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18 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) - While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women’s access to sexual and reproductive health.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

The Service Request Form (SRF) is a standardized document that must be completed by any organisation requesting services from the Logistics Cluster (included but not limited to Transport, Temporary Storage and Fuel Distribution). Accurate information on the forms is critical for successful tracking and documentation of the services provided. The user should carefully review the document before electronically submitting the form to the cluster.

18 Oct 2017 description

Geneva/Antananarivo, 18 October **–** The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives later today in Madagascar as the Red Cross response to the plague outbreak continues.

Mr Sy will spend Thursday 19 October meeting with Red Cross officials and volunteers involved in the response, as well as senior government figures. Mr Sy will announce a major international appeal for Madagascar.

18 Oct 2017 description


1,106 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

13,189 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

89,944 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

301,196 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

91% of returnees from Pakistan (1,009 individuals) assisted

6% of returnees from Iran (799 individuals) assisted

18 Oct 2017 description

Putting human rights at the centre of the HIV response

72 countries specifically allow for HIV criminalization, including 30 in sub-Saharan Africa. UNDP and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are partnering with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre to place justice at the centre of the HIV response.

“When I visited her in prison, she thought she was in the wrong. When I explained she wasn’t, she burst into tears. She couldn’t believe it. She didn’t know her rights.” - Human rights lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa

18 Oct 2017 description

El presidente del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR), Peter Maurer, visita México a partir de hoy y hasta el 20 de octubre para reunirse con las más altas autoridades del país, y participar en el XI Taller para Oficiales Superiores sobre las Normas Internacionales por las que se rigen las Operaciones Militares (SWIRMO), organizado por el CICR conjuntamente con la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional de México (SEDENA).

18 Oct 2017 description

Over 200 million women and girls across the world have been subjected to female genital mutilation, while three million are estimated to be at risk each year.

CATANIA, Italy – Aisha (not her real name) was seven years old when she underwent the procedure in her native Ivory Coast. Her eldest daughter was four when it happened to her. Last year Aisha fled with her youngest daughter to save her from being cut.

18 Oct 2017 description

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that a leading community radio station in the southeast of the Central African Republic has been forced to close after being threatened by armed groups, and reminds all parties to the conflict of the need to respect media freedom and independence.

The main source of local news and information in the southeastern town of Bangassou and the surrounding region, Radio Mbari has been harassed and threatened repeatedly by rival armed factions, which accuse it of not broadcasting their messages with sufficient readiness.

18 Oct 2017 description

Since 2007, IOM has been contributing to the stabilization of Iraq by improving the resilience of communities and promoting social cohesion. IOM aims to achieve this through a comprehensive approach to transition and recovery that encompasses five main outcome areas: 1. Increasing Human Capital 2. Promoting Good Governance 3. Improving Access to Social Services 4. Supporting Local Economies 5. Creating Safer Communities.

18 Oct 2017 description

Projects to be implemented by the Inter-American Development Bank include damage evaluation for the purposes of reconstruction

The Government of Japan announced today that it will provide $1.25 million in technical cooperation to support Mexico via the Japan Special Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in response to two earthquakes that hit the country in September.

18 Oct 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today’s briefing is taking place as important developments unfold to end the more than ten-year long Palestinian divide and return Gaza to the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.

Last month when Hamas dissolved the Administrative Committee, a parallel institution to run governmental affairs in Gaza, it agreed that the Palestinian Government of National Consensus should assume its responsibilities in the Strip.

18 Oct 2017 description

This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).


  • 996,436 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

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Los proyectos, que serán implementados por el BID, incluyen una evaluación de daños a infraestructura para la reconstrucción

El Gobierno de Japón anunció hoy que proporcionará US$ 1,25 millones en cooperación técnica para apoyar a México a través del Fondo Especial Japonésdel Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) en respuesta a dos terremotos que azotaron el país en septiembre.

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UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

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Con esta, culmina la serie de jornadas de atención programadas en España para el 2017 organizadas por el Grupo de Atención a Víctimas en el Exterior de la Unidad para las Víctimas.


Con un gran número de víctimas atendidas y orientadas en la ruta de atención a víctimas en el exterior, culminó la jornada programada para Valencia, España, que se desarrolló los días 11, 13, 14 y 15 de octubre.

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One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan is conflict displacement. Since January 2017, some 286,900 people have been forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.