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16 Nov 2018 description

GINEBRA (16 de noviembre de 2018) - El Relator Especial de la ONU, Michel Forst, visitará Colombia del 20 de noviembre al 3 de diciembre para evaluar la situación de los defensores de los derechos humanos y los esfuerzos del Gobierno para protegerlos y facilitar su trabajo.

16 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA (16 November 2018) – UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst will visit Colombia from 20 November to 3 December to assess the situation of human rights defenders and Government efforts to protect them and enable their work.

“I welcome the invitation of the government of Colombia, this is a timely visit,” said Forst. “I intend to engage in a fair and genuine dialogue with the Government and to offer my advice and assistance to contribute to the development of a comprehensive strategy on prevention and protection for human rights defenders.”

16 Nov 2018 description

Commissioner-General’s statement: Special Political and Decolonization Committee
New York, 9 November 2018

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to present my annual report to the General Assembly on UNRWA’s work for Palestine refugees in the Near East.

As per established practice, while the written report before you describes trends and events in 2017, my presentation will update you about significant developments in 2018.

16 Nov 2018 description

Presentation showing preliminary findings from USAID-funded Aspires Family Care Project, implemented by FHI360, ChildFund International and AVSI. Economic strengthening activities including cash transfers, VSLAs, matched savings accounts and others were shown to reduce families' economic vulnerability and increase child protection and well being.

16 Nov 2018 description
  • The September 28, 2018 Palu Mw7.5 Earthquake in Sulawesi Island in Indonesia triggered an unexpected tsunami that caused damage and loss of lives in the region. A field survey by the UNESCO International Survey Team composed of scientists from Turkey, Indonesia, Russia, Portugal, Italy, Austria and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been performed between November 07 and 11, 2018 covering the entire coast of Palu Bay up to the earthquake epicenter region.

16 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

NEW YORK, 16 November 2018 – “The increasing number of appeals for a ceasefire in Yemen and resumption of political talks, offer a glimmer of hope to Yemeni children that peace might one day return to their country.

“Yet the fighting continues and it is children who bear the consequences of a war waged by adults – living in communities ravaged by violence, cholera and malnutrition. Fear and sorrow to last a lifetime have been seared into their young hearts.

16 Nov 2018 description

Faits saillants

  • Déplacement d’environ 17 000 personnes dans les Hauts-Plateaux de Kalehe
  • Distribution d’articles ménagers essentiels à 4 000 personnes retournées dans le territoire de Fizi

Aperçu de la situation

16 Nov 2018 description

An innovative voluntary relocation programme helps Venezuelans and their hosts thrive in cities like São Paulo and Brasilia.

By Miguel Pachioni in São Paulo and Victoria Hugueney in Brasilia | 16 November 2018

16 Nov 2018 description

The country of Burkina Faso, “Land of Upright People,” is situated in Africa’s Sahel region and prone to shocks, such as droughts. But a new USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA) partner is quickly lending to smallholder farmers and women's groups to tackle these challenges.

16 Nov 2018 description

“It is the women of Yemen who pay the highest price of the war, the voice of women is crucial to build peace”, says Somaya, a member of the women technical advisory group which convened earlier this month in Amman.

In general, women’s inclusion brings different understanding to the conflict, expands the range of domestic constituencies and increases the legitimacy of the peace process. The Yemeni National Dialogue Conference adopted in its outcome document a 30% inclusion quota for women in all government positions, as well as delegations and committees.

16 Nov 2018 description

Coastal zones are critical to life and livelihoods, people and planet. They are conduits to trade, to communications, they provide resources and livelihoods, they are often centers of economic growth. Critical coastal ecosystems underpin a number of key economic sectors, including tourism, fisheries, mineral extraction, oil and construction. The ocean-economy, covering broad categories of employment and ecosystem services is estimated at between USD 3-6 trillion a year.

16 Nov 2018 description

The top priority is cyclone preparedness. Intra-camp relocations and shelter upgrades continue as circumstances allow. Nearly 27,000 persons have been verified through the Government and UNHCR joint verification exercise, as of 31 October. Health Sector has identified ways to address gaps in the supply of essential medicines. Sizable funding gaps still hinder vital sectoral capacity, with notable restrictions on many services necessary for refugee adolescents.

16 Nov 2018 description

Bangui, le 16 novembre 2018 – La Coordonnatrice humanitaire en République centrafricaine, Najat Rochdi, condamne avec la dernière énergie l'attaque contre un site des personnes déplacées à Alindao, dans la préfecture de Basse Kotto, qui a fait plusieurs victimes civiles et a entrainé un déplacement forcé des populations.

Deux semaines à peine après les violence et l'incendie à Batangafo, le site de la Mission Catholique à Alindao a été incendié le 15 novembre. Près de 20 000 personnes ont été affectées et des milliers de personnes ont été contraintes de fuir à nouveau.

16 Nov 2018 description

Bangui, 16 November 2018 – The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Najat Rochdi, strongly condemns the attack on a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Alindao town, in the Basse Kotto prefecture, which led to several civilian casualties and forced displacement.

Barely two weeks after the violence and the fire incident in Batangafo, on 15 November, the Catholic Mission site in Alindao town was set ablaze. Nearly 20,000 people have been affected and thousands have been forced to flee once again.