Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: How polio personnel are pivoting against COVID-19

On World Polio Day, we recognize the immense contributions of polio workers to COVID-19 response and acknowledge the major challenges ahead

World Polio Day, on 24 October, is when the world comes together to celebrate the determination that has brought us 99% of the way to ending polio, and reflect on the heights we must scale to defeat the disease completely.    This year, Africa was declared free of wild poliovirus, a…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

As COVID-19 increases global food insecurity, less children are receiving nutrition support across conflict-affected states

The knock-on effects of COVID-19 have led to a global food insecurity crisis, with 265 million people projected to experience life-threatening levels of hunger this year alone

A new analysis by the International Rescue Committee finds that the number of children receiving treatment for malnutrition has decreased across conflict-affected countries, despite increasing food insecurity reported globally, indicating that life-saving treatments have been less accessible to families during the COVID-19 pandemic; The number of patients seeking care for…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Government of Ethiopia provide Cash Grants to thousands of migrants returning due to COVID-19

Nearly 34,000 migrants have returned to Ethiopia since the outbreak of COVID-19

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Ethiopia to strengthen return and reintegration assistance to thousands of Ethiopian migrants returning home due to COVID-19. This is particularly crucial as the pandemic continues to deepen the already challenging economic and social situation…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), UN in Egypt launch Response Plans to Support Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

Targeted sectors for interventions include education, protection, health, basic needs, cash assistance, livelihoods, and food security

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the launch of the Egypt Chapter in the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2020 – 2021 in response to the Syria Crisis (3RP) and the Egypt Response Plan for Refugees and Asylum-seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa, Iraq and Yemen 2020 – 2021 (ERP) on 5…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

Deep concerns over the situation of migrant workers, especially those detained in Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and in North African countries such as Libya

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to their home countries. “Migrants, mostly from African and South…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Agriculture focuses on how livestock sector transformation can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

A sustainable livestock sector will foster an inclusive economic growth, improve livelihoods, sustain animal health and welfare, and address environmental issues

FAO Director-General calls for an integrated agri-food systems approach to better address food insecurity and malnutrition amid COVID-19 The agricultural sectors and livestock farming in particular must shift towards sustainability to enhance their contribution to food security, nutrition and healthy diets and build back better to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic…

Source: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) |

Infrastructure for Peacebuilding: The role of infrastructure in tackling the underlying drivers of fragility (September 2020)

This gap in access to infrastructure services became increasingly evident as the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 emerged in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS)

Introduction The global agenda on conflict and peacebuilding has drastically changed over the past fifty years. If the twentieth century agenda was dominated by conflicts between national states, today the concern has shifted towards contexts that combine state fragility with protracted and intractable conflict, often involving alliances between non-state groups…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Thousands of African Migrants Return from Yemen, Assisted by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Djibouti

Returned to Djibouti after failing to reach the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19 movement restrictions, border closures, and extreme danger along this migratory route

More than 2,000 African migrants who have arrived from Yemen over the last three weeks are being assisted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Djibouti, Horn of Africa. The migrants, from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea, including children as young as eight-years-old, returned to Djibouti after failing to reach…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Over 21,000 people killed since UN global ceasefire-resolution

The UN issued a warning only last week on the risk of conflict-induced famine in South Sudan, Yemen, DRC and northeast Nigeria

At least 21,347 people have been killed in conflict, including more than 5,800 civilian adults and children who were directly targeted (1), despite the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a global cessation of hostilities some 90 days ago. Instead of a ceasefire, allowing countries and humanitarian…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Urgent action needed to avert the risk of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General tells UN Security Council

Conflict and COVID-19 are also worsening food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan

FAO Director-Genaral QU Dongyu, today warned the United Nations Security Council that Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen were at risk of a looming famine and appealed for an urgent and united humanitarian response to save lives and livelihoods. "Tragically, there are many more situations where conflict and instability, now…