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20 NOVEMBER 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on “peace and security in Africa: strengthening peacekeeping operations in Africa”, in New York today:

Peacekeeping is a remarkable exercise in global solidarity. United Nations peacekeepers are ready to pay the ultimate price for peace, and we are all in their debt.

20 Nov 2018 description
report Sphere

What is Sphere?

The Sphere Project, now known as Sphere, was created in 1997 by a group of humanitarian non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Its aim was to improve the quality of their humanitarian responses and to be accountable for their actions. The Sphere philosophy is based on two core beliefs:

• People affected by disaster or conflict have the right to life with dignity and, therefore, the right to assistance; and

20 Nov 2018 description



20 Nov 2018 description

One of the greatest challenges for climate change adaptation is how to build resilience for the billion urban dwellers who are estimated to live in what are termed informal settlements . These settlements have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures, settlements and systems. But how is it possible to build resilience for those living outside the formal systems and usually working within the informal economy?

20 Nov 2018 description


This week, 267 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 571 arrivals and from last year’s 700 arrivals during the same period. The average daily arrivals this week equalled 38, compared to 82 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

20 Nov 2018 description
report European Union

Water diplomacy: Council adopts conclusions

On 19 November 2019, the Council adopted conclusions on water diplomacy. The Council recalls that water is a prerequisite for human survival and dignity and a fundamental basis for the resilience of both societies and the environment. Water is vital for human nutrition and health, and essential for ecosystem management, agriculture, energy and overall planetary security.

19 Nov 2018 description

19 NOVEMBER 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on 25 November:

I am very pleased to be with you to discuss this essential topic.

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. It is a moral affront to all women and girls and to us all, a mark of shame on all our societies, and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

19 Nov 2018 description

Child marriage in West and Central Africa is one of the biggest challenges in the region and has enormous adverse effects on education, health, including sexual and reproductive health, and on the overall development of adolescents and youth. This brochure provides recent data and analysis of child marriage in the region.

19 Nov 2018 description

by Yves Daccord
19 November 2018

When humanitarians take stock of the lessons of 2018 and the priorities going forward, there will surely be unanimity on at least one point: the ‘humanitarian #MeToo’ crisis that erupted following media revelations about the conduct of some Oxfam staff in Haiti in February has shaken the sector to its core.

19 Nov 2018 description
report UN Women

This year’s UN theme, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” will amplify voices, bringing many more actions and solutions forward during “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”

19 Nov 2018 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 18 Nov 2018): 22,450
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 18 Nov 2017): 114,550

Total arrivals 1 Nov - 18 Nov 2018 495
Total arrivals 1 Nov - 18 Nov 2017 3,153

Average daily arrivals in November 2018 so far: 28 Average daily arrivals in October 2018: 32

Dead and missing in 2018 - Central Med (as of 18 Nov) 1,252
Dead and missing in 2018 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 18 Nov) 2,055

Dead and missing in 2017 - Central Med (as of 18 Nov) 2,814
Dead and missing in 2017 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 18 Nov) 3,013

19 Nov 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

12 NOVEMBRE 2018

C’est sur le thème de la consolidation et de la pérennisation de la paix au Sahel que la Commission de consolidation de la paix (CCP) a tenu, aujourd’hui, sa session annuelle, permettant aux États Membres et aux partenaires clefs d’échanger sur la mise en œuvre du récent Plan de soutien de l’ONU au Sahel.

16 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

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 purpose

16 Nov 2018 description

‘The Government intends to maintain a high level of aid and has proposed spending NOK 37.8 billion on aid in 2019. This corresponds to about 1 % of Norway’s gross national income and is NOK 2.5 billion more than in 2018,’ said Minister of International Development Nikolai Astrup.

15 Nov 2018 description
report Save the Children

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.

15 Nov 2018 description


During the first nine months of 2018, just under 25,100 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement' to 19 countries in Europe.2 This is 24% less than the same period in 2017, but already two-thirds more than the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.

14 Nov 2018 description


There is significant rigorous evidence that collective action can play an important role in facilitating women’s political engagement, and in advancing women’s empowerment in formal and informal politics, in low-, middle- and high-income countries.