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12 Nov 2018 description
report UNAIDS

The Paris Declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in cities has gained political momentum among city leaders to commit to ending AIDS and to address disparities in access to health and social services. To date, about 300 cities and municipalities around the world have signed the declaration.

12 Nov 2018 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l’Union africaine (UA) a consacré sa 803e réunion tenue le 19 octobre, sous forme de séance publique, au thème suivant : « Le rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits et de la consolidation de la paix au niveau communautaire » pour, commémorer le dix-huitième anniversaire de l’adoption de la Résolution 1325 du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité.

12 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA (12 November 2018) – UN human rights experts* have expressed serious concerns about the prevalence of racism in the Dutch welfare system, citing the case of a family of refugees of African descent living in the Netherlands whose children were forcibly removed from their parents’ care.

12 Nov 2018 description
report Save the Children

Pneumonia is on course to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, new analysis conducted by Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children reveals.

The in-depth modelling, released on World Pneumonia Day, also shows that more than four million of these deaths – more than a third – could be easily averted with concerted action to improve rates of vaccination, treatment and nutrition.

Without action, the aid organisation’s forecasts show Nigeria, India, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are likely to bear the highest burden of deaths.

12 Nov 2018 description

Editorial

COOPI’s worldwide operations increased once again in 2017. It means also that the number of humanitarian crises we have tried to respond to as effectively as ever has increased. We have decided not to limit ourselves to intervening when there is an emergency, only to then move on elsewhere; instead, we remain alongside the communities hit by those emergencies in the medium-to-long-term, so as to help them overcome their critical issues and launch a reconstruction process.

12 Nov 2018 description

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), is conducting an International Expert Meeting on 12 November at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. “Towards Big (Space) Data in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response in Africa” aims at contributing to an increased use of big data approaches and satellite technologies in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards.

12 Nov 2018 description

• The volume of monitored commodities increased significantly by 44 percent in the month of May owing to increased availability from on-going harvests.

• Maize grain traded increased by 31 percent, with flows from Mozambique to Malawi being highest (Table 1).

• Volumes of maize meal traded increased by 94 percent. Flows from Zambia to DRC have been dominant (Table 2).

• Rice volumes increased marginally by 6 percent, with flows from Tanzania to Zambia being largest (Table 3).

12 Nov 2018 description
report CARE

La France organise, du 11 au 13 novembre, le 1er Forum de Paris sur la Paix. Cet événement vise à démontrer que la coopération internationale est essentielle pour relever les défis politiques, environnementaux, économiques et sociaux à l’échelle mondiale et assurer une paix durable. Il va réunir une cinquantaine d’États, et des représentant.e.s d’organisations internationales, d’ONG et d’entreprises. Philippe Lévêque, notre directeur, décrypte les enjeux de ce sommet.

Que peut-on attendre de ce Forum sur la Paix ?

12 Nov 2018 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 5 November 2018

The mumps outbreak in Vanuatu has been declared over. – Source: personal communication with country officials on 9 November 2018. – The alert has been removed from the map.

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

12 Nov 2018 description
report UN News Service

La crise économique, le repli sur soi et la montée des nationalismes, sont autant d’éléments qui rappellent le début du XXème siècle et les années 30 laissant craindre un « engrenage imprévisible », a averti ce dimanche le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, en ouvrant le Forum de Paris sur la paix, qui se déroule en marge des commémorations du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale.

11 Nov 2018 description
report UN News Service

From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“Over the past 100 years, the desire to settle conflicts peacefully on the basis of common rules has been converted into a universal system of institutions in the political, economic, social and environmental spheres,” said the UN chief.

11 Nov 2018 description
report Christian Aid

On the centenary of Armistice Day, Christian Aid has warned that appalling levels of violence across the globe continue to cost lives and that world leaders, including the UK’s, are too often fuelling rather than preventing conflict.

Christine Allen, Christian Aid’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, said:

11 Nov 2018 description

« Nous nous félicitons de l’appel sans précédent publié le mercredi 7 novembre par les communautés religieuses de Suisse pour exprimer leur soutien aux réfugiés.

Cette initiative puissante de la part des représentants des communautés catholique, protestante, juive et musulmane de Suisse plaide pour un renforcement de la protection des réfugiés, faisant des suggestions pratiques aux autorités et appelant à une approche plus humaniste des questions relatives aux réfugiés.

11 Nov 2018 description

“The unprecedented appeal that was made on Wednesday, 7 November, by Switzerland’s religious leaders in support of refugees is very much welcomed.

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

Le capital humain (c’est-à-dire la somme de la santé, des compétences, des connaissances et de l’expérience d’une population) représente la plus grande richesse des pays du monde entier. Il permet à chacun de se réaliser pleinement et elle est de plus en plus reconnue comme l’un des principaux vecteurs de la croissance économique d’un pays.

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

The Human Capital Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: Stories of Progress

Human capital—the sum of a population’s health, skills, knowledge, and experience—accounts for the largest share of countries’ wealth globally. It allows everyone to reach their full potential and is increasingly becoming recognized as a primary driver of a nation’s economic growth.

10 Nov 2018 description

Foreword from the Regional Director

"We commend the Government of Rwanda for passing its first-ever law relating to the “prevention, suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons and exploitation of others"

10 Nov 2018 description

Han pasado 70 años desde que diversos líderes del mundo plantearon explícitamente los derechos que todos en el planeta deben esperar y demandar simplemente por el hecho de ser seres humanos. Nacida del deseo de prevenir otro Holocausto, la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos continúa demostrando el poder de las ideas para cambiar el mundo.

10 Nov 2018 description

It has been 70 years since world leaders explicitly spelled out the rights everyone on the planet could expect and demand simply because they are human beings. Born of a desire to prevent another Ho­locaust, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continues to demonstrate the power of ideas to change the world.