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Somalia + 1 other
Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law


Countries should under no circumstances attempt to return individuals to south and central Somalia, as the fragile security conditions have not led to a fundamental, durable and stable change, says Amnesty.

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Netherlands contributing to reconstruction in Gaza

The Netherlands is helping reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip. This year the Netherlands will spend €12 million on Gaza and a total of over €50 million on the Palestinian Territories. The Dutch focus in the Palestinian Territories is on humanitarian relief, food security, water, the development of the rule of law, security and human rights. The aid is channelled via the Dutch representation to the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), NGOs and businesses.

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EU trust fund to help rebuild Central African Republic

Deutsche Welle

EU peacekeepers are set to stay in the Central African Republic for an extra three months to allow more time for the transition to UN peacekeeping operation. The EU has also established a trust fund to help the CAR.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is in urgent need of assistance. Last year the country descended into chaos as a coup pitched it into months of violent unrest. Within the past few weeks a new transitional government has assumed power and a contingent of UN blue helmets has arrived.

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EU trust fund starts delivering support to population

The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people; create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in Bangui; and empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.

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Liberia + 3 others
Extra funding to fight Ebola outbreak

Foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen attended a closed meeting on the Ebola outbreak in New York on Thursday. President Barack Obama and government leaders from West Africa were also present.

According to Ms Ploumen, it is important to examine how possible negative secondary effects arising from the international response to the outbreak can be avoided. ‘It is vital to isolate the disease without cutting off the already fragile economies of the countries affected. This will require close coordination between all the parties involved.’

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World + 19 others
General Assembly session pivotal if world leaders ensure effective custodianship of environment, economic justice, social responsibility, speaker says in debate

GA/11562 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.

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World + 10 others
New fund for victims of conflict-related violence and natural disasters

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Extra support for Myanmar water programme

In the coming years, the Netherlands will contribute more to the development of water management in Myanmar. Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will make extra funding available for the exchange of knowledge, capacity building and the appointment of a Dutch water coordinator.

Ms Ploumen announced this after a lunch with the Burmese president U Thein Sein, who is paying a two-day visit to the Netherlands to strengthen bilateral trade ties.

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Mali + 3 others
The Netherlands and Tunisia lend support for women’s rights in Mali and Yemen

The Netherlands and Tunisia are joining forces to help Mali and Yemen promote women’s rights and sex education. An agreement to this effect was concluded at a meeting between Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mongi Hamdi. This undertaking is part of a larger effort by Ms Ploumen to support other countries on these issues.

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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Dutch minister visits Malakal protection site

3 September 2014 - The Netherlands government is committed to assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan, the country’s Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation said in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal today.

Lilinne Ploumen made the remarks during a one-day visit with UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer to assess the living conditions of more than 17,000 IDPs seeking shelter at the UNMISS base.

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South Sudan + 2 others
South Sudan downplays Netherlands aid cut

Sudan Tribune

September 5, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has downplayed a decision by Netherlands to cut direct financial assistance, describing the move as unfair given the government’s commitment to peace talks with armed rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Speaking at the signing of an economic and technical cooperation agreement between the Chinese and South Sudanese governments, foreign affairs minister Baranba Marial Benjamin said Juba respects the Netherlands decision.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Iraq + 1 other
Government gives €6.5 million extra for emergency aid to northern Iraq

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is providing more support for the stricken population of northern Iraq. In total, €6.5 million euros will be donated for various forms of emergency aid. Some will be earmarked for mine clearance. ‘The Islamic State (IS) laid different types of explosive devices over a very large area,’ the Minister said. ‘Now that they have left, the population wants to return home. That makes sense, but it entails a great risk to life.

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Iraq + 1 other
The Netherlands to provide emergency aid to northern Iraq

The government is to provide emergency assistance to the Yazidis and other displaced persons in distress in northern Iraq. With help from Australia, aid supplies will be airdropped in the Sinjar mountains, where thousands of families have taken refuge from IS (ISIS) persecution. ‘Anyone who has read the reports and seen the images knows the situation is simply tragic. The people are trapped. More help is needed,’ said Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

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Burundi + 1 other
Les Pays-Bas et le PNUD signent un accord de financement des élections de 2015

Par Aaron Nsavyimana Ce vendredi, l'ambassadeur des Pays-Bas au Burundi, M. Jolke OPPEWAL, et le représentant résident du PNUD, M. Agostinho ZACARIAS, ont procédé à la signature d'un accord de financement à hauteur de 1 300 000 dollars E.-U. dans le cadre du Projet d’appui au cycle électoral (PACE) de 2015 au Burundi. Il s’agit d’une feuille de route, signée par les partis politiques et le gouvernement, décrivant le code électoral, le code de conduite et le calendrier électoral.

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€750,000 for suffering population of Gaza

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen has earmarked €750,000 for emergency aid to the people of Gaza, who are suffering greatly in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. This is over and above the €500,000 the government donated last week, also through the Red Cross.

‘In many places in Gaza, the situation is terrible,’ said Ms Ploumen. ‘Most victims are innocent people who have nothing to do with the conflict, including many children. There are shortages of everything. Outside aid is badly needed.’

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Yemen + 1 other
Netherlands grants Yemen $4.9 million in aid

Yemen Times

Published on 17 July 2014 in News

Ali Saeed (author)

SANA’A, July 16—The Netherlands agreed on Monday to grant Yemen $4.9 million to finance a project aimed at managing water resources in the Sana’a Basin, according to the state-run Saba News Agency.

Part of the project will entail a study of Sana’a’s water reserves. This will include an effort to determine groundwater replenishment rates, water consumption levels, and water usage for irrigation, according to Ali Al-Suraimi, head of the National Water Resources Authority.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.