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‘It is important to support the positive trend towards greater European cooperation and integration, particularly in countries where this trend has been put under severe strain in the wake of Russia’s violations of international law in Ukraine. The Government has therefore proposed to increase its support to Ukraine by NOK 160 million, to a total of NOK 200 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Sixty-ninth General Assembly
9th, 10th & 11th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)
“If we did what we must, it could be remembered in history as the session that helped us turn the corner in ensuring effective custodianship of the environment, economic justice and social responsibility,” the General Assembly was told today as its annual debate continued.
Almost 260,000 persons are displaced throughout Ukraine as of 1 September. 94% come from eastern Ukraine.
At least 143,000 have fled in the past three weeks due to the intensified fighting in eastern regions.
The number of Ukrainians applying for international protection reached 121,190 in the Russian Federation and 4,106 across the EU.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2014 is expected to be close to last year’s bumper level
Wheat imports in 2013/14 (July/June) decreased significantly
Prices of cereal products remained generally stable in July, while those of potatoes declined but were still at high levels
The 2014 cereal production expected to be near last year’s bumper output
Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.
HIGHLIGHTS - The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached over 79,000 across Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities nominated Mr Volodymyr Groysman, Deputy Prime Minister as the coordinator on all IDP matters.
During the last coordination meeting on IDP matters, the authorities decided on the establishment of a registration system and on the drafting of new legislation on IDPs in line with international standards.
‘The need for humanitarian assistance is greater in 2014 than ever before. In the revised national budget, the Government proposes an increase of NOK 166 million in allocations for this purpose. This will enable us to provide more emergency aid for South Sudan, Syria and other crisis areas,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
In line with Strategy 2020 of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Moldova Red Cross Society`s Strategic Plan for the years 2010-2015, the priority directions that the National Society established for 2013 were the following.
Promotion of the humanitarian values and fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;
Preparedness for, and response to, natural disasters;
Prevention of violence against children;
African countries dominate the list of major risers in this year's release of the internationally-acclaimed global ranking Peoples Under Threat, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
Risks have climbed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Mali and Guinea Bissau, as recorded in Peoples under Threat, which identifies communities facing the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression. In countries at the very top of the list, including DRC, South Sudan and CAR, mass killing is already ongoing.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Early forecast of winter crops for cereal production in 2014 is largely favourable
Cereal production in 2013 recovered after drought induced reduction in 2012
Although wheat flour prices increased slightly, the worst impact of the drought is on rural farmers
Ilie Coada of Moldova is the 2014 recipient of the Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award.
The award is given each year by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to an individual who has made significant and effective contribution to secure, protect, restore or preserve human rights.
The announcement was made during a meeting of the BWA Executive Committee in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in the United States on March 4. Award presentation will be at the next meeting of the BWA General Council in Izmir, Turkey, in July.
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) 2. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.