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23 Feb 2018 description

Refugees, Ugandans and their government are working together to save the environment.

By Catherine Robinson | 23 February 2018

ADJUMANI, Uganda – Under a searing midday sun, Olany Mario wipes his brow as he bends to water a bed of tiny green neem seedlings in the fertile soil of a tree nursery in Palabek refugee settlement, northern Uganda. “We are growing these indigenous seedlings to help bring back all the trees that were cut down to make way for us, when we came here,” he says.

23 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, 23 February 2018 – A new, US$2 million agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will be used to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities in Bangladesh and Timor-Leste.

23 Feb 2018 description

by Janot Mendler de Suarez, Climate Centre, Port-au-Prince!

(A version of this story appeared first in French last month on the website of the Haitian Red Cross.)

23 Feb 2018 description

Turkey sets worldwide standards for care of refugee children, says head of International Pediatric Association

The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is working together with the Turkish government to improve conditions of Rohingya children in Bangladesh, as Turkey sets standards for care of refugee children, the head of the IPA said.

23 Feb 2018 description

Is the International Committee of the Red Cross serious about the issue of sexual misconduct by its personnel? That is the question being asked by current and former ICRC colleagues who know as well as anyone that our organization, like others in the humanitarian sector, must confront this behaviour.

I want to assure everyone that the answer is: Yes, we are absolutely serious. There is no place for any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse in this organization.

23 Feb 2018 description

For the 2,000 farmers that comprise the Coopérative des Agriculteurs de Maïs de Nyanza (COAMANYA) maize cooperative in Rwanda, knowing precise information about their plots of land can be challenging. In a country as densely populated as Rwanda, where agriculture contributes to a third of GDP, many farmers must earn their livelihoods on a small piece of land averaging about an acre in size.

So how can basic information about an individual farmer’s plot help to grow his or her produce?

23 Feb 2018 description

The Trojan Women Project provides refugees a chance to learn new skills and voice experiences of exile; ‘The World to Hear,’ a film about the acclaimed ‘Queens of Syria’ theatre tour, is running at the Glasgow Film Festival

By Charlotte Eagar | 23 February 2018

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - Two Syrian women are arguing into a microphone. “I don’t want to see anyone,” Fatima shouts at Reem. “You invited him! You sort it out!” Beside them, Nancy, an elegant Scottish lady of a certain age, says quietly: “Very good! I think that’s it!”

23 Feb 2018 description

En la tarde de este jueves, el ministro de la Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional (SEN), Joaquín Roa Burgos, se comunicó vía telefónica con la intendenta de Bella Vista Norte (Amambay), Mirka Argüello Rojas, a fin de interiorizarse sobre la situación de los afectados por la crecida del río Apa y coordinar la asistencia inmediata a las familias. Funcionarios de la institución trasladan a la zona chapas, colchones, frazadas, carpas plásticas y más de tres toneladas de alimentos para los damnificados.

23 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (23 February 2018) – Iran must cease what appears to be a new and worrying trend of targeting environmental defenders, UN human rights experts* said following the detention of Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) members on spying charges. One has died in custody.

23 Feb 2018 description

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Sudan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

23 Feb 2018 description

Ocho toneladas de ayuda humanitaria y un equipo de rescate fueron enviados este viernes por Defensa Civil, para la atención de 150 familias damnificadas del municipio de Guanay que precisan asistencia con urgencia, luego que padecieron la pasada jornada, el desborde de los ríos Mapiri y Tipuani y la inundación de sus viviendas, informó el Ministro de Defensa Javier Zavaleta.

23 Feb 2018 description

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed a week of training for the Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC) staff of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence.

The first half of the course covered key features of Esri ArcGIS, a leading mapping and spatial analytics software: this included working with maps, performing basic analysis, and developing data and maps for reports. The second half focused on remote sensing analysis during the first 72 hours of an emergency response.

23 Feb 2018 description

Managua – El Embajador de Italia en Nicaragua, Sergio Martes visitó la comunidad Chimpinilla, ubicada en la zona rural de Sébaco, Matagalpa para participar en la entrega de alimentos para familias afectadas por lluvias e inundaciones ocurridas en el mes de octubre del año pasado.

23 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

BRUSSELS, 23 February 2018 – During the International High-Level Conference on the Sahel, the founding members of the Sahel Alliance – France, Germany, the EU, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNDP –, joined by Italy, Spain and the UK, officially launched the Sahel Alliance, by announcing the implementation of over 500 projects between 2018 and 2022.

23 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2018 — The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of $10 million to support Sierra Leone in its efforts to recover from severe landslides and floods in Freetown in August 2017. The landslide, comprising a mix of clay soil and boulders of up to 40 cubic meters, ripped through the city of Freetown with tremendous energy destroying everything in its path. Residents reported a large ‘tidal wave’ of material advancing down the river channel.

23 Feb 2018 description

· La Alianza Sahel es una asociación para el desarrollo de la región lanzada hoy en Bruselas en el seno de la Conferencia de Alto Nivel sobre el Sahel

· El presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, ha anunciado una contribución de “más de cien millones de euros” a esta iniciativa para el desarrollo

· *La ejecución de los proyectos está prevista para el periodo 2018-2022 en *Mauritania, Malí, Burkina Faso, Níger y Chad; países miembros del G5 Sahel

23 Feb 2018 description

La Paz, 23 feb (ABI).- Las intensas y persistentes lluvias afectaron a la fecha a 17.000 familias en Bolivia, informó el viernes el ministro de Defensa, Javier Zavaleta, quien señaló que las situaciones más complicadas se encuentran en Zongo y Guanay, en el departamento de La Paz.

"A nivel nacional las lluvias dejaron un saldo parcial de 17 mil familias afectadas y 337 viviendas destruidas, y los propietarios de muchas de ellas ya están aplicando para el Plan de Vivienda Solidaria", dijo en entrevista con Bolivisión.

23 Feb 2018 description

Por: UNISDR – Las Américas

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, Panamá 23 de Febrero 2018 — Este pasado jueves 22 y viernes 23 de febrero se celebró el evento "Diálogo sobre la reducción del riesgo de desastres" el cual marcó la celebración de la alianza entre ParlAmericas y la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR) en respuesta al llamado realizado por los países signatarios del Marco de Sendai para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres 2015-2030.

23 Feb 2018 description

Having fled violence, tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox's Bazar face great risks from the upcoming monsoon season, due to start in a matter of weeks.

"The refugees are living in precarious conditions. Their shelters are on hillsides which will turn to mud when the heavy rains arrive," said Zoë Corden, CAFOD's Emergency Response Officer, who is in Cox's Bazar supporting the emergency response.