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Malta + 4 others
Maltese coast guards rescue 80 boat migrants

08/20/2012 21:00 GMT

ROME, Aug 20, 2012 (AFP) - A Maltese coast guard vessel on Monday rescued some 80 migrants from a heavily overcrowded dinghy after being alerted by an Italian navy helicopter, the Italian navy said.

The dinghy, which was detected by a navy helicopter around 70 nautical miles (130 kilometres, 81 miles) southwest of Malta, is one of several boats arriving in Italy and Malta from North Africa in recent days with hundreds of migrants.

The migrants were all transferred to the Maltese vessel in open sea.

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Somalia + 1 other
20 August: a historic date, after 8 years of transition

03 July 2012

“Somalia will soon be reaching the historic date of 20 August, a demarcation line after 8 years of translation, with the prospect of a government and parliament in a constitutional framework that is both definite and inclusive”. This was the comment by Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi at the press conference with the Somali Premier Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, after the meeting of the Contact Group on Somalia.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Launch of a new Italian Development Cooperation Post-emergency Program

The Italian Cooperation is launching a new 1.3 million euro post-emergency program in the South and the South-East of Ethiopia, focusing on areas affected by recurrent adverse climatic events and, in some cases, subject to refugee flows from neighboring countries.

The five areas identified within three Regional States, Oromia, SNNPR and Somali, are characterized by a chronic shortage of potable water and adequate sanitation facilities. Such condition is often exacerbated by drought events which are particularly intense in the dry-lands of the Horn of Africa.

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Somalia + 1 other
Refugee emergency, Italy finances two mobile clinics

15 December 2011

In response to the healthcare emergency in Mogadishu, the Italian Cooperation is supporting the Somali NGO Young Doctors Association (SOYDA) to provide healthcare to women and children refugees in the camps set up in the Waberi and Dharkenley districts of Mogadishu. SOYDA has trained healthcare staff and activated two mobile clinics that treat an average of 230 patients daily.

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World + 29 others
The FAO Component of the Consolidated Appeals 2012


Every year, the plight and needs of many of the world’s most vulnerable people are described in the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP). This year’s CAP spans 18 countries and outlines needs across key sectors.

The 2012 CAP clearly highlights that food insecurity continues to be compounded by protracted crisis situations, more frequent natural disasters, conflict, volatile food prices, harsh economic conditions and climate change.

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Morocco + 5 others
Tragédie maritime au large des côtes marocaines, 4 morts, plusieurs bateaux secourus au large de Malte, de l'Italie et de la Libye

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Melissa Fleming – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 6 décembre 2011 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

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Morocco + 6 others
Boat tragedy off Moroccan coast, 4 dead, several boats rescued off Maltese, Italian and Libyan coasts

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, and, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Cooperation: water and health, new projects in Ethiopia

The second phase of the DGCS initiative in Ethiopia began with the publication of guidelines for the formulation and presentation of NGO proposals. The project is concerned with risk reduction in the sectors of water, sanitation, environment and health. On 4 August 2011, given the worsening crisis in that country, and following the Ethiopian government’s appeal to the international community for humanitarian assistance, the DGCS approved a total of €1.3 million in refinancing for the Aid 9386 emergency fund.

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World + 23 others
UNHCR ExCom: NGO statement on international protection


62nd Meeting
3 – 7 October 2011

Agenda Item 5 (a)

Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This statement has been drafted in consultation with, and is delivered on behalf of, a wide range of NGOs and aims to reflect the diversity of views within the NGO community.

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Somalia + 2 others
New humanitarian operation by the Foreign Ministry in response to the crisis in the Horn of Africa

Rome 18 August 2011

Minister Frattini and Italian Development Cooperation remain on high alert over the plight of the population affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. A new humanitarian flight to send urgent supplies to the region takes off this evening from the United Nations Humanitarian Depot in Brindisi.