The rapid assessment allowed the identification of populations in need of urgent assistance, including over 30,000 children in affected schools.
(New York, 19 October 2017): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced last week the appointment of nine new members of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the 21-member Advisory Group provides policy guidance to the Secretary-General and advice on the use and impact of CERF, through Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, who manages the Fund on the Secretary-General’s behalf.
The new members are:
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.
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/128, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its seventy-second session. The report provides an overview of current efforts and progress made in this regard and describes related humanitarian trends, challenges and thematic issues. It concludes with recommendations for further improvements.
In 2015, the Government of Nigeria requested World Bank support to respond to the humanitarian and development crisis in the North East of Nigeria.
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed the activation of the $150M Catastrophic Bonus by the World Bank, which will be transferred to the National Disaster Fund (FONDEN), for health, education and roads infrastructure/reconstruction purposes. The fund is approved following verifications conducted by the US Geological Survey. (Source: SHCP, 10 Oct)
Your Excellency, Chea Samnang, Cabinet Chief for Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Yim Chhay Ly, Chair of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development Representatives from the Royal Government of Cambodia, development partners, civil society partners, Your excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen
Following a series of attacks leaving seven staff members of ICRC dead, the organization reduces its footprint in Afghanistan after three decades of continuous presence.
Displacement in Afghanistan surpasses a quarter of a million people from January to September.
Polio vaccinators were unable to reach more than 130,000 girls and boys due to conflict and lack of humanitarian access.
This paper explores different mechanisms for delivering climate finance at the local level. It focuses on the experiences of a national climate fund – the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) facility in Ethiopia – and a sub-national source – the County Climate Change Funds (CCCFs) in Kenya. The paper aims to understand how well these funds take into account the priorities of local communities alongside recognising and incorporating national climate change policies and development plans.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires mobilizing resources from a variety of sources, including international partners, domestic budgets, foundations and philanthropy, as well as the private sector. Knowing where this money is going is key to helping policymakers make smarter choices and steer resources to priority areas. However, data on development financing rarely incorporate all of these sources.
Small Island States include two-thirds of the countries that face the highest relative losses due to natural disasters, and these costs are growing.
Monthly trend report
Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
By Stephen Thompson
Institute of Development Studies
The global context of international development.
UK Parliament’s guiding principles, legislation and strategic priorities.
Official Development Assistance spending: cross-government approach, classification and recipients.
After decades of being at the frontline of the humanitarian aid agenda in Somalia, the international community acknowledges that it is time for a Somali-led approach and is committed to work with local NGOs to realize this.
Although increased humanitarian funding from various actors have enhanced humanitarian response in Somalia, local actors still experience challenges in accessing funds, staff retention and capacity development.
CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.
No, Dominica is not the same as the Dominican Republic; Montserrat is a British territory, but the UK can send it help and call it aid; there are a lot of Virgin Islands not owned by Richard Branson: Newcomers among relief workers, more familiar with the Middle East or sub-Saharan Africa, have had to master the map of the Caribbean quickly this hurricane season.
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The Department of Field Support is pleased to announce that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.
These contributions reinforce the Secretary-General’s clear commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims first.
This document has been prepared to provide information to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the IFRC and their partners on the CARICOM institutional and legal framework for regional humanitarian response in case of disaster, which is currently being tested in the context of the response to Category 5 Hurricane IRMA and Category 4 Hurricane MARIA that strongly impacted the Caribbean region.
WASHINGTON, October 14, 2017 – In the wake of natural disasters that have threatened millions of people and destroyed thousands of buildings and dwellings over the past few months, the future resilience of urban environments is receiving a boost of support today, as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) became the first donor in the World Bank’s City Resilience Program …