The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 09:47 GMT
The Netherlands is probing two incidents in which civilians may have been killed or injured in air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the government has said.
"Two incidents in which there may have been possible civilian casualties are being investigated in around 1,300 missions carried out by the Netherlands," The Hague-based government said in a letter to parliament late on Saturday.
Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.
89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.
13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.
In a year marked by horrific attacks by armed extremists in Paris in January and November, and a deepening refugee crisis, the European Union and its member states struggled to develop an effective and principled response to the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who reached Europe. Narrow government interests too often displaced sound policy responses, delaying protection and shelter for vulnerable people and raising questions about the union’s purpose and limits.
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT
Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.
Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT
Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.
"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
News item | 25-01-2016 | 13:47
This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.
2015 was a year of milestones: from the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals to the new Climate Agreement in Paris. Yet, it also was a year of hardships: the earthquake in Nepal and the immense refugee crisis led to unprecedented suffering. In this Annual Overview, we line up the five most striking events for Cordaid.
1 . Sustainable Development Goals
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.
- En febrero del 2016, visitarán de nuevo nuestro país para abordar la situación de inundaciones, tema de amplio conocimiento y experiencia para ellos.
Como parte de su visita, recorrieron diversos sitios en Bagaces, Liberia y Nicoya, Guanacaste; gira que sirvió de referencia para que el señor Klass de Groot, líder la Misión Técnica de Holanda, propusiera a la Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE) algunas recomendaciones como aumentar la disponibilidad de agua, construcción de pozos legales, uso más eficiente de agua a través de …
02 de diciembre, 2015 — La Conferencia de la ONU sobre Cambio Climático (COP21) sirvió de marco hoy para la presentación de una nueva iniciativa que tiene el fin de mejorar los sistemas de alerta temprana de desastres por fenómenos meteorológicos.
Los gobiernos de Australia, Canadá, Francia, Alemania, Luxemburgo y los Países Bajos anunciaron que aportarán 80 millones de dólares para equipar a decenas de naciones con mejores sistemas de ese tipo.
In poor and vulnerable countries, weather data is often unreliable or totally lacking.
CREWS is an initiative which aims to significantly increase the capacity for seamless Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS), to generate and communicate effective impact-based early warnings, and risk information for hazardous hydro-meteorological and climate events.
Its purpose is to protect lives, livelihoods, and property in Least Developed Country (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Dans les pays pauvres et vulnérables, les données météorologiques sont souvent peu fiables ou totalement absentes.
CREWS est une initiative qui vise à augmenter de manière significative les capacités des systèmes d’alerte intégrés multirisques afin d’amplifier la prévention et l’information sur les risques d’événements hydrométéorologiques et climatiques dangereux.
UNFCCC COP21 Paris, 2 December – Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation signed an agreement for a new five-year ‘strategic partnership’ with five Dutch agencies working to build community resilience in disaster-prone developing countries.
By Brigitte Leoni
PARIS, 2 December 2015 - The governments of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have agreed to give more than US$80 million to equip up to 80 countries with better climate risk early warning systems.
Countries from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and, more broadly, nations in Africa will be the first to be supported. They are on the frontline of the most dramatic consequences of climate change and the least equipped with efficient early warning systems.