This publication highlights a set of 24 UNFPA good practices on South-South cooperation (SSC) in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, gender equality, youth empowerment, and population data for development. It includes SSC case studies on family planning, maternal and child health, midwifery, obstetric fistula, HIV and AIDS, SRH in humanitarian setting, population data and population ageing. It demonstrates the successes and commitment of UNFPA and its partners in promoting South-South partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs.
Progress on food security and nutrition stagnates in Europe and Central Asia
More than 14 million adults suffer severe food insecurity while overweight and obesity are on the rise
Beneficiary Satisfaction Survey report
Project: "Belarus - Responding to the most acute humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons" (supported by the European Commission - European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – ECHO)
UNHCR has long upheld age, gender and diversity (AGD) mainstreaming as an essential approach to understand and respond to the needs of all persons of concern. UNHCR makes considerable efforts in Europe to integrate AGD considerations both in operational planning, programme implementation and while engaging with governments in protection, advocacy and legal interventions. This report highlights a range of initiatives across the region in 2017 and 2018 to illustrate this.
Eastern Europe and Central Asia is one of only two regions where overall HIV prevalence has not declined in recent years. The 19,000 new HIV infections among people aged 15–24 in 2017 was only about 9 per cent smaller than the 2010 figure, as opposed to other regions where reductions up to 25 per cent have been observed. Adolescents’ vulnerability is also signalled by a region-wide ART coverage rate of just 37 per cent among all people living with HIV over the age of 14, a rate far below the global one of 59 per cent.
With an impressive development progress over the past two decades, the countries of the Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) are primed for significant economic and social growth. Climate change, however, threatens to undermine decades of development gains and put at risk efforts to eradicate poverty. Tackling climate change must be central to efforts to reduce poverty and sustain development.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the disaster
On 15 March 2018, a meeting of the Emergency Situations Commission of the Republic of Belarus was held to discuss the coming spring floods in Belarus. The meeting was facilitated by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.
Total funding: € 656 million
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Total production of cereals in 2018 estimated at near average level
Imports of cereals in 2018/19 well above the five-year average
Prices of wheat products virtually unchanged in August
Total production of cereals in 2018 estimated close to 2017 level
Harvesting of spring cereals finalized at the end of September, while that of winter crops was completed by mid-August.
Sixty-ninth session Geneva, 1-5 October 2018
Update of UNHCR’s operations in Europe
A. Situational analysis including new developments
People in need of international protection continued to seek safety throughout Europe, as part of movements involving refugees and migrants, while facing physical, legal and administrative restrictions.
Trends and key figures
Minsk – More than half of Belarus’ 9.5 million people use the global messenger service Viber, which was created in Minsk more than seven years ago, to quickly exchange messages, receive information, and make phone calls at home and abroad. Now, a new IOM Belarus Viber community has been established to share travel information and inform people about the potential risks they face, including human trafficking.
In a complex and fast-changing world, we remain focused and resolute in pursuit of our goal – to provide the most appropriate, effective medicine in the harshest of environments. As well as responding to vital needs, our aid is born of a desire to show solidarity with people who are suffering, whether as a result of conflict, neglect or disease.
Refugee and local children mingle at a UNHCR-funded project where they can take part in activities from kickboxing to ballet.
By Kate Bond in Minsk, Belarus | 10 July 2018
Svetlana clasps her hands together nervously and motions to a colleague to start the music. “Remember,” she calls to the six Afghan boys on stage. “Maintain your distance!”
6 July 2018
Requests Two-Day Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights
A Syrian chef and a Georgian restaurant owner believe their new partnership has all the ingredients of success.
By Kate Bond in Gomel, Belarus | 04 June 2018
Chef Imad Ahmad decided it was time to leave Syria when his café in the city of Daraa was flattened in the war.
“I wanted to save myself and my family because I knew everything was in vain,” he says. “My café was ruined. Flattened,” he says, with a sad shrug.
Global Overview MAY 2018
Trends and key figures
A two-day discussion-based tabletop exercise on how to respond to a simulated wildfire in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, in close partnership with the Global Fire Monitoring Center, was held on 17 and 18 May 2018 in the city of Gomel in Belarus near the border with Ukraine.