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29 Jul 2015 description

Calais, France | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 07:36 GMT

by David COURBET

One man was found dead Wednesday as migrants made some 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England, a situation the British prime minister warned was "very concerning."

Authorities in London were planning emergency talks over the migrant crisis, which has now claimed nine lives since June and sparked major travel disruption in a peak European holiday season.

28 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT

About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.

27 Jul 2015 description

By Mr. Ueretan Bauro, Editor Te Uekera, Kiribati

21 July, 2015, Nuku’alofa, Tonga - Kiribati is one of the three Pacific Island Countries that will benefit from the Upper Air Service Agreement, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The agreement is between SPREP, the overseer of the utilisation fund and the three countries, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

26 Jul 2015 description

The UK and UNDP launch a new partnership to support humanitarian coordination

Erbil, 26 July 2015 - The first meeting between the Government of Iraq’s Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC) and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) occurred today in Erbil. The UK and UNDP also launched a new partnership aimed at building the capacity of these two key institutions.

21 Jul 2015 description

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 £900 million 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.

20 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Monday 7/20/2015 - 21:20 GMT

A migrant has died after being badly burnt while attempting to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais in a bid to reach Britain, French officials said Monday.

"One of three migrants who were involved in the accident last week has died," the northern Pas-de-Calais prefecture told AFP in a statement.

According to a migrant solidarity blog, the dead man was a 23-year-old Pakistani who succumbed on Friday to injuries he received on the night of July 13-14.

20 Jul 2015 description

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 £900 million 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.

20 Jul 2015 description

The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund is a partnership among the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation to help build resilience against the impacts of extreme weather events and weather-related changes that affect the urban poor in medium-sized Asian cities. The fund provides supplemental grants for investment projects, technical assistance and other support.

17 Jul 2015 description
report Refugee Council

A new investigation by the BBC has revealed that young Afghan asylum seekers who arrived in Britain as unaccompanied children are being returned to Afghanistan despite growing fears for their safety.

The BBC’s film Deported to Afghanistan, highlights that young people who are returned to Afghanistan fear for their lives amid a deteriorating security situation.

17 Jul 2015 description

Two important aspects of wealth creation are an individual’s ability to access financial services and their ability to have secure rights over their land and other property.

14 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By William James

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Britain plans to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants trying to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

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14 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Christopher Horwood

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration

11 Jul 2015 description

Justine Greening speech to United Nations (UN) International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York

I’m delighted to be speaking at this important conference.

In the last year, the worst ever outbreak of Ebola wreaked terrible suffering and loss across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In spite of the risks that they faced, we witnessed extraordinary courage and fortitude, from local people in the countries affected, from national Governments, and from volunteers across the world who put their own lives on hold to give others a lifeline.

09 Jul 2015 description

How UK aid is saving lives through enhanced health workers skills on emergency maternal and newborn care

Ebei Eyapan is a 38-year old mother of seven children. Thanks to support from UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) she is a proud mother of twins who were delivered safely and are in good health.

08 Jul 2015 description

Calais, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/7/2015 - 08:16 GMT

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Channel Tunnel, French authorities said, a rare accident providing yet another example of the lengths taken by migrants desperate to reach Britain.

Vehicle shuttle services and Eurostar passenger trains were delayed as one of the six sections of the tunnel was closed for investigations, although it remained unclear how the migrant had died.

07 Jul 2015 description

Pakistan - IOM is providing shelter and household items to vulnerable families affected by the complex emergency in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), in close coordination with government and humanitarian partners.

03 Jul 2015 description

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 £900 million 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.