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17 Oct 2017 description
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LIBYA: Civilians in Libya continue to suffer as a result of conflict, instabil- ity, political fragmentation and a collapsing economy. The current number of Libyan IDPs stands at 217,022, while the number of registered refugees and asylum seekers reached 48,124. According to DTM, there was an increase in returnees (278,559 people) in some parts of the country where the situation improved. However, returnees in other areas faced renewed displacement and consequently required urgent food assistance, particularly in Benghazi and Sirt.

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IRAQ: Intense fighting in Mosul is over and military operations are planned to shift to Telafar, Hawiga and Anbar, the last remaining areas under the control of Islamic State of the Levant in Iraq (ISIL). After decades of war, the volume of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) renders Iraq one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world, putting civilians in danger. The complexity and diversity of IEDs require specialist mine clearance operators – for Mosul alone, early estimates indicate it will take years to clear the Old City.

17 Oct 2017 description
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YEMEN: The man-made humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to deteriorate. Driven by widespread food insecurity, an unprecedented cholera epidemic and continuing violence, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased by two million to 20.7 million, including 9.8 million who are in acute need. About 17 million people are food insecure – a 21 per cent jump over 2017 HNO estimates – 6.8 million of whom are severely food insecure.

16 Oct 2017 description

Situation Overview

In August 2017, the financial requirements of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan were revised from US$ 2.1 billion to US$ 2.3 billion following the inclusion of the integrated cholera response plan. Humanitarian partners continued to reach people with aid and a record seven million people across the country was provided with food assistance during the month of August 2017. As of 16 October the YHRP is 55.5 per cent funded.

09 Oct 2017 description

With number of people in need of assistance at a record high more funding will be required

(New York 9 October 2017): Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today announced that the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has reached its 2017 funding target of US$450 million, following an additional commitment of SEK 50 million ($6 million) from Sweden.

28 Sep 2017 description

CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.

24 Sep 2017 description
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Availability of essential food commodities improved in many governorates in August. However, the contraction of the overall economy and price increases of basic commodities have resulted in a reduction of the purchasing power of Yemeni households. Fuel imports are still below half the level of the country’s needs. As access to clean water in Yemen mostly depends on fuel-powered pumps, fuel shortages are a contributing factor to the humanitarian crisis.

22 Sep 2017 description

Co-Chairs’ summary issued by Ms. Margot Walström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and Mr. Mark Lowcock,
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

22 Sep 2017 description

North-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing devastating humanitarian crises. To avert a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations and our partners have dramatically scaled up operations.

Together with the World Bank, the UN is also stepping up cooperation between humanitarian and development partners. By strengthening such links, we aim to not only save lives, but to build people’s resilience to withstand future shocks. But ending conflicts is vital to assure protection of civilians and access to people in need.

22 Sep 2017 description

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Ministers, Distinguished Representatives,

Thank you for coming this morning to discuss the critical humanitarian situation in Yemen. I especially want to thank the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström, and the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, for co-chairing today’s event, as well as our keynote speakers, the President of the International Committee for the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, and the Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick.

20 Sep 2017 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• Nearly 700,000 suspected cholera cases and over 2,000 associated deaths have been reported since 27 April.

• 1.7 million people in acute need live in districts with highest access constraints.

• 78 per cent of households are economically worse off than they were two years ago.

• 8,530 people have been killed since March 2015, and 48,848 injured. More than 1,500 schools are damaged or destroyed.

Cholera cases still rising

Nearly 700,000 suspected cases reported in less than six months

20 Sep 2017 description
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Low access constraints: No or very few access constraints. Armed groups, checkpoints, air strikes or other impediments may be present, but these rarely result in travel restrictions. Humanitarian organisations can operate, and with adequate resources could reach all or nearly all targeted people in need.

Medium access constraints: Armed groups, checkpoints, air strikes, and other impediments are present and often result in restrictions on humanitarian movements and operations. Operations continue in these areas with regular restrictions.

15 Sep 2017 description

In 2017, CERF was one of the first responders to warning signs in North-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen where more than 20 million people were near famine. By end-August, CERF had released nearly US$128 million in grants and loan to support the most critical early action and life-saving activities prioritized by the humanitarian team in each country, making it one of the largest funding sources in the early stages of the response.