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21 Aug 2018 description

SINGAPORE, 19 August 2018 – ASEAN called for stronger multi-stakeholder collaboration and deeper exploration on innovation and new technologies to enhance disaster management capabilities and resilience at the fourth ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management in Singapore on 17 August.

21 Aug 2018 description

A survey of 90 aid agencies finds almost three in four have increased investments in the area.

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Aug 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British charities are spending more money on staff and training to tackle sexual misconduct since an abuse scandal swept through the aid sector, a survey has found.

Revelations earlier this year that Oxfam staff used prostitutes in Haiti snowballed into widespread reports of harassment and abuse in the aid sector, plunging it into the global spotlight.

20 Aug 2018 description

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, UN Member States pledged to ensure “no one will be left behind” and to “endeavour to reach the furthest behind first”.

This paper advances a framework that governments and stakeholders can use to act on their pledge in a way that enables and accelerates progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also seeks to inform the manner in which UNDP works with countries to implement the 2030 Agenda.

20 Aug 2018 description
  • 3,875 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 19 August (compared to 3,610 two weeks ago), of which 3,382 (i.e. 87%) were accommodated in governmental centres (below chart refers). Close to 500 were observed outside the centres: 150 in Belgrade City, another 240 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and up to 100 in Loznica, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

20 Aug 2018 description

By Luca J. Uberti and David Jackson
Series editor: David Jackson
U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2018:5)

Since the early 2000s, aid spending on electoral assistance programmes around the world has increased dramatically, but in newly democratising countries, electoral contests are often (though not always) plagued by procedural flaws, intimidation, corruption, and all sorts of irregularities. Have donor investments had an impact on the quality of elections? How could aid effectiveness be improved?

20 Aug 2018 description


This week, 1,099 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 504 arrivals and an increase from last year’s 887 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 157, compared to 72 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Over 16,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. In line with the trend of arrivals, the majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Syria (26%), Iraq (23%) and Afghanistan (18%).

20 Aug 2018 description


L’eau est un bien qui nous réunit sur cette planète dite «bleue». Notre totale dépendance à sa disponibilité limitée et à sa qualité relative nous porte à lui conférer une valeur centrale. Celle-ci nous conduirat-elle vers des conflits sans fin comme le dépeignent certains? Ou au contraire vers davantage de dialogue et de coopération, prémices de sociétés plus paisibles?

20 Aug 2018 description

Tokyo/Geneva – Speaking today at a meeting of parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Helen Durham, Head of Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), highlighted ICRC's concerns with the growing gap between words and actions in the global trade of arms.

20 Aug 2018 description

Tokyo/Genève – S'exprimant aujourd'hui à une réunion des États parties au Traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA) à Tokyo, Helen Durham, directrice du droit international et des politiques humanitaires au Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), n'a pas caché que le CICR était préoccupé par l'écart toujours croissant que l'on constate entre les paroles et les actes dans le commerce mondial des armes.

20 Aug 2018 description

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

20 Aug 2018 description

Kofi Annan était une force directrice pour le bien. C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris son décès. À bien des égards, Kofi Annan était l’Organisation des Nations Unies. Il a gravi les échelons pour mener l’Organisation dans le nouveau millénaire avec une dignité et une détermination sans pareil.

Comme beaucoup d’autres, j’étais fier d’appeler Kofi Annan mon ami et mentor. J'ai été profondément honoré de sa confiance quand il m’a choisi comme Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés sous sa direction.

20 Aug 2018 description

MSF calls on Johnson & Johnson to make key drug bedaquiline affordable for all people who need it.

GENEVA – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed the new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for improved treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), prioritising the use of several oral drugs, including the newer drug bedaquiline, and minimising the use of drugs that must be injected.

20 Aug 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

  1. The Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Her Excellency Ambassador Suraya Dalil (Afghanistan), opened the meeting.

II. Adoption of the Standing Committee Work Programme for 2018

  1. The Committee adopted the agenda for the meeting (EC/69/SC/CRP.1/Rev.1) and the 2018 work programme (EC/69/SC/CRP.2) as presented.

III. Regional activities and global programmes

A. Regional updates

19 Aug 2018 description

19 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt - The Eastern Mediterranean Region is witnessing an unprecedented number, magnitude and severity of emergencies, culminating in a major humanitarian tragedy. More than 70 million people are in need of health aid, including 16 million people displaced within their countries, and 32 million people who are food insecure.

19 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia's big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to regional parts of Queensland have run into problems getting a job. Only one in five are employed, and some have abandoned their initial plans and moved to a large city.

19 Aug 2018 description

Current major event

HLIP I in EMR countries

From 2014 to 2017, seven countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO benefited from the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework - Partnership Contribution (PC) to enhance their surveillance and laboratory capacities using the High-level Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan I (HLIP I) 2013-2016.

Editorial note

19 Aug 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Judith Mueller, Professor in epidemiology, École des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP) – USPC

A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa – including Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, collectively known as the meningitis belt – have been repeatedly devastated by overwhelming epidemics of meningitis.

19 Aug 2018 description

Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year worldwide, a 23 percent rise over 2016

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central African Republic, where Gadenne is head of the mission. In one case, the fighters fired 21 rounds before leaving.

19 Aug 2018 description

Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.

World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, offers the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations an opportunity to celebrate the daily work of humanitarian responders worldwide and recognize their dedication to helping others, no matter how hard it may be. World Humanitarian Day also gives us pause to reflect on how to continue improving the humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and complex emergencies.

19 Aug 2018 description

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management