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22 Jan 2019 description

J'étais il y a peu à Tombouctou (Mali), où j'ai rencontré des familles qui n'avaient pas de quoi se nourrir faute de récoltes suffisantes et qui avaient perdu plusieurs de leurs enfants, tués par des engins explosifs improvisés. J'ai été bouleversé par leur immense souffrance et leurs conditions de vie extrêmement précaires.

Au terme de ma visite en Afrique de l'Ouest, je me rendrai directement au Forum économique mondial de Davos pour sensibiliser les décideurs présents à la tragédie humaine qui se déroule au Sahel.

21 Jan 2019 description

In Timbuktu, Mali this month I met with families without food whose crops have failed and whose children have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IED). I couldn't help but be moved by the deep levels of people's suffering; too many are living on a knife's edge.

From West Africa I travel straight to Davos, Switzerland to impress upon leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting the reality of human suffering in the Sahel.

18 Jan 2019 description

by Julie Arrighi, Climate Centre, Nairobi

The first of a 2019 series of high-level round tables on the interconnected vulnerabilities and impacts of climate and conflict was held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, yesterday, amid heightened security after the attack in the city earlier this week.

18 Jan 2019 description

By Nora Peter, IFRC

Three European Red Cross societies have launched a joint initiative that focuses on the social integration of refugees and asylum-seekers. The two-year project “Action of Red Cross on Integration of Relocated and Resettled Persons” runs under the acronym ARCI and is implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with the German, Bulgarian and Croatian Red Cross.

16 Jan 2019 description

The ICRC develops its first massive open online course (MOOC) on sustainability in humanitarian action

11 Jan 2019 description

By Helena Loh, IFRC

“E.T. phone home?” “E.T. phone home.” “And they’ll come?” “Come? Home. Home.” Hearing these words while watching the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1994, six-year-old Yasmina Peker cried so hard that her mother had to tell her the happy ending to stop her tears.

Today, Yasmina is Team Leader of Turkish Red Crescent Society’s Restoring Family Links (RFL) community-based migration programme. She smiles as she remembers the movie, “I remember how E.T. wanted to go home, but couldn’t, and it really affected me,” she said.

10 Jan 2019 description

The Red Cross Red Crescent across the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East have been helping people prepare for and cope with damaging extreme seasonal-weather – ranging from extreme cold and snow to storms and flash floods.

Most recently the ICRC in Lebanon yesterday tweeted that Storm Norma had left almost 600 Syrian refugee families in Aarsal, in the north-east of the country, one of the worst affected areas, without bread or fuel for heating.

08 Jan 2019 description

The UN yesterday issued an official outcome documentfrom the Marrakech Partnership round table on resilience held at COP 24 in Katowice that included the IFRC, the Climate Centre and PfR agency Wetlands International. It reflects many of the key messages that emerged there from the humanitarian sector.

03 Jan 2019 description

03/01/2019 - by Maarten van Aalst, Director, Climate Centre

(_This article appeared frst in the print edition of the latest Red Cross Red Crescent magazine, jointly published by the ICRC and IFRC in Geneva_.)

One degree Celsius. It doesn’t sound like much. Most of us wouldn’t even notice if the air around us went up or down by that amount. Nearly everywhere on Earth, the thermometer goes up and down far more than that just between daytime and night.

02 Jan 2019 description

by Nicola Ward, Climate Centre, Hong Kong

Amid widespread scientific agreement that with climate change potentially lethal heatwaves are starting earlier and ending later, the first-ever international expert forum convened to find ways to reduce the risk was held in Hong Kong late last month.

24 Dec 2018 description


In November, 60,983 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (29,428 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 104 locations.

24 Dec 2018 description


For most of us, a safe and secure home is at the centre of our lives. It is the place where we eat, sleep, study, raise a family, socialize and take sanctuary. For many people, it is also their most significant financial asset. We work all our lives for it, and continuously invest time, money and energy to improve it.

19 Dec 2018 description

Este informe, elaborado por el Servicio de Asesoramiento en derecho internacional humanitario (DIH) del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) para información de los Estados Miembros de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), recoge la información más relevante que se ha registrado sobre las actividades y los avances relacionados con la aplicación del DIH en la región durante el período 2016-2017.

19 Dec 2018 description

19/12/2018 - by Olivia Warrick, Climate Centre, New Zealand

Drought is a tricky hazard to prepare for in the Pacific – a silent, slow-onset disaster whose impacts may appear only gradually over months, making early warning early action difficult.

Now a group of regional agencies have got together to add Tuvalu to the list of Pacific island nations supported with developing science-based early warning for drought and prolonged dry conditions.

18 Dec 2018 description

The risks posed by digital technologies in conflict zones were laid bare at an event in London last week.

While digital technologies have brought many benefits to the humanitarian sector, more attention and action are required when it comes to the associated threats and their consequences.

18 Dec 2018 description

The Safe Schools Declaration, launched in Oslo in May 2015, highlights the broad impact of armed conflict on education and outlines a set of commitments to strengthen the protection of education and ensure its continuity during armed conflict.

16 Dec 2018 description

Geneva/Katowice, 16 December 2018 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today welcomed the prospect of what the UN has called a “new era of global climate action” with the adoption by governments at COP 24 late yesterday of guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement.

COP 24 President Michal Kurtyka of Poland said “the guidelines contained in the Katowice Climate Package provide the basis for implementing the agreement as of 2020”.