The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has announced a new SEK 40 million (US$ 4.8 million) contribution to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Emergency Appeal addresses the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem, through interventions such as emergency food and livelihood support for the most vulnerable families, and the promotion and protection of the rights of refugees and living through acute crises.
The European Commission is facilitating the deployment of a large cargo of equipment to Nepal. International Humanitarian Partnership countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Luxembourg) will establish a "base camp" for 60 humanitarian workers to support relief operations in the Sindhupalchowk district.
The Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation Ulrika Modéer, who is currently visiting Palestine, announced today that the Government of Sweden will be making a contribution to the May salaries and pensions of around 68,500 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the payment of which is currently scheduled to take place in early June. The Swedish contribution will amount to SEK 40 million (c.€4.3 million) and will be channelled through the European Union's PEGASE mechanism.
East Jerusalem, 18 May 2015 – In the presence of State Secretary of Sweden, Ulrika Modéer, the Consul General of Sweden, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring, signed a USD 3.6 million agreement (SEK 30 million) to support the resilience of Palestinians residing in Area C and East Jerusalem.
The signing ceremony marks the third phase of the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) implemented by UNDP, with funds from the Governments of Sweden, Austria, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Government has decided to extend the phase-out period of bilateral aid to Iraq in view of the serious situation in the country. The previous government decided to phase out support completely in 2015.
Asylum decisions in the EU
Syrians remain the main beneficiaries
The 27 EU Member States for which data are available granted protection status to 185 000 asylum seekers in 2014, up by almost 50% compared with 2013. Since 2008, more than 750 000 asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.
These data on the results of asylum decisions in the EU are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
More than 1 out of 3 persons granted protection status in the EU was Syrian
Khartoum, 21 April 2015. Sweden has contributed SEK55 million (US $6.4 million) to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Sweden has been a committed supporter of the CHF, contributing some SEK1.2 billion (US $106 million) since 2006. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time, when funding for humanitarian action in Sudan is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.
The UNHCR currently manages three refugee camps in Burkina Faso for refugees from the neighbouring country Mali. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been assigned to provide shelters to the refugees, and their work is partly funded by Sida.
If a country's government does not have the resources to take care of refugees from another country, the UN refugee agency UNHCR can intervene and help manage the task. Through the refugee organisation CONAREF, the Burkinese state decides where in the country the camps should be located.
When the armed conflict in Mali flared up in 2012, many people ended up in the middle of the contending parties. Alhader Ag Azar was one of many who took his entire family and fled to the neighbouring country Burkina Faso. He appreciates the safety in the refugee camp, but misses the ability to move around freely.
Jerusalem, 25 March 2015 - The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 3.8 million (SEK 33,000,000) agreement to fund shelter assistance packages for non-refugees as part of their on-going support to early recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip. Through the new contribution, 2,529 non-refugee families will receive rental subsidies to support their accommodation need.
The additional resources will bring the total Swedish contribution to the UNDP cash assistance programme to atleast USD 6.9 million.
On Sunday, following a request from the UN, Sweden sent communications equipment and five communication experts, 3 from the MSB and 2 from Luxembourg to Vanuatu as a result of Cyclone Pam. The cyclone struck the island state of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean on Friday night, resulting in extreme devastation.
2014 saw a major surge in the number of humanitarian crises around the world and there are no signs of a slowdown. Indications for 2015 point to an even worse situation, with the escalation of armed conflict in Iraq and Ukraine and food shortages in Somalia and South Sudan. More extensive humanitarian support is needed, why Sida has decided to distribute nearly two billion SEK to the worst trouble spots.
2015 looks to be a year of major humanitarian challenges. Today, over 51 million people are displaced by armed conflict and many more will be forced to flee their homes.
Cambodia’s efforts to tackle threats of climate change received a new boost with additional financial support from the European Union, Sweden and United Nations Development Programme on Thursday.
The EU is committing over 50 percent of the combined financial contribution for the second phase of Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) programme until 2019.
“The second phase is very much focused on implementation of the strategies and plans that were put together during the first phase,” H. E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment, said at the signing ceremony on Thursday.
East Jerusalem, 02 March 2015 – In the presence of the H.E. Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, and representatives of various missions and organizations, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People marked the launch of 19 projects in Area C and East Jerusalem at the historic site of Maqam Nabi Musa in Jericho Governorate.
Sweden is to increase its annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to US $ 36 million. This represents an additional SEK 18 million (USD 2 million). This does not include Sweden’s contribution to the UNRWA emergency appeal, which amounts to SEK 40 million (US$ 4.8 million) this year. The funds will be used by the UN Agency for its human development work in health, education, relief and social services in Jordan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territory and Syria.
Situation overview: An assessment mission to Donetsk conducted by UNHCR between 19-22 February reconfirmed huge humanitarian needs. Scale-up of humanitarian presence in the east is urgently required. People are living in basements, bomb shelters or under the rubble of their houses or apartment buildings. In particular they lack food, medicine and heating.
Kosovo - With the rise in irregular migration of Kosovo citizens towards the European Union (EU), Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga met with IOM Kosovo Chief of Mission Jorge Baca Vaughan on Thursday (12/2) to discuss the need to engage with local and international institutions to address migration management and the return of irregular Kosovar migrants from EU countries.
UNHCR provides aid in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government for the first time in the conflict.
UNHCR is concerned that measures on movement restrictions for people and cargo to conflict zones could worsen the dire situation for those displaced and further complicate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Over 2,000 victims of shelling in the southern city of Mariupol received emergency assistance from UNHCR.
To empower rural communities in making a secure means of living that provides resilience against shocks and emergencies, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has conducted soft skills and vocational trainings for members of Village Saving and Loan Associations in Dehdadi District of Balkh. The livelihood pilot project has been implemented in ten villages of Dehdadi with total budget of 6,118,500 which was funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).