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Foreign Minister allocates Emergency Aid for Gaza

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated 12 million ISK as Emergency Aid to two UN organisations that operate in Gaza due to the acute and deteriorating humanitarian situation the Gaza conflict. With his allocation the Foreign Minister is responding to an international appeal from humanitarian organisations.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Iceland: Location Map (2013)

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Iceland increases assistance to Syrian refugees

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has contributed 50 thousand USD to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, towards their Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees.

The conflict in Syria has been escalating with devastating consequences for civilians. The number of Syrian refugees has now hit 2 million, half of whom are children. The neighbouring host countries are faced with unprecedented strain on their communities, infrastructure and services and humanitarian appeals for aid to the people of Syria are growing.

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Les pays nordiques promettent 750 millions de dollars US au Fonds mondial

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The Global Fund

GENÈVE – Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme s’est félicité d’une promesse de don de 750 millions de dollars US annoncée par les pays nordiques, une contribution des plus importantes pour venir à bout de ces trois maladies infectieuses.

Faite à Stockholm le 4 septembre, cette annonce a donné lieu à une déclaration conjointe de la Suède, de la Norvège, de la Finlande, du Danemark, de l’Islande et des États-Unis. Elle intervient alors que les dirigeants des pays nordiques rencontraient le Président Barack Obama en Suède.

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Nordic Countries Pledge $750 Million to the Global Fund

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The Global Fund

GENEVA - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strongly welcomed a pledge of US$750 million by Nordic countries, a highly significant contribution to defeating these three infectious diseases.

The announcement was made in Stockholm on 4 September in a joint statement by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the United States, and coincided with meetings by their leaders with President Barack Obama, hosted by Sweden.

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Reception Centres to Aid Vulnerable Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Greece

EEA Grants, a funding mechanism supported by European Economic Area (EEA) members Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, has signed an agreement with IOM that will provide EUR 4 million to support NGOs in Greece that run reception centres for vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers, especially unaccompanied minors.

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Iceland + 1 other
Campaign city Arborg adopts Jericho City as resilience 'twin'

By Dizery Salim

GENEVA, 30 May 2012 - Earthquake and flood-prone Arborg, Iceland, a member of the 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign, is boosting the preparedness of its new twin - the Palestinian city of Jericho - starting with a four-week crash course on disaster management that begins today.

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Volcanic ash disruption: one year on and crisis preparedness

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European Union

MEMO/11/235

Brussels, 12 April 2011

Volcanic ash disruption: one year on and crisis preparedness

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Communication on European disaster response

Summary: 26 October 2010, Brussels - The communication adopted today by the European Commission, represents a first step towards the development of a reinforced EU disaster response capacity, both in terms of civil protection and humanitarian assistance. These are the two instruments used by the EU to deliver relief assistance to people affected by disasters. The creation of a European Emergency Response Capacity, based on Member States' assets, and the development of a European Emergency Response Centre, are proposed as the cornerstones of strategy to strengthen
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Iceland: Location Map (2010)

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GLOBAL: When volcanic ash gets in your way

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IRIN
JOHANNESBURG, 26 April 2010 (IRIN) - Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano - unlike Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, the 20th century's second largest eruption - will not contribute to climate change; on the contrary, by grounding flights over Europe for almost a week it helped saved thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Eyjafjallajökull's volcanic ash has left behind a trail of derailed humanitarian aid missions, delayed handovers and cancelled workshops. "But the world did not come to a crashing end!" said Tom Sharman, ActionAid International's climate justice

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Iceland: volcanic eruption prompts European Red Cross response

Marie-Françoise Borel, IFRC

European Red Cross Societies mobilized volunteers, staff and other resources to help people affected directly or indirectly by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. On the front line was the Icelandic Red Cross.

Some 60 volunteers and staff of the Icelandic Red Cross have been working around the clock since the second eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on 14 April. They are providing food for the farming population living in the vicinity of the glacier, as well as

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Iceland: Red Cross helps evacuees after volcanic eruption

By Tore Svenning, IFRC

Around 700 people had to be evacuated in Iceland, following the eruption of the ice-covered volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

On Wednesday, April 14, the Icelandic Red Cross immediately mobilised around 35 staff and volunteers, and opened four shelters where more than 200 people have found refuge. The rest of them were able to stay with friends and relatives.

Psychosocial support and food

The latest eruption has caused large parts of a glacier to melt which has led to significant flash floods. Iceland's

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WHO: Patients with respiratory conditions more susceptible to effects of ash

16 APRIL, 2010 | GENEVA -- The ash cloud from the volcanic explosion in Iceland contains fine particles, similar to those emitted from other sources of particulate matter (PM); but as long as ash remains in the upper atmosphere, there will not likely be an increased risk of health effects, according to WHO.

"Particulate matter is identified according to its diameter. The small particulates less than 10 microns in size are more dangerous because they can penetrate deeper into the lungs," says Dr Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment Department at WHO.

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Icelandic volcano eruption intensifies

15 Apr 2010 11:44:26 GMT

REYKJAVIK, April 15 (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Iceland, which has thrown up a 6 km (3.7 mile) high cloud of ash and disrupted air traffic in northern Europe, has grown more intense, an expert said on Thursday.

The eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier -- 10 times more powerful than another one nearby last month -- showed no sign of abating after more than 24 hours of activity, University of Iceland volcanologist Armannn Hoskuldsson said.

"It's becoming more intense, but there will be no lava -- this is purely an explosive eruption," he

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Volcano erupts under Iceland glacier, hundreds flee

14 Apr 2010 15:35:48 GMT

* Floods from melting ice threaten highway, bridges

* Authorities evacuate 700 from their homes

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REYKJAVIK, April 14 (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed black smoke and white steam into the air on Wednesday and partly melted a glacier, setting off a major flood that threatened to damage roads and bridges.

The plume was seen rising from a crater under about 200 metres (660 feet) of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, close to the site of another eruption which started last month and died

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Icelandic Red Cross responds to volcanic eruption

The Icelandic Red Cross responded swiftly when a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull glacier, in the south of the country, erupted just before midnight on Saturday 20 March. More than 40 volunteers and staff from Red Cross branches in Southern Iceland went into action upon receiving a text message half an hour later. Immediately activating a well-prepared emergency response plan, they opened three shelters and registration points to receive 600 people evacuated from the danger zone at Vik, Hvollsvellir and Hellir.

The volcanic eruption came by surprise,