you very much, we just completed a Humanitarian Task Force meeting. It was a meeting where we had some rare moments of feeling that we achieved, through humanitarian diplomacy, what we have so many times before failed to.

16 Nov 2018 description

Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters


- As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.

- A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.

15 Nov 2018 description


During the first nine months of 2018, just under 25,100 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement' to 19 countries in Europe.2 This is 24% less than the same period in 2017, but already two-thirds more than the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.

15 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints



05 October 2018: In Tole region, Fako department, soldiers entered an IDP camp and began shooting, leaving three civilians dead. No further information specified. Source: ACLED

Central African Republic

31 October 2018: In Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture, clashes between unidentified armed groups led to three IDP camps being set on fire, leaving around 27,000 persons without a home. Sources:

14 Nov 2018 description


Since 2012, PU-AMI has developed an integrated response to populations affected by the Syrian crisis, leading activities in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Saida and Akkar. In 2018, in line with the LCRP 2017/2020, PU-AMI will focus on increasing self-sufficiency among vulnerable populations (both host and refugee), through safe, stable and sustainable livelihood opportunities.

13 Nov 2018 description

Project aim

The Grand Bargain struck by more than 30 humanitarian donors and aid agencies at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit set out to reform the aid system so it is better prepared for tackling the emergency needs of people affected by crises worldwide. Since then, Ground Truth Solutions and the OECD, with support from the German Federal Foreign Office, have endeavoured to set a baseline for tracking the impact of the Grand Bargain at the country level through the experience of affected people and aid providers.

12 Nov 2018 description
report UN General Assembly


General Assembly
Fourth Committee Seventy-third Session, 25th Meeting (AM)

Commissioner-General Defends Humanitarian Nature of Agency’s Work, Reinforces Palestinian Descendants’ Right to Refugee Status