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News in Brief 22 June 2015 (AM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

Recent Afghanistan attacks a “callous disregard” for life

Monday’s assault against the Afghan parliament has been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as yet another unacceptable attack on civilians in the country.

The attack follows the killing last week of 16 civilians who were travelling in a minibus which struck an improvised explosive device. Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson.

“The attacks demonstrate a callous disregard for the lives of all Afghans, including women and children, who had already been forced to flee their homes. They undermine efforts aimed at building a stronger, more prosperous Afghanistan.”

The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks, and reiterated his unwavering support to the people of Afghanistan.

Specific legal obligations needed to fight violence against women and girls

A UN human rights expert has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women.

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, says this would ensure countries are held accountable while also protecting women and girls globally.

Ms Manjoo has presented her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

It provides an overview of legally binding provisions on violence against women in human rights systems in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Security Council urged to protect civilians under Islamic State control

Also from Geneva:

The Security Council has been urged to take effective action to enforce international law and protect civilians in areas under the control of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.

The call comes from Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, speaking in the Human Rights Council.

Emmerson presented a report which describes how there has been “clear evidence” of persecution and summary execution of religious and ethnic minorities on a mass scale, among other atrocities by ISIL.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the Council decision…

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Good morning,

We thought – with the Ministers – that it was a right to give you the news immediately: that the decision to launch the naval operation has just been taken. It is probably the first time the European Union takes the issue of migration so seriously [and decides to launch an operation] in such a fast way, with unanimity and unity. I would say this is a sign that European Union is going to turn the page. 

Less than two months ago, the European Council tasked us to prepare an operation in the Mediterranean, to save lives, first of all, and disrupt the business model of human traffickers and smugglers. The operation is being launched today. The target, let me be very clear, are not the migrants, the targets are those who are making money on their lives and too often on their deaths. It is part of our efforts to save lives.

We will start implementing the first phase of the operation in the coming days. This covers information gathering and patrolling on the high seas to support the detection and monitoring of smuggling networks.

Before moving to phase two and phase three of the operation, the Council will assess whether the conditions for transition beyond the first phase have been met. This does not mean a passive approach but on the contrary, as you have seen in the last weeks, myself, together with all the Ministers, we have been working both with our regional partners in the UN framework to make sure that this can happen in the most reasonable time we can foresee.

But this is just one part of a bigger strategy, this is one part of the work we are doing. From the external affairs’ perspective, our work is focusing on what happens before men, women and children reach the Mediterranean shores. That is why I met the five Foreign ministers of the Sahel countries just last week, in particular with a special focus on Niger and the region of Agadez. That is why we are working with the African Union on our Summit in Malta later this year. And with the African countries in particular we are working on economic opportunities, employment opportunities for the young people, the control of the borders and the fight against international crime and criminal organisations.

We also work on an everyday basis on the root causes, namely poverty and crises and conflicts in particular in Syria, in Yemen and in Libya, as well as with the UN agencies dealing with migrants and refugees in countries of transit. Let me say that the European Union is the first contributor to the IOM and to the UNHCR that are still working in Libya to assist migrants and refugees.  We are working very closely with them in this respect.

The naval operation will be conducted in partnership with our international partners, with countries and organisations. Let me thank all Member States for their unanimous decision to launch the operation in particular those that are contributing to the operation from North, South, East and West of the European Union. That is also a way of being united under the commandment of the Operation Commander, Admiral Credendino. And a particular thank to General de Rousiers who has been working in a fantastic way in these past two months and he will answer to your technical questions.

Let me also say that this naval operation is part of a broader external strategy on migration. The external part of our work is effective only if it is in conjunction with an effective internal strategy because when desperate people knock on our door, we cannot avoid the question on how to welcome them here in Europe.

This is not a question for Foreign Ministers only. I expect the European Council later this week to give an effective answer to this question. With this I leave you to the technical briefing and I will meet you at four o’ clock this afternoon for the rest of our work.

Thank you very much.

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RippleNami Announces Debut of rWAVES™ Web Application Platform

– Real-time, searchable visualization mapping platform enables better decision making

SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2015 / PRNewswire — RippleNami, the leader in collecting, organizing and visualizing global data, today announced the debut of rWAVES™. Designed to fundamentally change how customers interact with the world around them, rWAVES seamlessly integrates physical and digital information using maps to provide real time awareness, communication and operations anywhere around the globe.

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“Our technology indexes, categorizes and connects information to a map that adds depth and meaning, fundamentally changing how data is used,” said Bill VanDeWeghe, president and CEO of RippleNami. “Users now have the ability to seamlessly aggregate data into a real-time, searchable visualization platform that enables better decision making not otherwise available on the market.”

It all starts with a map™

The global population now exceeds seven billion people and we know little about five billion of them. Mobile devices are now in use across the globe connecting people to each other and to information.

“More than simply being connected to information, people and devices need to be connected to computing power. rWAVES solves the growing issue of transforming billions of bits of data from a wide variety of sources and formats into a single, easy to use visualization platform,” said Phil Gahn, co-founder of RippleNami. “Mobile devices and their users can finally transcend past limitations of processing, storage and location with our cloud-based application.”

