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The State of World Population 2018

The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows

17 Oct 2018 description

In late September and early October, a delegation of Southeast Asian parliamentarians travelled to Belgium for a series of meetings in Brussels, and to attend the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Ghent. The delegation spent almost a full week in the country to strengthen relationships with the European Union institutions and fellow NGOs, as well as to raise awareness of the troubling human rights situation in Southeast Asia.

17 Oct 2018 description

Imagine walking for more than an hour just to get your daily fill of clean drinking water.

17 Oct 2018 description

KUNDUZ - At two televised, UN-backed events in Badakshan and Takhar, religious leaders, rights activists and other community leaders came together to discuss local peace initiatives and to strategize on ways to build community cohesion.

The events, organized by UNAMA’s Kunduz regional office, took place in the provincial capitals of Taloqan and Faizabad, where those gathered spoke about the impact of the conflict on their lives and the important role communities can play in building social cohesion as a counter to violence.

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I. Status of Affected Families / Persons A total of 769,172 families or 3,204,763 persons were affected in 6,093 barangays, 488 cities/municipalities, and 31 provinces in Regions NCR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and CAR (see Table 1; Annex A for details).

17 Oct 2018 description
report Jakarta Post

The heavy rains that have hit West Sulawesi in the past three days caused a number of landslides along the main road connecting Mamasa and Mamuju regencies on Sunday night. The limited number of heavy equipment in the region has slowed down the process of removing the debris from the road.

As a result, hundreds of motorists and motorcyclists trapped between the landslide spots have had to stay overnight on the road. Meanwhile, thousands of others intent on reaching the other respective regency have formed a line snaking down the road.

17 Oct 2018 description
report Government of India

In a rarest of rare occurrence, two very severe cyclonic storms (VSCS), one each in Bay of Bengal (7-13 Oct.) and Arabian Sea (06-14 Oct.) developed simultaneously during October 2018. The VSCS, Titli crossed north Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coast near Palasa (18.80N/84.40E) to the southwest of Gopalpur during 0430-0530 IST of 11th as a VSCS with the wind speed of 140-150 gusting to 165 kmph, The VSCS, Luban crossed Yemen and adjoining Oman coast to the south of Al-Ghaida during 1100-1130 IST of 14th October as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph.

17 Oct 2018 description

A perfect storm of converging trends in global warfare is changing how the ICRC needs to think about helping those caught in conflict. ICRC President Peter Maurer addresses the National Press Club after days of high-level meetings with officials in Canberra.

ICRC works in more than 80 countries around the world and sees first-hand the suffering of people and communities caught in the crossfire of war and violence. We have almost doubled our budget and staff over the last couple of years and this growth has been supported by our key donors, including Australia.

17 Oct 2018 description
report Berghof Foundation

By Anita Ernstorfer

Suggested Citation: Effective approaches to preventing violent extremism: a peacebuilding systems perspective. In: Berghof Dialogue Handbook on Transformative Approaches to Violent Extremism. 2018.

Dealing with violent extremism (VE) has emerged as a central framework of analysis and policy-making in most Western and non-Western government agencies. It is also heavily shaping the programming of non-governmental agencies, not least due to the availability of related funding lines.

17 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

A new tide gauge worth AUD $600,000 was officially commissioned yesterday at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

The new station at Vuna Wharf was built to withstand cyclone conditions and can last up to 20 years or longer with good maintenance. The equipement expected to record tides, weather and land movement.

17 Oct 2018 description

Islamabad, October 16, 2018 - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has reaffirmed his firm government commitment for polio free Peshawar and assured to provide all available resources to achieve this end. The team for the prevention of polio would be given proper security and it we all will work as a team towards this end, he assured.

17 Oct 2018 description


544K people affected

270K people targeted

5 provinces targeted

$62M funding required


On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), affecting an estimated 544,000 people in five provinces - Enga, Gulf, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces, with Hela and Southern Highlands the most affected. More than 270,000 people including 125,000 children, were in immediate need of life saving assistance.

17 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The threat level for Manaro Voui Volcano on Ambae Island in Vanuatu was decreased in late September from volcanic alert level 3 to a level 2, as the possibility that its activity will escalate is considered low.

  • The Government of Vanuatu’s Council of Ministers has extended a state of emergency for Ambae Island to 26 November 2018, and resettlement to Ambae Island is prohibited until the state of emergency lapses.

17 Oct 2018 description
report BenarNews

By Froilan Gallardo and Richel V. Umel

Thousands of Filipino Muslims displaced by last year’s gunbattles in the southern Philippine city of Marawi demanded Tuesday that they be immediately allowed to return to their destroyed homes – one year after the Islamic State-led siege left more than 1,200 people dead and turned the former Muslim trading hub into a virtual ghost town.

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The Mexican government must listen to the stories of those fleeing Honduras and inform them of their right to seek asylum, said Amnesty International today in response to news that the Mexican government deployed its federal police chief to its southern border to await the arrival of a caravan of over 1,600 people from Honduras, including dozens of families and children.