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24 Jan 2014 description

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC – Conflict

• Fierce fighting between armed opposition groups continues unabated in northern Syria. Clashes/suicide attacks (close to Turkish border) prompted daily closures and openings of crossing points by Turkish authorities. Movements of Syrians across the border into Turkey and internal displacement reported, especially in Ar-Raqqa and Hassakeh governorates (no exact figures available). Aleppo governorate: government forces have continued advancing, taking over some locations that had been formerly under rebel control.

06 Jul 2011 description

Minority women deliberately targeted for rape and other violence – new global report

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today.

31 May 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

A joint UNICEF-SIPA Initiative

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In light of recent global crises, governments of the G20 have called on the United Nations (UN) to create a system that can generate more timely and comprehensive information on vulnerable groups around the world. The UN has responded by beginning to develop the Global Impact Vulnerability Alert System (GIVAS), a real-time monitoring system. GIVAS will be designed to enable governments and other actors to identify changes in a timely fashion using new technology to more effectively forecast and prevent crises.

15 Dec 2009 description

Requests for assistance to help stranded migrants lured to Iraq under false pretences or unknowingly taken to work there by unscrupulous recruitment agencies are unable to be met as funds for such assistance have dried up this year.

IOM is urgently seeking US$2.5 million to help up to 700 destitute migrants, some of whom have been trafficked to Iraq for labour exploitation, to return home in the next two years.

In previous years, the Organization has been able to assist many hundreds of desperate migrants each year to return home.

25 Aug 2008 description

ANNUAL MESSAGE

Dear Friend of International Medical Corps,

As International Medical Corps approaches the quarter century milestone of delivering lifesaving emergency programs around the globe, we look back at 2007 with great pride in our achievements: helping millions of people in the 25 countries and regions where we operate to recover from crisis and live healthier, more productive lives.

Yet the challenges to providing health care through training remain significant.

09 Jun 2008 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 June 2008 (IRIN) - 'Participation', 'rights-based' and 'consultative' are all terms associated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the paradigm for humanitarian aid has shifted from agencies thinking they know best, to trying to put affected people at the heart of their aid responses. But when push comes to shove, and beneficiaries are unhappy with what they receive, do NGOs listen?

28 Apr 2008 description

GENÈVE, 28 avril (UNHCR) - L'entrepôt régional de l'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, situé à Dubaï, a reçu récemment trois millions de serviettes hygiéniques, une livraison inhabituelle.

Cette initiative du bureau japonais de Procter & Gamble, le géant mondial des biens de consommation, est arrivée au bon moment.

28 Apr 2008 description

GENEVA, April 28 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency's sprawling regional warehouse in Dubai recently received an unusual shipment of aid supplies - 3 million sanitary pads.

The welcome gift from the Japan office of global consumer goods giant, Proctor & Gamble, came at an opportune time. Due to budgetary constraints, UNHCR agency has been finding it difficult to meet a core commitment to ensure the provision of sanitary materials to all women and girls of concern.

Things have been improving, but the situation remains inadequate.

04 Nov 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 4 December 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In Geneva next Tuesday (11 December), at its annual Pledging Conference, UNHCR will present to donor countries its 2008 annual budget of US$1.096 billion, up from $1.06 billion in 2007, to help millions of refugees, displaced and stateless persons around the world.

19 Jan 2006 description

Ground-breaking new report on State of World's Minorities highlights devastating impact of armed conflicts and War on Terror on ethnic and religious groups

New York, (19/1/2006) Iraqis head a new list of peoples most under threat from persecution, discrimination and mass killing according to a comprehensive new report released today by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Minorities from Sudan, Somalia and other African countries dominate the rest of the top 15 in State of the World's Minorities, the first ever report to comprehensively assess the situation faced by …

15 Nov 2004 description

The WHO/HQ Department for Health Action in Crises produces a running note on select current issues at weekly intervals. This note - which is by no means exhaustive - is designed for internal use and does not reflect the official position of WHO.

COTE D'IVOIRE

Assessments and events:

Recent exacerbation of conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has resulted in 60 deaths and nearly 2000 people being wounded1. Insecurity and violence are widespread. The UN has contingency plans for responding to the needs of at least half a million displaced people.

08 Nov 2004 description

The WHO/HQ Department for Health Action in Crises aims to produce a running note on select current issues at weekly intervals. This note - which is by no means exhaustive - is designed for internal use and does not reflect the official position of WHO.

SUDAN - Darfur Crisis -

Assessments and events:

Throughout the Darfur, clinically diagnosed malaria still accounts for most mortality and morbidity reported through the WHO-instigated Early Warning and Response Network (EWARN).

In North Darfur, preparations have begun for the 21 November polio campaign.

01 Nov 2004 description

The WHO/HQ Department for Health Action in Crises aims to produce a running note on select current issues at weekly intervals. This note - which is by no means exhaustive - is designed for internal use and does not reflect the official position of WHO.

WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP

Assessments and events:

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council on 22 October that continuing violence in the Gaza Strip is of grave concern.

25 Oct 2004 description

The WHO/HQ Department for Health Action in Crises aims to produce a running note on select current issues at weekly intervals. This note -- which is by no means exhaustive -- is designed for internal use and does not reflect the official position of WHO.

SWAZILAND

Events:

In June 2004 an interagency mission led by the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa concluded that the situation there as "one of the world's most serious humanitarian crises" ...in which...

11 Oct 2004 description


The WHO/HQ Department for Health Action in Crises aims to produce a running note on select current issues at weekly intervals. This note - which is by no means exhaustive - is designed for internal use and does not reflect the official position of WHO.

UGANDA

Events:

10 Sep 2004 description


(A) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: 1) Iraq, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Albania, 4) Azerbaijan

(B) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania, (11) Uganda

(C) West Africa Region: (1) Sahel region (2) Chad, (3) Guinea Bissau, (4) Sierra Leone, (5) Guinea, (6) Liberia, (7) Cote D'Ivoire

(D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Swaziland, (9) Zimbabwe

15 Jul 2003 description

Spokesperson: Jean Philippe Chauzy
Extract

IRAQ - IOM Will Help Humanitarian Cases to Return Home - IOM will continue to help small numbers of Iraqis, particularly those with special humanitarian reasons, to return home from abroad in the coming months, despite ongoing concerns over security in Iraq.

IOM is already assisting small numbers of Iraqis abroad who want to return home and have special and urgent reasons to do so, for example, family, medical or other concerns. This assistance is provided through existing general return programmes in Europe and Asia/Pacific.