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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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24 Apr 2018 description

This IDS Bulletin Archive Collection reviews four decades of analysis and research on peace, security, and development, drawing on articles published in previous issues of the Bulletin throughout this timeframe. IDS first began to investigate the relationship between disarmament and development in the 1970s. Then, research focused initially on disarmament and its actual and potential contributions to development. Disarmament, along with reductions in military spending, it was argued, would release resources for development.

24 Apr 2018 description
report Interpeace

Introduction

In December 2015, the Security Council of the United Nations approved Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, acknowledging that involvement of young people in conflicts, violence and criminal dynamics is linked to structural conditions of inequality and exclusion, as well as polical, economic, cultural and identity factors of a contextual nature.

23 Apr 2018 description
report United Nations

DSG/SM/1168

Deputy Secretary-General

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level round table on security sector reform and sustaining peace, in New York today:

It is a pleasure to join the President of the General Assembly and the many distinguished panellists and guests here today. I thank the Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform for convening this round table.

23 Apr 2018 description

PETER RING ARIIK

As she was receiving her award as the winner of the UNMISS essay writing competition in Lakes region, 16-year-old Khana Kockedhie Magel said that women can bring lasting peace in South Sudan - if they are given the chance to do so.

22 Apr 2018 description

Enrica Picco

Being recognized as Central African and taking part in a new social contract based on inclusion were ultimately the two most prominent demands expressed by Muslim and Peuhl refugees. Only in a Central African state renewed from its very foundation can justice for past violations have an impact and truly improve lives.

22 Apr 2018 description

SUROBI – Members of the women’s Shura in the Surobi district of Kabul are committed to work alongside local authorities and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to support women’s participation in forthcoming elections.

Speaking at a UN-backed forum aimed at strengthening partnerships between communities and local authorities on local development and peacebuilding efforts, the group stressed their determination to assist women in registering to vote and participating in the upcoming parliamentary and district October poll.

20 Apr 2018 description

MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty.

20 Apr 2018 description

This monthly review, produced by IOM, provides a summary of news related to the implementation of the peace accord in Colombia, including disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) processes.
Also included are statics on people in the process of reintegration and former child soldiers, the former of which are sourced from the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN), and the latter from the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF).

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

Threats and attacks against presidential candidates intensify

20 Apr 2018 description

This monthly review, produced by IOM, provides a summary of news related to the implementation of the peace accord in Colombia, including disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) processes.
Also included are statics on people in the process of reintegration and former child soldiers, the former of which are sourced from the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN), and the latter from the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF).

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

20 Apr 2018 description

I am concluding a four-day visit in South Sudan during which I had the opportunity to meet with senior Government officials including His Excellency, the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, and a delegation of Cabinet Ministers led by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomoro.

20 Apr 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13308

Security Council
8239th Meeting (PM)

Following the completion of the 14‑year‑long mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on 30 March, the Security Council stressed today that the Organization would remain an important partner for the West African nation as it continued to consolidate peace and stability in the future.

19 Apr 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13307
19 APRIL 2018
SECURITY COUNCIL
8238TH MEETING (AM)

While circumstances had tested commitment to the peace agreement in Colombia, a united Council had helped to sustain resolve, demonstrating how it could effectively contribute to peace, members of that body heard this morning.

19 Apr 2018 description

SG/SM/18996-HQ/721-ORG/1667
19 APRIL 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the memorial service in honour of fallen staff, in New York today:

Dear families of our colleagues who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, today we honour our fallen colleagues. But allow me, before we begin, to say how I deeply saddened I was to learn last night of the sudden passing of our colleague Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoué, Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire.

19 Apr 2018 description

19 April 2018, Rome/Kinshasa - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are launching an innovative joint project to rebuild livelihoods shattered by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by empowering women, supporting farmers and helping build peace between communities – all thanks to a €35 million contribution from the German people.

19 Apr 2018 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

For the young women of Rumbek, education is a lifeline.

It offers them a chance to escape the cycle of violence in South Sudan and reach their full potential. However, they struggle to learn amidst ongoing conflict and the dire economic situation, which puts pressure on them to contribute to their families’ efforts to survive.

18 Apr 2018 description
report UN Women

On 23 May 2017, the city of Marawi, Philippines, a bustling city In the southern island of Mindanao, was taken over by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS)-aligned forces. The ensuing five-month-long armed conflict displaced nearly 400,000 people from the area. The siege had devastating and lasting consequences for the community, especially for displaced women and girls who lacked access to women’s health services and were left more vulnerable to gender-based violence in the evacuation centres.

18 Apr 2018 description
report Oxfam

Humanitarian Context

  • On 31 March, Fire was erupted in one of WFP’s warehouses in Hudaydah port and destroyed over 3,420 MT of relief food items. WFP announced that investigations are underway to establish the cause of fire.

  • On 28 March, the UN Security Council issued a presidential statement on the situation in Yemen calling on all belligerents to respect their commitments to the IHL and to grant better and unhindered humanitarian access and set back to the negotiation table to reach a peace settlement.