Following 9 months of joint efforts with UNRWA, UNDP presents the “WASH-friendly School Toolkit” to serve as an activity guide for all service providers aiming to transfer WASH-related life skills to children (6 to 17 years), particularly health educators and teachers in UNRWA schools.
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
23 December 2016
The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.
24 December 2016
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 170,506,832 Swiss francs (increased from 145,086,034) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in providing continuing assistance to 3 million affected people for an additional 12 months in 2017.
It’s hard to see the silver lining around a year as awful as 2016, but a few good news stories did emerge. Here are some recent successes from the humanitarian world, with our caveats:
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The Humanitarian Country Team finalized Libya Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 with a total budget of US$151.5 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of 980,000 people.
UNICEF’s research conducted in Libya in partnership with Libyan NGO - International Organisation for Cooperation and Emergency Aid - and the Feinstein International Centre at Tufts University; concluded that women and children refugees and migrants experience abuse and violence on their journey to and within the country.
As a result of the prolonged harsh Hagaa (July – September), followed by delayed and significantly below average Deyr (October–December) rains in many parts of Somalia, food security of poor pastoral households has deteriorated since July 2016 (Maps 4 and 5).
A. Appeal History
This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 April 2016 for CHF 1,702,895 to enable the IFRC to support the Cruz Vermelha de Moçambique (CVM) to reach 14,767 people (2,953 households) in 6 districts with food assistance support to meet emergency needs and livelihoods interventions to promote recovery for 9 months.
December 31 st , 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to mobilize shared relief interventions for the victims of war in Aleppo, at a total cost of $2,323,000.
On Thursday, 29 December, a high-profile delegation from KRCS visited QRCS's Mission in Turkey to sign the agreement. Headed by President, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, the KRCS delegation were received by Dr. Khalid Diab, Director, QRCS Relief and International Development, Doha, as well as top officials of the Mission.
Since mid-October, a series of five consecutive floods has affected provinces in Central and South-Central Viet Nam and the Central Highlands, resulting in human loss, significant damage to housing and infrastructure, and severe crop and livestock damage and loss.
The six most affected provinces are Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen - with 10 to 30 per cent of the total population per province estimated to have been affected by one or more floods.
A new midwifery curriculum for Somali midwifery schools has been approved by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) as adequately meeting globally accepted midwifery education standards. This means that the UNFPA supported training is now recognised to be of international standards and graduates from Somali midwifery schools will be internationally recognised.
Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness
UNRWA strongly condemns the armed violence that took place in the Ein El Hilweh Palestine Refugee camp in Lebanon today and yesterday and calls for restraint.
Due to armed violence and increased risks to civilian lives, UNRWA has suspended all its operations in the camp and will continue to do so until further notice.
EAST JERUSALEM, 23 December 2016 - Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, has completed a four-day visit to the State of Palestine, where he witnessed firsthand the challenges which children face; results achieved for and with them through UNICEF-supported programmes and partnerships; and the hopes and dreams children have.
“The State of Palestine has achieved great strides in some fields, such as immunization or education. However some challenges remain, making UNICEF’s mandate more important than ever,” Cappelaere said.