From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.
“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.
Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40pm today (July 9).
The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 22 temporary shelters, with a total of 196 people seeking refuge at the shelters.
The 1823 government call centre received a total of two reports of fallen trees.
No report of flooding has been received.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 Issued at HKT 20:20
GURKHA, Nepal, May 14 (Xinhua) -- A group of volunteer psychologists from China's Hong Kong on Thursday arrived in Gurkha, Neapl to provide counseling to quake victims.
It was the first counseling team from Hong Kong to arrive in Nepal after the quake.
Gurkha was the epicenter of the 7.9-magnitude quake that struck the country on April 25. The powerful quake has claimed over 8,300 lives countrywide.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $7 million to World Vision Hong Kong for providing relief to earthquake victims in Nepal.
The grant is further to a disbursement of $50 million made earlier for the Government of Nepal to provide emergency relief to victims affected by the earthquake. It takes the accumulative value of grants for earthquake victims in Nepal to $57 million.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $50 million to the Government of Nepal to provide emergency relief to the earthquake victims there.
This follows the approval of a supplementary provision of $50 million by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council on April 30 to replenish the Disaster Relief Fund.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $3.92 million to Save the Children Hong Kong for providing relief to cyclone victims in Vanuatu.
In view of the massive injuries and loss of lives caused by the earthquake in Nepal, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) announced today (April 28) that it would apply for a supplementary provision of $50 million from the Finance Committee (FC) of the Legislative Council to enable an injection to the Disaster Relief Fund for making a donation to the Government of Nepal as contribution to their relief work.
The spokesman said the Government will make a submission to the FC as soon as possible for their consideration.
In view of the cold weather, the Home Affairs Department has opened 14 temporary shelters for people in need of refuge from the cold this evening.
The temporary shelters will remain open until 8.30am tomorrow.
Anyone seeking temporary refuge may call the department's hotline 2835 1473 for more information.
The 14 temporary cold shelters are located at:
Hong Kong Districts:
Central and Western - Sai Ying Pun Community Hall 3/F, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Mixed ows of urban asylum-seekers and migrants from South-West Asia, the Middle East and Africa continue to be the main protection feature in the subregion.
The central challenge for UNHCR is to assist States in shaping responses that balance concerns for border and migration control with the protection of asylumseekers’ rights.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $0.395 million to Correctional Services Department Credit Union Education Fund (CSDCU Education Fund) for providing relief to earthquake victims in Yunnan Province in the Mainland.
09/16/2014 09:39 GMT
by Neil CONNOR
BEIJING, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Tuesday, swamping ships, grounding flights and forcing thousands -- many of them still recovering from a previous storm -- to leave home.
Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on the east coast of Hainan island packing winds of 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour, the China Meteorological Administration said.
Hong Kong ‧16 August 2014) The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) launches the first “Chinese Traditional Character” version of the Red Cross First Aid App today (16 August) for popularizing first aid and empowering mobile phone users to act in emergency.
Amity's Annual Report 2013 can be downloaded now. Besides information on Amity's different fields of activities in 2013, you can find project stories as well as facts and figures. General Secretary Qiu Zhonghui emphasized in his introductory message that more and more public voices were heard and taken seriously in the year 2013, and these eventually became the driving force of social development. Amity is steadily working for the development of rural communities and also expands services to urban communities.
Starting in May, torrential down pour of rain has been devastating many areas in the six provinces Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hunan and Guangxi. More than 5.5 million people have been affected to varying degrees, have leaving all their possessions when their homes were destroyed and crops totally wiped out.
07/18/2014 03:56 GMT
BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - China on Friday braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 40 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.
China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Super Typhoon Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon.
The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $5.144 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Amity Foundation, Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hunan Province in the Mainland; and a grant of $2.225 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.
The East Asia and the Pacific subregion continues to face the challenges of mixed flows of migrants and asylum-seekers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
11/15/2013 13:01 GMT
HONG KONG, November 15, 2013 (AFP) - Hong Kong said Friday it will contribute $5.16 million to a fund that can be used to help the typhoon-stricken Philippines, after drawing fire for sticking to a deadline on sanctions against Manila over a 2010 hostage crisis.
The city's legislative body voted for the injection of HK$40 million ($5.16 million) into an existing disaster relief fund, boosting its total amount to HK$49 million, which aid groups can then apply for, the government said in a statement late Friday.