- Tunisia: Forest Fires - Aug 2017
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Tunisia: Flash Floods - Sep 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Tunisia: Flash Floods - Oct 2007
- North Africa: Floods - Apr 2007
- Locusts - Aug 2004
- Tunisia: Floods - Jan 2003
- Tunisia: Floods - Jan 1990
- Tunisia: Floods - Oct 1986
| Overview |
The North Africa subregion serves as either a transit or final destination for sizeable mixed migration movements from subSaharan Africa. In addition, the instability still affecting much of North Africa continues to generate irregular movements from the region to Europe. UNHCR offices throughout North Africa witnessed an increase in the number of asylum-seekers in 2013.
Concern remains following spike in MERS-CoV cases
The recent spike in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO remains a concern. So far, ten countries in the region have reported cases of MERS-CoV. While in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates, both community and hospital-acquired infections continue to be reported, sporadic cases, mostly imported and travel associated, have been reported in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen in recent time.
Who are we?
The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
The Zone Office is based in Beirut.
What is our mission?
At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
In Focus 1
North Africa 2
Northeast Africa 4
Horn of Africa 6
This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 31 July — 13 August, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org
Islamic Relief has signed an extension to an existing contract with UNHCR, to manage the Al Saloum camp for Libyan and third country national refugees. The contract extension is valued at £1.7 million and will cover June to December 2012. The original agreement signed in February was worth £800,000. The camp is located in Egypt on the Libyan border and houses around 2,000 people who fled violence in Libya in 2011.
Peaceworks by Sean Aday, Henry Farrell, Marc Lynch, John Sides, and Deen Freelon
An extraordinary wave of popular protest swept the Arab world in 2011. Massive popular mobilization brought down long-ruling leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, helped spark bloody struggles in Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and fundamentally reshaped the nature of politics in the region.
New media—at least that which uses bit.ly linkages—did not appear to play a significant role in either in-country collective action or regional diffusion during this period.
In this issue
IOM support migrant and communities in the aftermath of the Libyan crisis
IOM Cairo-UNHCR-Egypt-U.S. Cooperation to resettle refugees stranded at the Libyan border\
Learning Italian as an opportunity to increase employability in the tourism sector.
Combating human trafficking in Egypt
Office of the Spokesperson
May 21, 2012
The G-8 launched the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition in 2011 to support the democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. The Partnership offers a unique mechanism for marshaling international support from the G-8, regional partners, International Financial Institutions (IFI), and International Organizations (IO) to provide political and economic support for reforms underway in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Jordan.
Swiss commitment to North Africa, one year later
Press Release No:2012/302/MENA
DOHA, March 6, 2012 --- The World Bank today launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing utilities’ fiber optic networks into broadband use. The Bank also announced a new focus on citizen participation in the creation of information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions to development problems, building on the success of the Cairo WaterHackathon.
Broadband Connectivity Initiative
Jan 25 (Reuters) - Here are the latest details of the revolts in the Middle East and North Africa and their aftermath:
EGYPT: Thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Some were seeking a new revolt against army rule and others celebrated the changes already achieved.
Military leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, accused of hanging on to power, defended the military on Tuesday and announced a partial lifting of a state of emergency.
Resolution 1831 (2011)
The Support to Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth – the SPRING Programme, adopted today - directly responds to the events of the Arab Spring. Initiatives supported by SPRING will focus specifically on two of the renewed EU policies in the region.
The main aim is to respond to the pressing socio-economic challenges that partner countries of the southern Mediterranean region are facing and to support them in their transition to democracy.
Today we commemorate the International Day of Peace, established in 1981 by a resolution of the United Nations as a call for a one-day cessation of hostilities in all armed conflicts around the world. In January 2011, the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government decided to institutionalize Peace Day as part of the ongoing Make Peace Happen Campaign.
20 Sep 2011 15:18 Source: Reuters // Reuters
Aim to set out framework for political, economic help
Deauville partnership has pledged about $80 billion
Help to focus on Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan
By John Irish
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Group of Eight foreign ministers meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to cement a framework for economic and political aid to Arab governments making a transition to democracy.
As a result of unprecedented civil unrest across a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), national societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) have responded to the humanitarian crisis resulting from population movement and conflict.
The top United Nations political official today wrapped up a four-day visit to Tunisia and Egypt, where he discussed the two North African countries’ democratic transitions just months after they underwent revolutions that toppled long-standing regimes.
B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told officials in Tunis today that the UN and the international community are watching the country’s transition with great interest.
15 July 2011 – The United Nations political chief is set to visit Egypt and Tunisia for discussions on how the world body can assist with the democratic transitions under way in the two North African nations following the revolutions earlier this year.
B. Lynn Pascoe will travel to Egypt from Istanbul, Turkey, where he represented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at today’s meeting of the International Contact Group on Libya.
Following is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as prepared for delivery by Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to the High-level Forum on “Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices”, in Vilnius today, 30 June: