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01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment

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.

18 May 2014 description

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.

30 Apr 2014 description
  1. 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.

  2. What is our mission?
    At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:

16 Nov 2012 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

In Focus 1

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 6

20 Aug 2012 description

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

In Focus:

17 Jul 2012 description
report Islamic Relief

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.

10 Jul 2012 description

Peaceworks by Sean Aday, Henry Farrell, Marc Lynch, John Sides, and Deen Freelon

Summary

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.

22 May 2012 description

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

22 May 2012 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
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.

07 Mar 2012 description

Swiss commitment to North Africa, one year later

06 Mar 2012 description
report World Bank

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

20 Dec 2011 description

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.

29 Sep 2011 description
report European Union

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.

Aims

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.

21 Sep 2011 description
report African Union

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 description

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.

31 Aug 2011 description

Executive Summary

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.

20 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

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 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

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.

01 Jul 2011 description

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: