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COMMISSION DECISION of on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2011 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2011/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Council Regulation (E C) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof, Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ("Overseas Association Decision"), and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof;

Whereas:

(1) The global humanitarian context in

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World AIDS Day 2010 - Much is Needed to Reach Millennium Development Goal

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World Concern
Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day - a day to focus attention on the deadly pandemic that continues to take 1.8 million lives each year. But have HIV and AIDS slipped into the shadow of other global crises? Christian humanitarian organization World Concern is commemorating this day by raising critical awareness about AIDS and highlighting the organization's work in prevention, treatment, and support for those living with AIDS around the world.

"We need to make a new resolve to win the fight against the AIDS pandemic," said World Concern Director

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Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 17 September 2010

Concludes Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on the Sudan

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention. It also concluded its interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Sudan.

Mohamed Chande Othman, Independent Expert on the Sudan, in his concluding remarks, said that it was important for the Council to take into account the incompleteness of the nature of human

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Le Conseil des droits de l'homme conclut l'examen des rapports sur le droit à la santé, sur l'extrême pauvreté et sur la violence contre les femmes

Conseil des droits de l'homme

APRES-MIDI 7 juin 2010

Dépénalisation de l'homosexualité dans le contexte du sida, réparations pour les femmes victimes de violence

et pauvreté des personnes âgées sont au cœur du débat

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a conclu, cet après-midi, ses dialogues interactifs avec le Rapporteur spécial sur le droit qu'a toute personne de jouir du meilleur état de santé physique et mentale possible, M. Anand Grover; l'experte indépendante sur les droits de l'homme et l'extrême pauvreté, Mme Maria Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona;

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Sudan and Russia are major risers in 'Peoples under Threat' 2010 rankings

Sudan, Russia and the Philippines are this year's top three major risers in the internationally-acclaimed global ranking 'Peoples under Threat', Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.

The international human rights organization says that the list of states that have risen most prominently in the table this year are those which have all been the scene of past mass violence, and whose fall down the risk register in recent years has now suddenly been reversed - putting the lives of tens of thousands under threat.

'Those governments who are most likely

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At Least 28 United Nations Civilian Personnel, 7 Peacekeepers Lost Their Lives Due to Acts of Violence in 2009, Committee Says

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Staff Union President Frustrated by Failure To Bring Perpetrators to Book as Deadly Annual Trend Continues

The trend of deadly attacks against United Nations personnel continued in 2009, with at least 28 civilian staff members losing their lives due to acts of violence, according to the United Nations Staff Union Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.

In addition, the Committee said today, seven peacekeepers were killed during the year, six of them in three separate

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JRS Dispatches No. 267

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. Sudan: disarmament in the south raises fears of fresh violence

According to an IRIN report on 22 September, a recent campaign by Southern Sudanese authorities to seize illegal arms in the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Juba may spark further violence.

The president of the region, President Salva Kiir, announced the campaign will continue until all the weapons have been confiscated. The authorities plan to extend the programme throughout the region.

More than 2,000 people have died and

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South Africa/EU: Take steps together to improve human rights

Join Forces in Human Rights Council and to Press Repressive Governments for Change

(Johannesburg) - The European Union and South Africa should take steps to enhance cooperation on international human rights issues when they meet this week, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to South Africa's minister of international cooperation and the prime minister of Sweden, which currently holds the EU presidency. The second EU-South Africa summit meeting is scheduled for September 11, 2009, in Kleinmond,

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Britain detains 470 children in immigration centres: report

LONDON, Aug 31, 2009 (AFP) - More than 400 children were being held in British immigration detention centres with their families, a report said Monday, citing official figures.

The Guardian newspaper said 470 children, many from countries suffering poverty and conflict such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Democratic Republic of Congo, were locked up after arriving in Britain.

The figures from the Home Office were provided for a single day, on June 30 this year.

Most of the children were aged under five, and almost one third were held for longer than 28 days, the newspaper said.

