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23 Oct 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. Par sa résolution 2359 (2017) du 21 juin 2017, le Conseil de sécurité a accueilli avec satisfaction le déploiement de la Force conjointe du Groupe de cinq pays du Sahel sur l’ensemble du territoire des pays qui y participent, en vue de rétablir la paix et la sécurité dans la région du Sahel.1 Il a également souscrit à son concept stratégique des opérations, qui a été entériné par le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine à sa 679 réunion tenue le 13 avril 2017.

23 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement Attributable to Abdel Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya

TUNIS, 22 October 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the release of 125 children associated with armed conflict in Zintan, northwest of Libya, with support from the Zintan municipal Council.

“Recruitment of children is a grave violation of children’s rights, and one that has irreparable and lifelong consequences. We encourage other councils across Libya to follow suit.

23 Oct 2017 description

The French Republic pursues its commitment to Libya by almost doubling its current donation to the Stabilization Facility for Libya

Tunis, 19/October/2017 – French Ambassador to Libya, H.E. Ms. Brigitte Curmi, and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya, Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, signed an agreement to increase support to the Stabilization Facility for Libya.

21 Oct 2017 description

Tunis, 21 October 2017 - The Joint Drafting Committee of the House of Representatives and the High Council of the State concluded its second round of meetings, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Dr Ghassan Salamé, on the wording of amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement. Today's session included identifying the many points of consensus as well as the points of divergence that still exist. The members of the Joint Commission will be retuning to Libya tomorrow.

20 Oct 2017 description

In recent weeks, allegations have surfaced that Italy has been paying armed groups in Libya to cease smuggling migrants into the country. Some estimate that the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Italy has reduced by half compared to the same time period last year. At the heart of the issue is a governance vacuum that allows armed groups to control the flow of migrants in and out of Libya, presenting a unique challenge for governments in North and West Africa and EU policymakers.

20 Oct 2017 description

Situation Overview

Civilians continue to be impacted by conflict, insecurity, political instability and collapsing economy. An estimated 1.3 million people require humanitarian assistance. There are periodic escalations of armed conflict, which increase the humanitarian needs.

Although IS no longer holds significant territory in Libya, the humanitarian situation, economic conditions, and governance vacuum pose a continued risk of resurgence.

20 Oct 2017 description

IOM Rome reported Thursday (19/10) that on Wednesday, 585 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and will be brought to land in the next few days. These latest rescues are in addition to the 110,329 migrants and refugees arriving by sea to Italy this year, according to IOM estimates.

IOM Athens’ Kelly Namia reported on Thursday three events occurring since Sunday (15 October) off the islands of Lesvos and Farmakonisi that required search and rescue operations. The Hellenic Coast Guard managed to rescue 95 migrants and transfer them to the respective islands.

20 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

I. MIGRATION

  1. The approach pursued by Member States and EU institutions to ensure full control of the external borders is yielding results and must be consolidated. Overall, migratory flows are being significantly reduced and the number of deaths at sea has decreased.

  2. The European Council is determined to pursue its comprehensive, pragmatic and resolute approach, and to apply it wherever necessary. This entails:

  • vigilance on all migration routes and readiness to react to any new trends;

19 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

1 43,133 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

109,915 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017 2

Funding

USD 75.5 M requested in 2017

Population Movements

19 Oct 2017 description

The Mayor of the Municipality of Sirte, Mokhatar Khalifa Al-Madani; the member of Sirte Municipal Council in charge of education, Saleh Saleh, and the director of the Educational Services Office in Sirte, Muftah Ageela, together with representatives from the Information and International Cooperation offices, officially inaugurated Al Fath Primary School, after reconstruction work undertaken by the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL).

19 Oct 2017 description

The movement of refugees and migrants across the Sahara and the central Mediterranean Sea towards Europe continues to have a devastating toll on human life. Between January and August 2017, an estimated 2,270 refugees and migrants died at sea in the central Mediterranean. It is estimated that many others died on their way across the desert and in detention centres.

19 Oct 2017 description

Tunis, 18 October, 2017 - The meetings of the Joint Drafting Committee of the House of Representative and High Council of State  demonstrated progress towards the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement.  Bilateral and trilateral meetings with the UNSMIL team, as well as internal consultations within the delegations over the past two day succeeded in bringing both sides a step closer.

18 Oct 2017 description

Over 200 million women and girls across the world have been subjected to female genital mutilation, while three million are estimated to be at risk each year.

CATANIA, Italy – Aisha (not her real name) was seven years old when she underwent the procedure in her native Ivory Coast. Her eldest daughter was four when it happened to her. Last year Aisha fled with her youngest daughter to save her from being cut.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim

GENEVA, Oct 17 2017 (IPS) - On the occasion of the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim observed that the unprecedented rise of violence and insecurity in the Arab region combined, breed poverty and societal decline.

17 Oct 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

BACKGROUND

Between 17 September and 6 October 2017, fighting between rival armed groups in the Libyan city of Sabratha led to the rapid displacement of 2,350 host community households (11,350 individuals) to surrounding cities and towns. Though active hostilities in Sabratha have subsided and many internally displaced persons (IDPs) have opted to return, the atmosphere remains tense, and others have chosen to remain temporarily in their areas of displacement as they assess the situation.

17 Oct 2017 description

CAR

2 million people in CAR remain in need of food assistance, and 1.1 million people are food insecure (in IPC Phase 3: Crisis and IPC Phase 4: Emergency). Although the Global Hunger Index 2017 shows a general long-term progress in reducing hunger worldwide, CAR's hunger score remained around the mark of 50.9 for the past 17 years. The GHI places CAR at extremely alarming levels of hunger and malnutrition taking into account its levels of undernourishment and mortality rate.

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