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21 Dec 2015 description
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This week, on 17 December, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will mark its 10 year anniversary. Created in 2005, CERF marked an innovative breakthrough in humanitarian funding by Member States of the UN General Assembly as a “fund for all, by all”. It raises and pools funds before the need arises, and provides fast, predictable funding to partners on the frontlines at the onset of a crisis, as well as financing critically underfunded emergencies.

24 Sep 2013 description
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Syria Crisis: A Crisis for Arab Development

New York — With around 800 days left until the target date for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), today the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) along with the League of Arab States and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched a report showing that recent turmoil in the Arab region imperils progress towards the goals across the Arab world.

16 Apr 2013 description
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The Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen has expressed alarm over the worsening plight of thousands of destitute migrants from the Horn of Africa who are stranded in northern Yemen, saying their situation needs urgent attention.

“In a desperate attempt to seek better livelihood opportunities, many migrants have suffered gross physical abuse and severe economic and sexual exploitation,” said Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. “Many of them, including children, are stranded under extremely difficult circumstances. Their plight must be urgently addressed.”

09 Jan 2013 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian actors in the MENA region seek to foster greater collaboration, emphasizing the importance of partnerships and recognizing the value in diverse humanitarian approaches.

  • The number of Syrian refugees in Egypt has increased significantly since June 2012. The UN and humanitarian partners are seeking to address their main protection concerns.

06 Nov 2012 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian needs in Syria have continued to deteriorate in the last two months. There are now an estimated 2.5 million people in need of assistance and over 350, 000 registered refugees.

  • The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen talks to the media in Cairo and calls for greater focus on addressing the humanitarian crisis.

  • The Arab Humanitarian Portal is launched in Kuwait at the third Annual Conference on Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action.

01 Oct 2012 description
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The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide.

17 Aug 2012 description

Nineteen aid workers killed in Somalia since last 19 August

Nairobi/Mogadishu (17 August 2012) – Celebrated on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day acknowledges the dedication of humanitarian workers.

“Every day in Somalia, NGOs and the UN humanitarian agencies work with the Somali people to overcome the effects of drought, hunger and conflict on innocent people,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden. “While Somalia remains one of the most dangerous environments for aid workers, they are unwavering in their commitment to alleviate suffering.”

05 Apr 2012 description

(Doha/New York, 5 April 2012): The United Nations and the State of Qatar today urged the international community to sustain and increase its help to the millions of people in the world affected by humanitarian disasters and emergencies by supporting the global Humanitarian Appeal for 2012.

03 Apr 2012 description
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General situation during March 2012
Forecast until mid-May 2012

07 Feb 2012 description
report Oxfam
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International humanitarian system will not cope with increased case load without going local

The international humanitarian response system will fail to cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless there are more resources closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters, warned international agency Oxfam today.

21 Nov 2011 description

31st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT

Geneva, Switzerland

28 November – 1 December 2011

Law and disaster risk reduction at the community level

Background report

Document prepared by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Executive Summary

21 Nov 2011 description

31st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT

Geneva, Switzerland

28 November – 1 December 2011

Background report

Document prepared by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Executive Summary

17 Oct 2011 description
report ALNAP
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LESSON .1

Drought is a recurrent and natural event in many areas. Humanitarian organisations can be more effective when they take this into account in their programming.

30 Jul 2011 description
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BACKGROUND

■ 12.4 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

■ Famine has been declared in five regions of South Central Somalia and refugees continue to flee into Kenya and Ethiopia.

■ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has made a global appeal for everyone to do what they can to bridge the US$1.1 billion still required by aid agencies to reduce the loss of life.

29 Jul 2011 description
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(New York/Geneva, 29 July, 2011) The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion dollars to provide life-saving assistance to more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa.

In a new regional overview, the UN warned that the famine in two regions of Somalia could spread throughout the rest of the south within 1-2 months, if the humanitarian response did not increase in line with rising needs.

23 Jul 2011 description
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The crisis at a glance

• On 20 July, a famine was declared in southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia.

• Eight other regions of southern Somalia are at risk of famine in the coming 1-2 months unless aid response increases in proportion to needs.

• 11.6 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa region.

• Refugee influxes from Somalia into Kenya and Ethiopia continue, with an exodus of 3,500 people a day arriving in the past week in areas of Ethiopia and Kenya.

20 Jul 2011 description
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General Information:

• Famine has been declared in Lower Shabelle and parts of Bakool in southern Somalia.

• Other southern regions may also be affected in the coming two months.

• Tens of thousands of people have died and many more lives are at risk.

• 3.7 million people, more than half the population, require humanitarian assistance – a 35% increase from 2.4 million in the beginning of the year.

• Cereal prices are at an all‐time high, with the cost of some commodities up by 270% in some areas in the south.

20 Jul 2011 description
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Food Assistance

• 270,000 people have received food rations in southern regions of Hiraan and Banadir including more than 85,000 people receiving cooked meals in 20 feeding centres on a daily basis in Mogadishu supported by WFP and partners

• 54,000 additional people received food assistance from NGOs in Bay, Lower Shabelle and Mogadishu.

Nutrition

19 Jul 2011 description
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Two regions of southern Somalia are currently facing famine. Malnutrition rates are above 50 per cent in some of the districts and tens of thousands of people have already died for reasons related to malnutrition in the last few months. In the first half of 2011, the number of people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance increased by over a million to some 3.7 million people, almost half of the people living in Somalia. If humanitarian agencies do not intervene now, famine will spread to the whole of southern Somalia within two months.

30 Jun 2011 description
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Food Assistance

• 300,000 people were reached in Mogadishu basis with food assistance on a monthly including providing more than 85,000 cooked meals from 20 kitchen sites daily.

Nutrition

• Approximately 100,000 malnourished children were treated through some 418 nutrition centres in southern Somalia from January to May 2011.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)