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Ploumen in Rome to discuss access to emergency aid in Syria

Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is in Rome today for international talks on emergency aid in Syria. The meeting, which is being held at ministerial level, will look at what can be done to enable aid organisations to reach the many people in inaccessible and besieged towns and areas where no aid is getting through.

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Ploumen: €1 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

The Netherlands is making €1 million available for emergency aid to people fleeing violence in South Sudan. This was announced last Friday by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Since violence erupted in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, over 123,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries. Many of them are currently in Uganda, in areas that are extremely poor and lacking in infrastructure.

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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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Philippines + 21 others
Philippines: Foreign Military Deployed Assets (as of 30 December 2013)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Colombia + 1 other
Países Bajos amplía contribución a la Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz de la OEA (MAPP/OEA)

5 de diciembre de 2013

La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) firmó esta semana un acuerdo con los Países Bajos a través del cual dicho país ampliará su contribución a la Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz (MAPP/OEA) en Colombia, que acompaña a este país en la verificación y asesoría en el proceso de desmovilización y reinserción de los grupos armados ilegales y apoya los esfuerzos de paz.

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Philippines + 21 others
Philippines: Foreign Military Deployed Assets (as of 04 December 2013)

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Colombia + 1 other
The Netherlands Expands Contribution to the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS) this week signed an agreement with the Netherlands through which the country will expand its contribution to the Mission to Support the Peace Process (MAPP/OAS) in Colombia, which accompanies the country in a verification and advisory role during the process of demobilization and reintegration of illegal armed groups, and supports peace efforts.

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As Budget Shortfall, Insecurity Threaten Efforts of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, 17 Member States Promise Funds at Pledging Conference

For 2014, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees had developed a core budget of $687 million with nearly zero growth, and a cash shortfall of 10 per cent was already anticipated.

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Netherlands supports Trust Fund for Victims of crimes against humanity

Next year the Netherlands will contribute €1 million to the Trust Fund for Victims, the organisation created by the Rome Statute to support victims of crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans made the announcement today in The Hague at the annual Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court.

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Philippines + 1 other
Second emergency flight to the Philippines

The Dutch government is deploying a second military aircraft to transport emergency aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan this week. The aircraft will probably leave for the Philippines from Eindhoven airbase on Thursday. It will carry 30 tonnes of emergency aid, mainly surgical equipment and medicines.

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Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines: ECHO factsheet (as of 17 November 2013)

Key messages

• The European Commission has provided €20 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): €10 million in humanitarian aid to support emergency relief operations and €10 million to assist with recovery and rehabilitation.

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Philippines + 1 other
Dutch aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Via the Red Cross and the United Nations, the Netherlands is donating €2 million to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen is releasing the money on top of the €50,000 that was given yesterday via the Dutch Red Cross to provide immediate assistance.

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Rwanda + 1 other
Minister Dijksma and the Clinton Foundation launch Climate-Smart Agriculture training farms

Dutch Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma and former president Bill Clinton are set to sign a second agreement this weekend to launch new international agriculture projects in Africa to boost food security, strengthen local economies, and combat climate change. The focus will be on training farms and other projects for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Rwanda to help smallholder farmers increase yields. Dutch government investments total $3 million (2.2 million euros).

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Uganda + 1 other
$5 million Dutch support for policy actions leading to agricultural intensification in Uganda

KAMPALA, 11th October 2013 - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), today signed a $5million support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) to start a project entitled: "Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems (PASIC)".

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Fact sheet: Solutions for Syrian refugees

UNHCR has been working closely with states to provide resettlement or humanitarian admission as part of the broader protection response to refugees who have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries. These interventions are critical for refugees who are in urgent need of protection.

They are above all an expression of solidarity with countries in the region currently hosting more than two million Syrian refugees.

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Netherlands: Location Map (2013)

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Rwanda + 1 other
Boosting agri-economic development in Rwanda

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda has awarded ICCO Cooperation funding (€ 2 million: 2013 – 2015) for the development of an Agri-Sector Development Facility (ASDF).

ICCO Cooperation will be the lead agency and host of the secretariat of a network of Dutch organizations and enterprises active in agri-sector development in Rwanda, called Agri-ProFocus Rwanda.

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UK, Netherlands back project to improve Somalia’s border security

Somalia - IOM has received USD 2.5 million from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to strengthen the technical and human resource management capacity of Somali migration agencies.

IOM will use the funds to improve the border management capacity of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Puntland authorities to help them to better manage migration to and through Somalia, and to improve technical data collection.

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Europe Failing Syrian Refugees

By Ray Smith

LUCERNE, Switzerland , Sep 12 2013 (IPS) - Refugee rights organisations are demanding an EU-wide temporary protection regime for Syrian refugees. The announcement by some countries that they can take a few thousand refugees is not enough, the groups say.

Sweden has announced a few steps after the number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter abroad has crossed the two million mark in early September.

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Ploumen: EUR 17 million in extra emergency aid for victims of Syria crisis

The Netherlands is making an extra EUR 17 million available for emergency aid to the victims of the crisis in Syria. This was announced by foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen on Wednesday, the final day of her visit to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.