Khartoum, Nov. 19 (SUNA)- The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdallah Hamad Al Azraq, has stated that one of the main motives for which the village of Thabit, north Darfur, was picked up by circles hostile to the Sudan as a scene of alleged mass rapes was because the area has witnessed implementation of a number of service and rehabilitation programmes including support for productive families, assistance for agricultural societies and other social cohesion programmes.
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Doha, 04 November 2014 — The African Union-United Nations Acting Joint Special Representative (JSR) and Joint Chief Mediator a.i. for Darfur, Mr. Abiodun Bashua, today held a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of Qatar, H.E. Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, in Doha.
During the meeting, the Acting JSR briefed the DPM on the status of implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, the overall security situation in Darfur, as well as on the ongoing efforts to facilitate negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements.
GAZA, Nov 4 (KUNA) -- Qatar pledged to pay for the price of fuel to Gaza Strip's lone power station, the office of former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and Deputy President of Hamas political bureau, said Tuesday.
The pledge came during a telephone conversation between Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani and Haniya.
Qatar Charity will hold the first international humanitarian forum in support of Palestine, unprecedented among humanitarian organizations in Qatar. The forum will take place from 29 to 31 October 2014 in Doha, under the slogan ‘Palestine, we are all with you’ and will involve the participation of a number of international, regional and local organizations and institutions.
10/12/2014 - 19:49 GMT
by Jo Biddle and Jay Deshmukh
International donors pledged about $5.4 billion in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip on Sunday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts.
The conference in Cairo aimed at financing the reconstruction of swathes of Gaza destroyed in a 50-day July-August war between Israel and Hamas.
"The participants pledged approximately $5.4 billion (4.3 billion euros)," said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, reading out a closing statement at the conference which Norway co-hosted.
(New York, 29 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, met today to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.
EL FASHER / NEW YORK (22 Sep .) - The State of Qatar signed a $88.5 million grant agreement with the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher on Sunday.
This single largest donation of Qatar to the UN is one of the main outcomes of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, signed in Doha in 2011 by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), led by El Tijani Sese. It will kick-start the implementation of the priorities outlined in the Darfur Development Strategy, launched at the international Donor Conference in April 2013.
DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.
DOHA, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- Six Qatari aircraft carrying 300 tons of humanitarian aid arrived in Iraqi cities of Irbil and Sulaimaniyah, as well as in Amman, Jordan, to help the Iraqi people, official news agency reported Sunday.
The Qatari aid, sent upon instructions of Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani to help alleviate the suffering of Iraqi people, were delivered over the past three days by Lakhwiya search and rescue team, according to QNA.
Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.
The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).
08/25/2014 16:57 GMT
by René SLAMA
DUBAI, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Qatar, which mediated the release of a US hostage held by Al-Qaeda in Syria, seeks to prove its role in confronting the Islamist radicals it has been accused of supporting, experts say.
The Qatari foreign ministry, in a statement, said the tiny gas-rich nation had "succeeded in releasing American journalist Peter Theo Curtis," after he spent 22 months in captivity.
The Government of Qatar has pledged $1 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) emergency assistance programme in the Gaza Strip. It has also chartered a cargo of food items and medical supplies for UNRWA to distribute in Gaza.
With support from the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organization, the in kind assistance will be transferred from Amman to Gaza in the coming days. UNRWA will then truck the aid into Gaza for distribution to the thousands of displaced families in Gaza.
Qatar Charity has provided an initial QAR 20 million (USD 5.5 million) for the emergency aid and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
Last week, Qatar Charity started delivering its first batch of aid, distributing food packages among families whose houses had been destroyed. This benefited around 200 families.
The packages, which contained basic food items such as cheese, beans, dates, olive oil, tea and sugar, were distributed by the organization's local office in Gaza.
Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.216 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 593 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 241 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 30.6% funded with a 69.4% shortfall.
The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.9 billion (30%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.6 billion (70%).
Qatar Charity recently signed agreements with Ministries of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the Gaza Strip worth QAR 13 million (USD 3.57 million).
We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index shows that the last seven years has shown a notable deterioration in levels of peace.
The Global Peace Index measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. This is the 8th year the index has been produced.
Since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased.
In Brussels, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, accepted a contribution of US$ 100,000 from His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Thani Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Mission to the European Union.
The first consultative workshop for Qatari charitable organizations regarding the United Nations 2016 World Humanitarian Summit was held on 24 May 2014. Organized by Qatar Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, the Humanitarian Forum and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), twenty-four participants spent the day learning about and discussing needed actions for this summit to be held during 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Qatar Charity recently concluded its latest follow-up on its humanitarian response and the continuing needs as part of a delegation to the Central African Republic led by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In addition to visiting the Central African Republic, the delegation headed by Ambassador Fouad Maznaie, representative of the OIC Humanitarian Affairs Department also visited Chad and Cameroon.