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World + 12 others
Australia’s mine action activities 2012–2013

Summary

This document summarises the achievements of mine action activities funded by Australia during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 through its bilateral and global mine action programs.

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Australian assistance for Syria reaches $100 million

Released By: Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Melissa Parke, Minister for International Development

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, and Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke MP, today announced a further $21.5 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the deteriorating situation in Syria.

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Support for Syria’s neighbours as the humanitarian crisis worsens

Australia is giving international relief agencies an extra $12 million to help them respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding as thousands more flee the fighting in Syria.

Since the fighting began, more than 1.5 million people have fled Syria. By the end of the year, these numbers could reach 3.6 million. Every day more than 5,000 Syrians cross into the neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Jordan.

Water, sanitation, education and housing services are being severely strained. Three quarters of those fleeing the conflict into Lebanon and Jordan are women and children.

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Afghanistan + 7 others
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Today mark’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and is a reminder to the global community that landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war continue to maim and kill thousands of people around the world.

These explosive remnants of war are an enduring legacy of conflict, and contaminate more than 70 countries, and kill and injure more than 4,000 people each year, including children. They contaminate farmer’s fields, forests, roads, pathways depriving people of agricultural land and essential services.

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Australia pledges another $10 million to help the people of Syria

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today pledged a further $10 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the worsening conflict in Syria.

This pledge was announced at a meeting of the international community on the Syrian crisis convened by the UN in Kuwait on 30 January.

As the fighting continues in Syria, increasing numbers of people are at grave risk with nearly a fifth of Syrians now urgently in need of shelter, food and health care.

Access to basic health care in Syria is worsening, with 67 per cent of public hospitals in Syria damaged or destroyed.

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Australia provides $4 million to assist vulnerable groups in Syria and in neighbouring countries

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced a further $4 million in Australian humanitarian assistance for Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict. This brings Australia’s total humanitarian contribution to $24.5 million since June 2011.

It is estimated that about 18,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million people have been displaced as a result of the violence in Syria. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 2.5 million people urgently require assistance.

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Saving lives in the Palestinian Territories

Australia’s aid aims to save lives and help the poorest of the poor and that is the reason why we are working in the Palestinian Territories. Palestinians face poverty and disadvantage that has been prolonged by the complex nature of regional conflict and failures in the peace process in the Middle East.

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Iraq + 2 others
Reducing the threat of landmines and cluster munitions

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
STEPHEN SMITH

Today, Australia together with the international community recognises International Day for Mine Awareness and Action.

Landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war pose a real threat in many countries, harming and killing innocent civilians and delaying development.

In December 2009, Australia was an active participant in the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World. During the Summit, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to end the suffering

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Iraq: Humanitarian situation report 17 Apr 2003


Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Projected Humanitarian Needs

3 million people (1 million in the North and 2 million in the Central and Southern regions) could be newly displaced within Iraq, in addition to an estimated 800,000 existing IDPs (700,000 in the North and 100,000 in the Central and South regions).

Of the 2 million IDPs anticipated in the Central and Southern regions, 25% are expected to require shelter assistance in tent camps, 25% will seek shelter in existing structures and 50% will find shelter within their extended family structures.

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Iraq: Humanitarian situation report 10 Apr 2003


Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

Projected Humanitarian Needs

3 million people (1 million in the North and 2 million in the Central and Southern regions) could be newly displaced within Iraq, in addition to an estimated 800,000 existing IDPs (700,000 in the North and 100,000 in the Central and South regions).

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Iraq: Humanitarian situation report 9 Apr 2003


Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

Projected Humanitarian Needs

3 million people (1 million in the North and 2 million in the Central and Southern regions) could be newly displaced within Iraq, in addition to an estimated 800,000 existing IDPs (700,000 in the North and 100,000 in the Central and South regions).

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Iraq + 1 other
Australian humanitarian aid to Iraq updated 28 Mar 2003

The Australian Government's commitment to humanitarian relief for the people of Iraq now stands at $100 million.

On Friday 28 March 2003 the Australian Government committed $83 million for the acquisition and delivery of 100,000 tonnes of Australian wheat to meet urgent food aid requirements for the most vulnerable Iraqis.

The wheat was purchased for $38 million and the shipment's handling, processing and distribution costs within Iraq have been put at $45 million.

These commitments continue Australia's support for United Nations humanitarian appeals, including the UN's Flash