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19 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

171,332
# of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece and Spain in 2017
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)

1 in 4
Of all arrivals in 2017 are children
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)

158,215
# of child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and November 2017
(Eurostat, 10 January 2018)

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

17 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH December 2017

Continuing cross-border interventions from Turkey and Jordan in 2018

Security Council Resolution 2393 was adopted, renewing the provisions of Resolution 2165 for an additional 12 months. This will enable UNFPA to continue supporting people in need, working with implementing partners through cross-border interventions from Turkey and Jordan.

UNFPA delivers aid to previously unreached Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo

17 Jan 2018 description

By Ece Ceren Doğar & Neriman Kahveci Kızıltaş, Turkish Red Crescent

Separated from their husbands, parents and children, four women escaped the war in Syria in hope of finding a safe place to live. Their paths crossed at the Turkish Red Crescent’s community centre in Kilis where learning the local language is bringing them together.

Hayriye, 33, has been living in Turkey for five years. Her two boys, aged 16 and 18, are working at the local shop but her husband had to stay behind in Syria because of his mum’s illness.

16 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

• Hostilities between Government of Syria forces and non-state armed groups continued unabated in many areas in southern rural Idleb, northern rural Hama and southern rural Aleppo.

16 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN delivers assistance to 50,000 IDPs at the Syria–Jordan border berm for the first time in six months

  • UNSC reauthorizes cross-border humanitarian access to Syria through January 2019

  • Relief agencies evacuate 29 critically ill patients from Eastern Ghouta

  • Relief agencies reach 810,000 people in HTR and besieged areas with assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Jan 2018 description

The Shelter and NFIs Cluster, led by UNHCR and co-led by Global Communities, coordinates the efforts of 69 member organizations. The Cluster addresses the coordination of emergency Shelter and NFI needs and promotes household and community resilience. The Cluster supports people in need within displaced, hosting and non-displaced populations by ensuring that the different modalities of interventions (in-kind, non-conditional/conditional cash or voucher) abide by the do-not-harm principle.

Highlights

  • Cluster Info:

16 Jan 2018 description
report Freedom House

Key Findings

  • Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came under attack around the world.

  • Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.

16 Jan 2018 description
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UN Security Council Resolution 2165/2191/2258/2332

Resolution 2332 [formerly 2258 (2015), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014)] authorizes UN agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha, to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people in need in Syria. The Government of Syria is notified in advance of each shipment and a UN Monitoring Mechanism oversees and confirms the humanitarian nature of consignments. The first UN shipment from Turkey started on 24 July 2014.

15 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2018 (IPS) - Amid concerns that 160 people may have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the UN refugee agency have urged countries to offer more resettlement places.

Though the influx of refugees and migrants has slowed, many are still embarking on dangerous journeys to Europe.

15 Jan 2018 description

Editorial

Dear readers

Since its inception over ten years ago, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) has progressed from its early focus on the development of technical tools and materials and filling research gaps to a much greater emphasis on strengthening country coordination and providing surge support to secure appropriate and high-quality nutrition programming in emergency contexts.

15 Jan 2018 description

The ETC was activated in Syria on 14 January 2013 to provide common telecommunications services to the humanitarian community responding to the crisis both within Syria, and in surrounding countries. Lack of access, insecurity and governmental restrictions complicate efforts to expand ETC services.

15 Jan 2018 description

The Shelter and NFIs Cluster, led by UNHCR and co-led by Global Communities, coordinates the efforts of 48 member organizations. The Cluster addresses the coordination of emergency Shelter and NFI needs and promotes household and community resilience. The Cluster supports people in need within displaced, hosting and non-displaced populations by ensuring that the different modalities of interventions (in-kind, non-conditional/conditional cash or voucher) abide by the do-not-harm principle.

Highlights

▪ Cluster Info:

12 Jan 2018 description

There are more than 3.4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Due to the challenges in getting a legal status, financial problems, language and cultural barriers, some Syrian refugees face difficulties in accessing health facilities and other public services. In order to improve access to the relevant services, and therefore their integration into the Turkish public system, Doctors of the World Turkey – Dünya Doktorları Derneği (DDD), with support from the European Union, helps refugees in addressing a variety of specific needs.