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31 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Salazar

SAN JOSE, Dec 31 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

31 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

31 décembre 2017 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, António Guterres, a lancé dimanche un appel à l'unité dans un message d'alerte à l'intention du monde entier alors que s'ouvre l'année 2018.

« Lorsque je suis entré en fonctions, il y a un an, j'ai lancé un appel pour faire de 2017 une année de paix. C'est malheureusement – et radicalement – l'inverse qui s'est pro-duit », a noté M. Guterres dans ce message vidéo.

31 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The RDMCOE was established in 2005 as a regional vehicle to propagate disaster preparedness, early warning, and response and recovery initiatives for communities affected by natural or man-made disasters including conflicts.

The director, Regional Disaster Management Centre of Excellence Shem Amadi spoke to Peter Musa on reasons for conflicts in Africa and how African states can overcome internal strife.

31 Dec 2017 description

Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) summary for November 2017 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia/Somaliland and Yemen.

31 Dec 2017 description

New package of support for humanitarian crises in the coming year, after UK aid delivered life-saving support to millions of people around the world in 2017.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today announced a new package of support for humanitarian crises in the coming year, after UK aid delivered life-saving support to millions of people around the world and averted two famines in 2017.

31 Dec 2017 description

Overview of Migrant Situation in Turkey

According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) currently there are approximately 3.8 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking international protection.

31 Dec 2017 description

Acknowledgements & Methodology

This report was written by Felicia Nica with support from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Romania, and was edited by ECRE.

31 Dec 2017 description
report Save the Children

Key Trends

Mixed migrations flow along the Balkans route continues. More than 5,000 refugees and migrants are estimated to have arrived to the Balkans countries (other than Greece) in the last four months of 2017

31 Dec 2017 description

Highlights
- Turkey’s annual consumer prices remained high throughout the fourth quarter, peaking at 12.98 percent in November, and finishing the year at 11.92 percent in December.
- High annual inflation was largely driven by an 18.24 percent increase in the cost of transportation, and a 13.79 percent increase in the cost food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- In December 2017, the revised refugee Minimum Expenditure Basket cost an average of 1,962 TL for a household of six, or 327 TL per capita.

31 Dec 2017 description

In the context of AFRO Transformation Agenda which aims at meeting health’s needs and expectations of people in Africa Region, quality of care is a key performance indicator in the implementation of Reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent programs. However, quality of care can be compromised during the scaling up phase of health programs or initiatives.

30 Dec 2017 description

Turkey says it has spent more than $30 billion on meeting the needs of Syrians who've been in Turkey for about seven years

by Reuters
Saturday, 30 December 2017 09:24 GMT

ISTANBUL, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A substantial portion of the funds promised by the European Union (EU) to help Syrian refugees in Turkey is still not being used actively to meet their needs, Turkey's EU Ministry said on Saturday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

30 Dec 2017 description
report IRIN

Over the last two decades, 200 million people across the world have been lifted out of hunger. But as climate change brings more frequent and severe weather shocks such as droughts and floods, and makes rainfall patterns less predictable, these gains are under threat.

Read more on IRIN.

30 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

29 décembre 2017 – Malgré une année particulièrement meurtrière pour les soldats de la paix des Nations Unies, avec plus de 60 Casques bleus tués dans des actes hostiles, l'ONU a réalisé en 2017 ses objectifs de maintien de la paix en Côte d'Ivoire, réorienté son travail en Haïti et achèvera bientôt son mandat au Libéria.

29 Dec 2017 description

Miklos Gaspar, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication

Improved farming practices, healthier animals and – ultimately – increased food security will be the outcomes of projects supported by a US$ 600 000 grant by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID) under a partnership with the IAEA signed last week.

29 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

“En este Día de Año Nuevo de 2018, no quisiera hacer ningún llamamiento, sino lanzar una señal de alerta: una alerta roja para nuestro mundo”, dijo el Secretario General de la ONU, António Guterres, en su mensaje para 2018.

“Cuando asumí el cargo, hace un año, hice un llamamiento para que 2017 fuera un año de paz”, recordó en un vídeo publicado hoy. “Lamentablemente, el mundo ha retrocedido en aspectos fundamentales.”

Guterres, sombrío, enumeró a los peligros que amenazan el mundo en 2018:

29 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

29 December 2017 – Despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 'blue helmets' killed in hostile acts – the Organization in 2017 completed its peacekeeping objectives in Côte d'Ivoire, refocused its work in Haiti and will soon complete its mandate in Liberia.

“We do protect civilians every day. We do save lives every day. We often do it under very difficult and stressful circumstances,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in a recent interview with UN News.

29 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • Somalia has now experienced an unprecedented fourth consecutive drought. Dry conditions returned after only a small reprieve in early November. This will further worsen the already critical humanitarian situation.

  • In Eastern Kenya, earlier than usual retreat of the seasonal rains will lead to a significant degradation in pasture and marginal crop conditions.