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23 Dec 2015 description

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.

27 May 2014 description

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.

13 May 2014 description

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.

12 Oct 2012 description

The Netherlands Government and UNDP signed an agreement today regarding the Netherlands’ contribution of USD 2 million in support of the “Strengthening Rule of Law” Programme in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The first preparatory phase was financed by UNDP. For this second phase the Government of Netherlands has allocated a budget of USD 2 million

11 Oct 2012 description
report European Union

The European Union has concluded €15 Million worth of grant contracts with six organizations to improve the technical and vocational training across Pakistan. The projects will focus on the promotion of demand driven skill development by partnering with the private sector. Through these projects the EU will support approximately 40,000 trainees and 700 master trainers in Pakistan. Contributions have also been made for improving teaching and training materials.

04 Jan 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

Islamabad, January 4, 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners today welcomed the opening of 35 new schools in Muzaffargah, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Southern Punjab, three districts hit by the 2010 monsoon floods. These schools have been constructed by the children’s agency at locations where schools were damaged or completely destroyed by the floods that devastated Pakistan from July to September 2010.

More than 4,500 children are now attending these schools which have been handed over to the Punjab Education Department.

21 Oct 2011 description

The Netherlands is making €4 million available for humanitarian aid to flood victims in Pakistan.

The money will be spent on buying and transporting food via the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This is the Netherlands' response to an urgent UN request.

05 May 2009 description


Secretary-General: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you. I am sorry that I couldn't have a press conference with you last month, because of my very hectic schedule. I am pleased to have this monthly regular press conference today.

Yesterday, as you know, I briefed the General Assembly on the latest developments regarding the H1N1 epidemic.

As you know, this outbreak is yet another reminder that we live an interconnected world.