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09 Nov 2018 description
  1. Fuertes lluvias en centroamérica causan muertes y daños a los medios de vida

  2. Inundaciones, un huracán y una tormenta tropical azotaron varias áreas de México en Octubre

  3. Inundaciones en el noreste de Colombia han afectado a más de 64,000 personas

  4. Fuerte sismo en el norte de Haití dejó a cientos de personas heridas y causó daño a miles de casas

  5. Trinidad y Tobago recibe el equivalente de un mes de lluvias en un periodo de dos días, causando inundaciones masivas en casi todo el país

09 Nov 2018 description
  1. Intense flooding throughout Central America has caused losses to livelihoods and lives

  2. Flooding, a tropical cyclone and a tropical storm battered various areas of Mexico throughout October

  3. Flooding in northeastern Colombia has affected more than 64,000 people

  4. Strong earthquake in northern Haiti damages thousands of homes, injures hundreds

  5. Trinidad and Tobago was withstood a month’s worth of rainfall in the span of two days, triggering mass floods

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

31 Oct 2018 description
report RESET

A project aiming to set up communication networks following major floods and hurricanes has just grabbed IBM's top hackathon prize.

In May this year, computer giant IBM put out its first Call for Code - an international hackathon event which asked developers from around the world to create digital solutions for disaster relief efforts. More than 100,000 developers from 156 nations participated in the event, and this Monday, IBM officially announced the contest winner: Project Owl.

24 Oct 2018 description
report European Union

11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union

Brussels, Belgium
23 October 2018

16 Oct 2018 description

HM Customs Gibraltar continues with its long-standing successful experience of organising and delivering Customs and Customs-related training events for a number of Customs Services in the European, Central and South Asia regions as well as regional and international organisations.

12 Oct 2018 description
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Sea arrivals peaked this month with 4,000 people. Land arrivals through Evros also increased to 1,400. Some mainland camps are overcrowded while the situation is worse in islands’ reception centres, especially those of Samos and Lesvos. The dire conditions can have serious consequences for asylumseekers’ health, safety and protection, especially for children and other vulnerable people. The Government partners increased accommodation in the mainland and transferred more people from the islands with UNHCR’s support.

05 Oct 2018 description

"A simple text to a farmer just to say, 'The weather outlook for the next three days is this' can fundamentally change what they do."

By Thin Lei Win

RULINDO, Rwanda, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Marie Chantal Akingeneye lost her only cow to an unknown illness, she has no source for manure for her fruits and vegetables - but she hopes a new phone app could help.

03 Oct 2018 description

Project Highlights

Coordination

  • WFP and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) signed an agreement in July aimed at supporting capacity building of National Red Cross Societies across the Pacific. The two agencies agreed to support three internships in the IFRC office in Suva, which will be focused on logistics projects supporting National Societies as well as the Pacific Logistics Cluster.

01 Oct 2018 description
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There were 3,200 sea and 980 land arrivals this month. The shortage of accommodation for asylum-seekers across Greece means that three and four time more people live in the centres of Lesvos and Samos over their respective capacity. The conditions are particularly difficult for pregnant women, unaccompanied children and the other vulnerable asylum-seekers. Overcrowding has also worsened in some mainland sites. Tension there has increased, particularly in camps with limited services. UNHCR urged the authorities to boost efforts and consider extraordinary measures.

01 Oct 2018 description
report Logistics Cluster

In the lead-up to cyclone season, logisticians across the Pacific region sit down to review and revise their prepositioning strategies. Are there enough stocks at community, provincial, national and regional level? What stocks are a priority, in what quantities and where?

This task just became easier, better informed and more efficient. How? The PALM platform.

01 Oct 2018 description

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) launched the first online introductory course on humanitarian access, to contribute to improving how the aid community reaches communities in conflict.

"Humanitarians need to be even better at reaching communities caught up in conflict. This new course paves the way to equip aid workers with the basic tools to better understand how to access people in crisis," said Jamie Munn, Director of NRC in Geneva.

25 Sep 2018 description

UNHCR’s pioneering sets a new benchmark for initiatives seeking to ensure that more refugee youth have access to quality post-primary education. It is an investment in the future of refugee youth, unlocking their potential and leading them towards solutions.

25 Sep 2018 description

ROME/NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with its partners to expand a cutting-edge, digital booking platform that offers a one-stop shop for humanitarian workers in remote locations to access housing, travel and medical services.

Rolling out the platform — humanitarianbooking.wfp.org — to wider audiences coincides with UN General Assembly meetings in New York, and is particularly timely in an era of multiple humanitarian crises.