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


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


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

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

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.

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Bulgaria + 4 others
Bulgaria – Request for assistance for refugee assistance (ECHO Daily Flash, 21 October 2013)

■Since the beginning of the year Bulgaria has been put under unprecedented pressure from asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. In result of the conflict in Syria a significant increase of the number of requests for protection is being seen. The number of persons who entered Bulgarian territory illegally this year is 7410 people. The total number of the refugees in Bulgaria as of 14th October 2013 is 6404. Bulgaria has not faced such a crisis for the last 90 years.

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Fact sheet: Solutions for Syrian refugees

UNHCR has been working closely with states to provide resettlement or humanitarian admission as part of the broader protection response to refugees who have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries. These interventions are critical for refugees who are in urgent need of protection.

They are above all an expression of solidarity with countries in the region currently hosting more than two million Syrian refugees.

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Austria: Location Map (2013)

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Romania + 7 others
More disasters but reduced losses in Europe

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 18 September 2013 - European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva this week told European parliamentarians that significant progress has been made in reducing disaster impacts across Europe over the last nine years of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement monitored by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Europe Failing Syrian Refugees

By Ray Smith

LUCERNE, Switzerland , Sep 12 2013 (IPS) - Refugee rights organisations are demanding an EU-wide temporary protection regime for Syrian refugees. The announcement by some countries that they can take a few thousand refugees is not enough, the groups say.

Sweden has announced a few steps after the number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter abroad has crossed the two million mark in early September.

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Austria responds to aggravation of humanitarian crisis in Syria

Spindelegger announces increase of humanitarian aid for Syria

Vienna, 13 August 2013 – In view of the alarming situation in Syria – according to UN estimates, more than 1.7 million people have already fled from the violence in Syria to neighbouring countries, more than 4 million people are internally displaced – Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger today announced that Austria will increase its humanitarian aid for Syria by another 600,000 euros.

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Ukraine + 17 others
Europe Zone Office Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAA65001

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.

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Syria crisis - ECHO factsheet

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

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World + 11 others
Asylum decisions in the EU27 EU Member States granted protection to more than 100 000 asylum seekers in 2012

European Union

Reference: STAT/13/96 Event Date: 18/06/2013

Asylum decisions in the EU27

EU Member States granted protection to more than 100 000 asylum seekers in 2012

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Czech Republic + 3 others
Floods hit central Europe


Floods across central Europe continue to devastate parts of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers. Passau is one of the worst-hit cities in the country, with water levels the highest they have been in 70 years. Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal.

The last time central Europe saw similar floods was in 2002, when 17 people were killed in the Czech Republic, and damage estimated at $26bn was inflicted.