On Monday 13 June, Irish Aid airlifted 23 tonnes of emergency relief items to families displaced by recent flooding in Ethiopia.
The El Niño weather event, one of the strongest ever measured, has caused unpredictable and severe weather conditions in Ethiopia. The country has experienced its worst drought in decades. Food production has declined dramatically, and the food and nutrition security situation in many parts of Ethiopia has deteriorated significantly. Over 10 million people are in need of assistance.
Minister Charles Flanagan, United Nations, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2016
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., today (Wednesday) announced funding of €4.5 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 June 2016
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.
The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.
Minister Flanagan condemns cowardly attacks on hospitals and medical facilities in Syria
Minister of State McHugh stresses the importance of investing in Syria’s youth
In Yemen, 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, Joe McHugh, TD, today announced €3 million in Irish Aid humanitarian funding, in response to the tragic crisis in Syria.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.
This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.
When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.
WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.
During this quarter, if the security context remained relatively stable, no significant improvement of the humanitarian situation is reported. USD 9.6 million have been allocation for the first standard allocation, a relatively higher amount to the first allocation organised in 2015. In line with the Humanitarian Response Plan ‘strategy, the strategic objective of this allocation was to respond to critical and urgent humanitarian needs to improve access of affected populations to basic services and contribute to reducing violence in and among communities.
Au cours de ce trimestre, si le contexte sécuritaire a resté relativement calme, aucune amélioration notable du contexte humanitaire n’est rapportée. 9,6 millions de dollars ont été alloués pour la première allocation standard, soit un montant légèrement supérieur à celle organisée début 2015.
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) today donated in excess of €80,000 retail worth of New Balance sportswear to the Irish Red Cross for migrants arriving in Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).
The donation comes on receipt of a grant from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the OCI. Additionally, the OCI gained the support of their Olympic Clothing sponsor New Balance in order to maximise the positive impact of the IOC grant.
I. Executive summary
Influenza - Multistate (Europe) - Monitoring 2015-2016 season
Influenza transmission in Europe shows a clear seasonal pattern, with peak activity during winter months. ECDC monitors influenza activity in Europe during the winter season and publishes its report weekly on the Flu News Europe website.
Update of the week
Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147
Khartoum, 26 April 2016. The Governments of Denmark and Ireland have donated $2.8 million and $3.2 million respectively, to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) that will fund critical life-saving projects prioritised by humanitarian organisations in Sudan.
The European Union is making its first contribution in 2016 to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances. Around 119,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza will receive financial payments through the PA's cash transfer programme. This contribution, amounts to around €12.2 million and is funded by the European Union (€10 million) and the Governments of Austria (€1.5 million), Ireland (€0.7 million) and Portugal (€0.025 million).
13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.
SLOVENIA - EUCPM activation 22/10
Personal protective equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, bedding, beds, mattresses, heating devices, tents, medical equipment, light towers, tables, residential and sanitary containers
CROATIA - EUCPM activation 26/10
Personal protective equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, beds, mattresses, heating devices, tents, cords, raincoats
In 2015 due to the El Niño effect, the spring and summer rains failed in many parts of Ethiopia. As most Ethiopian farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture, the failure of the rains has led to widespread crop failure and has devastated livelihoods. To make matters worse, the weather phenomenon has also brought extensive flooding to some areas of the country. This problem is expected to worsen in the coming months.