Ireland provides €2 million to support poorest countries fight climate change
Ireland has pledged almost €2 million to help the world’s poorest countries tackle the growing impact of climate change, 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.
Speaking today, Minister Flanagan stated:
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a meeting with resettled refugees from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Syria, in Farmleigh, Ireland, today:
Your Excellency Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality,
Distinguished local officials and members of civil society,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Khartoum, 20 May 2015. Ireland contributed US $1.6 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) 2015. Ireland has been a committed supporter of the CHF, contributing some $36.9 million since 2006. This contribution comes at a critical time, when funding for humanitarian action in Sudan is limited and humanitarian needs are growing.
Ireland is increasing its funding in humanitarian assistance to families displaced by the recent earthquakes in Nepal by €500,000 to a total of €1.5 million.
The announcement was made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD.
The increase in funding comes in light of increasing humanitarian needs which have become clear as a result of ongoing assessments by Irish Aid partners on the ground in Nepal.
Yemen is facing a growing humanitarian crisis, as violence continues to threaten people’s livelihoods and their access to basic services. Irish Aid has been responding to the many problems facing Yemen’s vulnerable population.
Irish Aid is playing its part to respond to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal last weekend. The death toll is over 5,000, with another 10,000 injured and hundreds still missing.
Eight million people have been affected- more than a quarter of the country's population of whom 1.4 million are in urgent need of food assistance. UNICEF has warned that at least 2.8 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, reporting dwindling supplies of water and food, power failures and communication blackouts.
Ireland will provide up to €1 million in life-saving assistance to families displaced by the recent earthquake in Nepal, the 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.
The €1 million will provide assistance including food, shelter, water, hygiene and basic medical supplies for families displaced by the Nepal earthquake. This assistance will be provided through Irish Aid’s NGO partners, and will be targeted at the most vulnerable.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today (Sunday) announced additional humanitarian funding of €2 million in response the ongoing crisis in Syria and the region, as well as funding of €9.5 million for the worldwide operations of two of Ireland’s key humanitarian partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Minister Flanagan is currently in Turkey during the visit of President Higgins to the region. The Minister has met with Foreign Minister, Cavusoglu.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., has announced €1 million of Irish Aid funding at an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels. The Summit was called in response to the deaths of up to 800 people off the coast of Libya last weekend.
Ireland will continue to spend at least 50% of our overseas aid in the world's poorest countries, the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-Operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today.
Ireland is among the most effective countries in the world at targeting aid at those who need it most, a policy we are committed to pursuing in the coming years, Minister Sherlock confirmed today.
The announcement was made to mark Global Citizen Earth Day organised in Washington, DC, by the ONE Foundation.
Minister Sherlock said:
Ireland has pledged €12 million to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by the Syria conflict at a major humanitarian pledging conference for Syria in Kuwait.
Ireland to send 87 tonnes of emergency supplies to assist families displaced by conflict in Nigeria
Ireland is today dispatching thousands of blankets, tents, cooking kits, jerry cans, and other urgent supplies to assist thousands of Nigerian refugees in Northern Cameroon. The announcement was made by the 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.
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.