Ukraine - Conflict
Intensive attacks in the eastern Ukraine, including the deadly attacks in Mariupol have caused 5,000 casualties since the beginning of the conflict. Humanitarian needs are also increasing; over 900,000 IDPs and 600,000 refugees to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia have been reported.
Austria will contribute €1 million to the EU's Ebola prevention and preparedness programme in West Africa, in addition to more than €1.7 million the country has already dedicated to the Ebola response. The funding will go to a treatment centre for Ebola patients in Burkina Faso and the training of 130 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.
A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".
For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)
Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.
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Today the first Ebola aid supplies will be loaded onto the naval ship Karel Doorman, leaving for West Africa tomorrow. Goods will start to come aboard at around midday, including 11 million rubber gloves, a significant number of lorries, ambulances and other vehicles, 1,000 rubber boots, disinfectant, thermometers, generators, mobile laboratories, protective clothing for medical staff and more than 300,000 medical masks for relief workers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.