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Kenya + 1 other
Farmers in Marsabit get Sh70 million agricultural equipment

In Summary

  • The move is aimed at promoting farming, fishing and livestock rearing in a bid to improve food security.

  • 20 of the motorbikes were donated by the German International Cooperation for Development (GIZ).

  • Governor Yatani said his government had also bought seeds especially maize, beans and pigeon peas for distribution to the residents.

  • Food crops are mainly grown in Marsabit Central, Gadamoji, the Hurri hills and Uran.

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Germany sets example, pledges $1 billion to U.N. climate fund


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid group Oxfam has called on other rich nations to follow the example of Germany, which has promised €750 million ($1 billion) for the U.N.'s fledgling Green Climate Fund.

"This announcement ends the deafening silence we've had so far around the empty Green Climate Fund that is supposed to support poor countries in the battle against climate change. Now others must follow suit," Oxfam Germany's Jan Kowalzig said.

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Development Ministers jointly launch assis­tance fund for Central African Republic

14.07.2014 | Florence – By adding his signature to the found­ing doc­u­ment for the Euro­pean Trust Fund "Bêkou" (Sango for "hope"), Minister Gerd Müller is con­tin­u­ing Germany's sup­port for the Central African Republic. The doc­u­ment will be signed in the mar­gins of the meet­ing of EU De­vel­op­ment Ministers that is being held in Florence on the evening of 14 July and on 15 July. Germany is planning to con­trib­ute five million euros to the Trust Fund this year, and to make avail­able another five million euros next year.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Germany provides humanitarian assistance for people in eastern Ukraine

The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is worrying. People’s lives are badly affected by the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine; according to United Nations reports, about 60,000 people are already internally displaced. People in eastern Ukraine now need visible signals so they can see we are not indifferent to them.

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Guinea + 3 others
Federal Foreign Office supports the fight against Ebola in West Africa

With regard to the support Germany is providing within the context of the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, Minister of State Maria Böhmer issued the following statement:

“We must do everything we can to support the people in West Africa in the fight against the Ebola virus and to prevent a spread of the disease. I am very glad that the Federal Foreign Office can play a role in helping to contain the epidemic as quickly as possible.”

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World + 14 others
Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

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World + 10 others
FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

European Union


Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.

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Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 14 - 20 June 2014

Regional highlights:

· Millions marked World Refugee Day on 20 June with events across the globe as UNHCR reported that the number of forcibly displaced people was higher than it had ever been since the end of World War II. The annual Global Trends Report said that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced around the world stood at 51.2 million, up 6 million on figures for a year earlier. The increase was mainly driven by the war in Syria, which shows no sign of ending.

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World + 14 others
Peacebuilding Fund Receives Commitment of $73 Million for this Year


The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.

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World + 5 others
World Refugee Day: more people being offered protection in the EU

European Union

Every year conflicts, persecution and natural disasters force millions of children, women and men to flee their homes in search of safety. Some look for refuge in EU. Last year alone member states offered protection to 135,700 asylum seekers, nearly half of which were given refugee status. In honour of World Refugee Day on 20 June, we take a look at what the Parliament and the EU are doing to help.

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Germany + 1 other
Germany doubles intake of Syrian refugees to 20,000

06/12/2014 17:29 GMT

BERLIN, June 12, 2014 (AFP) - Germany will accept 10,000 more refugees from war-ravaged Syria, officials said Thursday, even as Berlin faced calls from rights groups to do more.

Interior ministers at both federal and regional level agreed to double Germany's intake of Syrian refugees, a statement by the regional interior ministry in western North Rhine-Westphalia said.

"Germany stands by its humanitarian responsibility. It is therefore right that we, together, help even more," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in the statement.

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Germany + 3 others
10 June 2014: Europe – Severe Weather

In the past few days severe weather (thunderstorms, rains, winds, hail, lightning) hit parts of Europe; starting from France and moving towards northern Germany. Damage was observed mostly in Germany, as well as France and Belgium.


•Severe weather (strong winds, rains, lightning, hail) affected northern Germany on 9-10 June.

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‘Fortress Europe’ Closing the Doors to Syrian Refugees

LONDON, Jun 5 2014 (IPS) - Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their home country have come up against a less than accommodating “Fortress Europe”.

As of June 1, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are more than 2.7 million Syrian people who have sought refuge outside of their home country. Notable host countries include Lebanon (estimated 1.1 million), Jordan (600,000), Turkey (760,000), Iraq (200,000) and Egypt (140,000).

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World + 11 others
EU: Make Saving Lives at Sea Top Priority

Step Up Joint Rescue Operations; Resettle More Syrians

(London) – European Union ministers meeting in Luxembourg on June 5, 2014, should back stronger action to save migrant and refugee lives at sea. The ministers should also improve access to protection in Europe for refugees fleeing Syria and others fleeing persecution and abuse.

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Steinmeier pledges further assistance for flood victims

Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from 26 to 27 May for talks. In Sarajevo he met representatives from Government and civil society. During his visit, the German Foreign Minister expressed the continued intensive commitment of both Germany and the EU to ensuring positive developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Foreign Minister Steinmeier pledged seven million euros of assistance for victims of the disastrous flooding.