Ukraine - Conflict
Intensive attacks in the eastern Ukraine, including the deadly attacks in Mariupol have caused 5,000 casualties since the beginning of the conflict. Humanitarian needs are also increasing; over 900,000 IDPs and 600,000 refugees to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia have been reported.
The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of quarantined homes and already has provided over 750 operational beds to isolate and treat cases of Ebola.
As well as giving its own money, Britain has asked other countries across the world to join them in supporting Sierra Leone. So far Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada have all agreed to provide health staff for Sierra Leone.
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Estonia, in cooperation with the United Kingdom, is sending hand sanitizer and antibacterial liquid soap to Sierra Leone to prevent the further spread of Ebola in West Africa. The disinfectants will be introduced at Ebola treatment and prevention centres located in Sierra Leone, whose activities are coordinated by the United Kingdom.
According to Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the first delivery of Estonian food has arrived at refugee centres in the Odessa region. "The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine is very difficult," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. "Due to the deterioration of the security situation, there are close to 470 000 internally displaced persons in Ukraine. People are in need of food and other basic necessities," she added.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the alleviation of the humanitarian situation of Iraq’s internally displaced persons with 200 000 euros through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The United Nations has declared a higher – third tier level of emergency in Iraq, which requires a broad response to the crisis by UN agencies dealing with humanitarian crises and aid organizations.
The Estonian Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with businesses from the Estonian food industry and the UN Refugee Agency is sending food products as humanitarian aid to the internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
The Estonian food aid sent to the internally displaced persons in Eastern Ukraine will be routed through the Regional Representation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to IDPs’ collective centres, hospitals, children's institutions and soup kitchens.
Today, at the international Gaza donors conference in Cairo, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that international support must be directed at beginning Israeli-Palestinian talks and accomplishing the two state solution. Estonia is contributing to the reconstruction of Gaza following the recent conflict through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting victims of gender-based and sexual violence through the Trust Fund for Victims set up by the International Criminal Court.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia is helping residents of South Sudan who are suffering due to the internal conflict in the country. Assistance is being allocated through UN funds and the International Committee of the Red Cross. "The conflict between the government of South Sudan and the rebels has led to the spread of violence. Almost a million internal refugees are being forced to leave their homes and hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country," Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said. He added that there is also a great shortage of food in South Sudan.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia will help Bosnia and Herzegovina in the aftermath of large-scale flooding. “I express my condolences to those close to the people killed in the floods,” Paet said. “We have decided to send a rescue team to Bosnia to help the country cope with the exceptional flooding,” he added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting sending a rescue mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina with 87 000 euros from the humanitarian aid budget.
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.
The foreign ministry is supporting the World Health Organization in preventing the further spread of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Foreign minister Urmas Paet said that it is a very rapidly spreading virus, which needs to be stopped quickly. “We must prevent a major epidemic, which according to the worst case scenario could begin to massively spread in Guinea and to neighbouring countries,” he added.
The foreign ministry supports the continuation of the training of women in the field of health care in the Dar e-Suf district of Northern Afghanistan.
Estonia is supporting the effort to alleviate the situation of refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon with 200 000 Euros. Estonia is helping refugees from Syria in Jordan with 100 000 through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is supporting the continued education of displaced children from Syria with another 100 000 Euros through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Estonia is supporting the effort to alleviate the situation of internally displaced people suffering violence in the Central African Republic with 100 000 Euros.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the security, as well as humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is complicated. “The religious violence that has erupted between various religious factions has resulted in hundreds of victims and close to a million internally displaced people,” noted Paet. “We must act decisively and quickly, in order to avoid a large-scale catastrophe,” he added.
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.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary
Contributions to UNRWA
1st Meeting (AM)
Appealing to the international community to confront a $65 million cash shortfall in its 2014 budget, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today heard representatives of 17 countries pledge to provide voluntary contributions.