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Baghdad, Iraq, 12 December 2018 – A delegation from the United Nations in Iraq and the European Union Mission to Iraq yesterday toured a number of EU-funded and UN implemented projects in Mosul, seeing first-hand the clearance, stabilization, rehabilitation and development work undertaken in the northern Iraqi city more than a year after its liberation from Da’esh.
The latest national Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) exercise in Haiti (October-December 2018) shows a significant deterioration of the food security and nutritional situation of rural households in the country. 2.2 million people are facing acute food insecurity, with 386,000 in a food emergency situation. The nutritional situation of children is of particular concern, with global acute malnutrition rates well above the emergency threshold in some areas.
On 13 December, the UN reported that the parties reached an agreement on the city of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa. An executive mechanism to activate the prisoners’ exchange agreement was also agreed, along with a statement of understanding on Taïz. The next round of talks is announced for late January 2019.
Insecurity continues to spread across Burkina Faso, with conflict-related violence reported in western regions of the country. Seven security related incidents have been recorded in Boucle du Mouhoun, a region bordering conflict-affected Mali, since October. This implies an extension of the territory impacted by the recent escalation of insecurity, which now includes regions in the east, north and west of the country. In total, an estimated 1.4 million people live in conflict-affected regions of Burkina Faso.