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SG/SM/19355-SC/13594-PKO/760
20 NOVEMBER 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on “peace and security in Africa: strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa”, in New York today:

Peacekeeping is a remarkable exercise in global solidarity. United Nations peacekeepers are ready to pay the ultimate price for peace, and we are all in their debt.

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Reaffirming the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in these challenging times is a global obligation

By Norbert Meder
Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages International

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As of the 20th November, following circulation by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock, the IASC Humanitarian System-Wide Scale-Up protocols replace the 2012 IASC Humanitarian System-Wide Emergency Activation (“L3 Response”) with immediate effect.

The key documents are:

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Isabelle Pelly and Stefan Bumbacher

Humanitarian action is changing fast, and an updated set of shared standards will be crucial in upholding quality among a new generation of responders. The launch of the new Sphere Handbook on November 6

th represents the most comprehensive effort to date review the humanitarian standards, to keep crisis-affected populations at the centre of response.

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report Sphere

What is Sphere?

The Sphere Project, now known as Sphere, was created in 1997 by a group of humanitarian non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Its aim was to improve the quality of their humanitarian responses and to be accountable for their actions. The Sphere philosophy is based on two core beliefs:

• People affected by disaster or conflict have the right to life with dignity and, therefore, the right to assistance; and

20 Nov 2018 description

ICRC Statement to the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Peace and Security in Africa: Strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa”

Mr. President, thank you for giving the ICRC the opportunity to contribute to this debate on Strengthening Peacekeeping Operations in Africa.

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Attempt to seize ship fits a pattern of unfounded allegations

AMSTERDAM/ROME, NOVEMBER 20, 2018—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns a decision by Italian judicial authorities to request the seizure of the search and rescue ship Aquarius for alleged anomalies in its disposal of onboard waste.

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Tripoli, 20 November 2018

The humanitarian community is saddened by the turn of events in Misrata, where 79 refugees and migrants who remained onboard a commercial vessel since 10 November were forced to disembark the boat. We regret the reports that some of the people onboard were injured during the forced disembarkation and transferred to the public hospital. Refugees and migrants on board included Ethiopian, Eritrean, South Sudanese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Somali nationals.

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today welcomed the release by UNESCO of a major global education report and in particular its focus on migration and displacement. With more than half the world’s 7.4 million refugee children denied schooling UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, said the report was a timely reminder that that commitment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to leaving no one behind had to apply to families and children fleeing persecution and conflict too.

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QUENTIN WODON, CHATA MALE, CLAUDIO MONTENEGRO, HOA NGUYEN, AND ADENIKE ONAGORUWA

BACKGROUND TO THE SERIES

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SUSTAINED SUPPORT FROM GERMANY ENSURES QUALITY, RELIABLE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN THE WORLD’S MOST SERIOUS CRISES

20 November 2018, New York – The Government of Germany announced today a substantial 15 million euros (US$ 17 million) pledge for Education Cannot Wait, a new global fund dedicated to respond rapidly and provide sustainable quality education to millions of children and youth living in crisis worldwide.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has long been a valuable partner of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), supplying food prices and food security data since the platform was first launched in 2014. In the past, the process for uploading the data was manual and was kept in a single global file. Following a fruitful collaboration between WFP and HDX, the data is now updated automatically and disaggregated by country.

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New York/Geneva – Today, as we celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the 29th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN child rights experts* urge Governments around the world to be united in ensuring priority attention to the realization of the rights of the child and to accelerating efforts for implementation of the Convention, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

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One of the greatest challenges for climate change adaptation is how to build resilience for the billion urban dwellers who are estimated to live in what are termed informal settlements . These settlements have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures, settlements and systems. But how is it possible to build resilience for those living outside the formal systems and usually working within the informal economy?

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High risk countries and potential impacts on food security and agriculture

In view of the potential impact of the 2018/19 El Niño on food security and agriculture, high risk countries in Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America should be prioritized for further monitoring, analysis and early action.

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Geneva (ICRC) – Should a weapon system be able to make its own “decision” about who to kill?

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) believes that the answer is no, and today is calling on States to agree to strong, practical and future-proof limits on autonomy in weapon systems.

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Total number of places: 26,392
Actual capacity: 22,574
Current population: 22,178
Occupancy rate: 98.2%