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20 Oct 2018 description
report IRIN

Briefing: Boko Haram and humanitarian access

Few aid agencies operate in Nigeria’s volatile Borno State, where a faction of extremist group Boko Haram executed Hauwa Liman, 24, this week. A midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), her killing underscores the dangers faced by humanitarian groups serving civilians in the region.

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20 Oct 2018 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. Dans sa résolution 2387 (2017), le Conseil de sécurité a prorogé le mandat de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) jusqu’au 15 novembre 2018 et a demandé que je lui rende compte de l’exécution de ce mandat. Le présent rapport est soumis en application de cette résolution.

20 Oct 2018 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. In its resolution 2387 (2017) , the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 15 November 2018 and requested that I report on its implementation. The present report is su bmitted pursuant to that resolution.

20 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • Although the number of attacks appear to be decreasing, the casualities and losses in resources is rising. The nature of the attacks has significantly changed and the effects of the attacks are becoming more severe;

  • An alarming number of Health Personnel has been attacked. Health Personnel are constantly being harassed, detained, kidnapped or the worst happens and they get killed. A total number of 13 Health Personnel were killed during multiple attacks this year;

19 Oct 2018 description

Highlights
- Conflict results in nearly 383,000 civilian deaths from December 2013–April 2018
- 6.1 million people experience acute food insecurity in July and August
- Relief actors face access impediments disrupting assistance to 1.5 million people

19 Oct 2018 description

JE: I have done this work of leading the Humanitarian Task Force for nearly three years, there has been too many setbacks, we have failed more often than we have achieved what we wanted, but there have been also some positive developments and we have two now that I would like to mention:

18 Oct 2018 description

Policy paper
Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development

1. Executive summary

18 Oct 2018 description

“We must work with charities to address systemic underreporting of serious incidents by charities”

Charity Commission warns of continued underreporting as it publishes findings of its interim safeguarding taskforce and updates guidance for charities on what to report

Published 17 October 2018
From: The Charity Commission

18 Oct 2018 description

More than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today (Thursday 18 October) galvanised the support of more than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

18 Oct 2018 description

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development

This guide for DFID partners gives details of new safeguarding standards designed to keep beneficiaries and those delivering aid programmes safe from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Details

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.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Burundi

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting protection of IDPs and refugees. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence as well as protests and other events affecting education.

It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

Editorial team:
Christina Wille, Laurence Gerhardt and Helen Buck Insecurity Insight

Research team:
James Naudi Insecurity Insight

18 Oct 2018 description
report Christian Aid

We are deeply saddened by the scale of abuse which has affected both communities and staff across the aid sector.

Ongoing action is being taken to safeguard better the people we support and staff from abuse, exploitation and sexual harassment of any kind. We take the issues of safeguarding extremely seriously and have worked to provide a safe and trusted environment for all those connected to us, for a number of years.

18 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/J/3576

ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE SIXIÈME COMMISSION
SOIXANTE-TREIZIÈME SESSION, 16E SÉANCE – MATIN

Ce matin, les membres de la Sixième Commission (affaires juridiques) ont entamé leur examen biennal de l’état des Protocoles additionnels aux Conventions de Genève de 1949 relatifs à la protection des victimes des conflits armés en plaidant pour leur universalisation et leur application.

18 Oct 2018 description

I. Introduction

  1. In its resolution 2387 (2017), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 15 November 2018 and requested that I report on its implementation. The present report is submitted pursuant to that resolution.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Direct Relief

Health officials in the region are working to quell the outbreak.

By Andrew Schroeder

The current Ebola virus outbreak in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is already the second worst in that country’s history. As of the October 16 update from the Congolese Ministry of Health, 216 cases of Ebola virus have been recorded in the area and 139 people have died from the disease.

17 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/L/3576

General Assembly Sixth Committee
Seventy-third Session, 16th Meeting (AM)

As international and non-international armed conflict becomes more complex, the universal ratification of the three Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions remains vital for the promotion of international humanitarian law, the Sixth Committee (Legal) heard today.