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19 Oct 2018 description

Food security and climate change are inextricably interlinked, and policy-makers and experts can and should work for more integrated approaches addressing both. That is the main takeaway from a side event on Wednesday 17 October, during the 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), in Rome.

19 Oct 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki plans to meet the opposition Sudan Call groups to discuss the resumption of the peace talks and the amendment a roadmap agreement signed in 2016.

The meeting was announced in a statement released by the Sudan Call groups inside the country after a meeting with the visiting former South African president who leads an African Union mediation team to end the armed conflicts and facilitate democratic reforms in Sudan.

19 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

• A total of 341 (78%) health facilities across Somalia submitted weekly in week 40.

• A total of 6,175 alerts of which 135 were confirmed as true were received in week 40,

• Cholera alerts where received in Banadir regions in IDPs and verification is under way

• Measles alerts where received from various regions, verification on going.

Completeness of reporting

• The overall of completeness of reporting was 78% (341 out of 436 active health facilities in EWARN) have reported in this week

19 Oct 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

William B Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance; Adjunct Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The concept of One Health is deceptively simple: it’s the recognition that human, animal and environmental health are all inherently linked.

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur examines the issue of the right to housing for residents of informal settlements and the commitment made by States to upgrade such settlements by 2030. Nearly one quarter of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements or encampments, most in developing countries but increasingly also in the most affluent. Living conditions are shocking and intolerable. Residents often live without water and sanitation, and are in constant fear of eviction.

19 Oct 2018 description

While the technology has not advanced far enough to make a full swap viable, some solar projects are already underway in the field and aid workers expect many more to follow

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cheap, reliable and hard to hijack, the sun could be an ideal energy source in many war zones and disaster areas, prompting aid agencies to consider ditching costly fuel for solar power.

19 Oct 2018 description

UNHCR flies tents to Balikpapan for distribution to survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left 80,000 out of their homes.

PALU, Indonesia - Thirty-one-year-old earthquake survivor Mega and her husband trawl through the wreckage of her childhood home in Palu.

“I came to my father’s house to salvage things to use in our temporary shelter. The only thing I found was a mat. The house I grew up in is destroyed,” she says.

19 Oct 2018 description

Le vice-Premier ministre et ministre de la Coopération au Développement Alexander De Croo a apposé aujourd’hui sa signature au bas de toute une série d’engagements internationaux pour intensifier la lutte contre les abus sexuels dans le secteur de l’aide internationale. Les accords ont vu le jour en marge d’une rencontre internationale au sommet « Putting People First » qui se déroule aujourd’hui à Londres.

19 Oct 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Last month, the inter-faith community gathered in New York at the Church Centre of the United Nations Plaza to discuss the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. The event was organised by ACT Alliance, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

19 Oct 2018 description

To withstand the inevitable natural disasters climate change will bring, better disaster risk management must start now.

Human activity has caused the temperature of the Earth and its atmosphere to rise by about 1°C above pre-industrial levels, triggering fundamental changes to the planet’s physical and social landscapes. On 8 October an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that temperatures were rising faster than expected, and that 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels could occur as early as 2030.

19 Oct 2018 description

Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – yesterday hosted a roundtable at its Vienna headquarters to discuss policy options to address the interrelated challenges of development and displacement.

19 Oct 2018 description

KABUL - As Afghanistan prepares for parliamentary elections tomorrow, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) encourages all eligible Afghan citizens to use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote. UNAMA also calls on all authorities and actors to ensure that the elections can take place in a secure and safe environment.

UNAMA expresses deep concern at recent public statements made by the Taliban, especially those that indicate their intention to carry out attacks against schools that will be used as polling centres.

19 Oct 2018 description

Juba 15 October, 2018 – South Sudan has successfully conducted its first ever laboratory test for Ebola using the emergency management and laboratory infrastructure developed with support from WHO as part of emergency preparedness.

19 Oct 2018 description
report IRIN

Signs that 2018 would be tough on herders appeared more than a year ago

Lucinda Rouse, Senegal-based freelance journalist covering West Africa

Fatimata Abdul Ba, 40, spent most of the last year away from her home and family. Water and pasture where her animals could graze were in short supply near her village in northern Senegal’s Podor County, and she was forced to move almost 300 kilometres as grassland for the family's herd of cattle, sheep, and goats dried up.

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Vous me connaissez sûrement comme Eunice Muba, une Enfant Reporter de Kinshasa, mais aujourd’hui j’ai 18 ans et je suis devenue une Jeune Reporter. Seul mon âge a changé car mes objectifs sont restés les mêmes : plaider en faveur de mes pairs, défendre leurs droits et rendre ce monde meilleur pour chaque enfant.

19 Oct 2018 description

This report has established-without equivocation, that the humanitarian crisis in the North East region is far from over. More importantly, it is a humanitarian crisis that is complex, multi-faceted and indeed monumental. Not only has more than two million people been displaced and tens of thousands killed in the last decade alone, but the sheer destruction of the basic economic and social infrastructure will take a long time to rebuild. The impact of the insurgency on all the basic Human Development indices is colossal.