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report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 2017 (IPS) - Almost 70 years since the Genocide Convention was adopted, the international community still faces a continued and growing risk of genocide.

On the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, the UN launched an appeal for member states to ratify the 1948 convention by the end of 2018.

“Genocide does not happen by accident; it is deliberate, with warning signs and precursors,” said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

12 Dec 2017 description

Permanecerán las bajas temperaturas durante la mañana y la noche en la mayor parte de la República Mexicana.

Hoy se prevé que el Frente Frío Número 15 ingrese a México por el noreste del territorio nacional y que su masa de aire cubra progresivamente el norte, el noreste, el centro y el oriente país, lo que ocasionará que continúen las heladas y las bajas temperaturas en esas regiones, principalmente durante la mañana y la noche, informó el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) @conagua_clima, dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) @conagua_mx.

12 Dec 2017 description
report UN Women

Initiative aims to transform livelihoods of a million people by doubling their income in three years

Paris/New York – A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement.

12 Dec 2017 description

Puyo (Pastaza). Este domingo 10 de diciembre, por vía fluvial, ingresó hasta la Sarayacu un equipo de la Coordinación Zonal 3 de la Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos (SGR) y del Gobierno Provincial de Pastaza para empezar el proceso de socialización del primer Plan Familiar de Emergencias en Kichwa en los siete barrios de la comunidad indígena.

El Plan Familiar de Emergencias es una herramienta que promueve la SGR para motivar en las familias acciones de prevención y preparación ante las emergencias, bajo el enfoque del ciudadano como primer respondedor.

12 Dec 2017 description

With funding support from the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), and managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) has allocated a new grant of $208,560 USD to Plan International to provide Emergency Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance to over 200,000 vulnerable displaced persons in Zamzam and Tawilla IDP camps in North Darfur State to cover needs and gaps created by the increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD).

12 Dec 2017 description

La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) entregó mobiliario y equipo informático al Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores para aportar a la garantía y cumplimiento de los derechos fundamentales de las poblaciones móviles a través del Sistema de Servicios Públicos Integrales para la Población Retornada mejor conocido como El Salvador es tu Casa.

12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

La ministra de Educación Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella apreció en varios de los municipios de la costa norte de esta provincia la marcha de la recuperación de las escuelas y demás instalaciones del sector dañadas por la furia de los vientos del huracán Irma hace poco más de tres meses

12 Dec 2017 description

FRANCESCA MOLD

Engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have begun a major road rehabilitation programme to improve security, enable traders and humanitarians to get food and aid to needy communities, and to build peace.

At a press conference in the capital Juba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer, unveiled the plan, which will involve repairing 2350 kilometers of road – double the work completed last year.

12 Dec 2017 description

JERUSALEM –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board, meeting in Rome, Italy this month, has approved a five-year strategy in Palestine which prioritises food support for the most vulnerable Palestinians, thus ensuring the continuing benefit of WFP assistance.

12 Dec 2017 description

Déclaration du HCR

Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) souhaite clarifier qu’aucun de ses employés n’était impliqué dans les mouvements d’un véhicule qui aurait été saisi ce matin à Goma, dans la province du Nord-Kivu.

12 Dec 2017 description

Maiduguri, 11 December 2017 - Following the successful implementation of the first oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) in Nigeria, more than 3500 team members, 80 independent monitors and 50 ward focal persons are currently administering a second dose of OCV in six high risk local government areas (LGAs) of Borno state. The exercise aims to ensure that the ongoing cholera outbreak, which has affected more than 5000 persons including 61 deaths, is swiftly brought under control.

12 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from trees. This will stop his plants from catching the notorious banana bacterial wilt, which has destroyed many farms in Uganda.

“We have been told that to reduce the spread of the wilt. We have to cut them so that bees that visit them don’t spread the disease,” he says.

Read more on The Guardian.

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When: Thursday, 14 December 2017, from 8:30-17:30

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

Who: State Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia, SIDA, high level officials from Amhara and Addis Ababa Bureaus of Labour and Social Affairs, local and international NGOs working in Addis Ababa and Amhara regions, the media and other invited guests.

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Baghdad, 12 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, met today with the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission.

The Commissioners provided updates on the status of electoral preparations, including plans for the enfranchisement of displaced voters and the adoption of several technologies for the next elections. The Commission also identified technical and other areas where they most require international support.

12 Dec 2017 description

by Zoe Tabary | zoetabary | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:10 GMT

An effort to rehouse flood-battered residents in apartment buildings is winning converts

AKARTA, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Whenever floods hit her one-room shack in northern Jakarta, Irma Susanti hangs her most precious furniture – a bed and a table – from the ceiling with a rope.

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by Lyndsay Griffiths | Thomson Reuters Foundation Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:00 GMT

MAZABUKA, Zambia, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S ugar brought a rush of people and prosperity to the drab highway stop in southern Zambia they now call "Sweet Town" - and with that trade came AIDS.

To mine copper or cut cane, outsiders descended on scruffy, fast-growing towns like Mazabuka, hoping to make a new life and where the men went, a sex industry followed with local women touring bars, inns and truck stops to sell sex to newcomers.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Council of Europe

12/12/2017 MIGRATION, REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS

12 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, last week (06-07/12) held a technical workshop funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to facilitate the implementation of a new project to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas of Somalia. Held in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, the three-year project aims to reduce infant and child mortality caused by water borne diseases.