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25 Sep 2018 description

“All of us here today agree on the importance of reintegration to help former child soldiers reclaim their lives. However, despite our efforts, we are still unable to assist everyone,” highlighted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the opening of the event: Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the Reintegration of Child Soldiers.

25 Sep 2018 description

Washington D.C., September 18, 2018 --- The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is putting new finance to work, improving education prospects for the world’s most disadvantaged children. Grant approvals by the GPE Board of Directors in the seven months since the successful Financing Conference in Senegal in February have reached almost US$300 million. At the conference, donors pledged US$2.3 billion for 2018 through 2020 and further commitments continue to be announced.

25 Sep 2018 description

The European Emergency Response Capacity is commonly referred to as the "voluntary pool". It consists of a range of emergency response capacities that countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism make available for EU emergency response operations.

25 Sep 2018 description

Debarati Guha-Sapir, professor, Francesco Checchi, professor

Science must prevail

25 Sep 2018 description

Profound changes in technology, globalization and demographics have set into motion a series of long-term trends that are reshaping the global landscape and the evolution of development cooperation. This reshaping has also been influenced by challenges such as the impacts of climate change, conflicts and distress migration.

25 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 2018 (IPS) - The United Nations warned last month that the accelerating impacts of climate change—“already clearly visible today”– have triggered an unpredictable wave of natural disasters– including extreme heatwaves, wild fires, storms, and floods during the course of this year.

“If we do not change course by 2020”, cautions UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

25 Sep 2018 description

UNHCR’s pioneering sets a new benchmark for initiatives seeking to ensure that more refugee youth have access to quality post-primary education. It is an investment in the future of refugee youth, unlocking their potential and leading them towards solutions.

25 Sep 2018 description

DRC

Ebola response activities were temporarily suspended in the city of Beni (Nord-Kivu) after an attack by the ADF that killed 14 civilians on 22 September.

A general strike was declared two days later to protest insecurity in Beni, where violent clashes have **forced 40% of the population to flee **over the last six months.

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Libya

25 Sep 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 80,602 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 23 September, with 35,653 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, with this week’s arrivals Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 133,465 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 302,175 at this point in 2016.

25 Sep 2018 description

ROME/NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with its partners to expand a cutting-edge, digital booking platform that offers a one-stop shop for humanitarian workers in remote locations to access housing, travel and medical services.

Rolling out the platform — humanitarianbooking.wfp.org — to wider audiences coincides with UN General Assembly meetings in New York, and is particularly timely in an era of multiple humanitarian crises.

25 Sep 2018 description
report African Union, UNAIDS

Action-based partnership to support women and girls announced by health and political leaders at a high-level event at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

GENEVA, 24 September 2018—UNAIDS, the Chair of the H6 partnership (six United Nations bodies working on health-related issues), and the African Union have pledged to enhance their collaboration to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, prevent HIV and protect women’s health and rights in humanitarian settings.

25 Sep 2018 description

An appropriate overall approach to procurement with good performance in most areas of tendering, but significant weaknesses in contract management.

In 2016-17, the Department for International Development (DFID) spent £1.4 billion, or 14% of its budget, through commercial suppliers on contracts ranging from school construction to family planning services and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

25 Sep 2018 description

Available online as an app, UNHCR’s Emergency Handbook gives hands-on guidance to humanitarians providing life-saving assistance.

By Roland Schönbauer

Thousands of children, women and men are streaming across an international border escaping war or persecution. You are the aid worker on the frontline. What do you do?

25 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Eastern and Southern Africa region continues to face multiple and more frequent humanitarian crises, including conflict and insecurity, economic shocks, climate change, natural hazards and disease outbreaks.1 More than 17 million people (45 per cent children) remain food insecure throughout the region.

25 Sep 2018 description
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Asylum seekers living at Moria, the reception and identification center on the Greek island of Lesvos, are under enormous mental strain. With no choice but to live in unacceptable conditions, with little concrete information about their futures and long waits to have their asylum claims heard, suicide rates among clients of the IRC mental health centre are astonishingly high: thirty percent of our clients have attempted suicide. Sixty percent have considered attempting suicide.

25 Sep 2018 description

Major new initiative aims to help low-income countries improve collection of agricultural data

25 September 2018, New York - The lack of timely and high-quality agricultural data is handicapping efforts to implement the UN's sweeping Agenda for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today.