Mogadishu, 17 January, 2017 —The humanitarian community in Somalia is seeking US$864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia for 2017 plan was launched today in Mogadishu with calls to the international community for timely support to help bolster humanitarian operations and meet urgent humanitarian needs. “The humanitarian situation remains grim for millions of Somalis.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Through its rapid response mechanism, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is providing an initial SEK 1.6 million (USD 175,000) to IOM’s assistance programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s eastern province of North Kivu.
One year after the great refugee influx reached Europe, lasting changes are seen to have occurred in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All four have tightened their asylum policies, in some cases drastically, and border controls between them have been reinstated for the first time since the 1950s. While differences over joint EU migration policy also remain, the situation has also created awareness of the need to improve coordination of migration and integration policies in Northern Europe. Closer coordination with Germany would also be desirable.
The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul.
The Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the critical needs of million of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The Fund operates within the parameters of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), with the objective to expand the delivery of humanitarian assistance in partnership with national and international NGOs and UN agencies.
Background and context
10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)
18 governorates affected
3.1 million people displaced (IOM)
2.4 million people food insecure (WFP)
227,971 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)
In November, WFP reached 1.4 million Iraqis in all 18 governorates of Iraq through cash-based transfers (CBTs) and Family Food Rations (FFRs).
The ECDC communicable disease threats report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. Summarising information gathered by ECDC through its epidemic intelligence activities regarding communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union, it also provides updates on the global situation and changes in the epidemiology of communicable diseases with potential to affect Europe, including diseases that are the focus of eradication efforts.
As 2016 draws to a close, UNAIDS welcomes new funding commitments from our partners in the Nordic region for 2017. The renewed political and financial support from the Nordic countries demonstrates their confidence in our performance and UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy – on the Fast-Track to end AIDS.
Oct 2015 – 06 Dec 2016
1,950 persons relocated
5,839 places pledged
As of 06 Dec 2016
Mogadishu, 21 December 2016 – A new contribution of US$2.2 million from the Government of Sweden to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has immediately been allocated by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, to support humanitarian response to drought affected families. “Sweden’s timely contribution to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund is greatly appreciated as it will help us boost response at a critical time to assist the most vulnerable communities affected by the prolonged drought conditions,” said Mr. de Clercq.
The added value of the CHF has been demonstrated again in 2016, combining flexibility and strategic focus, with the timely allocation of approximately $40 million for 66 projects, strengthening the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and enabling humanitarian interventions and assessments by 38 partners (4 UN, 23 INGO, 11 NNGO), in alignment with the Strategic Objectives of the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
East Jerusalem, 01 December 2016 – The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a SEK 40 million (USD 4.4 million) contribution to the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) in support of the Palestinian population living in Area C and East Jerusalem. The additional resources will bring Sweden’s total contribution to the CRDP programme to SEK 130 million.
KAMPALA, 16 December 2016 – The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Kampala has contributed 35 million krona - about 4 million US dollars - to support maternal, newborn and child health programmes in Uganda’s West Nile region.
The support is expected to reach an estimated 135,000 pregnant women and over 300,000 children with key health interventions.
By Noori Zabihullah
LONDON, Dec 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghan asylum seekers sent back home this week under a deal negotiated with the European Union fear their forced deportations will prompt other migrants to try to bypass the rules, fuelling chaos in the system.
The process began this week of deporting failed Afghan asylum seekers following an agreement between the European Union and Afghanistan in October with Norway deporting about 13, Sweden about nine and Germany about 34 asylum seekers.
Today the European Commission is stepping up its response for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq by a further €25 million, bringing total EU humanitarian aid to €159 million in 2016. The new funding comes in addition to aid deliveries this week by EU member states which were channelled via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for the current emergency in Mosul.
Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Lena Nordström, says the world is anticipating a very smooth transition process in Liberia and all of the country’s genuine partners must ensure that this comes to fruition through the conduct of a very successful electoral process.
The comments were made by Ambassador Nordström at the National Elections Commission (NEC) when she spoke Wednesday, December 13, at the signing of a contribution agreement worth US$2.7 million to support Liberia’s 2017 elections.
Following the build-up of the military offensive on Mosul, the humanitarian community is witnessing continuous displacement of people. The MSB support will provide shelter for around 3000 people and the relief items will be deployed from Örebro aiport Tuesday evening and will arrive in Mosul within a few days.
A cargo plane carrying close to 40 tonnes (more than 290 cubic metres) of emergency supplies will land in Erbil, Iraq, in the first of several operations organised jointly by the European Commission and Member States.