Germany has supported the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Syria crisis response with an unprecedented record contribution of €570 million in 2016. The Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Rome, Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken, visited German-funded programmes in Jordan and Lebanon. He describes his impressions in an interview with WFP.
1. Mr. Ambassador, what were your main experiences in Lebanon and Jordan?
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €15 million (approximately US$16.9 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany to help WFP treat and prevent moderate malnutrition among more than 660,000 children under five, and pregnant and nursing mothers.
Press release of 22.06.2016 | Berlin – Every child in Lebanon, and that includes every refugee child, should be able to go to school. Germany and Poland will support the Lebanese education ministry in achieving this ambitious goal. That was agreed between BMZ State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt and Undersecretary of State Joanna Wronecka at today's Polish-German government consultations.
Libya - Germany and IOM Libya have signed an agreement for a six-month project aimed at providing direct assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants rescued at sea, detained migrants and other vulnerable migrants in the North African country.
The EUR 1 million project – which runs through 31 December 2016 – will include humanitarian assistance through the provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) to vulnerable IDPs and humanitarian assistance for those rescued at sea, as well as migrants detained in Libya and those vulnerable migrants in urban settings.
The Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund has provided $32.3 million through its First Standard Allocation in 2016 to address most critical needs under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan.
The Health, WASH, Emergency Shelter and Non-food Items, Protection and Food Security Clusters received the largest allocations. Around 60% of the total amount allocated went to national and international NGOs, and 40% to UN agencies.
In May, WFP assisted more than 256,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States.
Temporary displacements have been generated by security threats, elevated tension and sporadic armed clashes in Kachin and Shan States. Although initial observation suggests immediate public donations have been sufficient, displaced families may face crop loss if they miss the harvest season.
Integration, helping people to help themselves, and meeting immediate needs – three key aspects of the contributions the Technische Hilfswerk (THW) is making to benefit refugees. On World Refugee Day, THW President Albrecht Broemme declares: “The THW is happy to identify with the theme of this year’s international day of action: We Stand #WithRefugees.”
Tunis, 20 June 2016 – German Ambassador Christian Much and UNICEF Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Khalil signed today an agreement for a contribution to assist strengthening the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Libya.
“Children comprise around 40 percent of the Libyan population, and they are considered as the most vulnerable. Helping them is a huge priority. This is why we are now increasing our assistance to children for the second time in 2016,” Said Mr. Much.
Demands to Germany and the EU for dealing with refugees and migrants
(20/06/2016) The number of refugees in Germany rose in the past year and will continue to rise - but not only here. Across the world, more than 65 million people have fled their homes, three quarters of them find refuge in their home country or in another developing country.
• Since January 2015, more than 1,200,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. From late 2015 and onwards there has been a steady increase in the proportion of children among refugees and migrants not only on the Eastern Mediterranean, but also on the more dangerous and perilous Central Mediterranean migration route. Currently this proportion stands at 35 per cent of all arrivals in 2016. In addition, it is estimated that almost 500 children lost their lives in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 June 2016
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.
GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.
“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
UNICEF reports on the dangers facing unaccompanied adolescent refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.
KIEV– The United Nations World Food Programme (WPF) has received a contribution of €6 million from the Federal Republic of Germany to continue to provide food assistance to more than 200,000 people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
“WFP is very grateful to Germany for this contribution that will help us provide assistance to tens of thousands of people who no longer have means to secure their most basic food needs,” said WFP Representative in Ukraine Dorte Ellehammer.
Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.
With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.
The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.
The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.
L’Allemagne a accordé jeudi une aide de 60 millions d’euros au Togo pour la période 2016-2017.
L’accord a été signé à Berlin entre le ministre des Affaires étrangères Robert Dussey et le ministre allemand de la Coopération Gerd Müller en présence du président Faure Gnassingbé actuellement en visite officielle dans le pays.
Cet appui vient s’ajouter à la contribution allemande au budget européen en faveur du Togo qui représente 20% du XIe FED.
As of 22 May, US$ 31,381,306 is available with the administrative agent MPTF with deposits from:
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Tuesday 6/7/2016 - 08:44 GMT |
Germany recorded around 16,000 new asylum seekers in May, almost unchanged from April, official data showed Tuesday, after the closure of the key Balkans route slowed a record influx.
Among the 16,281 asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in May, Syrians made up the biggest group at 2,685, followed by Afghans at 2,289 and 1,355 Iraqis.
The figures mark a sharp drop from last autumn's peak arrivals, when around 200,000 people arrived in November alone.