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02 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.

Programme purpose: The International Federation's North Africa regional representation, in line with the Global Agenda Goals of the International Federation, continues to provide essential support in facilitating the development of the five National Societies in the North Africa region. This is being achieved by building their capacities and providing technical support to the four core areas of disaster management, health and care, capacity development, and promotion of Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values.

02 Aug 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 01 August 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 1778 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been reported to WHO Regional Office by 20 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

30 Jul 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 29 July 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 1301 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been reported to WHO Regional Office by 19 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

26 Jul 2009 description

Date of Reporting: 26 July 2009, 0900 hrs. Cairo Time

1. Highlights

- The first death from pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region was reported on 19 July 2009 from Egypt;

- On 17 July 2009 Sudan became the latest Country in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to report its first cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 infection.

23 Jul 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 22 July 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 952 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been reported to WHO Regional Office by 19 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

22 Jul 2009 description

As of 22 July 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 952 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been reported to WHO Regional Office by 19 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. A total of 262of these reported cases were locally transmitted. There is one related death reported from Egypt on 19 July 2009. 
Since the last reporting period, an additional 62 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported from 6 Member States: Bahrain (8), Iran (13), Kuwait (1), Oman (6), Palestine (2) and United Arab Emirates (32).

12 Jul 2009 description

Date of Reporting: 12 July 2009, 0900 hrs. Cairo Time

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25 Jun 2009 description

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER'S PROGRAMME

STANDING COMMITTEE
45th Meeting

17 Jun 2009 description

When meeting this week in Brussels, EU leaders will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean, including recent proposals from the European Commission to set up asylum reception and processing centres in Libya.

ECRE is very concerned about any proposal which would allow EU States to evade their obligations to protect refugees by shifting the responsibility to countries with extremely dubious human rights records. "Refugees are the first victims of the 'fight against immigration' that our governments are undertaking.

16 Jun 2009 description

When EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels on 18/19 June they will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean. These discussions are expected to build on dialogue from the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting of 4/5 June, including in relation to recent proposals from the European Commission contemplating the establishment of asylum and reception processing centres in Libya.

03 Jun 2009 description

Brussels 3 June 2009 - Justice and Home Affairs Ministers will meet tomorrow in Luxembourg at a time when the Italian authorities are breaching their human rights commitments by deporting migrants to Libya without an assessment of their need for protection.

02 Jun 2009 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

20 May 2009 description
report UN News Service

The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea.

The moves comes on the heels of Italy's recent 'push-backs' to Libya.

20 May 2009 description

Elena Ponomareva-Piquier, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing which was also attended by Spokespersons for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development.

During the briefing, Ron Redmond of the UN Refugee Agency introduced a new colleague, Andrew Purvis, who would be the acting Head of the Media Unit at …

21 Apr 2009 description
report World Bank
  • La Banque débloque 2 milliards de dollars pour son fond d'aide spécial crise alimentaire, afin d'apporter une aide immédiate aux pays durement affectés par la hausse des prix des aliments.

    - Depuis mai dernier, le fond d'aide a approuvé un ensemble de projets dans 31 pays, portant sur 916 millions de dollars.

21 Apr 2009 description
report World Bank
  • The Bank expands its food crisis facility to $2 billion to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food prices

    - Since last May, the facility has approved $916 million worth of projects in 31 countries; with nearly half of the funds supporting projects in Africa

    - The number of undernourished is now thought to exceed 1 billion

    When word got out earlier this year that cash could be earned to clear garbage, hoe fields or hack brush near Banga in Bong County, Liberia, the desperate stampeded.

    "People came rushing on us and we could not recruit them all," …

11 Mar 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The world community is no longer silent about statelessness. In recent years, countries such as Bangladesh, Estonia, Mauritania, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have made significant strides to protect the rights of stateless persons. The response of the United Nations (UN) has improved. Non-governmental agencies, legal experts, affected individuals, and others are joining forces to gather more accurate information and reduce the incidence of this often overlooked global phenomenon. Media attention has increased.