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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.

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Yemen + 1 other
Hajjah WASH activities receive Dutch contribution for scale-up

Sana'a, a cost sharing agreement was signed between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP represented by Mr. Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Mr. Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative for an amount of 500,000 euros dedicated to Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).

During the ceremony, youth beneficiaries from Arhab conflict-affected areas showcased their successful WASH businesses resulting from the pilot (2012-2013) implemented by UNDP and ZOA/the Netherlands.

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World + 14 others
Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

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World + 1 other
The Netherlands steps up its efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict zones

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has pledged to step up the country’s efforts to fight sexual violence in conflict zones. In furtherance of this aim, the Netherlands will not only organise an international conference on the problem; it will also recruit more experts on the subject and deploy them where they are needed. These undertakings are intended to put the agreements set down in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 at the top of the international agenda, as the minister stated on Monday during a meeting with parliament, saying, ‘This issue merits greater attention.’

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World + 14 others
Peacebuilding Fund Receives Commitment of $73 Million for this Year


The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.

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The Netherlands supports Palestine refugees in Gaza

East Jerusalem

The Government of the Netherlands has contributed US$ 1.97 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) emergency assistance programme in the Gaza Strip. This contribution is vital to improving living conditions in the coastal strip, where the population faces a continued downward spiral as a result of the blockade imposed on it for the past eight years.

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Germany + 3 others
10 June 2014: Europe – Severe Weather

In the past few days severe weather (thunderstorms, rains, winds, hail, lightning) hit parts of Europe; starting from France and moving towards northern Germany. Damage was observed mostly in Germany, as well as France and Belgium.


•Severe weather (strong winds, rains, lightning, hail) affected northern Germany on 9-10 June.

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Burundi + 2 others
Quels sont les problèmes locaux de sécurité au burundi - Recueil d’experiences menées dans 11 communes pilotes

Ce travail de recueil présente des expériences tirées de la mise en oeuvre du projet « Ethique policière ». Le Ministère de la Sécurité Publique (MSP) et la Police Nationale du Burundi (PNB) ont lancé depuis quelques années un processus de réforme de la police vers une institution professionnelle, moderne et de proximité. Parmi les exemples concrets de cette mise en oeuvre de la police de proximité, l'expérience des « Plans Communaux de Sécurité » a été menée sur onze communes en 2012.

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World + 6 others
Using Science for Disaster Risk Reduction: report of the ISDR scientific and technical advisory group, 2013

This report asserts that the more widespread integration of science into disaster risk reduction policy making will depend on science being ‘useful, useable and used’. The case studies in the report describe specific examples of scientific learning being employed to enhance disaster risk reduction, providing evidence that science is useable for disaster risk reduction. The case studies were selected from across the breadth of scientific disciplines and from all parts of the globe.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Dutch water experts to travel to the Punjab, Pakistan

The Punjab region of Pakistan has asked the Netherlands to send water experts to identify ways of preventing future flooding. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, who is currently in Pakistan, has promised to bring in the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR team).

The region suffers from flooding nearly every year. In 2010 floods caused widespread destruction and made 20 million people reliant on emergency aid. ‘With the right expertise and investments we can prevent these kinds of human and economic disasters,’ Ms Ploumen said.

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Serbia + 2 others
Netherlands offers emergency aid to Serbia

The Netherlands is providing €500,000 in emergency aid for the areas of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina worst hit by flooding. Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, also speaking on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, announced this today during his visit to Serbia.

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Serbia + 2 others
Dutch experts join Balkan flood relief effort

Last weekend two Dutch experts were deployed in the flood relief effort in Bosnia and Serbia, where they joined teams led by the EU and UN. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said, ‘Disasters like this call for the rapid and effective deployment of international aid efforts.’

Heavy and persistent rainfall has caused various rivers in the Balkans to burst their banks, causing serious flooding. The crisis has reached emergency proportions in Bosnia and Serbia, where the authorities estimate that scores of people have lost their lives.

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World + 13 others
Risk governance and financing key to HFA2

BEIJING, 13 May 2014 – China has signaled its support for stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as momentum builds to develop the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs in China, Ms. Jiang Li, welcomed 300 disaster policymakers, experts and managers to the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, in Beijing, which highlighted the need to strengthen integrated governance and international financing mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.

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Netherlands + 2 others
Bright Eritrean refugee in Sudan selected to study in the Netherlands

KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 17 (UNHCR) – When Mohammed Humed fled from Eritrea to the famous Sudanese tourist destination of Kassala, he was not going on holidays. He was looking for a better life, one providing safety and peace.

"We left because we could see there was no freedom or sustainable future," said Mohammed, who is now 17-years-old and has succeeded in the three years since arriving in eastern Sudan better than he ever could have expected.

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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.