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Côte d'Ivoire + 5 more

UNHCR urges States to recommit to protecting asylum-seekers, refugees

With more than 47 million people around the globe falling under the mandate of the United Nations refugee agency, the upcoming anniversaries of two landmark conventions would be an opportunity to get States to recommit to their responsibilities and to adapt the treaties to new circumstances, an...

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Sudan

Sudan: Unauthorized armed forces remain in Abyei past deadline

Posted by Amanda Hsiao on May 19, 2011 It “looked like the two sides were almost ready to go to war” in Sudan’s fraught border region of Abyei said the U.S. special envoy recently in a briefing. The situation was defused two weeks ago when the northern and southern Sudanese armies agreed to...

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Colombia

Colombia: Improving assistance to flood victims

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over the past year, persistent and unprecedented rains have resulted in massive flooding in Colombia that has affected close to 3 million people. In March 2011, Refugees International sent a team to assess the situation. This report describes significant shortcomings in the...

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World

UN Central Emergency Response Fund breaks $2 billion disbursement mark

(New York, 19 May 2011): The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today surpassed US$2 billion in funds disbursed to aid agencies in natural and conflict-related emergencies, a milestone in efforts to speed up the international response to humanitarian crises. CERF was launched in...

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Niger

Niger: Aid responds to crisis in south

JOHANNESBURG, 19 May 2011 (IRIN) - Aid is finally reaching tens of thousands of families in southern Niger who have survived mainly on wild leaves and fruit for the past six months. The incoming civilian government has launched a cash-for-work programme covering 325 of the 354 affected villages in...

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Afghanistan + 9 more

Central Asia/Caucasus: Anti-locust programme to save up to 25 mln hectares of cultivated farmland

FAO NEWS RELEASE [11/50 en] Rome, 20 May 2011 – FAO will assist ten countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus to save up to 25 million hectares of cultivated farmland from a locust crisis. Locusts are a serious threat for agriculture, food security and livelihoods in both regions including...

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Colombia

Colombia: Alerta roja continúa en la región Andina por deslizamientos

I. PRIORIDADES/PUNTOS DESTACADOS Durante el mes de abril y 9 días de mayo, la temporada invernal aún bajo la influencia del Fenómeno de La niña, ha afectado a 397.569 personas y causado 92 muertos. El acumulado de personas afectadas desde abril 2010 es de 3.318.564. Los departamentos más...

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Was the global food crisis really a crisis? - Simulations versus self-reporting

Derek Headey Development Strategy and Governance Division ABSTRACT Estimates by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the World Bank concerning the welfare impact of the 2007/08 global food crisis conclude that between 75 million and 160...

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DR Congo + 2 more

DR Congo: What role for the UN peacekeeping mission beyond the elections?

Executive Summary As they prepare to discuss the renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate six months ahead of general elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the members of the UN Security Council are facing a dilemma. Should they limit the role of MONUSCO to the continued protection of...

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Libya

Libya: UN calls for $408 million in revised regional flash appeal

(Geneva/New York, 18 May 2011): The UN has called for an additional US$233 million to assist as many as 2.1 million civilians affected by the conflict in Libya, and warned of a potential worsening of the humanitarian situation both within and outside the country. An initial flash appeal for $160...

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia: UN halts food handout in drought-stricken Somali Region after ambush

Government, ONLF rebels blame each other Somali Region ravaged by drought, facing food crisis By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, May 18 (Reuters) - The United Nations has suspended food distribution in Ethiopia's drought-stricken Somali Region after gunmen killed one UN worker and injured another...

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Algeria + 7 more

IOM appeals for funds to sustain critical assistance to migrants caught up in prolonged Libyan crisis

IOM is today urgently appealing to the international community to continue to help tens of thousands of migrants who have either fled violence in Libya or been left stranded inside the country in a desperate situation. The agency, which has appealed for a total of US$150.2 million, has received...

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Iraq

Iraq: Preparing for a possible returnee influx

BAGHDAD, 18 May 2011 (IRIN) - The Iraqi authorities are bracing for a possible influx of returnees from neighbouring countries affected by violent protests, especially Syria, and say hundreds have already returned from Libya. "Although there has been no major threat against Iraqi families...

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Kenya + 1 more

Kenya-Somalia: Endless stream of refugees

NAIROBI, 17 May 2011 (IRIN) - Facilities in refugee camps in northeastern Kenya have been stretched to the limit, aid workers say, as more and more Somali refugees flee the conflict at home. "Dadaab refugee camps continue to receive a significant number of new arrivals who are often very...

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Afghanistan + 4 more

Child protection in UN peacekeeping: Stories from Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti and the Sudan

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has deployed over 120,000 blue helmets to 15 Peacekeeping Missions all over the world. Each and every one of those blue helmets has a unique story to tell about working with children in conflict situations. Protecting those who are most vulnerable in...

Sudan

Sudan restricts movement of aid groups in South Darfur

17 May 2011 - Representatives from non-governmental organizations, UNAMID and UN agencies were today informed by the Sudan Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission that the State of South Darfur would be immediately restricting all movement of humanitarian actors beyond a 15-kilometer radius of...

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Haiti

Improving delivery of humanitarian aid through communication

Whether by mass SMS campaigns or face-to-face conversation, getting information to beneficiaries can be critical to their survival. Technology offers new tools. But old questions remain: are they getting the message and how well do we listen? Seated at her desk at the IFRC base camp in...

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Egypt + 4 more

Libya: Hundreds return in desperate bid to reach Europe by boat

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days. Hundreds of...

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Haiti

Haiti: Addressing sexual violence against women and girls in displacement camps

Young girls and women living in Haiti's displacement camps since last year's earthquake have been particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and abuse with many sources pointing to an increase in reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. Data available from...

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Ethiopia + 1 more

UN agency confirms death of staff member after attack in Ethiopia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that one if its staff members was killed and two others remain missing after an ambush in Ethiopia’s remote Somali region. Farhan Hamsa, who worked as a driver for WFP, died on Friday when unknown assailants attacked an agency convoy that...

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