The Netherlands is sending three teams of specialised laboratory technicians to Liberia and Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak there. They will be working in mobile laboratories, purchased by the Netherlands and transported to the region by the Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman, conducting blood tests to establish whether patients are infected with the disease. According to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, this fulfils an important need.
A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".
For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of quarantined homes and already has provided over 750 operational beds to isolate and treat cases of Ebola.
As well as giving its own money, Britain has asked other countries across the world to join them in supporting Sierra Leone. So far Norway, Denmark, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada have all agreed to provide health staff for Sierra Leone.
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.
La Haye, Pays-Bas | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 20:31 GMT
Un navire néerlandais va retourner vers les pays touchés par le virus Ebola pour une deuxième mission, emportant de l'équipement hospitalier, des véhicules et de la nourriture, a indiqué lundi à La Haye le ministère de la Défense.
La Haye, Pays-Bas | AFP | Monday 12/8/2014 - 16:30 GMT
Dutch navy transport ship Karel Doorman will on Friday return to West Africa to deliver dozens of vehicles, food and medical kit in the fight against Ebola, officials said Monday.
"The Karel Doorman will set sail on Friday loaded with vehicles, medical equipment and protective clothing for aid workers, as well as 1,500 tonnes of food for the World Food Programme," the Dutch Defence Ministry said in a statement.
‘The Afghans can count on our support, though we will remain critical. With our international partners, we will continue to support Afghan security troops and contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country.’ Foreign minister Bert Koenders made these comments today at the international Afghanistan conference in London.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)
Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.
Following a meeting with Colombia’s foreign minister María Ángela Holguín, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen today announced she was making an additional €500,000 available to support the Colombian peace process.
• Close to 37,000 Eritrean asylum seekers arrived in Europe between January and October 2014 via Sudan and Ethiopia, according to UNHCR.
• On average 1,000 refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Sudan per week recently, UNHCR reports.
• SMoH and WHO report that 101 cases of hemorrhagic fever were registered in North Darfur and West Darfur since late August 2014.
• WFP to start a food voucher programme for an estimated 50,000 displaced people residing in Hamediya IDP camp, Central Darfur.
Today the first Ebola aid supplies will be loaded onto the naval ship Karel Doorman, leaving for West Africa tomorrow. Goods will start to come aboard at around midday, including 11 million rubber gloves, a significant number of lorries, ambulances and other vehicles, 1,000 rubber boots, disinfectant, thermometers, generators, mobile laboratories, protective clothing for medical staff and more than 300,000 medical masks for relief workers.
Netherlands: Forced returns of Somalis to al-Shabaab areas can amount to ‘death sentences’
The Netherlands’ repeated attempts to forcibly return Somalis to areas controlled by the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab exposes them to grave risks of human rights abuses and would be a blatant violation of international law, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.
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.
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.
Summary: 29 September 2014, Brussels - The EU is today launching the first three development projects from the EU multi-donor trust fund for the Central African Republic (CAR). The “Bêkou” fund (which means “hope” in Sango, the country’s main language) was created in July by the European Commission, with the support of France, Germany and the Netherlands. The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people, create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in the capital, Bangui, as well as empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.
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.’
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.
9e & 10e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi
Au deuxième jour du débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale, plusieurs chefs d’État et de gouvernement ont, aujourd’hui, insisté sur la nécessité de concentrer les efforts de la communauté internationale sur l’élimination de la pauvreté et la réduction des inégalités, deux fléaux qui alimentent l’extrémisme et le terrorisme.
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.