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19 Feb 2018 description

Situation Overview

The East Ghouta area in Rural Damascus hosts an estimated population of 393,000, including a significant number of internally displaced person (IDPs) Parts of East Ghouta have been classified as besieged by the UN since November 2013, with the entire enclave classified as besieged since November 2016. Despite the formalization of a de-escalation zone in East Ghouta in September 2017, East Ghouta has witnessed an intensification of military activity, particularly in the latter months of 2017 and into January 2018.

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February 17th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has sent a medical team to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to conduct the 12th edition of its annual cardiac catheterization programme for poor children with congenital heart problems.

This is the first of 23 medical missions planned by QRCS for 2018, including cardiac catheterization for children, open-heart surgery, eye camps, etc. These missions would cover 13 countries in Asia and Africa.

16 Feb 2018 description
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Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February–23 March 2018
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development

Note by the Secretariat

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Damascus, 16 February 2018 - On 14 February, after 78 days without any access to East Ghouta, an inter-agency convoy of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered life-saving food, nutrition and health assistance to 7,200 people in Nashabieh. Whilst this development is welcome, it is absolutely insufficient. The people reached represent 2.6 per cent of the 272,500 people in need in East Ghouta. Much needed water and sanitation, education materials and non-food items, such as kitchen sets, blankets and plastic sheets, were not allowed to be loaded in the convoy.

15 Feb 2018 description
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UN Security Council Resolutions 2165/2191/2258/2332/2393

Through the unanimous adoption of resolutions 2165 (2014),and its subsequent renewals 2191 (2014), 2258 (2015) , 2332 (2016) and 2393 (2017) until 10 January 2019, the UN Security Council has authorized UN agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa (Turkey - Syria), Al Yarubiyah (Iraq - Syria) and Al-Ramtha (Jordan - Syria) to deliver humanitarian assistance, including medical and surgical supplies, to people in need in Syria.

15 Feb 2018 description

The Northern IDP camps in Idleb governorate located on the Syrian-Turkish borders witnessed big IDP influx from several governorates as Deir-ez-Zour, Hama, and Idleb due to the ongoing clashes there.

The Information Management Unit of the Assistance Coordination Unit through its network of enumerators in Idleb camps documented the numbers of displaced households and individuals who arrived to IDP camps.

15 Feb 2018 description

Islamic Development Bank president visits International Center for Biosaline Agriculture to discuss collaboration

Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2018 – The President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Bandar Hajjar, paid a visit to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to discuss collaboration and experience the center’s advances in and contributions to agricultural research and development in different regions, and particularly IDB member countries.

15 Feb 2018 description
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Summary Overview
- This Allocation Strategy is issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), in consultation with the Clusters and Advisory Board (AB), to set the IHF funding priorities for the 1st Standard Allocation 2018.
- A total amount of up to US$ 34.55 million is available for this allocation. This allocation strategy paper outlines the allocation priorities and rationale for the prioritization.
- This allocation paper also provides strategic direction and a timeline for the allocation process.

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Kuwait City, 14 February 2018

It was [inaudible] to convene a conference mobilizing [inaudible] necessary to respond to that terrible humanitarian drama.

Today, Kuwait assumes the leadership in convening the conference in solidarity with the people and the Government of Iraq.

But the response to this conference and to this appeal is an extraordinary proof of confidence in the Government and in the people of Iraq. The international community has shown the recognition that Iraq is on the right track for recovery and stabilization.

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Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took 150 refugees from Tripoli to Rome, Italy, bringing to 1,084 the total number of refugees evacuated since the beginning of UNHCR’s operation, three months ago.

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From 31 December 2017 to 31 January 2018:

• As of 31 January 2018, the DTM has identified 2,470,974 internally displaced persons (411,829 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 97 districts and 3,702 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has also identified 3,346,704 returnees (557,784 families).

• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 6% (145,014 individuals). Decreases were recorded across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates.

14 Feb 2018 description
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The aim of the UN’s two-year Recovery and Resilience Programme is to fast-track the social dimensions of reconstruction.

The activities in the RRP build on existing efforts and are designed to help ensure that people see tangible improvements in their daily lives at the start of the reconstruction process, rather than waiting years to benefit from large-scale infrastructure projects and structural reforms.

14 Feb 2018 description
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The members of the Panel of Experts on Yemen have the honour to transmit herewith the final report of the Panel, prepared in accordance with paragraph 6 of resolution 2342 (2017).

The report was provided to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2140 (2014) on 9 January 2018 and considered by the Committee on 23 January 2018.

We would appreciate it if the present letter and the report were brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council and issued as a document of the Council.

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[as prepared for delivery]

I am delighted to be here with you today to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq, a country that has suffered so much and that has so much to contribute to the world.

I thank the government of Kuwait for demonstrating, once again, its commitment to its neighbour.

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PROFILE OF THE CRISIS

OVERVIEW AND IMPACT

The majority of displaced families are expected to return to their communities by the end of the year

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase. Combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have ended and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities.

14 Feb 2018 description
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Kuwait- The World Bank Group and the Government of Iraq signed two projects today totaling US$510 million to help the Iraqi people by improving living conditions, enhancing water supplies, and creating jobs. The two projects along with the ongoing US$750 million Emergency Operation for Development program and other planned commitments, will increase the World Bank’s total commitment to Iraq to US$4.7 billion, compared to US$600 million four years ago.

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Funding Status 2017

In January 2017, UNRWA launched its 2017 Syria Emergency Appeal, requesting a total of USD 329 million to meet the basic needs of Palestine refugees in Syria. As of 31 December 2017, the Agency had received USD 141.7 million, representing 43.1% of emergency requirements.

In addition, about USD 48 million was allocated under the Programme Budget, supporting core programmes and activities of UNRWA in Syria.

Additional USD 17.4 million complemented the operation in Syria through project funds, supporting UNRWA programmes.