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22 May 2018 description

IOM called on El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly and the Executive Body to promptly approve a new immigration law that corresponds to the current dynamics and that articulates actions in ​​Human Rights, human security and development, as established in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the proposals promoted in the framework of the Global Compact for Migration.

22 May 2018 description

El 17 de mayo en la madrugada, un albergue ubicado en el barrio Nuevo Escobal de Cúcuta donde vivían más de 300 indígenas Yukpa provenientes de Venezuela fue atacado por un grupo armado no identificado, presuntamente paramilitares. Representantes de la comunidad reportan que han recibido amenazas directas contra su vida e integridad y que las autoridades colombianas no han activado los planes de contingencia necesarios para su atención en el lugar y por el contrario, han permanecido en silencio ante estos hechos.

22 May 2018 description

SG/SM/19047-SC/13349
22 MAY 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in New York today:

I thank the Government of Poland for convening this open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

22 May 2018 description

The ICRC in Venezuela and the CARICOM States promote and maintain constructive humanitarian dialogue with a range of authorities; they work with Security and Armed Forces to reinforce the integration of and respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the international rules on the use of force; they run emergency room trauma courses for military and public health professionals, and are strengthening their association with the Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC) by training up VRC volunteers and providing them with technical, financial and logistical support.

22 May 2018 description

ATLANTA (May 22, 2018) – AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $100 million to two organizations, Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief, to strengthen access to housing and healthcare in Puerto Rico. The organizations will receive $50 million each. This donation is an extension of the more than $4 million AbbVie provided following the unprecedented natural disasters of 2017.

22 May 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, MAY 22 2018 --- The World Bank Group’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) today made its first-ever financial commitment, approving a $12 million grant towards the current Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The grant, approved today at an emergency meeting of the PEF Steering Body, will be made from the Cash Window of the PEF.

22 May 2018 description
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May 22nd, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed 95% of the medical support program in the city of Sirte, north of Libya, with $499,000 funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).

In response to the humanitarian aid appeal issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Sirte, QFFD and QRCS launched an intervention to support the city's almost failing medical sector, which serves a population of no less than 50,000 persons.

22 May 2018 description
report Save the Children

Eight people have died and more than 38,000 people have been affected by dangerous storms and heavy rains, which lashed central and southern Sri Lanka in recent days.

Five districts suffered major flooding with some receiving up to 35cm of rain in just a few days. The government has issued a landslide warning in seven districts, and urged people in low-lying areas near swollen rivers to be extra vigilant.

22 May 2018 description

Más personas refugiadas están huyendo de la violencia en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador, y algunos como Armando, arriesgan todo al viajar en el tren de carga, buscando la seguridad en México.

ACAYUCAN, México, 22 de mayo de 2018 (ACNUR) – Armando* era taxista en su natal Honduras, por lo que cada día tenía que cruzar un entramado de calles controladas por las pandillas, temiendo por su vida.

22 May 2018 description

JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating childbirth injury – an obstetric fistula.

Pregnancy can be a dangerous time, and for women with ill health, malnutrition or underage pregnancy, the risks are even higher.

22 May 2018 description

PANAMA/GENEVA, 22 May 2018 – Over a thousand representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector are to meet in Cartagena, Colombia, June 20-22, to discuss the increasing impact of extreme weather events and climate change across the region.

A review of the impact of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season which set new records for damage and loss in the United States and the Caribbean, will be high on the agenda. The region sustained record disaster losses last year estimated at over $300 billion including the Mexican earthquakes.

22 May 2018 description

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Mexico has been hit by no less than seven major catastrophes since 1985. In 2005 Hurricane Wilma caused total economic damages of over USD 22 billion ‒ more than USD 8 billion of which were uninsured. Small wonder that the federal government has been an innovator in disaster risk management.

FONDEN ´excess of loss´ reinsurance structure

Established:
2011

Insured perils:
Declared natural disaster (eg flood, hurricane, earthquake)

22 May 2018 description

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no, we don’t. As a community engagement and accountability advisor within a humanitarian agency, I can’t tell you how much this answer pains me.

If I were to ask, “SHOULD humanitarian agencies be accountable to communities?” the answer would be an emphatic yes.

So, what’s the difference? Believe it or not, I’m still not tired of explaining why we SHOULD we be accountable.

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Some of the world’s worst flooding takes place in Bangladesh. Prolonged and heavy rainfall creates floods that destroy lives, crush homes and wash away crops. Affected families often have to cope by taking out expensive loans or selling essential assets.

Flood insurance for non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

Established:
2013

Insured peril:
Flood

Insurance instrument:
Index-based

Policy coverage:
Pre-defined cash relief

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC)

Established:
2007

Insured perils:
Tropical cyclone, earthquake, excess rainfall

Insurance instrument:
Parametric insurance

Trigger:
Modelled loss

22 May 2018 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

SUMMARY

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKIY, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs. On 16 May, a delegation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited the Mission area.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

22 May 2018 description

Este es un resumen de lo dicho por la portavoz del ACNUR, Aikaterini Kitidi, a quien se le puede atribuir el texto citado, en la conferencia de prensa de hoy en el Palacio de las Naciones en Ginebra.

22 May 2018 description

KYIV, 22 May 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, issued today the following statement:

22 May 2018 description
report People in Need

Mongu (January 24th, 2018) - People in Need (PIN), an NGO which, apart from its activities in the Czech Republic, provides humanitarian and development aid in 22 countries all over the world, has newly opened a permanent country programme in Zambia. The goal is to contribute to reducing malnutrition and increasing resilience of the inhabitants of the Western Province. Zambia is one of the world´s poorest countries, with one of the biggest gaps between the poor and the rich. The most vulnerable are the people living in remote rural areas, particularly women and children.