Political and economic relations and Irish Aid projects focus of visit
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, will visit Tanzania from March 17th to 20th to deepen Ireland’s relations with Tanzania as well as viewing a number of Irish Aid supported projects.
Minister Sherlock will meet key government Ministers to discuss Irish-Tanzanian relations and will have a chance to meet with the small but vibrant Irish community in Dar es Salaam and Arusha during St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today announced funding of €4.7 million to UN agencies as part of Ireland’s programme of assistance to the Palestinian people.
The funding will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the UN’s Emergency Response Fund.
Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today that the Government is to contribute €3 million to provide food, medicines, education and vital supplies to thousands of families in South Sudan who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict.
Widespread violence from the civil war in South Sudan has forced almost 2 million people to flee their homes, the majority of whom have been displaced within South Sudan, while almost half a million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.
Ireland has dispached emergency humanitarian aid to Malawi.
Heavy rainfall has flooded southern Malawi, leaving an estimated 174,000 people displaced and 638,000 people affected. Ireland has dispatched 58 tonnes of emergency humanitarian supplies such as blankets, tents, mosquito nets, soap and jerry cans from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.
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.
The Government is to provide an additional €778,000 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced.
Government commits €3 million in funding for humanitarian emergencies in Chad, Central African Republic and Yemen
The Government is to provide €3.2 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to communities affected by conflict and drought in the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Yemen, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.
Ireland will contribute €10 million to a United Nations fund for rapid and effective response to major humanitarian disasters, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced.
The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was established in the aftermath of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when the difficulties of responding quickly and effectively to such a huge emergency highlighted the need for a flexible, swift global funding mechanism.
• UNHCR, signs a MoU with the Government of Sudan on the registration and documentation of South Sudanese citizens in Sudan.
• Three UNAMID peacekeepers injured in an ambush in East Darfur.
• The number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan stands at 115,451 as of 18 December 2014, according to UNHCR.
• Donors contribute some $4 million towards the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Displaced people in Sudan 2.9 million
IDPs in Darfur (to date) 2.4 million
23/12/14 MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014,
The Government is to provide funding of €2 million to aid agencies responding to the worsening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today. The funding will be used to provide clean water and to tackle hunger among vulnerable communities in South Sudan and in refugee camps across the border, in Ethiopia.
Khartoum, 16 December 2014. To help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan, the Government of Ireland has contributed an additional US $ 1,891,551 to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), following its contribution earlier this year of US $1,362,200.
Ireland focusing its development aid on neediest countries, says OECD
02/12/2014 - Ireland is one of the best performing donors when it comes to directing its development aid to the world’s neediest countries, according to a new OECD report.
The report shows that 0.24% of Ireland’s gross national income was spent as Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Least Developed Countries in 2012, exceeding the UN target of 0.15% and outperforming many other donors in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced new funding of over €220,000 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Today’s funding, to the NGO Plan, will support families in Sierra Leone who have been quarantined as a result of Ebola by providing food packages, fuel and other vital supplies.
Three members of the Irish Defence Forces are to deploy to Sierra Leone to reinforce Ireland’s capacity in Sierra Leone as the international relief effort ramps up, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister for Defence today announced.
The three personnel, all of whom have vast collective experience in West Africa, will be deployed to the Embassy of Ireland in Freetown under the Emergency Civilian Assistance Team initiative, established by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to respond to international crises.
TIERKIDI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 5 (UNHCR)– Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.
The Government is to provide an additional €1 million to the UN to fight Ebola in West Africa, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North-South Co-operation Sean Sherlock, announced today.