The government of Iceland has decided to recommend to Parliament that 2 billion ISK (14 million EUR) will be provided for support of refugees and asylum seekers in the course of next 15 months in order to respond to the alarming refugee crisis due to the conflict in Syria.
One billion ISK (7 million EUR) will be provided already this year and the same amount next year. With this commitment Iceland will be among the countries providing the largest funds to assist refugees stemming from the crisis in Syria.
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More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.
An Icelandic author and professor, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, on Sunday urged fellow citizens to speak out on Facebook if they wanted Iceland, a country of around 330,000 inhabitants, to take in more Syrian refugees.
By Monday afternoon more than 10,000 people had answered her call.
Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to donate 10 million Icelandic kronas to humanitarian assistance through the International National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday.
Maputo, 26 March 2015. The government of Iceland through their International Development Agency (Iceida) is funding the promotion of rural small town water and sanitation to the tune of $3.5 million for a period of 3 years. These funds will be channeled through UNICEF to improve the lives of children across the province of Zambezia, by providing sustainable and much-needed access to sanitation facilities and improved water sources.
Iceland will donate approx. 75,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance to Malawi. The funds, which will be channeled through Unicef, will be used to assist those affected by the recent floods in Malawi. This comes in response to the appeal for humanitarian assistance to the international donor community made by the President of Malawi, as he declared a state of disaster in districts affected by floods. More than 638,000 people have been affected countrywide and 174,000 people displaced in the three most affected districts.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brussels, 12 April 2011
Volcanic ash disruption: one year on and crisis preparedness
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.