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Czech Republic will donate 1,000,000 CZK to support displaced persons in Ukraine

On September 26, UNHCR Regional Representative for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Oldrich Andrysek and Ambassador of Czech Republic to Ukraine Ivan Počuch have signed the Memorandum of Understanding. According to the Memorandum, Czech Government will donate to UNHCR 1 mln Czech crowns (600,000 UAH) to address the urgent needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine. This financing will allow UNHCR to purchase warm blankets and personal hygiene products for further distribution in the East of Ukraine.

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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

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UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Czech Republic helps the injured in Ukraine

In the evening of 5 September 2014, Kyiv received a one-tonne consignment of urgently needed medical supplies for the Ukrainian Red Cross, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Further aid from the Czech Republic will follow.

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Ocean stewardship critical to protecting ecosystems, safeguarding world’s food supply, delegates say at conference on Small Island Developing States

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Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 2 July 2014) - Infographic

Further degradation of law and order and localised military operations in the east of Ukraine,
Donbas region, since March has caused a deterioration in the situation. UNHCR is aware of more than 59,600* internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Donbas, as of 1 July; with additional unconfirmed reports of several thousand IDPs still within the eastern region itself.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 27 June 2014) - Infographic

Humanitarian needs

Most IDPs from the eastern region have reported leaving with limited belongings, and are in need of shelter, food and nonfood items such as clothing. In the eastern region primary health care services have been jeopardized, with shortages reported in emergency medical services, essential medications and medical supplies. Water and energy supplies are heavily distorted in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and neighboring areas. Cash shortages in some areas of the east are reducing purchasing power and affecting commercial supplies.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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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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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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Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002 Final report

Summary: CHF 165,608 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross (CzRC) Society in delivering assistance to people affected by floods in the central parts, also called Bohemia, of the Czech Republic.

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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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Humanitarian Assistance for the Philippines

On November 12, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has approved emergency humanitarian assistance worth CZK 4 million. for the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

The assistance will be provided through the Philippine Red Cross which is able to operate across the affected areas of the country. The Czech Republic will follow closely the needs of the affected population and will consider offering further assistance during the subsequent recovery and reconstruction.

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Humanitarian Aid for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout approved on 1st November, 2013 humanitarian assistance worth 2.5 mio. CZK for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.

The Czech contribution will be used to support the Social Safety Net Programme of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Rrefugees in the Near East), in particular its food aid component, which secures basic food needs (rise, wheat flour, sugar, sunflower oil and milk powder) for 300 000 vulnerable beneficiares.

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Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine Issue 2 - 2013: Wiping polio off the face of the planet

The world has a unique chance to eradicate polio. With billions of dollars of support and coordinated efforts by governments and international health organizations, it could be the biggest public health victory since the eradication of smallpox. Also in this issue: Fundamental Principles, humanity first; Conflict in northern Mali, shifting sands; Refugees, unexpected guests.

See online edition and previous issues.

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PIN’s Flood Committee Allocated First Grants to the Flooded; Material Assistance worth 1.3m CZK Sent to Municipalities

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People in Need

Prague (1st July 2013) – People in Need’s Flood Committee took a decision on the contributions towards renovating the households of the first 39 families and has distributed 690,000 CZK from the SOS Floods 2013 fundraising campaign. The first grants are channelled to the most afflicted households in 14 municipalities in Ústí nad Labem, Mělník, Kolín and Litoměřice districts and it is assumed that the people will obtain them in the next weeks.

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Czech Republic: Location Map (2013)

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Forced Migration Review No. 44: Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too. Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained.

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Humanitarian Aid for Central African Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jan Kohout, approved on 19 September 2013 urgent humanitarian aid worth 2 million Czech Crowns for the Central African Republic.

The assistance will be implemented by the local Caritas organization in the area of Bozoum. Around 3 000 IDP children will get education together with basic health and nutrition care. Around 200 000 people have been displaced by an internal conflict in the course of this year. The population is still facing abuses perpetrated by the Seleka armed groups.

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Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002 Update n° 1

165,608 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,400 beneficiaries (850 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.