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09 Feb 2018 description

All too often, young people in the Arab states are portrayed as universally, perpetually in despair. While indeed many Arab countries are in a state of turmoil, the truth is that young people across the region are finding ways to keep their societies moving forward.

02 Jan 2018 description

Global Overview DECEMBER 2017

22 Dec 2017 description
report UN Women

The year 2017 has seen some turbulent changes. Protest movements, legal reforms, political upheavals dominated the headlines. Will 2017 be the watershed moment for gender equality, as brave women break their silence on gender-based violence in unprecedented numbers, and men and women come together to challenge inequality and stereotypes?

22 Dec 2017 description

Conflict causing spikes in food insecurity in the Near East and North Africa

Strife and violence in some countries are casting a shadow on prospects for Zero Hunger across the entire region

21 December 2017, Cairo/Rome – Conflict and protracted crises in a handful of countries in the Near East and North Africa are hamstringing efforts to eradicate hunger in the region by 2030, according to a new FAO report published today.

21 Dec 2017 description

Strife and violence in some countries are casting a shadow on prospects for Zero Hunger across the entire region

21 December 2017, Cairo/Rome – Conflict and protracted crises in a handful of countries in the Near East and North Africa are hamstringing efforts to eradicate hunger in the region by 2030, according to a new FAO report published today.

16 Dec 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 14 countries. Partner agencies reported 451 incidents in eight countries and 13 security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes in four countries. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident

13 Dec 2017 description

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Article by Claire Felter

December 13, 2017

The year 2017 was marked by conflict, instability, and humanitarian crises. But there were bright spots as well. CFR editors cite ten areas where progress has been reported.

Read the full article on CFR

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.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

02 Oct 2017 description

Peace and stability are key to achieving the Global Goals in the Arab States, EU-UNDP report says

First report on the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Arab States was released today in Brussels.

Entitled “ Empowering people and building peaceful societies”, the report showcases results of the many initiatives carried out by the EU and UNDP, impacting the lives of millions of people across the region.

29 Aug 2017 description
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Sustainable Path to Water Security Urgent Priority for Arab World

New World Bank report maps out actions needed to prevent water scarcity from impacting future growth and stability in the Middle East and North Africa

31 Jul 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Africa

Cameroon

04 Jul 2017 description

Berlin, 04 July 2017– In order to address the rising tide of refugees and migrants over the years, UN-Habitat co-launched the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM) project that brings together experts and cities to contribute towards improved migration governance at city level, including migrants’ access to housing, basic services and human rights.

18 Jun 2017 description

The challenge of desertification, already big, is becoming even more significant as a growing global population places increasing pressure on productive land. If we have any chance of delivering more nutritious food to people in the Global South we need to recover degraded land and enhance the health and fertility of our soils.

In the dry areas, where ICARDA works, this challenge is likely to be more difficult – these marginal environments are on the frontline in the fight against desertification and are predicted to be worst affected by climate change.

07 Jun 2017 description

Total number of Syrian refugees in the region: 5,069,463 (UNHCR, Government of Turkey May 11, 2017)

13.5 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance in Syria, including more than 6.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), in addition to significant reported displacement since Sep. 2016. (Source: UN OCHA, Sep. 2016)