Sana’a, 21 April 2018 – The United Nations is deeply shocked by the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which occurred today in Taizz Governorate.
“We condemn this terrible and unjustified shooting,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.
April 21st, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed an executive agreement with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to help the victims of Typhoon Vinta, which hit Mindanao, southern Philippines, in December 2017.
Under the two-month agreement, the partners will work together to provide emergency assistance to the affected families, at a total cost of $300,000.
The intervention covers shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene. The following activities are involved:
184,612 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
368,583 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - March 2018)
51,519 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya
7,540 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018
420 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018
983 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018
1,342 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017
From 28 February to 31 March 2018:
• As of 31 March 2018, the DTM has identified 2,205,252 internally displaced persons (367,542 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 97 districts and 3,533 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has also identified 3,635,598 returnees (605,933 families).
• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 5% (-112,446 individuals). Decreases were recorded across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates.
Erbil, Iraq, 18 April 2018 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated Kurdistan Region political parties and blocs for signing the Electoral Charter of Honour on Wednesday in Erbil.
“The credibility of the democratic process lies in the integrity of the electoral process. Thus, an effective Charter of Honour is essential to conducting the elections in a free, fair, impartial, transparent and credible manner,” SRSG Kubiš said.
Mosul, Iraq – 18 April 2018 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Jan Kubiš, on a visit to Mosul on Tuesday 17 April 2018, stressed the important role of rehabilitation and reconstruction in Ninewa going hand-in-hand with voluntary and safe return of IDPs.
The humanitarian impact of the Syria crisis remains deep and far-reaching, with the population exposed to significant protection risks. As per the 2018 HNO some 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, of whom 5.6 million are in acute need due to a convergence of vulnerabilities resulting from exposure to hostilities, limited access to basic goods and services as well as mass displacement, often affecting people multiples times. These new mass displacements are in addition to protracted displacement as well as deteriorating coping mechanisms and resilience in Syria.
Erbil, Iraq, 17- 18 April 2018 – In an ongoing, multi-partner project, a number of human rights organizations operating in Erbil are receiving training on how to report on the state of women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region. This is the third in a series of two-day trainings to enhance the ability of local NGOs to prepare professional shadow reports to the UN human rights system. The training is being provided by the Human Rights Office (HRO) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in partnership with Al Masala Organization for Human Resources Development.
Gaziantep, 17 April 2018
I am deeply disturbed over Saturday’s reported fighting between non-state armed groups outside the Al Ma’ra National Hospital in Ma’arrat An Nu’man town in Idleb Governorate, resulting in the suspension of that facility’s services and placing hospital staff and patients at risk.
I took up my assignment as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen. It began on 11 March. I approached this with gratitude to the Secretary-General for his trust, and a sense of privilege that I might get the chance to do something to bring this great tragedy to a belated end. Privilege coupled, I hope, with due humility in the face of the complexity and urgency of the challenge.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 17 April 2018 – “Yemen continues to be one of the world’s most water-scarce countries. Access to drinking water is extremely costly for the most vulnerable people: 8.6 million children in Yemen don’t have sufficient access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The ‘Jordan Compact’ presented at the 2016 London conference details major commitments aimed at improving the resilience of refugee and host communities, focusing mainly on: EDUCATION and LIVELIHOODS.
The enrolment of Syrian refugee children in public schools increased from 126,127 children in 2016-2017 to 130,382 in 2017-2018.
In the aftermath of three years of armed conflict involving the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), thousands of Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to IS have been condemned for crimes they did not commit. They have been stigmatized and punished for factors outside their control – such as being related, however distantly, to men who were somehow involved with IS, or for fleeing from areas believed to be IS strongholds.
Baghdad, 16 April 2018 – On the occasion of the Yezidi new year, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulates all the Yezidis in Iraq and beyond, all the goodwilling Iraqis who share the feelings of celebration with their Yezidi brethren.
Tina- North Darfur State: (UNHCR-COR): On 14 April 2018, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) welcomed the first convoy of 53 Sudanese refugees who have returned to Sudan after more than 14 years in exile, in eastern Chad.
Erbil, Iraq, 16 April 2018 – The Government of Canada has announced a four-year contribution of CAD 5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq to build the capacity of national institutions to implement gender and reproductive health interventions across the country.
Baghdad, Iraq, 15 April 2018 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the cowardly bombing which targeted the motorcade of a Turkmen Front candidate for the parliamentary elections in Kirkuk, which caused a number of casualties.
The Special Representative expresses condolences for the families of the dead and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.