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26 Oct 2017 description

The global burden of Improvised Explosive Devices

Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan

There is no day that goes past without the impact of an improvised explosive device (IED) making headlines around the world. Of all explosive weapons used, the IED is the most widespread, the most harmful and the most pernicious. Based on the belief that to overcome a problem, we must first understand it, this monitor is a small step in seeking to address the terrible realities of today.
It is a monitor that is, also, a response to a call to action.

26 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
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UNICEF facing $60 million funding gap for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance that could leave 1.5 million children out in the cold

AMMAN, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and blankets before the cold sets in, the organisation is facing a $60 million gap that could leave up to 1.5 million children exposed to the cold.

25 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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• In Syria, despite a number of ceasefire and de-escalation agreements that were reached since 4 May 2017, escalation of military activities was reported in several provinces during September including Idleb and eastern Ghouta, and increased airstrikes in Hama and Aleppo, which impeded humanitarian access to people in need. Hundreds of schools in Idleb and Aleppo were forced to close temporarily and health services at multiple hospitals were disrupted.

25 Oct 2017 description

UNRWA held a closing ceremony to celebrate the completion of an infrastructure and shelter rehabilitation project in Ein El Hilweh refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon on 20 September 2017.

24 Oct 2017 description

This dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response in the first seven months of 2017 and highlights trends affecting people in need.

24 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/EF/3485

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 21ST MEETING (PM)

Israeli occupation and natural resource exploitation continued to hamper social and economic development in the occupied State of Palestine and the Syrian Golan, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it discussed those territories today.

23 Oct 2017 description

“This is my granddaughter, Sajida. I’ve been taking care of her since she was three months old,” explains Majda Ahmad Abdullah Al-Sayed, pointing out a small girl wearing a wide smile. Placing the girl in her lap, she explains, “Her mother couldn’t take care of her properly due to her disabilities.” Sitting on the couch of her small living room and surrounded by four of her grandchildren, she starts explaining the story of her life: “I’ve been here for 30 years. Call me Umm Jihad.”

23 Oct 2017 description

Gaza, 19 October 2017 – UNDP Deputy Special Representative, Mr Khaled Shahwan, visited the Business and Technology incubator (BTI) at the Islamic University in Gaza where he was briefed about the progress of the SEED project implemented by UNDP, through the Palestinian People Economic Development Programme (DEEP), with funds from the Islamic Development Bank.

22 Oct 2017 description

Jerusalem, 22 October 2017

"I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders reportedly calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.

Under the auspices of Egypt, Palestinian leaders have embarked on a course to solve the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enable the government to take up its responsibilities in the Strip. I encourage them not be distracted from this objective.”

[ENDS]

20 Oct 2017 description

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee in the Near East (UNRWA) in the West Bank confirms that joint work between the Agency and the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) to contain the diarrhea outbreak in Fawwar camp is ongoing.

As of Wednesday, 18 October, around 330 cases reported to the UNRWA health centre in Fawwar refugee camp suffering from fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The patients’ age varied between 1 to 15 years. Four cases were referred to nearby hospitals.

19 Oct 2017 description
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1. The present report is the twenty-sixth semi-annual report of the SecretaryGeneral on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004).

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

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 473,000 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in September, through both cash-based transfers (CBT) - using an electronic card redeemable in local shops - and in-kind food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those assisted.

  • WFP needs additional resources to assist 137,000 poor severely food-insecure people across Gaza, where the humanitarian situation shows no sign of improvement, and the West Bank.

Operational Updates

19 Oct 2017 description

October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1992 after the resolution 47/196 was adopted, this annual event is an opportunity to formulate practical steps to address poverty around the world.

19 Oct 2017 description

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During the first week of Aug 6,375 Community Schools teachers were trained on ILO’s SCREAMStop Child Labour Education Train-the-Trainer topics like class management, education assessment, lesson curriculum analysis, active learning, child protection, teaching tools, lesson planning, nutrition and emergency preparedness.

Operational Updates

19 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

This week, Israeli authorities further promoted plans, tenders and permits for thousands of settlement units across the West Bank, including, for the first time since 2002, in the heart of Hebron. We have also seen reports of construction work starting for the first new settlement in 20 years, Amihai, and of preparatory ground work being initiated in the sensitive area of Givat Hamatos in East Jerusalem, where further settlement construction would severely jeopardize the contiguity and viability of a future Palestinian state.

18 Oct 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today’s briefing is taking place as important developments unfold to end the more than ten-year long Palestinian divide and return Gaza to the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.

Last month when Hamas dissolved the Administrative Committee, a parallel institution to run governmental affairs in Gaza, it agreed that the Palestinian Government of National Consensus should assume its responsibilities in the Strip.