This February, I had the privilege to visit a new MSF pediatric program in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge. The project, in the city of Zahle, occupies an entire floor of a government hospital that houses pediatric inpatients and provides general and intensive care for children.
The families served are primarily Syrian refugees. Many are marginalized and cut off from health care. Children, naturally, are the most vulnerable among them.
Between January and September 2017, close to 140,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores. Although two-thirds of them came through the Central Mediterranean Route, the Eastern Mediterranean Route has recorded a recent spike in sea crossings to Greece (including 4,239 children in three months) coupled with new arrivals through the Western Mediterranean Route and the Black Sea.
Les écarts de richesse se sont creusés de façon disproportionnée. Des milliards de personnes restent bloquées en bas de l’échelle, privées de leurs droits fondamentaux et sans espoir d’une vie meilleure, tandis qu’en haut, les ressources et les privilèges croissent à un rythme effréné. Le monde s’éloigne ainsi un peu plus chaque jour de la vision d’égalité exprimée dans la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme.
Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.
En el mundo actual, la disparidad en la distribución de la riqueza ha aumentado de manera alarmante. Miles de millones de personas se mantienen en los quintiles más pobres, con lo que se vulneran sus derechos humanos y se truncan sus posibilidades de una vida mejor. En el extremo opuesto, los recursos y privilegios crecen a un ritmo desenfrenado que aleja al mundo del ideal de igualdad consagrado en la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos.
In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Total (observed) arrivals – September: 654
Total (observed) arrivals - August: 351
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 26
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - August: 39
Total occupancy of government centres – end September: 3,900
Total occupancy of government centres - end August: 3,900
Contributions from the EU and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016.
The total was confirmed on 16 October 2017 at a meeting of the EU Economic Policy Committee, ahead of COP23 UN climate change conference in Bonn.
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Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The key question it sought to address was how religion can play a role in integrating people and facilitating encounters and dialogue.
2 million people in CAR remain in need of food assistance, and 1.1 million people are food insecure (in IPC Phase 3: Crisis and IPC Phase 4: Emergency). Although the Global Hunger Index 2017 shows a general long-term progress in reducing hunger worldwide, CAR's hunger score remained around the mark of 50.9 for the past 17 years. The GHI places CAR at extremely alarming levels of hunger and malnutrition taking into account its levels of undernourishment and mortality rate.
EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 11 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Ariane Rummery – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 13 octobre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
Le HCR organisera le prochain cycle de discussions thématiques à Genève la semaine prochaine (17 et 18 octobre 2017) en tant que leader du processus consultatif conduisant à l’élaboration d’un pacte mondial sur les réfugiés, dans un contexte où le nombre de personnes déracinées à cause des conflits et des persécutions atteint un record dans le monde.
Nota informativa- Hacia un Pacto Mundial sobre Refugiados.
GINEBRA, Suiza, 13 de octubre de 2017 (ACNUR) - En medio de niveles récord de desplazamiento mundial por el conflicto y la persecución, la próxima semana (17 y 18 de octubre de 2017) ACNUR convocará la siguiente ronda de discusiones temáticas en Ginebra, ya que lidera un proceso consultivo para desarrollar un Pacto Mundial sobre Refugiados.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR will convene the next round of thematic discussions in Geneva next week (17 and 18 October 2017) as it leads a consultative process to develop a global compact on refugees amidst record levels of people displaced by conflict and persecution globally.
BONN, 17 October 2017 – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today announced that next year will see the start of worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through the Bonn office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
What is the difference between a “refugee” and a “migrant”? And why does it matter?
The basic difference between the two designations, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is that “refugees are persons fleeing armed conflict or persecution”, while migrants “choose to move not because of a direct threat of persecution or death, but mainly to improve their lives by finding work, or in some cases for education, family reunion, or other reasons”.
SUMMARY 29 September 2017 was the last day for the NRC Chios office. NRC’s Chios operations ceased on 31 July in line with the transition to the Greek government assuming full management of provision of services on the islands. NRC has assisted displaced people on the Greek island of Chios since 2015, supporting 35,000 refugees and migrants in its first three months.