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Afghanistan + 1 other
Gunmen kill two Finnish women in western Afghanistan

07/24/2014 13:17 GMT

by Aref Karimi

HERAT, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners.

It came as Afghanistan undertakes a massive audit of its recently concluded presidential vote to avert an impasse threatening to plunge the country into an ethnic conflict as foreign troops prepare to depart after more than a decade of war.

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Humanitarian aid from Finland to help the Palestinians

By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 500,000 euros to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for relief work in Gaza and 350,000 euros to Finn Church Aid for relief work. “Humanitarian aid helps Palestinians who have lost their homes or fled their homes in fear of air strikes; they live in extremely difficult conditions and need urgent emergency relief. As the conflict is escalating, the need for aid is critical and its delivery must be ensured,” Minister Haavisto states.

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World + 1 other
Finland assisting SPREP help villages adapt to climate change

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Village life in the Pacific may seem idyllic to some but it can be pretty tough for those living a basically subsistence existence.

It's being made even tougher by the effects of climate change.

Finland is helping to fund a project by SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme to try to reduce the vulnerabilities faced by village people.

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World + 1 other
From “Forgotten” to “Vulnerable” to “Valuable” – Persons with Disabilities in Refugee and Displacement Settings

NEW RESEARCH THROWS SPOTLIGHT ON POSITIVE PRACTICES AND ONGOING GAPS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 7.7 MILLION DISPLACED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

UN REFUGEE AGENCY AND GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND ANNOUNCE COMMITMENTS TO PROMOTE DISABILITY INCLUSION

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South Sudan + 1 other
Finland increases humanitarian assistance to South Sudan

Finland is increasing its humanitarian assistance to South Sudan by 4 million euros. As a result of the crisis in South Sudan, 1.5 million people have had to leave their homes. Almost 400,000 of them have fled to neighbouring countries. There are 3.8 million people in need of assistance, and the risk of famine is great.

“The humanitarian situation is alarming and worsening. If the violence does not stop and a political solution to the crisis is not found, the consequences will be catastrophic,” Development Minister Pekka Haavisto says.

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

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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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Finland augments its support for the Central African Republic

Finland will donate additional EUR 1.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Central African Republic, where about a half of the population is in need of humanitarian aid. More than 560,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Since the beginning of the conflict, approximately 370,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Finland to support Vietnam to upgrade the capacity to measure rainfall, forecast storm and lightning

On the morning of May 20th, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vietnam Nguyen Linh Ngoc had a meeting with Mr. HEKimmo Lähdevirta, Finnish Ambassador in Vietnam. Two parties exchanged views on the project "Upgrading the capacity to measure rain, forecast storm and lightning By National Center for Hydrometeorology Forecasting" using preferential loans of the Finnish Government.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia, Finland to Implement Acid Soil Treatment Project

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Addis Ababa March 25/2014

The government of Ethiopia, in collaboration with the government of Finland, has designed a project for acid soil treatment and its implementation would begin soon, the Ethiopian Geological Survey disclosed.

Chief Geologist with Ethiopian Geological Survey Hunde Meleka said the project will be implemented by the Ethiopian Geological Survey and the Ministry of Agriculture on the Ethiopian side, and the Foreign Ministry as well as the Geological Survey and the Agriculture and Nutrition Study Program of Finland.

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World + 4 others
Finland grants EUR 44 million in aid for the world’s humanitarian crises

Finland is donating 44.4 million euros in humanitarian aid for the world’s worst crises. The aid, granted by decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto on 12 March, is directed to acute emergency situations in Syria and neighbouring areas, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Human suffering will also be alleviated in the countries where there are protracted crisis situations, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. Finland’s support is given through UN agencies and Finnish organizations.

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Kenya + 2 others
Sweden And Finland Give More Than US$8 million For Refugees In Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed contributions from Sweden and Finland of US$6.9 million (45,000,000 SEK) and US$ 1.3 million (€1,000,000) respectively to support refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in Kenya as well as the Kenyan host community.

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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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In Kuwait Finland pledges 7 million euros for the victims of the crisis in Syria

Finland will give 7 million euros in humanitarian aid for the victims of the crisis in Syria. Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto announced Finland’s additional support in Kuwait today, 15 January, at the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The aid pledged by Finland will be delivered through UNHCR – the UN refugee agency, the World Food Programme WFP and Finnish NGOs.

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Finland gives humanitarian assistance for the protection of children in the Central African Republic

By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted one million euros in humanitarian assistance to help the victims of the crisis in the Central African Republic. The assistance is provided through UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

“The situation in the Central African Republic is very serious. State structures in the country have collapsed, the violence between communities has escalated and the humanitarian situation is alarming,” Development Minister Haavisto states.

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Philippines + 1 other
Finland grants 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines

By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto on 28 November, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The aid will be delivered to the Philippines via the Finnish Red Cross and Finn Church Aid and through the World Food Programme (WFP).

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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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World + 4 others
Finland grants almost 15 million euros in humanitarian assistance for crises with the greatest need

By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 14.9 million euros in humanitarian assistance for people suffering from the world’s crises. The support is granted to Finnish actors, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and UN agencies.

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Fact sheet: Solutions for Syrian refugees

UNHCR has been working closely with states to provide resettlement or humanitarian admission as part of the broader protection response to refugees who have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries. These interventions are critical for refugees who are in urgent need of protection.

They are above all an expression of solidarity with countries in the region currently hosting more than two million Syrian refugees.