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An important step was taken this week in New York, where the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was adopted by the Third Committee of the General Assembly. The GCR was developed over an 18-month consultation period that involved a variety of stakeholders, including member states, UNHCR, and non-state actors such as ACT Alliance and its members. Refugees and host communities around the world are now looking towards all of us to make the Compact a reality.
People affected by crisis make decisions every day about how to use their capacities and the resources available to them to best meet their needs. However, when it comes to the aid provided by the formal humanitarian sector, crisis-affected people continue to report having extremely limited ability to influence the aid decisions that affect them. After decades of talk and commitments to put people at the center of aid, we, as a sector, continue to fall short.
The health, education and safety of millions of children around the world is threatened because they don’t have a decent toilet at school or at home, according to WaterAid’s State of the World’s Toilets 2018 report.
While child marriage has been on the decline recent decades, there is a growing concern for its increased prevalence in crisis situations during conflict and natural disasters. The more typical underlying factors such as gender inequality and social norms, in combination with new factors such as protection risks and poverty, are leaving girls vulnerable in these settings.
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report describing the global landscape in 2040. The authors predicted severe food shortages, devastating wildfires and the dying off of coral reefs en masse. The report warns that, by 2040, global temperatures are expected to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, meaning that most people alive today will see the dramatic effects of climate change within their lifetime.
Christian Friis Bach, Secretary General of DRC is pleased: “The Global Compact on Refugees is a proof of reason. Over the past two years, UN member states, UN agencies, civil society organizations, experts and private sector actors have developed a better, up-to-date approach to handle refugee situations in future. While the GCR is not perfect, it is a leap forward and a major achievement.
"Yesterday in New York, the Global Compact on Refugees was approved with overwhelming support by UN member states through a vote of 176 in favour and one against.
Over the past two years, governments, the UN, and civil society around the world have come together to develop the Global Compact on Refugees. In this unique process, characterised by cooperation and solidarity, NRC believes the Global Compact will enable better protection and expanded solutions for refugees by addressing the growing global displacement crisis.
This exciting edition of OPENPlan brings to you recent, high-quality research studies from offices across Plan International, all of which contribute to the evidence base under the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
A record-breaking 68.5 million individuals worldwide have been displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, or violence. Over 50% are children. When a displacement crisis occurs, aid agencies are equipped to mobilise massive resources in a very short period of time, but the response is often reactive. With the rise in predictive analytics, a new paradigm in humanitarian and development planning becomes possible. Predictive analytics allows agencies to anticipate the onset of a crisis and understand how that crisis will unfold over time.
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey, which supports refugees and their Turkish hosting communities, has provided a swift response to the crisis in challenging circumstances, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The humanitarian projects have helped refugees to address their basic needs but have not always delivered the expected value for money, say the auditors.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
The Refugee Council warmly welcomes the news released by the Home Office today that Campsfield House immigration removal centre will close by May 2019. This closure will coincide with the end of its current management contract.
The objective of the Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) is to guide the work of humanitarian practitioners across sectors and to ensure that, irrespective of the tool used, the key standard of market analysis is being met. By supporting high-quality market analysis, the MISMA intends to contribute to improving response analysis and programme implementation. The MISMA covers five key actions to ensure the quality of market analysis.
Statement by Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum:
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memorandum on limiting access to asylum is appalling, and Refugees International is deeply alarmed about any presidential proclamation that would bar access to asylum to those entering the United States between U.S. ports of entry.
As the number of people in humanitarian settings grows, there is a critical need for practical examples of how to effectively deliver contraception at every stage of crisis, from emergency preparedness, to acute emergency response and through recovery. Many places go from stability to crisis — and back again — with little warning. Others languish in low-grade state of conflict. These settings require attention to health systems combined with some emergency response capacity.