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13 Feb 2018 description

Dear Chairperson, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

This intervention has been drafted following wide consultations with NGOs, and reflects a diversity of views within the NGO community.

NGOs recognise the efforts of UNHCR in making significant progress towards the adoption of a meaningful Global Compact on Refugees. We equally appreciate the sustained and inclusive engagement with the NGO community in the process.

13 Feb 2018 description


The humanitarian situation for the Rohingya population in Rakhine state remains highly concerning. Civilians face restricted movement and people are regularly denied access to fields, coastal waters, rivers and markets. This leads to food shortages and risk of starvation. Livestock theft is also reported which further aggravates food insecurity.

13 Feb 2018 description

The last few weeks have seen an encouraging surge in the opposition to the government’s decision to deport asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have been living in Israel for over a decade.

13 Feb 2018 description
report World Vision

Violence against children affects more than 1.7 billion children every year, in every community and every country. Children are being subjected to violence in their communities, schools and homes – the very places they should feel the most secure and safe. Violence is devastating for children, affecting their health, obstructing their education and diminishing their chances for a life free from poverty and discrimination. The impact of violence goes beyond the individual children, affecting families and communities, slowing economic development and eroding human and social capital.

13 Feb 2018 description

(A version of this story appeared first earlier today on the IFRC news site.)

The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) Sunday heard a call from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for greater accountability after disasters that may leave survivors bereaved and struggling to find shelter, food and water.

13 Feb 2018 description

In Cairo: 
Riham Mustafa 
Phone: +(202) 2461-4230 
E-mail: rmustafa@ifc.org

Amman, Jordan, February 13, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with IrisGuard, a Jordanian company specializing in iris-scanning technology, to help boost financial inclusion and improve the lives of Syrian refugees in Jordan and the region. 

13 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank


Public health systems have critical and clear relevance to the World Bank’s twin goals of poverty eradication and boosting shared prosperity. In particular, they are impacted by, and must respond to, significant threats at human-animal-environment interface. Most obvious are the diseases shared between humans and animals (“zoonotic” diseases), which comprise more than 60 percent of known human infectious pathogens; but also aspects of vector-borne disease, food and water safety and security, and antimicrobial resistance.

13 Feb 2018 description
report Start Network

The first in a series of tests looking to bring greater efficiency and transparency into humanitarian funding has taken place with positive results.

The test into blockchain technology enabled Dorcas to transfer funds from its international office in the Netherlands to its Albania country office. Using the Disberse blockchain platform, the cross-border transaction was almost instant and enabled Dorcas to trace the funds through an immutable record of the transaction.

13 Feb 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 8,154 migrants and refugees entered Europe bysea through the first six weeks of 2018. This compares with 12,358 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

On Monday (12 February) IOM Rome reported Italy’s official Ministry of Interior figures indicate some 4,731 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year, which represents a steep decline compared to the 9,448 arrivals recorded during the same period last year.

13 Feb 2018 description

On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, we are once again reminded that, sadly, millions of children around the world continue to suffer in war and conflict. Large numbers of children are killed, maimed, orphaned or subjected to unspeakable abuses. Often, the entire fabric of their societies – their homes, schools, healthcare systems or religious institutions – is disrupted with serious consequences for their future.

A childhood that is free from violence is not a privilege; it is the natural state of things. It is a right that must be protected.

13 Feb 2018 description

La journée internationale contre l'utilisation des enfants soldats nous rappelle une fois de plus, malheureusement, que des millions d'enfants dans le monde continuent de pâtir de la guerre et des conflits. Un grand nombre d'entre eux sont tués, mutilés, perdent leurs parents ou sont victimes de sévices innommables. Souvent, tout l'édifice social qui les entoure – foyers, écoles, système de santé ou institutions religieuses – se désagrège, ce qui a de graves conséquences pour leur avenir.

13 Feb 2018 description

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13 Feb 2018 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

- 229 residents in the site of Veria, as of 2nd of February 2018, all registered.
- 10 new arrivals were received throughout January from Samos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
- 2 residents departed spontaneously, 2 under accommodation scheme and 2 were transferred to other facility in the context of family reunification.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.

13 Feb 2018 description

How can the dizzying changes, intersecting crises and multiplying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa since the 2011 Arab uprisings be best understood, let alone responded to? This long-form commentary by MENA Program Director Joost Hiltermann and our team steps back for a better look and proposes new approaches.

Principal Findings

13 Feb 2018 description

The latest edition of International Review of the Red Cross has been released—Detention: Addressing the human cost. This edition of the International Review of the Red Cross focuses on treatment and conditions in prisons and other places of detention, both in situations of armed conflict and in peacetime. We chose to address this topic in order to highlight the importance of treating detainees with human dignity under all circumstances.

13 Feb 2018 description
report Save the Children


In January, the Government announced a range of new measures that will help child refugees in Europe come to the UK safely and much more quickly.

Crucially, they extended the cut-off date for children eligible for transfer under the Dubs amendment – a scheme that gives sanctuary in the UK to unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe. This is something we have long been calling for.

13 Feb 2018 description

On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers we reflect on the tens of thousands boys and girls who are recruited today in armed conflicts. Even today, in about twenty countries all over the world, children are exposed to the cruelties of wars and conflicts: they are witnesses or victims to these cruelties and, in many cases, are forced to use violence themselves.

13 Feb 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

12 FÉVRIER 2018

« Il est temps d’avoir de franches discussions. Des discussions qui reconnaissent le fait que les opérations de maintien de la paix sont soumises à une pression considérable et qu’elles prennent des risques énormes. » C’est en ces termes que le Représentant du Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix s’est adressé aujourd’hui au Comité des 34 qui a ouvert sa session 2018, avec de multiples appels au changement dans le pilier « paix et sécurité » de l’ONU.