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17 Mar 2012 description
Participants at World Water Forum sign International Charter to promote universal access to water and sanitation services through local-level solidarity Marseille, France - UNDP has led a group of 25 institutions including local, regional and national authorities, international and multilateral...
16 Mar 2012 description
16-03-2012 Operational Update Some 72,000 displaced people have fled their homes in northern Mali according to ICRC and Mali Red Cross estimates. Many are living in extremely precarious conditions. Against a backdrop of ongoing armed clashes, the ICRC's priority is to gain access to people who...
16 Mar 2012 description
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka’s military is dominating the reconstruction of the Northern Province, weakening international humanitarian efforts and worsening tensions with the ethnic Tamil majority. Since the war ended in 2009, hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into the province, but the...
16 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN
MBABANE, 16 March 2012 (IRIN) - It is 6am in rural Mliba in central Swaziland, and Melody Thwala and her seven-year-old granddaughter Thandi are busy with their daily task of harvesting wild `umbhidvo' weeds before Thandi goes to school. Thwala will use what they have gathered to make a...
16 Mar 2012 description
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated USD 1 million from its "underfunded emergency" reserve to lifesaving IOM water, sanitation and hygiene projects to combat waterborne diseases at the start of Haiti's wet season. Nearly half a million very poor Haitians still...
16 Mar 2012 description
Key issues An escalation in hostilities in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel claims the lives of 24 Palestinians, including four civilians. Almost 80 percent of the Palestinian injuries (62 out of 75) and all Israeli injuries (11) were unarmed civilians. This round of violence ended in a calm...
16 Mar 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund
KAMPALA, Uganda, 14 March 2012 – U-report, a new communications technology developed by UNICEF Uganda and launched in May 2011, is revolutionizing social mobilization, monitoring and response efforts. The initiative equips mobile phone users with the tools to establish and enforce new standards of...
16 Mar 2012 description
report Voice of America
Scott Bobb | Irbid, Jordan Watch the Video Jordanian officials estimate that 80,000 Syrians have fled the fighting in their country between government troops and opposition forces for refuge in Jordan. Many are wounded, straining Jordanian health facilities. Khalaf Rshaidat and Khaled Ghizawi...
15 Mar 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch
Militias Committing Serious Crimes (Geneva, March 16, 2012) – The UN Human Rights Council should condemn serious, ongoing human rights violations by militias in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. The council should appoint an independent expert to document the abuses and monitor the...
15 Mar 2012 description
BANGKOK, 15 March 2012 - Following a recent decision by its Cabinet to buy land in Fiji as 'climate change insurance' for its population, Kiribati President, Anote Tong has called on the international community to address the effects of climate change that could wipe out the entire Pacific...
15 Mar 2012 description
MEXICO CITY / GENEVA (14 March 2012) “Enforced disappearances in Mexico have happened in the past and continue to happen today,” the UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances warned, during the presentation of its report on the country in Mexico City.* The report recognised...
15 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN
NAIROBI, 15 March 2012 (IRIN) - Several thousand people have been displaced by clashes between Al-Shabab insurgents and Somali troops assisted by Ethiopian and Kenyan soldiers in Somalia's southwestern Gedo region, locals told IRIN. "In the last couple of weeks, we have had some 5,000...
15 Mar 2012 description
Faits saillants : Le Sud-Kivu recevra 50% de l'enveloppe humanitaire de la Commission européenne en 2012-ECHO Des organisations humanitaires continuent d'être attaquées dans les Territoires de Fizi et Uvira Kalehe : des biens essentiels de ménage et abris d'urgence pour plus de 5...
15 Mar 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund
BUJUMBURA, 16 mars 2012 - Plus de 115 000 enfants burundais dont les naissances n'ont pas été enregistrées vont pouvoir avoir accès à un acte d'état civil dans le cadre d'une campagne gratuite d'enregistrement tardif des naissances organisée à partir du 16 mars 2012 dans 8...
15 Mar 2012 description
Syrians are taking refuge along the eastern border of Lebanon by the thousands. More than 2,000 people fled from Syria into Lebanon in the first week of March alone, bringing the total estimate of displaced Syrians in that country to at least 13,000. Humanitarian operations in much of the north, led...
15 Mar 2012 description
HIGHLIGHTS Mass displacements are rising in 2012, mostly affecting indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in need of humanitarian assistance. Increased armed actions are causing serious humanitarian consequences including civilian casualties and displacements. Conflict-related events are...
14 Mar 2012 description
report AlertNet
By George Fominyen DAKAR (AlertNet) – More than half a million children are at risk of dropping out of school this year due to the food and nutrition crisis unfolding in Niger, aid groups have cited the government as saying. Aid agencies say data compiled by the country’s ministry of education...
14 Mar 2012 description
SANAA – Food insecurity in Yemen has reached alarming levels, with almost five million people unable to produce or buy the food they need, according to the preliminary findings of a survey carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in cooperation with the Yemeni Central...
14 Mar 2012 description
Juba/Brussels, 14 March 2012 – The lives of tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan depend on the scaling up of humanitarian aid now, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders). The scale up must take place in the short and...
14 Mar 2012 description
Continued civil unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic since midMarch 2011 has raised serious concern over the state of food security, particularly for vulnerable groups. Following the unrest, a contraction is forecast in the 2011 real GDP and the downturn is expected to continue in 2012. Economic and...