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17 Nov 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.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

New safety, security and access information

01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian

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

JE: Thank you very much, we just completed a Humanitarian Task Force meeting. It was a meeting where we had some rare moments of feeling that we achieved, through humanitarian diplomacy, what we have so many times before failed to.

15 Nov 2018 description

Overview

During the first nine months of 2018, just under 25,100 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement' to 19 countries in Europe.2 This is 24% less than the same period in 2017, but already two-thirds more than the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.

15 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Cameroon

05 October 2018: In Tole region, Fako department, soldiers entered an IDP camp and began shooting, leaving three civilians dead. No further information specified. Source: ACLED

Central African Republic

31 October 2018: In Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture, clashes between unidentified armed groups led to three IDP camps being set on fire, leaving around 27,000 persons without a home. Sources:
RJDH, MSF and ACLED

15 Nov 2018 description

AMMAN, 14th November, 2018 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, presented financial and humanitarian aid, in the form of food baskets and winter supplies, to ease the suffering of people affected by floods in southern Jordan.

The aid was provided by coordinating with the Human Appeal International, HAI, Office in Jordan, as well as with relevant local authorities and Jordanian charity organisations, during the two-day visit of Sheikh Humaid to Jordan.

14 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Africa

South Africa

06 October 2018: In Mthatha town, King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality, two unidentified gunmen hijacked an ambulance with a driver still in it parked outside the Libode Clinic. Hours later, the police found the driver tied up in a forest and the ambulance abandoned nearby. Source:
Sowetan Live

Asia

The Philippines

13 Nov 2018 description

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday ordered an emergency airlift of humanitarian aid to help those affected by the devastating floods in Jordan.

A 747 jumbo jet and a C130 Hercules transport carrier took off from Dubai during the night carrying more than 58 tons of much-needed health, nutrition, and sanitation supplies, as well as temporary shelters. The planes landed in Jordan early morning, and the aid is already on its way to be distributed to people in need.

13 Nov 2018 description

DUBAI, 12th November, 2018 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday ordered an emergency airlift of humanitarian aid to help those affected by the devastating floods in Jordan.

A 747 jumbo jet and a C130 Hercules transport carrier took off from Dubai during the night carrying more than 58 tons of much-needed health, nutrition, and sanitation supplies, as well as temporary shelters. The planes landed in Jordan early morning, and the aid is already on its way to be distributed to people in need.

12 Nov 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/685

General Assembly
Fourth Committee Seventy-third Session, 25th Meeting (AM)

Commissioner-General Defends Humanitarian Nature of Agency’s Work, Reinforces Palestinian Descendants’ Right to Refugee Status

12 Nov 2018 description

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, responds to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest countries, delivering lifesaving sexual and reproductive health supplies and services to protect the rights, safety and dignity of women and young people affected by crises. In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people in 58 countries with humanitarian assistance, including 10.8 million people reached with sexual and reproductive health services and 3.9 million people reached with gender-based violence (GBV) services. In the last decade, UNFPA’s humanitarian activities have grown exponentially.

12 Nov 2018 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR, 5,606,895 have now fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. 1.4 million of them fled in 2014 alone with an average of more than 3.935 people per day. In 2015 more than 617,188 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,714 per day. In 2017 more than 623,374 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,731 per day. Children now make up 45% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,523,103 refugee children in the region.

12 Nov 2018 description

Editorial

COOPI’s worldwide operations increased once again in 2017. It means also that the number of humanitarian crises we have tried to respond to as effectively as ever has increased. We have decided not to limit ourselves to intervening when there is an emergency, only to then move on elsewhere; instead, we remain alongside the communities hit by those emergencies in the medium-to-long-term, so as to help them overcome their critical issues and launch a reconstruction process.

11 Nov 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

The present report of the Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East provides a description of the activities of the Group in 2018 and a detailed outline of the current financial situation of the Agency. The Working Group adopted the report at its meeting on 22 August 2018.(a) As in previous reports of the Group, the present report closes with concluding remarks addressed to all Member States.

(a) The United States of America has dissociated itself from the present report.

10 Nov 2018 description

On 9 November, heavy rains and subsequent flash floods have killed at least ten people in several cities in Jordan. The floods also forced the evacuation of nearly 4 000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra. While rescue operations are ongoing, a state of emergency was declared in the port city of Aqaba. Two weeks ago, 21 people died after they were drowned in flash floods in the Dead Sea region.

10 Nov 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/684

General Assembly Fourth Committee
Seventy-third Session, 24th Meeting (PM)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) faces the greatest financial predicament in its history this year following the abrupt end to funding by the United States, its Commissioner‑General told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today.