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In face of crises, states must 'act together' now, or risk cycle of poverty, despair, says UN SG at Sustainable Development Commission's high-level segment


ENV/DEV/1048

Commission on Sustainable Development
Seventeenth Session
9th & 10th Meetings* (AM & PM)

Chair Says Old Solutions No Longer Fit Twenty-First Century Challenges; Round Table on "Responding to the Food Crisis through Sustainable Development"

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JRS Dispatches No. 257

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SUDAN: DETERIORATING SECURITY HAMPERS PROVISION OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

According to a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) statement on 24 March, the deteriorating security situation in several parts of southern Sudan is hampering the return of Sudanese refugees and disrupting humanitarian activities in the area.

In mid-March, life in the border towns of Yei, Nimule and Kapoeta was brought to a standstill when war veterans from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) organised coordinated protests.

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Providing aid in insecure environments - 2009 Update

HPG Policy Brief 34 - April 2009. Trends in violence against aid workers and the operational response

Key messages

  • Attacks against aid workers have increased sharply since 2006, with a particular upswing in kidnapping.
  • Surges in attack rates were seen especially for NGO international (expatriate) staff and UN local contractors.
  • The three most violent contexts for aid work - Sudan (Darfur), Afghanistan and Somalia - accounted for more than 60% of violent incidents and aid worker victims.
  • Attacks on aid workers in the most insecure
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CrisisWatch No. 68, 01 Apr 2009

Nine conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in March 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

In Sudan, fears of a rapid deterioration of humanitarian conditions and security in Darfur mounted after Khartoum expelled 13 international aid organisations, following the International Criminal Court pre-trial chamber's 4 March decision to issue an arrest warrant for President Bashir for atrocity crimes. The UN estimates that up to 1.5 million are at risk of losing food, water and shelter, while

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U.S. contributes $138 million to the UNHCR

We are pleased to announce an additional contribution of $138 million toward the 2008 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This contribution is in addition to previously announced U.S. contributions totaling $95.4 million for UNHCR's Iraq programs and another nearly $10 million provided to support the organization's refugee resettlement efforts. This latest contribution brings the United States' support to UNHCR to more than $240 million for 2008.

The $138 million contribution will support

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Food aid: European Commission allocates Euro 160 million to help alleviate world hunger

The European Commission has adopted a €160 million food aid decision targeting an estimated 18.7 million people living in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa. This funding decision, the largest ever launched by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people facing food shortages due to natural catastrophes, economic and political crises, and armed conflicts. It is the first food aid decision for 2008. More funds will be allocated later in the year.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs announces €4 million in grants for UN conflict resolution & peacebuilding

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Irish Aid
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., and Minister of State Michael Kitt T.D., today announced grants totalling €4 million to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the UN Development Programme to engage in conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities.

Announcing the grants, Minister Ahern said:

"I am happy to announce funding for the United Nations to strengthen its vital engagement in the resolution of conflict, and to bolster peace agreements to prevent reversion to instability and violence.

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Darfur remains region where gross human rights violations are perpetrated by all parties, Rapporteur tells Third Committee


GA/SHC/3896
Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
28th & 29th Meetings (AM & PM)

Myanmar Continues to Be Serious Concern in Light of Continuing Human Rights Violations, Committee Told by Under-Secretary-General

Political solutions were urgently needed to resolve the conflict in Darfur, where there could be no military solution, Sima Samar, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, said today as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its discussion of human rights issues.

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Former child soldier takes international community to task for failure to do more for children living amid conflict


GA/SHC/3888

Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
13th & 14th Meetings (AM & PM)

Contribution of Children to Peacemaking, Peacebuilding not to be underestimated, says UNICEF Executive Director

A former child soldier in Sierra Leone turned best-selling author took the international community to task today for failing to do more for children living amid conflict, as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) began its discussion on the rights of children this afternoon.

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Children's NGO urges stronger protection in war zones

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Plan
Plan International today welcomed the United Nations' Machel Review report which warns that more needs to be done to protect children in conflict situations.

Tom Miller, chief executive of Plan International, the leading children's NGO, said:

"The reality is that 10 years after Graca Machel's first report, child protection in areas affected by conflict is still not a high enough priority. There have been improvements in legislation and standards at both national and international level but the last decade has seen mostly paper progress rather than a real improvement in children's