Archive for June 25th, 2018

25/06/2018

With Growing Forced Displacement Across the Globe, 1.4 Million People Will Need Resettlement in Countries Free from War and Persecution in 2019 — UN

Close to 1.4 million people will need resettlement in countries free from war and persecution in 2019, the UN refugee agency, said on Monday 25 June 2018, citing growing forced displacement across the globe.

 

UNHCR/Gordon Welters | In Germany, a UN resettlement programme gives families hope. Here, an immigration officer stamps the passports of a Syrian family that has just landed at Hanover airport on a charter flight from Egypt.
Resettlement – the transfer of refugees from the country where they have claimed asylum to a safe “third country” – is the responsibility of international agencies, including Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR).
25/06/2018

Security Council Urged to Act with ‘One Strong Voice’ on Raft of Ills Plaguing Middle East and North Africa

Human Wrongs Watch

Ambassadors in the Security Council have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to find ‘much-needed consensus’ to resolve the myriad challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.

UNHCR/Phil Moore | A Chadian man waits at the Egyptian border at Sallum, having fled the conflict in Libya, where ongoing instability has been affecting neighboring countries since the fall of Muammar Gadaffi in 2011. (file)
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António Guterres issued the call during a debate in the chamber on Monday 25 June 2018, focusing on the various fault-lines in the region.

Decades-old conflicts, together with new ones, as well as deep-rooted social grievances, a shrinking of democratic space and the emergence of terrorism and new forms of violent extremism, are undermining peace, sustainable development and human rights,” he said.

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25/06/2018

Could NGOs Flourish in a Future without Foreign Aid?

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By Michael Edwards*

“Self-reliance.” Credit: Flickr/Taiwan ICDF.CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The last few months have been a season of myth-busting around NGOs like Oxfam and Save the Children—myths like ‘bad things don’t happen in organizations with good intentions,’ and ‘charities have better management than other types of organization because their staff are so committed.’

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25/06/2018

Free Julian Assange!

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By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate*

25 June 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service 

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Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Speech Delivered at the British Embassy in Dublin, Ireland on 19 Jun 2018

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire called on UK government to free Julian Assange and end their cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment which amounts to torture, as defined by international law. She said,

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“I know of no other country where an asylee  is held with no sunlight, no exercise, no visitors, no computer, no phone calls, yet all this is happening in the heart of London at the Ecuadorian Embassy to an innocent man, Julian Assange, now in his 8th year of illegal and  arbitrary detention by the United Kingdom government. “

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25/06/2018

Palestinian Students at UN School in Destroyed Refugee Camp in Syria Use Their Mobile Phones to Keep Learning and Defy Islamic State Group

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22 June 2018 (UNRWA)* — Roula is 16 years-old and from Yarmouk, the now largely destroyed Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Just as she was preparing for her 9thgrade exams, intense fighting broke out in the camp, destroying her home. This is not the biggest challenge she has come to face.

UNRWA students use their mobile phones to keep learning and defy Islamic State Group

UNRWA students use their mobile phones to keep learning and defy Islamic State Group
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25/06/2018

UN ‘Shocked’ by Reports that Some 220 People Drowned off Libya While Attempting to Cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

Libya. Intercepted refugees and migrants arrive in Tripoli

UNHCR staff wait in Tripoli to assist refugees and migrants upon disembarkation.  © UNHCR/Sufyan Said

According to survivors, a wooden boat carrying an unknown number of refugees and migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Tuesday (19 June). Out of the estimated 100 passengers, only five survived.

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25/06/2018

Conte and Macron Compare Notes on Migration at Mini-Summit

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By Georgi Gotev| EURACTIV.com*

Emmanuel Macron and Guiseppe Conte on 24 June 2018. [Commission]

Leaders were invited by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to a hastily organised mini-summit, in an effort to prepare a key EU-28 summit on 28-29 June in a way that would allow German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure at home, to keep her post.

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25/06/2018

“The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

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16-year-old Dilera Mavlonova raises awareness about improving women’s and girls’ access to water resources and women’s leadership in water management. Photo: UN Women/Dildora Khamidova

Dilera Mavlonova. Photo: UN Women/Dildora Khamidova
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As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles.
25/06/2018

How to Help Small Farmers Rescue Harvest from Fall Armyworm Pest with a Simple Technique

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22 June 2018, Embu, KENYA (FAO)* – ‘With a good harvest, we have enough maize for ourselves, and then some to sell. But right now we have to buy the maize to feed the family,’ says Agnes Waithira Muli, a smallholder farmer in Embu county in central Kenya.

Photo: ©FAO/Sven Simonsen

Fall Armyworm has spread rapidly across Africa since 2016, causing immense damage particularly to maize crops. In Kenya, FAO training in mechanical control is helping family farmers protect their crops.
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She and her husband lost most of their last crop due to Fall Armyworm (FAW), a potentially devastating insect pest that has spread across much of Africa.
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