1. Purpose and rationale
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 4 October. This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014. All contacts have now completed follow-up in Sierra Leone. However, over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, and several high-risk contacts associated with active and recently active chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been lost to follow-up. There remains a near-term risk of further cases.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
Calais, France | AFP | samedi 03/10/2015 - 16:11 GMT
par Baptiste BECQUART
Une centaine de migrants ont tenté de manière concertée de s'introduire au cours de la nuit de vendredi à samedi dans le tunnel sous la Manche reliant la France au Royaume-Uni, "en présence" à proximité, selon la police, de militants anarchistes.
10/3/2015 - 17:05 GMT
by Baptiste Becquart
More than 100 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel early Saturday, penetrating a third of the way through and attacking staff in an incident that halted overnight traffic.
The attempt to go through the tunnel from France to Britain came as the daily flow of thousands of migrants and refugees flocking to Europe's shores showed little sign of easing, with 168,000 migrants and refugees arriving in September alone, UN figures showed.
A new package of support from the UK will help hundreds of thousands of the poorest people in Malawi survive a looming food crisis, including children facing malnutrition.
As one of the leading humanitarian donors to Malawi, Britain is acting swiftly to respond to the country’s international appeal for emergency aid by providing £10 million to support their response plan.
The UK government will provide lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people facing a worsening humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic.
A new £7 million package of aid will help UN agencies and charities step up humanitarian support to people in desperate need in CAR or neighbouring Cameroon where many have fled.
The new funding includes:
International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announces £20 million in life-saving new UK aid funding during visit to Iraq.
The UK will provide new life-saving support to tens of thousands of Iraqis forced to flee their homes by the brutal rise of ISIL, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.
Speaking at the Global Citizen Festival, a major festival in Central Park featuring world leaders, activists and celebrities, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:
“For me the big step forward in the global goals is goal five, women and girls and gender equality.
“I don’t believe that any country can develop if half its population is left behind.
“It’s about voice, choice and control for girls and women. That starts with education.
International Development Secretary sets out £20 million package of emergency UK support and calls on other countries to also step up.
The lack of international action on the crisis in Yemen shows worrying parallels with the delayed response to the famine in Somalia that killed more than a quarter of a million people, Justine Greening warned today.
As tens of thousands of migrants leave Greece for Western Europe, International Organization for Migration (IOM) is meeting the challenge with teams on the ground in Transit Centers in Presevo, Serbia, and Gevgalja, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM). This week, IOM learned it will receive £5.75 million from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, to help the Geneva-based agency deal with the humanitarian emergency.
The funding will allow IOM to implement a range of much needed humanitarian programs which include:
Christian Aid today welcomed the EU decision to give €1bn to UN agencies in the Middle East supporting Syrian refugees, saying the relief effort is drastically underfunded, and needs a massive boost as winter approaches.
However, the agency expressed “deep disappointment” at the continued reluctance of the UK government to accept any of the half million or so refugees who have recently reached mainland Europe.
As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has allocated over £1.1 billion since 2012 to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross). This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.
From: Department for International Development, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
The UK will step up with nearly £115 million in additional emergency funding in response to the migration crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.
This includes a further £100 million in response to the Syria conflict and £14.5 million to tackle migration challenges more widely.