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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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Iraq + 1 other
Austria provides humanitarian aid for up to 100,000 people in Northern Iraq

Joint relief operation of Austria’s Foreign Ministry and Defence Ministry

Vienna, 21 August 2014 – Austria is offering its help. A few days ago, the Austrian Government approved the provision of € 1 million in emergency aid from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund to the UNO in Northern Iraq, and now it has launched another initiative: a joint relief operation of the Austrian Foreign and Defence Ministries. Austria is providing Red Cross aid packages in the value of 150,000 euros financed by the Austrian Development Agency operating within the Foreign Ministry.

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World + 1 other
Austria helps children in war zones

Vienna, 22 July 2014 – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made the commitment vis-à-vis EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva to dedicate 250,000 euros for humanitarian schooling projects to help children in war zones. One billion children currently live in areas where armed conflicts are part of everyday life; 300 million of them are younger than five years. They need help urgently.

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European Union provides nearly €13 million to support families living in extreme poverty in the West Bank and Gaza

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European Union

The European Union, Austria, Ireland and Spain are contributing to the Palestinian Authority's second payment of social allowances this year to poor and vulnerable Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza. The contribution, channelled through the PEGASE[1] mechanism, amounts to around €12.97 million (€10.22 million from the European Union, €1.25 million from the Government of Austria, €0.5 million from the Government of Ireland and €1 million from the Government of Spain)

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Austria provides a home and a heart operation to young Syrian refugee

VIENNA, Austria, 5 June (UNHCR) – Syrian refugees Abdulrazaq and Raja feared for the worst last August when their son, Zaid, was born in exile in Jordan suffering from a serious heart condition.

Jordan has been generous in accepting almost 600,000 of the 2.8 million refugees that have fled from the civil war in neighbouring Syria, but the massive influx has put a tremendous strain on basic services, including health care. Many refugees need hospitalization, some for life-threatening conditions that Jordan struggles to treat.

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Serbia + 2 others
Austrian government approves €500,000 in aid to Serbia, BiH

Vienna/Belgrade, 3 June 2014 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic met late yesterday in Vienna with ministers of foreign affairs of Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Sebastian Kurtz and Zlatko Lagumdzija as part of the conference of the Central European Initiative.

At the trilateral meeting, the Austrian Foreign Minister stated that his country decided to donate €500,000 to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for flood relief.

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Serbia + 14 others
EU assistance underway for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17/05/2014 - The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina due to the severe flooding in the two countries. In less than a day and a half following the request, a total of 14 EU Member States offered assistance.

Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are deploying rescue boats, high capacity pumps and operational teams to Serbia.

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World + 13 others
Risk governance and financing key to HFA2

BEIJING, 13 May 2014 – China has signaled its support for stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as momentum builds to develop the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs in China, Ms. Jiang Li, welcomed 300 disaster policymakers, experts and managers to the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, in Beijing, which highlighted the need to strengthen integrated governance and international financing mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.

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Uganda + 6 others
Western donors cut aid to Uganda in response to anti-gay law

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00 PM
Author: Alex Whiting

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Several Western governments have announced cuts in aid to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality.

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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather

SITUATION

In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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World + 1 other
The Austrian government provides financial support for the implementation of the African Union gender, peace and security programme

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African Union

Addis Ababa, 29 November 2013: The Commission of the African Union (AU) and the Austrian Government, today, signed an Agreement , under which the Austrian Government would provide, through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), 1,000,000 Euros in support of the implementation of the AU Gender, Peace and Security Programme (GPSP). The signing ceremony took place at the AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa. Mr. El G hassim Wane, Director of the AU Peace and Security Department, signed the Agreement on behalf of the AU, and Mr.

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World + 1 other
Le Gouvernement Autrichien apporte un soutien financier a la mise en œuvre du programme de l‘Union Africaine sur le genre, la paix et la sécurité

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African Union

Addis Abéba, le 29 novembre 2013: La Commission de l'Union africaine (UA) et le Gouvernement autrichien ont signé, ce jour, un Accord au terme duquel le Gouvernement autrichien, par le biais de l'Agence autrichienne de développement (ADA), fournira une subvention d’un montant de 1.000.000 Euros en appui à la mise en œuvre du Programme Genre, Paix et Sécurité (PGPS) de l’UA. La cérémonie de signature a eu lieu au siège de l’UA, à Addis Abéba. M. El Ghassim Wane, Directeur du Département Paix et Sécurité, a signé l’Accord au nom de l'UA, cependant que M.

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World + 1 other
Austria supports UNDP projects in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Vienna, 18 November 2013 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) puts a focus on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Austrian Development Cooperation has a particularly strong commitment to supporting UNDP projects in the fight against this global disease.

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Philippines + 19 others
Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines: ECHO factsheet (as of 17 November 2013)

Key messages

• The European Commission has provided €20 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): €10 million in humanitarian aid to support emergency relief operations and €10 million to assist with recovery and rehabilitation.

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Philippines + 1 other
Austria shows its solidarity with the victims of typhoon Haiyan, 500,000 euros from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund earmarked for aid projects

Vienna, 12 November 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan has robbed millions of people on the Philippines of their livelihoods. According to first estimates more than 23,000 houses have been damaged or completely destroyed. Some 800,000 people fled from the typhoon, many of them have lost everything. The death toll is expected to reach 10,000 and providing help to the survivors is a serious challenge. The local infrastructure has broken down completely in many places; airports have been destroyed, ports damaged and roads buried by debris. Remote villages are still cut off from the outside world.

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Armenia + 2 others
Austria to support Armenia in care for refugees from Syria

Vienna, 25 October 2013 – Austrian Development Cooperation provides support to its priority country Armenia through Red Cross and Caritas to help the country master the flow of refugees from the Syrian-Armenian diaspora that is exposed to multiple threats.

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Bulgaria + 5 others
European assistance to help Bulgaria face the refugee crisis

Support is being delivered to Bulgaria to help the national authorities cope with the influx of Syrian refugees. The assistance is provided by Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria, and is coordinated by the European Commission. It includes more than 2000 folding beds and mattresses, more than 4200 blankets and other items, such as bedding, towels, kitchen sets and cutlery.