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03 Nov 2017 description

By Diana Diaz

Refugees can now receive birth, death and marriage certificates, a historic first that will give them better access to services.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ariat Ochocka Odulla cradles her 18-day-old baby, Angakuny in her arms. Too young to understand what life has in store for him, he is one of the first refugees in Ethiopia’s long history of hosting refugees to receive a birth certificate. Lacking this crucial document for herself and other children, Ariat has experienced first-hand how hard it can be to access basic services as a refugee in Addis Ababa.

03 Nov 2017 description

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during October. Seasonal rains ended in the summer breeding areas of the Sahel in West Africa and Sudan as well as along the Indo-Pakistan border. Consequently, vegetation was drying out and locust numbers were decreasing. Small-scale breeding continued in western Mauritania but locust numbers remained low. A second generation of breeding is thought to be underway in one area on the Red Sea coast in Eritrea where good rains have fallen since May.

03 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13053
2 NOVEMBRE 2017

De retour du Bangladesh, où il a été témoin, à la frontière avec le Myanmar, de « l’exode de réfugiés le plus rapide depuis les mouvements massifs de population du milieu des années 90 », le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, M. Filippo Grandi, en a, ce matin, appelé au leadership du Conseil de sécurité pour mettre fin à une crise mondiale qui n’a de cesse de s’aggraver.

03 Nov 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11968
2 NOVEMBER 2017
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-SECOND SESSION, 40TH MEETING (AM)

While some speakers welcomed the Human Rights Council’s efforts to investigate alleged violations in countries ranging from Myanmar to South Sudan to Yemen, others voiced concern that selectivity had begun to creep into its agenda and working methods, as the General Assembly began its annual consideration of the 11‑year‑old intergovernmental body.

03 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

Washington, November 02, 2017 - The World Bank announced today a new project aimed at restoring basic services in some of the Yemen’s cities hardest hit by the ongoing conflict. Funded by a US$150 million grant from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries, the new project will target issues like uncollected trash and untreated sewage water, both of which are contributing directly to the current cholera epidemic. In addition, the project will address the urgent needs for road repair to improve mobility, and access to electricity for critical services. 

03 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

The Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project is a multi-sectoral emergency operation that aims to restore access to critical urban services in Yemen. It is financed by a US$ 150 million IDA grant that is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) over a period of three years.

The key value propositions of the project are as follows:

02 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13053  

SECURITY COUNCIL
8083RD MEETING (AM)  

Security Council Members Call for Adequate Funding, Greater Capacity for Agency

The number of forcibly displaced people around the world was now approaching 66 million, and that sharp rise reflected the weakness of international cooperation in responding to the crisis, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Security Council today.

02 Nov 2017 description

Yemen is facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, including the fastest growing cholera epidemic ever recorded. As of 1 November, there were some 895,000 suspected cholera cases with nearly 2,200 associated deaths since 27 April. More than half of the suspected cases are children.

02 Nov 2017 description

Executive summary

“A continually warming world will be a graveyard for entire ecosystems, entire peoples – and potentially even entire nations.” “There is a clear disconnect between the Paris Agreement’s stated ambition to limit warming to less than two degrees and the commitments countries have made. That gap must be closed.” “The world cannot wait.”
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2016

02 Nov 2017 description

Mr. President,

Distinguished delegates,

A few weeks ago, I was in Bangladesh, at the border with Myanmar - witnessing the most rapid refugee exodus since the massive population movements of the mid-1990s.

It was a stark illustration of what happens when the root causes of conflict and violence are not addressed, and the relationship between a state and some of its people breaks down.

The result is a human tragedy on a dramatic scale.

02 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

Cumulative figures

  • The cumulative total from 27 April 2017 to 29 October 2017 is 890,017 suspected cholera cases and 2,185 associated deaths, (CFR 0.25%). 960 have been confirmed by culture.

  • The total proportion of severe cases among the suspected cases is 19%

  • The national attack rate is 323.1 per 10,000. The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rates per 10,000 remain Amran (750), Al Mahwit (706), Al Dhale’e (633), Abyan (487) and Sana’a (440).

02 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • The cumulative total from 27 April 2017 to 15 October 2017 is 844,046 suspected cholera cases and 2,168 associated deaths, (CFR 0.26%). 26,137 suspected cases and 11 associated deaths were reported in W41.

  • The national attack rate is 296.6 per 10,000. The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rates per 10,000 are Amran (711), Al Mahwit (662), Al Dhale’e (612), Abyan (481) and Sana’a (420).

  • Among the 305 affected districts, 23 districts did not report any case the last three consecutive 3 weeks.

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  1. In 2017, Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$7.4 billion. The total amount received to date is $3.6 billion (49%), which leaves a shortfall of $3.8 billion (51%).

  2. The Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) requested US$5.58 billion. The total amount received to date is $2.59 billion (46%), which leaves a shortfall of $2.99 billion (54%).

02 Nov 2017 description

Refugees, trafficking in persons and other effects of current conflicts would be a thematic focus of the Security Council in November, Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.

01 Nov 2017 description

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Cholera in Yemen: Key questions

The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to rage and from April to 28 October 2017, a total of 880,987 suspected cholera cases including 2,183 associated deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.25% were reported from Yemen. The cases were reported from almost all governorates (96% of the governorates were affected) and almost all districts (92% of the districts were affected).

01 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Trump Administration Should Publish Policy, Strengthen Protections

(Washington, DC) – US President Donald Trump’s reported rule changes for targeting terrorism suspects increase the risk of drone strikes killing civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The Trump administration should immediately publish its new policy on targeted killings outside conventional battlefields and strengthen protection for civilians.