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17 Oct 2018 description

Untapped potential

Food fortification – adding vitamins and minerals to commonly eaten foods - has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Countries in North America and Europe have been fortifying foods since the 1920s, which led to the virtual eradication of nutrition-related diseases like goiter, rickets, beriberi and pellagra. But today 2 billion people across the world still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as nutritious foods are still not accessible to all.

17 Oct 2018 description

Based on the latest official data available as of September 2018, it is estimated that over 2.6 million Venezuelans live outside their country.

Over 186,800 asylum claims have been filed worldwide in 2018, surpassing the 2017-year end figure.
Peru has become the main country of asylum for Venezuelans.

IOM and UNHCR appointed Mr. Eduardo Stein as Joint Special Representative. Mr. Stein will be promoting a harmonized regional approach in coordination with governments and relevant actors.

11 Oct 2018 description

PUNTOS DESTACADOS

  • El vicepresidente de Estados Unidos, Michael R. Pence, anunció el aporte de más de $48 millones en fondos adicionales de parte del Gobierno de Estados Unidos para apoyar las actividades de asistencia humanitaria en respuesta a la crisis regional por la situación de Venezuela

  • Las organizaciones de salud confirman más casos de sarampión y difteria en Venezuela.

  • La ONU designa a un Representante Especial Conjunto para apoyar la respuesta a la crisis regional por la situación de Venezuela

10 Oct 2018 description

Context

With over 2.6 million refugees and migrants outside Venezuela, Latin America is experiencing the biggest exodus in its history. The outflow of people keeps increasing, while national capacities are increasingly overstretched.

In this context, several Governments seek political solutions, international solidarity and a robust well-coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to steer the operational response in support of refugees and migrants from Venezuela.

06 Oct 2018 description

San José — La Conferencia Regional sobre Migración (CRM), con el apoyo de OIM y del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR), organizó un taller en Costa Rica esta semana (25-26/09) para promover lineamientos para la coordinación y el intercambio de información para la búsqueda de migrantes desaparecidos.

De acuerdo con datos del Proyecto Migrantes Desaparecidos de OIM, hasta la fecha en 2018 cerca de 374 migrantes han fallecido en su paso por las América y por el Caribe, mientras que otros permanecen desaparecidos.

03 Oct 2018 description

The countries of the North of Central America continue suffering high levels of violence stemming from gangs and other organized criminal groups.

This insecurity is compelling an ever increasing number of persons – often entire families – to flee their homes, within their countries or to nearby countries.

All countries in the region are affected by these movements and a regional response is therefore of paramount importance.

KEY POPULATION FIGURES

03 Oct 2018 description

Five years to the day after the Lampedusa tragedy in which at least 368 people died, rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea are more vital than ever. It is alarming that the last rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean may be forced to stop operating. We call on European leaders to ensure the Aquarius can continue to save lives at sea.

01 Oct 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence announces more than $48 million in additional U.S. Government (USG) funding to support Venezuela regional crisis humanitarian response activities

  • Health actors confirm additional measles and diphtheria cases in Venezuela

  • UN appoints a Joint Special Representative to support the Venezuela regional response

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Sep 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

28 Sep 2018 description

San José — The Regional Conference on Migration (CRM), with the support of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), held a workshop in Costa Rica this week (25-26/09) to promote guidelines for the coordination and exchange of information for searches of missing migrants.

According to data from IOM´s Missing Migrants Project, so far in 2018, around 374 migrants have died during their passage through the Americas and the Caribbean, while many others remain missing.

27 Sep 2018 description

MIGRANTES DE MESOAMÉRICA

**INGRESOS DE MIGRANTES NICARAGÜENSES A COSTA RICA*

***SOLICITUDES DE ASILO DE MIGRANTES NICARAGÜENSES EN COSTA RICA**

Con respecto a los ingresos regulares de migrantes nicaragüenses a Costa Rica de enero a abril del presente año se muestra una tendencia de aumento en esta cifra, no obstante, de abril a mayo esta cifra disminuyó en 41%, registrando 15,873 ingresos menos. Asimismo, hasta el 17 de junio aún no se habían completado la mitad de los ingresos de nicaragüenses registrados el mes anterior.

26 Sep 2018 description

Sixty-ninth session

1-5 October 2018

Update of UNHCR’s operations in the Americas

A. Situational context including new developments

Venezuela situation

The ongoing political and socio-economic developments in Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) have led to the outflow of at least 2.6 million Venezuelans into neighbouring countries, the Southern Cone and the Caribbean and beyond.