Distinguished members of the Security Council,
Following the certification of the election results on 19 August, the government formation process moved forward with the election of Mohammad al-Halbousi as Speaker of the Council of Representatives on 15 September, and Barham Salih as President of Iraq on 2 October, who then nominated Mr. Adel Abdul Mahdi, as Prime Minister-designate.
As part of its expanding education programs, SAMS has awarded new scholarships to 28 Syrian medical students in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Recipients of these competitive awards are continuing students who started their medical studies in Syrian-accredited universities but were interrupted as a result of the ongoing crisis. These students participated in the provision of medical and humanitarian care in the areas in which they resided: Idlib, Aleppo, East Ghouta, Dara’a, northern Homs, southern Damascus, and Daraya.
8396TH MEETING (AM)
13 NOVEMBER 2018
Welcoming Peaceful Transfer of Power in Iraq, Head of Assistance Mission Says International Support Crucial for Improving Security, Basic Service Delivery
Briefing on Iraqi progress in fighting terrorism, reducing sectarianism and peacefully transferring power, the United Nations top official for the country stressed, in the Security Council today, the critical importance of international support to the new Government for its efforts to deliver basic services as well as to improve security.
13 November 2018
With today’s passage of the ‘omnibus’ resolution on the work of UNHCR in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee of the UN General Assembly, the global compact on refugees is one step closer to being affirmed by the General Assembly.
The Third Committee approved the resolution by overwhelming majority and sends the text to the General Assembly plenary for adoption before the end of the year.
On Wednesday (14 November), the Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing sanctions measures on Somalia while lifting sanctions on Eritrea, namely the arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions imposed on Eritrea in resolutions 1907 (2009), 2023 (2011), 2060 (2012) and 2111 (2013). Accordingly, the draft resolution states that the committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea will be known as the committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia.
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2018 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an “existential crisis”: land degradation.
The Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (LDN), launched by United Nations-backed partnership the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), aims to put data directly into the hands of local and national decision makers to help stop and reverse environmental degradation.
Ciudad de Guatemala, 13 nov (AGN).- La Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred) habilitó 20 albergues temporales para que las personas, especialmente quienes duermen en las calles, acudan a resguardarse de las bajas temperaturas por el inicio de la época fría.
“Este plan contempla la atención a quienes acuden a los albergues temporales por la época de bajas temperaturas, que se inicia hoy con el ingreso de un frente frío”, explicó David de León, vocero de dicha entidad.
El viernes 16 de noviembre se realizará una nueva entrega de equipamiento para fortalecer las capacidades departamentales de respuesta frente a emergencias. Esta vez le toca el turno a Rocha. Los insumos y artículos provienen de fondos de la República Popular China, del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y de Presidencia de la República. En lo que va del año, actos de entrega similares se han realizado en los departamentos de Paysandú, Treinta y Tres, Durazno, Artigas, Canelones, San José, Río Negro y Colonia.
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
November 13, 2018
PUNTA SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – Recovery progress is perhaps more obvious here than elsewhere on the island as Punta Santiago sheds the moniker “Apocalypse Beach” locals adopted after Hurricane María.
It was here, a 20-minute drive from where Hurricane María made landfall, the words “Necesitamos agua/comida,” or “We need water and food,” were chalked onto the asphalt. An image of this desperate call for help made national news.
I echo the statement of the Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, calling upon all parties to the conflict in Yemen to show restraint. All parties must live up to their obligations under international humanitarian law. I ask that the parties implement a cessation of hostilities, not least in and around all the infrastructure and facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely.
Following a night of violence in Gaza and Israel, Save the Children is calling for an immediate end to the hostilities on both sides, to prevent any further suffering of children and their families. Our Senior Programme Officer and spokesperson, Maher Abdullah, has shared his family’s experience overnight in Gaza.
Yesterday’s cyclonic storm (CS) “Gaja” over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & southeast Bay of Bengal (BoB) followed an anticlockwise looping track during past 24 hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 13th November, 2018 over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & south BoB near latitude 13.3°N and longitude 87.1°E, about 740 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 830 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu). It is likely to move westsouthwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.
by Natalie Wazir
by Sophie Feintuch
The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes reports of a reduction of hostilities in and around Hudaydah city. Griffiths stresses that de-escalation is a crucial step to prevent further humanitarian suffering, and to build a more enabling environment for the political process.
This exciting edition of OPENPlan brings to you recent, high-quality research studies from offices across Plan International, all of which contribute to the evidence base under the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
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.
For the final 27 internally displaced persons who boarded a UN helicopter from Bor on Thursday, the feeling was nothing but nostalgic and ecstatic.
For five years, like many who fled Akobo and other parts of the country in 2013 when war broke out, they had been taking refuge at the UNMISS Protection of Civilians site in Bor, safe from all the incidents that pushed them out of their homes.
COPENHAGEN, 12 November 2018 – In response to the holding of “elections” in the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine over the weekend, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli (Georgia) issued the following statement: