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    • Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women, briefs a UN Security Council meeting on women and peace and security
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Investing in women’s empowerment yields major peace, prosperity dividend, Security Council hears

The UN Women chief explained that patterns of exclusion, discrimination and antiquated gender norms keep women away from employment

Investing in women’s economic empowerment yields enormous dividends for peace and prosperity, the head of UN Women told the Security Council on Tuesday, stressing that countries where women are economically marginalized and shut out of the workforce are much more likely to go to war. “We have an opportunity to do things differently in…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

COVID-19 two years on: A new normal for some while millions still at risk, warns Red Cross Red Crescent

Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers are working around the clock to bridge the equity gap

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, as many countries are declaring the crisis chapter over, millions of lives are still at stake. Much of the world lacks the high vaccination coverage, strong healthcare systems or testing capacities to be able to transition to “a new normal”. Until everyone has access…

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Assistant Foreign Minister Meets British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa

Bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of development, were reviewed, and preparations were also discussed for the first Qatar-UK strategic dialogue

HE Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater met on Monday with HE British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly. During the meeting, bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of development,…

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Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Griffiths And President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Maurer

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Today, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met virtually with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer about efforts to strengthen the provision of urgently needed humanitarian assistance and other activities supporting basic…

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    • At least 30,000 migrants are stranded at borders in West Africa according to the UN
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2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs

By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data

Pandemic-related travel restrictions may have put a dent on international migration figures in 2021, but the number of people forced to leave their homes, due to conflict and persecution, rose to record highs. By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data. This…

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Drowning just below the surface: New IFRC research reveals magnitude of socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

The new research provides a global overview, with a special focus on ten countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Philippines, Spain, South Africa and Turkey

Women, people in urban areas and those on the move have been disproportionately and uniquely affected by the devastating socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are some of the findings of new research published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The COVID-19…

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WFP Warns of Countdown to Catastrophe as Acute Hunger Reaches New Peak

WFP and its humanitarian partners are ramping up efforts to assist millions of people facing starvation

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that the number of people teetering on the edge of famine (IPC4/Emergency or worse) in 43 countries has risen to 45 million, as acute hunger spikes around the world. This number has risen from 42 million earlier in the year and…

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Video News Release: FIFA President calls on global football community to show solidarity with Afghan refugees

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called on the global football community and governments worldwide to offer support in face of the escalating refugee and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Access the full release here: https://bit.ly/3GixDXj

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FIFA President calls on global football community to show solidarity with Afghan refugees

FIFA intends to bring more girls, women and others associated with women’s sport safely out of the country over the coming weeks with Qatar’s help

FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) thanks Qatar for aiding evacuation from Afghanistan of over 150 refugees, among them female football players and their families; Gianni Infantino visited compound in Doha to meet evacuees, including displaced players and Afghanistan Football Federation staff members; FIFA President calls on other nations to assist. FIFA President Gianni…

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FIFA Assists Evacuation of Refugees from Afghanistan

FIFA would like to express its sincere thanks to the government of Qatar for its support facilitating extensive discussions and for ensuring the safe passage

FIFA (www.FIFA.com) can confirm, following complex negotiations, it has, with the support of Qatar, evacuated almost 100 members of the football family from Afghanistan, including female players. FIFA would like to express its sincere thanks to the government of Qatar for its support facilitating extensive discussions and for ensuring the safe passage…