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16 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lansana Gberie, Africa Renewal

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 2018 (IPS) - Perhaps no major political or humanitarian disaster is as overlooked as the ongoing crisis in Libya. For example, although the New York Times in September 2017 published a total of seven articles mentioning Libya, only one of them touched on the violence ripping it apart. Even the Times’ gesture merely highlighted the latest permutation of the US government’s foreign military decisions.

16 Feb 2018 description

Rain continues to decrease deficits throughout southern Africa, causing flooding in some areas

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

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Although European and African efforts to reduce irregular migration have successfully lowered overall numbers entering Europe, some migrants are transiting increasingly hazardous smuggling routes across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea, risking human rights abuses and indefinite detention. The UN’s voluntary humanitarian return program assisted over 19,000 migrants to return to their home countries from Libya in 2017, up from around 3,000 assisted migrant returns from Libya in 2016. An estimated 400,000–700,000 migrants live in detention in Libya.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam ha anunciado que se creará urgentemente una comisión independiente con poder para llevar a cabo una amplia evaluación de la cultura y las prácticas de Oxfam, incluida la forma en la que se han gestionado en el pasado los casos de mala conducta sexual.

La creación de esta comisión se enmarca en el plan de acción integral anunciado por Oxfam para fortalecer sus sistemas de protección en toda la organización con el objetivo de poner fin al abuso.

16 Feb 2018 description

MADRID (España), 16 de febrero de 2017.- La directora de Relaciones Externas de la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados, Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, presentó en Madrid el borrador del Pacto Mundial sobre Refugiados, que busca respuestas más predecibles, integrales y equitativas ante las crisis de refugiados. ACNUR consensuará el documento con los Estados antes de presentarlo a la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas este año.

16 Feb 2018 description

SG/SM/18897

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, in Bucharest today:

Je suis heureux de m’adresser à vous à l’occasion de la douzième Session Plénière de l'Assemblée parlementaire de la Méditerranée.

The Mediterranean is a hub of cultures, religions, trade and migration. It is also a sphere where both opportunities and challenges of international cooperation and globalization are evident.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Oxfam

As someone who shares our vision of what Oxfam could and should be, and who has been supporting our work and our message, I wanted to be in touch directly with you regarding the current reports of sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women by Oxfam staff members.

I understand many of our supporters are angry and feel betrayed. These reports describe shocking and appalling behaviour that hurts me very deeply. This is not what or who Oxfam is.

16 Feb 2018 description

Key figures

  • 180,937 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

  • 334,662 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 – 2017)

  • 46,730 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the State of Libya

  • 4,740 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

  • 150 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018 (1,080 in 2017).

16 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

MANAGUA, Feb 15 2018 (IPS) - Nicaragua’s “containment wall”, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States.

A situation that also represents a paradox, given that Nicaragua is the Central American country with the largest number of nationals living abroad, second only to El Salvador.

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Executive Summary

Disasters and humanitarian crises affected millions of people globally in 2015. A massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, followed by aftershocks that hampered relief efforts and further increased the devastation. Floods inundated areas of India and Malawi. The number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people rose to 65.3 million people.

16 Feb 2018 description

New partnership to boost food security and sustainable development around the world

16 Feb 2018 description

Conseil des droits de l’homme
Trente-septième session
26 février-23 mars 2018
Point 3 de l’ordre du jour
Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l’homme, civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels, y compris le droit au développement

Note du secrétariat

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Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February–23 March 2018
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development

Note by the Secretariat

16 Feb 2018 description

Abidjan, 1 February 2018 - Parties to the Bamako Convention adopted a set of decisions. They also adopted, by consensus, a negotiated Ministerial Declaration through which they reaffirmed their commitment to make Africa a pollution-free continent.

16 Feb 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Between 1 January and 31 December 2017, 178,500 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa and Turkey. Most crossed the Central Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Arrivals in 2017 most commonly originated from Nigeria, the Syrian Arab Republic, Guinea (Conakry) and Côte d’Ivoire.

In 2017, 69% of arrivals were men, 18% children, and 13% women.

16 Feb 2018 description

Geneva/Munich (ICRC) – As Libya enters its eighth year of conflict, the humanitarian situation of the population is relentlessly deteriorating amid persistent armed conflict, violence and insecurity, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today after a three-day visit to the country.

The ICRC has recently scaled up its operations in Libya, which has been engulfed in economic chaos, general lawlessness and armed groups vying for power since the revolution in 2011.

16 Feb 2018 description

16 FEBRUARY 2018 | GENEVA - WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

AUTHOR(S)

Ana Maria Buller; Amber Peterman; Meghna Ranganathan; Alexandra Bleile; Melissa Hidrobo; Lori Heise

ABSTRACT