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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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22 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (22 October 2018) – A Guatemalan court’s ruling that indigenous Ixil Mayans were victims of genocide and crimes against humanity sets a historic precedent for transitional justice in Guatemala, the region and the world, UN experts said today.

22 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (22 October 2018) - The Human Rights Committee this morning discussed an update by the Rapporteur on the Follow-Up to Concluding Observations, and endorsed the document titled “Possible elements of a common aligned procedure for follow-up to concluding observations, decisions and views for all treaty bodies”, which the Chairs of human rights treaty bodies had adopted during their annual meeting from 29 May to 1 June in New York.

22 Oct 2018 description

20 Families reunified in Western Equatoria

1,110 metres Of new water pipeline and distribution networks extended in Pamir

4,889 Refugees reached with hygiene and sanitation messages in Central Equatoria

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

300,137 Refugees inside South Sudan as of 30 September 2018.

1.84 million IDPs in South Sudan including 197,996 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites as of 14 September 2018.

22 Oct 2018 description
report BRAC

BRAC has been implementing a holistic, multi-sector response since the influx began in August 2017, in close coordination with the government and other partners through the Inter Sector Coordination Group. We have been working in Cox’s Bazar for the last 35 years, including specifically with the Rohingya population from previous influxes, and are pursuing an adaptive, phase-wise strategy that sequences our interventions to provide integrated services to everyone affected by the crisis.

SITUATION UPDATE

21 Oct 2018 description

In line with its mandate and in support of the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads the humanitarian response to the Syria situation in Iraq. In doing so, it coordinates the intervention of 10 UN agencies and over 30 local and international NGOs through the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP).

SYRIAN REFUGEE POPULATION

250,184 Syrian refugees registered in Iraq

37% Syrian refugees living in camps and 63% living out of camps

21 Oct 2018 description

I Key facts about this year Participatory Assessment

1,436 Asylum Seekers and refugees discuss their concerns, challenges in annual Greece participatory assessment

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today published the results of an annual participatory assessment report on the concerns of asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece about their current situation and future prospects and risks and how to address them.

21 Oct 2018 description

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia—UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Dereje Wordofa, and a team of UNFPA Regional Directors and Country Representatives this week visited Gambella, one of nine ethnic divisions in Ethiopia, which hosts more than 423,000 refugees.

About 64 per cent of these refugees are under 18 years old and 88 per cent of them are women and children.

21 Oct 2018 description

Eritrea—The strengthening of partnerships to sustain development gains in Eritrea was the focus of a mission led by the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme), Dereje Wordofa and sister UN agencies. The high level UN delegation met with senior officials of the Eritrean Government during a visit to the country on 18 and 19 October.

20 Oct 2018 description

A strategy meeting on the Horn of Africa and Yemen was held by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Addis Ababa on 13 and 14 October to develop a framework and action plan to guide the Fund’s work and partnerships in the region.

Forced displacement, family separation, and lack of basic protection mechanisms and essential services put women and girls at risk of sexual violence in particular. Together with high fertility rates, this scenario is putting pressure on limited resources and negatively impacting the future of youth.

20 Oct 2018 description

Mogadishu, 19 October 2018 – Officers from the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali national security forces have completed a five-day training on the importance of civil-military cooperation in peace support operations.

The training, organized to enhance participants’ knowledge on civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) and peacekeeping, was attended by officers from the contingents of Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as well as those from the Somali National Army (SNA), Danab Special Forces and National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA).

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on Friday.

The group of experts said in a statement that the treatment of migrants as criminals, provokes intolerance and xenophobia, in addition to posing a danger to their well-being.

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13547

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz (Bolivia):

The members of the Security Council were briefed on 19 October 2018 by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on the situation in Mali.

19 Oct 2018 description
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SC/13546 .
19 OCTOBER 2018 .
SECURITY COUNCIL .
8376TH MEETING (AM)

Permanent Representative Highlights New Unity Mechanism, Priority on Response to Security, Humanitarian Needs

Despite insecurity and violent extremism spreading across Mali’s borders, the United Nations peacekeeping chief cited reasons for hope, including Mali’s successful presidential elections, the signing of the new Pact for Peace and a drop in peacekeeper deaths, as he briefed the Security Council today.

18 Oct 2018 description

October 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through information recorded by the Special Follow-Up Mechanism for Nicaragua (MESENI) in recent weeks, observes an increase in acts of violence and repression to deter public demonstrations in Nicaragua. The IACHR also warns about the detention and criminalization of political and social leaders. It also expresses concern about the particular effects that the crisis generates on the rights of women, children and adolescents.

18 Oct 2018 description

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Good afternoon everybody. I am really thrilled to be here.
Let me start by saying a very happy 50th birthday Concern Worldwide and congratulations.
Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate Concern Worldwide’s 50th anniversary.

And it does bear repeating, as Ciarán (Ciarán Cannon, Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora and International Development) said, you started as a result of the famine in Biafra in 1968.

18 Oct 2018 description

708,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox's Bazar.

921,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox's Bazar.

1.3 Million People in Need in Cox's Bazar

Key Features

  • IOM, along with other Gender Based Violence actors, conducted a series of envisioning exercises with girls on International Day of th eGirl Child to explore and caputre key markers of change that girls and adolescent girls would like to see in their communities, in the camp and their vision for a future.

18 Oct 2018 description

UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians

GENEVA / JUBA (18 October 2018) – A UN report has documented the immense suffering of civilians in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan where 900 people were abducted and 24,000 forced to flee their homes during a surge in violence between April and August.