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09 Jul 2017 description
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(Baghdad, 9 July 2017) – Since the military campaign to retake Mosul began on 17 October 2016, 920,000 civilians have fled their homes. Close to 700,000 people are still displaced, nearly half of whom are living in 19 emergency camps.

“It's a relief to know that the military campaign in Mosul is ending. The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande.

07 Jul 2017 description

Kinshasa, 7 juillet 2017 : Avec la moitié de ses 26 provinces touchées par les violences armées, les conflits intercommunautaires, les maladies et les catastrophes naturelles, tout ceci dans un contexte régional volatile et des moyens financiers les plus bas de ces dernières années, les six premiers mois de l’année 2017 ont prouvé que la République Démocratique du Congo demeure dans une crise humanitaire implacable à l’impact suffocant pour des millions de personnes.

07 Jul 2017 description

Kinshasa, 7 July 2017: With half of its 26 provinces affected by armed violence, ethnic conflict, diseases and natural disasters, all this within a volatile regional context and amid historically low levels of funding, the first six months of 2017 have proven that the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains an unrelenting humanitarian crisis that is having a suffocating impact on millions of people.

04 Jul 2017 description

Bangui, le 4 juillet 2017 – La nouvelle vague de violence qui sévit au Centre et au Sud-Est de la République centrafricaine, notamment à Kaga Bandoro et à Zémio, plonge davantage le pays dans le désarroi. A Kaga Bandoro, suite aux violences du 1 er juillet entre groupes armés, 9 000 personnes qui avaient regagné leurs quartiers d’origine à la faveur d’une accalmie sont à nouveau retournées sur le site de déplacés à côté de la base de la Minusca.

03 Jul 2017 description

Humanitarian agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are calling upon the international community to provide US$25 million in new humanitarian funding to stabilize the spiralling humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. In a document presented to diplomats today in Jerusalem, agencies identified top-priority, life-saving interventions in health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security sectors.

03 Jul 2017 description
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(Baghdad, 3 July 2017) – The United Nations condemns unequivocally the attack yesterday by a suicide bomber at the Kilo 60 transit site, west of Ramadi, where 14 people were reportedly killed and 13 injured, most of whom were women and children.

03 Jul 2017 description

Pretoria – Thirteen UN agencies and NGOs are seeking US$55 million to continue helping the growing number of refugees arriving in Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since April, some 31,000 refugees have arrived in Angola’s Lunda Norte province, fleeing violent attacks in the DRC’s Kasai region.

26 Jun 2017 description

16 year old Fatima lives with her husband, Usanama, and their baby in a makeshift shelter in Thae Chaung camp near Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Almost 12,000 mostly Kaman Muslim people live in Thae Chaung in flimsy dirt-floored shacks made of tarpaulins stretched over bamboo.

These structures provided little protection when Cyclone Mora brought destructive winds and rain to Rakhine State at the end of May.

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25 Jun 2017 description

I welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement yesterday that it will contribute $66.7 million to UNICEF and the World Health Organization to combat cholera in Yemen.

This follows an announcement by the European Commission that it will provide an additional $5.6 million for the cholera response, bringing the Commission’s total to $9.9 million.

25 Jun 2017 description

KEY FACTS

  • In June 2007, following hostilities between Fatah and Hamas, the latter took control of the Gaza Strip, starting a divide between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) and the de-facto Hamas authorities in Gaza, which still continues.

  • Since 2014, all of the 22,000 civil servants recruited by the Hamas authorities have received less than half of their salaries, on an irregular basis. The other 62,000 staff in Gaza, who are on the PA’s payroll, had their salaries cut by 30-50% since March 2017.

24 Jun 2017 description

(Baghdad, 24 June 2017) – The United Nations strongly condemns recent incidents resulting in the terrible loss of civilian life including the 23 June attacks in eastern Mosul and in Mushahada in the old city of Mosul where as many as 12 civilians were killed and possibly hundreds injured.

“Killing and wounding civilians violates every humanitarian principle and is contrary in every way to international humanitarian law,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

23 Jun 2017 description

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Thank you very much to each and every one of you for your active participation this week. In particular, I thank the many panellists, moderators and participants for the intense, rich and productive discussions and their real insights and recommendations.

23 Jun 2017 description

"Meeting Urgent Humanitarian Needs: the UN Humanitarian Pooled Funds in the Post WHS era”

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Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome to this afternoon’s event on “Meeting Urgent Humanitarian Needs: the UN Humanitarian Pooled Funds in the Post WHS era”.

23 Jun 2017 description

Excellencies, distinguished panellists, ladies and gentlemen, welcome.

One year ago, Member States, international and local non-governmental organizations, the private sector, humanitarian workers and civil society came together to respond to a call from people in crisis to do an even better job to secure their safety, to uphold their dignity and to provide opportunities for a better future.

23 Jun 2017 description

(Geneva, 23 June 2017): Over 31 million people across the world were last year uprooted and displaced - within their own countries - by conflict, violence and disasters. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) do not seek protection abroad like refugees and they often remain virtually forgotten on the margins of their societies. For many IDPs, this difficult situation will last years or even decades, contrary to the promises of the Sustainable Development Goals.

23 Jun 2017 description

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is indeed my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to this high-level panel discussion. Our task today is to explore how Member States, with the support of the humanitarian community, can better understand, prepare for, and respond to the risks and vulnerabilities of disasters and climate change. We will place special emphasis on identifying effective strategies for ensuring and make sure we offer adequate protection and assistance for those displaced by natural disasters or the effects of climate change.