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31 Dec 2015 description

For many, having access to a clean, private, safe place to go to the toilet is something taken for granted. Yet more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the world population, live in conditions that make access to sanitation precarious.

It is this large scale of the issue that has lead the United Nations General Assembly to recognise sanitation as a separate human right. The General Assembly resolution recognizes the distinct nature of the right to sanitation in relation to the right to safe drinking water, while keeping the rights together.

31 Dec 2015 description
report UN Security Council


7599th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

The Security Council today stressed the importance of triangular consultations among the 15-nation body, the troop- and police-contributing countries and the Secretariat to improve the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

31 Dec 2015 description

We are unable to care for patients due to undignified and inadequate reception conditions

31 Dec 2015 description
report Voice of America

Luis Ramirez

LONDON— Europe in 2015 faced its most severe migration crisis in centuries as an estimated one million people – mostly Muslims – fled war in Syria and poverty in other countries of the Middle East and Africa and made the complicated trek across Turkey and eastern Europe to reach Western Europe.

With another three million migrants and refugees expected in 2016, the mass migration has raised questions about the future of Europe and the ability of its countries to absorb the migrants both culturally and economically.

31 Dec 2015 description

El fenómeno El Niño ha sido determinante en el incremento tanto de la magnitud como de la frecuencia de las lluvias en el sur del continente, así como en el desencadenamiento de otros fenómenos meteorológicos. La temporada de lluvias, que empezó a fines de noviembre, ya produjo inundaciones en Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia y Brasil, debido al desbordamiento de los más importantes ríos de la región.

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  • Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 30 Dec 2015): 850,371
  • Total arrivals in Greece during Dec 2015: 102,390
  • Average daily arrivals during Dec 2015: 3,413
  • Average daily arrivals during Nov 2015: 5,042
  • Total asylum applications during Nov 2015: 1,171
  • Dead and missing: 246 dead, 149 missing
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  • Total arrivals in Lesvos (Jan - 30 Dec 2015): 499,226
  • Total arrivals in Lesvos during Dec 2015: 58,145
  • Average daily arrivals during Dec 2015: 1,938
  • Average daily arrivals during Nov 2015: 3,447
  • % of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 59%
  • Estimated residual population staying on the island (based on estimations provided by authorities): 2,607
  • Estimated departures to Mainland (based on estimations provided by authorities): 2,730
31 Dec 2015 description

As of 30 December, the funding gap of the 2015 UN-coordinated inter-agency appeals is US$9.6 billion which means that 48 per cent of the required funds remain unmet.

During December, newly reported contributions to FTS totalled $736 million for humanitarian response: for response plans specifically, $81.7 million for Iraq, $80.6 million for Yemen, and $41.4 million for Niger. As reported to FTS by 30 December, over $1.7 billion of humanitarian funding remain in outstanding pledges (of which $404 million is allocated for the coordinated response plans).

31 Dec 2015 description


In the fanfare surrounding the release of the Sustainable Development Goals it may be easy to miss a shift in thinking that can have a dramatic impact on the role of Humanitarian innovators. Our job as advocates and practitioners of innovation is about to get much harder … and more important.

31 Dec 2015 description

El Niño phenomenon has been a determining factor in the increase both in the magnitude and frequency of rainfall in South America, as well as triggering other meteorological phenomena. The rainy season, which began in late November, has led to flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Brazil, due to the overflow of the main rivers of the region.

31 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


2015 was a big year for UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific. We responded to emergencies in the Pacific, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere. We published groundbreaking research on HIV/AIDS among adolescents and a report on the cost of violence against children to help change policies to protect the most vulnerable. And there was a sprinkling of stardust with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visiting Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.

31 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By , Jessika Bohr

The momentum generated in the last days, weeks and months around the importance of tackling climate change should now be put to use to serve the most vulnerable children – those who bear the brunt of climate change today. This is very evident in the East Asia and Pacific region, the world’s most disaster prone region.

31 Dec 2015 description


Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and fundamental values case for empowering women: women represent one half of the global population—they deserve equal access to health, education, earning power and political representation.

31 Dec 2015 description
report European Union

I. Situational overview

Situation at the border

Border surveillance

Illegal border-crossing