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20 Mar 2018 description

In 2017, DG ECHO gave EUR 3 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). When a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.

14 Mar 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

07 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

Investment surpasses April 2016 commitment three years ahead of schedule

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2018 – The World Bank Group (WBG) has invested US$3.2 billion over the past two years in education projects benefiting adolescent girls, surpassing its April 2016 commitment to invest US$2.5 billion over five years, the organization announced today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018

Distinguished President,
Colleagues, Friends,

A few days ago, we celebrated the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. We spoke of his example; his fortitude, his suffering and compassion, while recalling also the declaration that he and my predecessor Mary Robinson signed in 2000 on diversity and tolerance.

01 Mar 2018 description

Global Overview FEBRUARY 2018

01 Mar 2018 description

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability

NEW YORK, 1 March 2018 – Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a new joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today. More than 1 in 4 of these children – 4.3 million – lives in South Asia.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

23 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Japan

Based on changes in domestic and international trends affecting the refugee recognition system, the Ministry of Justice revised the operations of the refugee recognition system in September 2015 in order to promote prompt and reliable asylum for genuine refugees, and as part of this revision, measures are being implemented in order to curb the abuse or misuse of applications for refugee recognition status, but there has been a persistent surge in the abuse or misuse of applications, resulting in a situation where the prompt protection of genuine refugees has been hindered.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

19 Jan 2018 description

The Asia-Pacific E-Resilience Toolkit offers insights into a spectrum of available ICT tools and best practices that may benefit policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance e-resilience and disaster risk management.

I. Introduction

05 Jan 2018 description


This report focuses on lessons learned by WFP from the Ready to Respond project, a joint UN humanitarian preparedness programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Ready to Respond was instigated in late 2013 by UNICEF and WFP, who were joined in 2015 by OCHA and UNHCR. DFID’s support enabled the agencies to implement a wide range of preparedness activities, aiming at reinforcing their own capacity and the capacity of partners in being better prepared to respond to disasters.

03 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

L’UNICEF appelle les pays du monde entier à s’assurer que davantage de nouveau-nés survivent à leurs premiers jours de vie

NEW YORK, le 1er janvier 2018 – Environ 386 000 bébés naîtront aujourd’hui, dont plus de 90 % dans les régions les moins développées du monde, déclare l’UNICEF.

02 Jan 2018 description

Global Overview DECEMBER 2017

14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in Asia. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in Asia.

14 Dec 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).

13 Dec 2017 description

Energizing sustainable development: launch of new publication highlights the role of energy in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigating climate change

December 13 2017, Bangkok – As UN agencies gather under the banner of Climate Week in Bangkok, the UN Development Programme has launched a new publication connecting the dots between energy, poverty, and climate change action.

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

24 Nov 2017 description


  1. Measuring irregular migration: Innovative data practices
    Solon Ardittis and Frank Laczko

  2. Measuring unsafe migration: The challenge of collecting accurate data on migrant fatalities
    Ann Singleton, Frank Laczko and Julia Black

  3. A new approach: Displacement Tracking Matrix Comprehensive Migration Flows Survey Model
    Michelle Münstermann and Vivianne van der Vorst

12 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.