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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Bulgaria + 2 others
Polish volunteers send tonnes of aid to Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

01/15/2014 21:53 GMT

WARSAW, January 15, 2014 (AFP) - Volunteers in Poland have collected 26 tonnes of aid including food and clothing for Syrian refugees in Bulgaria after the UN raised alarm over a "human emergency" on the EU's southern fringe.

"We used Facebook to spread word of the aid drive and the response just snowballed, it's been overwhelming -- we really didn't expect it," volunteer Michal Borkiewicz told AFP Thursday in Warsaw as a lorry loaded with supplies started the 1200 kilometre (750 mile) journey to the Harmanli refugee camp in south-eastern Bulgaria.

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Poland: Location Map (2013)

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Syria crisis - ECHO factsheet

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

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World + 2 others
While some countries only talk about disarmament, the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention have been actually disarming

Geneva, 27 February 2013 – The President of the international treaty banning anti-personnel mines has appealed to all members of the Conference on Disarmament that have not yet done so to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention as soon as possible.

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World + 2 others
Alors que certains pays seulement parlent de désarmement, les États Parties à la Convention sur l'interdiction des mines antipersonnel se désarment

Genève le 27 février 2013 - Le Président du traité international interdisant les mines antipersonnel a lancé un appel à tous les membres de la Conférence du désarmement qui ne l'ont pas encore fait, à adhérer à la Convention sur l'interdiction des mines antipersonnel dès que possible.

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World + 1 other
Poland's Humanitarian Assistance 2011-2012

Table of Contents

Global trends in humanitarian action — 3

Polish humanitarian aid system — 8

Poland and international humanitarian action — 12

Poland in the EU humanitarian Policy — 12

Cooperation with international humanitarian organisations — 14

Good humanitarian donorship — 17

Poland’s response to humanitarian crises 2011–2012 — 18

Disaster risk reduction and resilience building — 23

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World + 7 others
Landmine Ban: Holdouts Should Join Treaty

International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Nobel Peace Laureate, Turns 20

(New York, October 18, 2012) – The United States and other countries that have not yet banned antipersonnel landmines should join the treaty to eradicate these weapons, Human Rights Watch said today on the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which it co-founded.

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Poland contributes USD 156,000 to humanitarian programmes in the occupied Palestinian territory

25 September 2012 East Jerusalem

The Government of Poland has committed nearly USD 156,000 (PLN 650,000) to the emergency relief programmes of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The announcement was made today during a meeting between Polish representative to the Palestinian Authority Boguslaw Ochodek and UNRWA’s director of external relations and communications Mr. Salvatore Lombardo.

The Polish donation will directly contribute to humanitarian relief for nearly two million Palestine refugees in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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Wave of tornados cut swathe across Poland

A freak wave of tornadoes in Poland has left at least one person dead and another 10 injured.

Local media said a national park was badly hit by one tornado that was between 800 and 1,000 metres wide.

One resident described the moment a tornado struck his property, felling trees and bringing down power lines.

"I was sleeping at the front of my house when a buzzing sound woke me up. I didn't know what was happening. I looked out and saw a huge number of branches," he said.

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Armenia + 12 others
Europe Zone, 2011 Annual Report MAA65001

This report covers the period from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011.

Programme summary

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Poland + 2 others
European Refugees Meet Austerity-Era Hostility

By Claudia Ciobanu

Apr 24, WARSAW, 2012 (IPS) - As the economic slump drags on in Europe, refugees and immigrants are keeping a wary eye on state budgets, as governments in the throes of austerity slash the social protections and public services that minorities rely on.

The question now on the table is whether refugees and migrants will suffer disproportionate hardships as a result of plummeting government spending.

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Cold spell in Europe and Asia in late winter 2011/2012

After unusually mild weather in December 2011 and early January 2012 almost all over Europe, the weather situation changed abruptly in the second half of January. An incursion of cold polar air, coming from northern Russia at the south flank of an extensive high pressure area brought a sudden cooling to almost the whole Eurasian continent). During that cold spell, also some considerable snowfall occurred over various parts of the continent. In the first half of February, the cold wave started weakening first in Asia and in mid-February also in Europe.

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Hungary + 17 others
Hungary orders Danube closed because of big freeze

BUDAPEST, February 10, 2012 (AFP) - Hungary closed the Danube to river traffic Friday due to thick ice, bringing shipping to a near standstill on Europe's busiest waterway, as the continent's cold snap death toll passed 540.

"Shipping was ordered stopped overnight Thursday to Friday because of conditions created by icing along the Hungarian part of the river," Istvan Lang, who heads the national technical supervisory body OMIT said.

"All ships still underway must immediately head for the closest harbour," Lang, quoted by MTI news agency, said.

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Albania + 7 others
IFRC releases emergency funds to help 50,000 hit by Europe's big freeze

February 7th 2012, Budapest - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has increased its emergency support and operations across Europe as temperatures remain in double digits below freezing across much of the continent.

A total of 576,000 Swiss francs (477,300 Euro, 625,000 USD) is being disbursed from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to help national Red Cross Red Crescent societies bring direct relief to some 50,000 of Europe’s most at-risk. More allocations are expected in the coming hours and days.

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Bulgaria + 3 others
Member States react swiftly to Bulgaria’s request for assistance for fighting floods and harsh winter conditions

Brussels, 08 February 2012 - Despite dealing with severe winter conditions at home, European countries have responded swiftly to Bulgaria’s request for assistance to fight floods and prevent further damage from the severe winter that has engulfed much of the country. Several dams are overflowing in Bulgaria due to the heavy snow of the past few days. On Monday, 6 February, a wall of the Ivanovo dam broke and the released water inundated the village of Biser in South Eastern Bulgaria. Other towns in the region are also in danger of flooding.

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Ukraine + 11 others
Cold spell in Europe in late winter 2011/2012

After unusually mild weather in December 2011 and early January 2012 almost all over Europe, the weather situation changed abruptly in the middle of January. An incursion of cold polar air, coming from northern Russia at the south flank of an extensive high pressure area brought extremely low temperatures over large parts of Europe and also some considerable snowfall especially over various parts of the continent.

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Ice-breakers battle Europe's big chill

02/07/2012 17:20 GMT

BELGRADE, February 7, 2012 (AFP) - Ice-breakers Tuesday battled Europe's big chill as the Danube river froze over more than 100 miles (170 kilometres), and dozens died of cold on a continent gripped by some of the lowest temperatures in decades.

The overall death toll from the cold snap that began 11 days ago edged past 400 while forecasters warned there would be no early let-up to the freezing weather.

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Bulgaria + 4 others
Floods add to Europe's cold to claim more lives

by Diana Simeonova

SOFIA, February 6, 2012 (AFP) - The toll from Europe's winter weather edged past 360 Monday when snow- and rain-swollen rivers burst a Bulgarian dam and killed at least eight, while more homeless people perished on frigid city streets.

Four elderly people drowned in their homes in the southeastern Bulgarian village of Biser after a nearby dam wall broke, submerging the whole village under 2.5 metres (eight feet) of icy water, the interior ministry said.

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