• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.