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01 Dec 2015 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today three generous contributions totalling GB£17.5 million (approximately US$26.5 million) from UK aid through the government of the United Kingdom to support WFP operations in Sudan.

The three contributions will help WFP assist South Sudanese people who have fled to Sudan, WFP’s cash and food vouchers programme in Darfur and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

01 Dec 2015 description

Children Account for 20% of Maritime Arrivals to Europe in 2015: IOM and UNICEF

Germany - A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.

01 Dec 2015 description

On 30 November 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China, as part of the Sharing and Learning on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia Project (CBDM Asia Phase II), co-hosted a ‘Multi-stakeholder Partnership in Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Workshop’ in Chengdu, China.

30 Nov 2015 description
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

26 Nov 2015 description
report Save the Children

Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, responds to the Spending Review

“The government’s renewed commitment to spending 0.7% of our national income to help the poorest people around the world is very welcome and will transform the lives of millions of children. It is something we can be very proud of as a country.

24 Nov 2015 description

Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

23 Nov 2015 description

A new £1 billion fund will be used to support the global fight against malaria and other infectious diseases.

Chancellor George Osborne and Bill Gates have announced they are to join forces as part of the global effort to end malaria.

A new £1 billion Ross Fund – named after Sir Ronald Ross, the first ever British Nobel Laureate who was recognised for his discovery that mosquitoes transmit malaria – will be used to support the global fight against malaria and other infectious diseases.

20 Nov 2015 description

UK will help South Sudan avoid a famine as conflict, droughts and poor harvests have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The UK will provide new support to help South Sudan avoid a famine as conflict, droughts and poor harvests have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, International Development Minister Grant Shapps has announced.

19 Nov 2015 description

Nicosia, Cyprus | AFP | Thursday 11/19/2015 - 20:28 GMT

Nearly half of the 115 Middle Eastern migrants held at a British military base on Cyprus were transferred Thursday to a government transit centre outside Nicosia, a British official said.

"This afternoon 53 migrants who had previously claimed asylum were transferred in to the care of the Cypriot authorities," said a British Forces Cyprus spokesperson.

19 Nov 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis

18 Nov 2015 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wednesday 11/18/2015 - 18:12 GMT

The bodies of two suspected migrants have been found in Britain in a wooden crate containing commercial boilers, police said Wednesday.

The crate left northern Italy and came into Britain on a ferry from Dunkirk in northern France to Dover on October 8.

18 Nov 2015 description

Nicosia, Cyprus | AFP | Wednesday 11/18/2015 - 18:03 GMT

Over half of the 115 Middle East migrants who came ashore at a British military base on Cyprus have asked for asylum on the island but the rest will be deported, British officials said Wednesday.

"We continue to work with the Republic of Cyprus and over half of the migrants have claimed asylum," a British Forces Cyprus spokesperson told AFP.

18 Nov 2015 description


  • Guinea reported no confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the week to 15 November. The most recent case from Guinea was reported on 29 October. That case is a child who was born in an Ebola treatment centre, and who was delivered by medical staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). As such, no contacts are associated with this case, and all contacts associated with previous cases have completed their 21-day follow-up period. A second consecutive blood sample from the child tested negative for Ebola virus on 16 November.

17 Nov 2015 description

United Kingdom | AFP | Tuesday 11/17/2015 - 16:44 GMT

A first charter flight carrying dozens of Syrian refugees landed at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday as part of British government plans to bring in 20,000 asylum-seekers over the next five years.

The plane from Beirut, carrying around 100 people according to British media, is the first of several flights in the coming weeks expected to transport 1,000 of the new arrivals by Christmas.

16 Nov 2015 description

KATHMANDU – Airlifts of food and other humanitarian items will continue to reach earthquake-affected people in Nepal, after Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom agreed to donate more than US$ 2.58 million to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

14 Nov 2015 description

The UK will contribute up to £275 million over the next two years to help Turkey address the consequences of the Syria conflict. This bilateral support will contribute to a wider European effort – coordinated through an intergovernmental agreement – that will lever support from other EU member states. Taken together with €500 million from the European Commission it will create a €3 billion package in total.

This new support was announced at the Valletta Summit in Malta where European and African leaders met to develop a co-ordinated approach to tackle the migration crisis.

13 Nov 2015 description

Prime Minister announces £200 million to help tackle causes of migration, and £2 million UK contribution to the EU’s Africa Trust Fund.

The UK is providing a further £200 million in bilateral aid to Africa to tackle the root causes of migration, the Prime Minister announced, as European and African leaders gathered in Malta to develop a coordinated approach to address the migrant and refugee crisis.