Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement on 3 July concerning humanitarian assistance in Yemen:
Author Peter Hille
Aid for refugees, climate protection, fighting poverty – the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) has invested record amounts in development projects worldwide. Yet, not everyone is pleased.
A new partnership with Germany to strengthen collaboration in emergency response; beginning with the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Half are Kosovars, Syrians or Afghans
During the first three months of 2015, 185 000 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), almost stable compared with the last quarter of 2014 but up by 86% compared with the first quarter of 2014. In particular, the number of Kosovars rose considerably to reach almost 50 000. They represent the main citizenship of first time asylum applicants in the EU over the first quarter 2015, ahead of Syrians and Afghans.
The Prime Minister has announced that he will 'modestly expand' Britain’s special resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.
According to media reports, Government sources have indicated that Britain will resettle ‘a few hundred more’ people but the total will not exceed 1,000.
The British Government had previously committed to resettling ‘several hundred’ Syrian refugees over a three year period, with just 187 people having arrived in Britain so far.
On Tuesday (16 June), 42 refugees from Syria arrived in Kassel Calden airport on a charter flight from Alexandria. They are among those seeking protection who Germany is taking in from Egypt in 2015 as part of its resettlement programme.
Funds in the amount of 800,000 KM for the purpose of mine action in BiH in 2015, presenting continuation of German assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the implementation of 6 projects of clearance and technical survey in the municipalities of Konjic, Maglaj and Lukavac, at total size of 414,879 m2, will be allocated by German Embassy. As previously, funds will be channeled through ITF-Enhancing Human Security .
Source: Reuters - Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:19 GMT
BERLIN, June 12 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has agreed to double its support this year to federal states and cities struggling with a surge of refugees, but vowed to speed up repatriation of those whose asylum applications are rejected.
Khartoum, 10 June 2015. The Government of Germany has contributed €1 million (about US $1 million) to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Germany is a first time donor to the Sudan CHF but has long-been a committed donor to the Sudan since 2000.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Gaza on 1 June to meet with refugee families and get a first-hand impression of the current situation in the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier also met with UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza Robert Turner. Whilst in Gaza, the Foreign Minister inaugurated a new UNRWA school that was built with Germany’s support. Asma Prep Girls A&B School, in central Gaza’s Beach refugee camp, will host 2,000 students between grades 5-7 from the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, at the end of August.
Gaza Strip, 01 June 2015 – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier accompanied by Barbara Wolf, Head of the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thomas Eisenbach, Director of KfW office in Ramallah, and UNDP Deputy Special Representative Narjess Saidane visited one UNDP project that supports the Gaza fisheries industry on 01 June 2015. The project is funded by the Government of Germany through its Development Bank (KfW) for the amount of Euro 270,000 and includes the construction of storage units for fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Ukraine on Friday and Saturday (29 and 30 May). After discussions with the political leadership in Kyiv, Steinmeier expressed his concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine, which had deteriorated again. He also called for continued implementation of the Minsk Agreement. At the same time, he expressed his respect for the reforms that are being implemented by the government, and pledged Germany’s support. On Saturday, Steinmeier traveled to Dnipropetrovsk, where he visited a temporary shelter for refugees.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has praised the remarkable support from Germany for Palestine refugees – particularly refugees in Gaza – during an official trip to Berlin this week.
Germany is the second-largest supporter of the UNRWA response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the 2014 conflict in Gaza, with a total contribution of EUR 80 million (US$ 93 million) to UNRWA programmes in Gaza to date. This support allowed UNRWA to initiate its emergency shelter assistance programme and to support the most vulnerable.
Representatives of the Congolese and German Governments have formally opened an ammunition depot that will ensure the safe storage of ammunition by Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) near the city of Bukavu.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to suffer from armed violence and conflict, the secure storage of ammunition has become a priority for the Congolese Government.
A year on from the Ebola outbreak, a new campaign with journalists, students and teachers is injecting fresh energy into the drive to kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone.
Berlin – The German Development Ministry is going to set up a substantial support programme to assist Nepal in its reconstruction efforts following the recent earthquakes. The focus will be on infrastructure rehabilitation and restoring energy supply and health services.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Lebanon and Jordan on 15 and 16 May. In addition to holding political talks with government representatives, the German Foreign Minister’s aim was to find out more about the difficult situation faced by Syrian refugees on the ground.
L’ambassade de l’Allemagne a financé la construction d’un centre de santé au Bloc Misenge I, un quartier situé à environ 15 km de la ville de Kindu (Maniema). Ce projet est réalisé en collaboration avec l’Association pour la promotion et la protection de la vie (APPROVI).
Le point sur le fonctionnement de ce centre de santé dans cet entretien que Jody Nkashama a eu avec Imani Ramazani, président du conseil d’administration d’PPROVI.
KHARTOUM, April 2015
Germany’s contribution - worth 1 Million Euros - will go towards supporting communities in South Darfur in Sudan to improve their food and livelihoods security and access to water, hygiene and sanitation. The project aims to reach an estimated population of 49,950 direct beneficiaries during a period of 18 months, starting April 1st, 2015 to September 30th, 2016. The project will focus on communities living in Rehed Al Birdi and Katyla localities in South Darfur.
Germany has announced a new EUR 37 million (US$ 41 million) contribution to the UNRWA shelter assistance programme in Gaza. With a total contribution of EUR 80 million (US$ 93 million) to UNRWA programmes in Gaza to date, Germany is the second largest supporter of the UNRWA response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the 2014 conflict.