KABUL – The Government of France has announced a contribution of €400,000 (US$ 424,000) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist with emergency response in Afghanistan in 2015. The announcement was formalised at a signing ceremony today at the French Embassy in Kabul attended by high-level representatives from the Government of France and WFP.
The new contribution from France will enable WFP to transport and distribute locally-procured food items to assist approximately 45,000 people who may be affected by natural or man-made disasters.
Kuwait City, Kuwait | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 17:55 GMT
by Omar Hasan
International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".
UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation".
"The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time," he said.
The French Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC) and the French Armed Forces of French Polynesia (FAPF) have been involved since 15 March in rescue operations to populations and in rehabilitation of infrastructures affected by tropical cyclone Pam. They act in cooperation with the French Embassy in Vanuatu, the government of Vanuatu, NGOs and associations on the ground and emergency response teams from New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
La coopération française est présente dans le département du Sud-Est à travers différents programmes et acteurs. L’Etat français y a engagé environ 13 millions d’euros depuis 2007.
L’action de la France dans le Sud-Est se concentre surtout sur la ville de Jacmel à travers des programmes d’appui aux institutions locales et d’aménagement urbain.
Beirut, Lebanon | | Monday 3/23/2015 - 18:18 GMT |
A presidential vacuum and deadlocked institutions are impeding 166 million euros ($182 million) in French development aid to Lebanon, a French minister said on Monday.
"There are 166 million euros waiting until Lebanon's institutions are operating normally and are capable of dealing with different situations, as well as the speedy election of a president," French Development and Francophony Minister Annick Gerardin said.
Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, today presented the key figures for the activity in 2014 of the central actor in France’s Official Development Assistance. With EUR 8.1 billion of commitments, up 4%, AFD has achieved another historic year for its activities to support a more equitable and more sustainable world. “AFD’s mandate is central to the challenge of the coming years, which is to bring about new development models that ensure both the prosperity of the whole of the world’s population and preserve the planet.
Anne Paugam, Directrice générale de l’AFD, a présenté ce jour les chiffres clés de l’activité 2014 de l’acteur pivot de l’aide publique française au développement. Avec 8,1 milliards d’euros d’engagements, en hausse de +4%, l’AFD réalise une nouvelle année historique de ses activités en faveur d’un monde plus juste et plus durable.
Paris, France | | mardi 17/03/2015 - 10:50 GMT | 239 mots
La France a annoncé mardi un accroissement "dans les prochains jours" de son aide au Vanuatu, dévasté par le cyclone Pam, à l'issue d'un entretien téléphonique des présidents deux pays, François Hollande et Baldwin Lonsdale.
Le cyclone Pam, d’une extrême violence, a dévasté le Vanuatu dans le Pacifique Sud. Le nombre de victimes n’est pas encore connu mais les dégâts matériels sont d’ores et déjà considérables. Plusieurs milliers de personnes sont sans abris. Dans ces circonstances tragiques, mes pensées vont aux victimes, au peuple et aux autorités du pays.
The extremely violent Cyclone Pam has devastated Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The number of casualties has not yet been established but there is already exte nsive material damage. Several thousand people have been left homeless. In these tragic circumstances, my thoughts go to the country’s victims, people and authorities.
Situation overview: An assessment mission to Donetsk conducted by UNHCR between 19-22 February reconfirmed huge humanitarian needs. Scale-up of humanitarian presence in the east is urgently required. People are living in basements, bomb shelters or under the rubble of their houses or apartment buildings. In particular they lack food, medicine and heating.
Une douzaine de personnes attendent devant une ancienne paroisse au centre de Calais, transformée en entrepôt. Ce sont des migrants qui attendent de recevoir des vêtements chauds pour pouvoir se protéger des rigueurs de l’hiver français.
Bien que l’on soit au milieu de l’hiver, certains portent des tongs et des vêtements légers, effilochés et pleins de trous. Le magasin-vestiaire du Secours Catholique-Caritas France leur fournit des vêtements plus chauds tels que des pulls, des gants et des écharpes pour les aider à affronter les températures glaciales.
February 28, 2015 3:28 PM
PARIS— About a mile from Paris' iconic Montmartre neighborhood is a spot where very few tourists go. It is a busy overpass that shelters a collection of small, dirty tents. The metro rumbles overhead. Trains pass by below.
The residents of this tent camp mostly come from East Africa. Everybody has a different story. But nobody wanted to end up on this bridge, with no toilet, no home and, for now, no future.
Guiuan, Philippines | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 12:01 GMT
by Hervé ASQUIN
French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.
Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December.
UNHCR provides aid in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government for the first time in the conflict.
UNHCR is concerned that measures on movement restrictions for people and cargo to conflict zones could worsen the dire situation for those displaced and further complicate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Over 2,000 victims of shelling in the southern city of Mariupol received emergency assistance from UNHCR.
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.
Support puts Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on the path to immunise a further 300 million children and save up to 6 million more lives
Berlin, 27 January 2015 – Hundreds of millions of children living in the world’s poorest countries will receive life-saving vaccines as a result of record-breaking financial commitments made today at the Gavi Pledging Conference, hosted in Berlin by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.