With rWAVES, people can now collaborate in real time around the world with improved efficiency and accuracy of information.

Data for awareness, data for action

RippleNami developed rWAVES specifically to meet the needs of organizations working in complex environments with very little relevant or recent information. More importantly, rWAVES intuitively converts a vast amount of unstructured data from the widest variety of sources into a user-friendly interface.

In addition to the nimble platform, rWAVES offers users an affordable option. rWAVES is built on a platform agnostic, cloud based system that alleviates the need for new hardware and the costs associated with hiring IT engineers or GIS specialists.

“Our customers are global with many working in extremely under-developed regions under adverse conditions, which means they need instant access to reliable information and the ability for anyone to retrieve the information.” Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, COO of RippleNami. “Our customers now have the ability to track and visualize global, regional and local events such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, logistics issues, and social media. The outcome is more informed, timely decisions concerning personnel, assets and resources.”

About RippleNami

RippleNami provides big data mapping solutions that simplify and improve the effectiveness of customer interactions. RippleNami helps individuals, groups, emergency operation centers, corporations, and NGOs around the world track and visualize assets, resources, events and personnel. For more information, visit www.ripplenami.com.

RippleNami annonce le lancement de sa plateforme d’application Web rWAVES™

– La plateforme de cartographie et de visualisation consultable en temps réel permet une meilleure prise de décision

SAN DIEGO, 22 juin 2015 /PRNewswire/ — RippleNami, le leader dans la collecte, l’organisation et la visualisation des données mondiales, a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de rWAVES™. Conçue pour changer fondamentalement la façon dont les clients interagissent avec le monde qui les entoure, la plateforme rWAVES intègre parfaitement des informations physiques et numériques en utilisant des cartes qui permettent de consulter en temps réel, communiquer et mieux gérer les opérations partout dans le monde.

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« Notre technologie répertorie, catégorise et relie l’information à une carte qui ajoute un contexte et un éclairage, ce qui change fondamentalement la façon dont les données sont utilisées », a déclaré Bill VanDeWeghe, président et chef de la direction de RippleNami. « Les utilisateurs peuvent maintenant amalgamer en toute transparence les données sur une plateforme qui, consultable en temps réel, permet une meilleure prise de décision, option non disponible jusqu’ici sur le marché ».

It all starts with a map™ (Tout commence par une carte)

La population mondiale dépasse maintenant sept milliards de personnes et nous savons peu de choses sur cinq milliards d’entre elles. Les appareils mobiles sont maintenant utilisés partout dans le monde pour relier les gens entre eux et à l’information.

« Au-delà d’une simple connexion à l’information, les gens et les dispositifs doivent être connectés à la puissance de calcul. rWAVES résout le problème croissant de transformer des milliards de bits de données provenant d’une grande variété de sources et de formats en un seule plateforme de visualisation facile à utiliser », a ajouté Phil Gahn, cofondateur de RippleNami. « Grâce à notre application déployée dans le nuage, les appareils mobiles et leurs utilisateurs peuvent enfin transcender les limitations dues au traitement, au stockage et à la localisation ».

Avec rWAVES, les gens peuvent maintenant collaborer en temps réel partout dans le monde avec une meilleure efficacité et des informations précises.

Data for awareness, data for action (Analyser les données pour mieux agir)

RippleNami a développé rWAVES pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des organisations qui travaillent dans des environnements complexes avec très peu d’informations pertinentes ou récentes. Ensuite et surtout, rWAVES convertit intuitivement une vaste quantité de données non structurées, provenant des sources les plus variées, en une interface conviviale.

En plus de la plateforme agile, rWAVES offre aux utilisateurs une option abordable. Déployée dans le nuage et s’appuyant sur un système indépendant de la plateforme, rWAVES atténue le recours à de nouveaux équipements et élimine les coûts associés à l’embauche d’ingénieurs en informatique ou de spécialistes des SIG.

« Nos clients sont internationaux et beaucoup travaillent dans des régions extrêmement sous-développées et des conditions défavorables, ce qui signifie qu’ils ont besoin d’un accès instantané à des informations fiables et que chacun doit pouvoir récupérer les informations ». Selon Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, directrice des opérations chez RippleNami : « Nos clients peuvent maintenant suivre et visualiser les événements mondiaux, régionaux et locaux tels que les catastrophes naturelles, les catastrophes d’origine humaine, les questions de logistique, et les médias sociaux. Il en résulte des prises, en temps opportun, de décisions plus éclairées concernant le personnel, les actifs et les ressources ».

À propos de RippleNami

RippleNami fournit des solutions de cartographie de mégadonnées qui simplifient et améliorent l’efficacité des interactions avec les clients. RippleNami permet aux individus, aux groupes, aux centres d’intervention d’urgence, aux entreprises et aux ONG du monde entier d’évaluer et de visualiser leurs actifs et ressources, ainsi que les événements et leur personnel. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter le site http://www.ripplenami.com/.