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01 Jan 2019 description
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January 1 st, 2019 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded its medical convoy to the White Nile State, Sudan, with 55 surgeries and 400 medical examinations for the local community and the refugees from South Sudan.

Over seven days, the medical team worked on a daily basis, from early in the morning to late at night. The convoy covered the costs of transportation for patients to and from the hospital, accommodation, medical examinations, surgeries, and medications.

31 Dec 2018 description

January: Pushing for access in Syria

Despite enormous challenges, OCHA and other humanitarian organizations continued to press for access in war-torn Syria, reaching an average of more than 5 million people in need each month in 2018. Syria continued to face protection and access challenges in areas such as Idlib, eastern Ghouta and southern Syria. More than 1.5 million people were newly displaced in 2018 as the crisis entered its eighth year.

31 Dec 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

Dear fellow citizens of the world, I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test. Climate change is running faster than we are. Geopolitical divisions are deepening, making conflicts more difficult to resolve. And record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection.

31 Dec 2018 description


This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) is currently monitoring 59 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

31 Dec 2018 description

The ICRC has managed to facilitate the release and transport by air to Juba of 22 persons, who had been caught up in ongoing nearby fighting, from a remote location in the Central Equatoria region of South Sudan.

31 Dec 2018 description
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The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 820th meeting held on 20 and 24 December 2018, considered the proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for the Review of the Composition and the Mandate of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) for South Sudan, and adopted the following decision:

31 Dec 2018 description

In 2018, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent responded to 34 emergencies in 22 countries across Africa where millions were affected by natural disasters, epidemics, population movement, complex emergencies and food insecurity.

31 Dec 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • The newly constructed Infectious Disease Unit was opened by His Excellency, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, The Vice President of South Sudan.

  • A suspected Ebola case was reported in Yambio and investigated by the RRT. The sample was negative for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • WHO shared all the SOPs with UNICEF for review and an edit The edited SOPs will be shared to the MOH for final review and approval.

30 Dec 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.

29 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, le 28 décembre 2018 – Des millions d’enfants vivant dans des pays touchés par des conflits armés voient leur avenir menacé tandis que les parties belligérantes continuent de bafouer leurs droits et que les dirigeants du monde échouent à leur demander des comptes, a déclaré l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.

28 Dec 2018 description
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Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

28 Dec 2018 description
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Multilateralism Only Viable Response, Assembly President Says, as Secretary-General Hails Peace Efforts in Horn of Africa, Korean Peninsula

Amid the backdrop of rising unilateralism and large-scale migration, world leaders attending the General Assembly united under the theme of making the United Nations relevant to all people, stressing that only through a multilateral rules-based order can the international community meet emerging challenges.

28 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council


The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan remains deeply concerned about the impact of the armed conflict on children in South Sudan, as reported on by its Panel of Experts (document S/2018/1049).

28 Dec 2018 description

As of 27 December 2018, the total number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,916. This includes 114,469 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor, and 116 in the UNMISS base and 16,744 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

28 Dec 2018 description

We asked aid agencies to name their three priorities for 2019

by Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies are bracing for a challenging new year as they tackle protracted conflicts from Yemen to Central African Republic and get to grips with escalating crises such as the mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing turmoil at home.

28 Dec 2018 description


The United Nations Mine Action Service has discovered and removed unexploded ordinances and mines five kilometres outside of Bor town, in the Thon-Awai area, in the Greater Jonglei region.

The community in Thon-Awai is happy about the clearance efforts made by the specialized UN entity. The explosive objects, believed to have been placed in the area during the war for South Sudanese independence, could have caused untold damage.

28 Dec 2018 description
report Theirworld

Billy Briggs

We look at some of the catastrophes and outrages that caused millions of children to have their education disrupted this year.

One in four of the world’s school-age children - over 500 million - lives in countries affected by humanitarian crises such as conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

28 Dec 2018 description
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Widespread violations against children in conflict continue in shocking year-on-year trend

NEW YORK, 28 December 2018 – The futures of millions of children living in countries affected by armed conflict are at risk, as warring parties continue to commit grave violations against children, and world leaders fail to hold perpetrators accountable – UNICEF said today.