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17 Jan 2018 description

Situation

  • Overall, the 2017 rainy seasons in Djibouti performed well, supporting pasture regeneration, increasing water availability and leading to near-average vegetation conditions. While the ongoing October-to-February rains are slightly below average to date, most households are experiencing improved food access due to a seasonal increase in access to milk and other livestock products, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

17 Jan 2018 description

MOCHA, 16th January, 2018 (WAM) -- UAE Armed Forces medical teams working with the Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, are performing their humanitarian role in the liberated areas of the West Coast of Yemen by treating vulnerable patients and reaching out to them in their homes.

17 Jan 2018 description

MOCHA, 15th January, 2018 (WAM) -- Freedom finally reigns in areas of Yemen’s West Coast that were liberated by the Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, which supported the legitimate Yemeni government.

The smiles have also returned to the faces of Yemeni children after the Iranian-backed Houthi militias had destroyed their innocence.

17 Jan 2018 description

SHABWA, Yemen, 14th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has signed an agreement with the Education Office in the province of Shabwa to build and restore a number of classrooms in a school located in the Nisab governorate, as part of the authority's continuous support of the education sector in liberated areas of Yemen.

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Saif Al Muhairi, Head of the ERC team in Shabwa and Mohammed Ali Lamlas, Director-General of the Education Office.

17 Jan 2018 description

SHABWAH, 13th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has dispatched six relief aid convoys to residents of the city of Yashbam in the Al Said District of the Shabwah Governorate in Yemen. The aid convoys contained over 1,700 food baskets.

Mohammed Saif Al Muhairi, Head of the ERC Team in Shabwah, highlighted the aid authority's keenness to intensify its humanitarian assistance in Yemen. He explained that the ERC responded to the humanitarian appeals made by Yashbam city residents.

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ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has signed a cooperation agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support emergency care for mothers and newborns in the Al Mukalla province in Yemen's Hadramout governorate, as part of efforts to ensure access to essential and life-saving emergency services for the displaced and their host communities.

17 Jan 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 22.2 million people (80% of population) in need of humanitarian assistance, of which, 11.3 million people in acute need

  • Over 3 million internally displaced (of which 0.9 million returnees)

  • 17.8 million people food insecure

  • 16.4 million people in need of basic health care

  • 16 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation

EU humanitarian funding:: €120 million in 2015 & 2016 €76.7 million in 2017

Introduction

17 Jan 2018 description

As at end December 2017, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) required US$24.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million crisis-affected people in 38 countries. Together the appeals were funded at $13.8 billion, or 54% of requirements. Funding for the appeals in 2017 fell 46% short of requirements, with $10.9 billion outstanding.

17 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • As part of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) workplan exercise for 2018, the ETC organised a workshop with partners in Sana’a on 4 January to map their needs and gaps.

  • The ETC has relocated its Internet connectivity services and equipment from the Diplomatic Transit Facility (DTF) in Sana’a to the new United Nations (UN) compound in Haddah.

17 Jan 2018 description

Operating environment was marked with small-scale attacks, political tensions between the State of Puntland and ‘Somaliland’ and forced evictions.
Drought, insecurity and conflicts, remain key drivers of displacement and lack of comprehensive land tenure framework remains one of the key drivers for forced evictions.
According to monitoring agencies drought will continue in 2018 and can lead to further increased vulnerability of persons of concern.

Major developments

A whole-of-society approach – a new improved way of UNHCR response

16 Jan 2018 description

BY: I-wei Jennifer Chang

Yemen is facing an acute humanitarian crisis after nearly three years of civil war, with more than 10,000 deaths and three-quarters of the country’s population in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Although eschewing a leadership role, China has supported regional and international efforts to mitigate the conflict in Yemen and has supplied the country with humanitarian aid. This Peace Brief discusses China’s diplomatic efforts in Yemen’s transition and peace process and its potential role in postwar reconstruction.

Summary

16 Jan 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

16 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18855-GA/11999 16 JANUARY 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal meeting of the General Assembly, in New York today:

Let me start by thanking all Member States, all of you for your support across our agenda.

16 Jan 2018 description

There has been a clear shift in Yemen towards integrated (multi-sectoral) programming following the March 2017 Yemen Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). As the risk of famine rose, there was widespread realization of the complexity of the situation that is not only related to malnutrition and food insecurity, but also to underlying causative factors emanating from other sectors.

Subsequently, the WASH and Health were also integrated due to the criticality of these sectors in any famine prevention actions in Yemen.

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ETHIOPIA

Almost 900,000 people have been displaced since September in Oromia-Somali region due to conflict. There is limited humanitarian response. IDP children are particularly impacted by the crisis: over 84,000 children do not have access to education and up to 14,000 have been separated from their families. 120,000 under-5 children and 20,000 pregnant and lactating women are in need of nutrition assistance.

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SOMALIA