TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warmly welcomes a contribution from Germany to feed Afghan and Iraqi refugees and promote education for refugee girls in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ukraine - Conflict
Intensive attacks in the eastern Ukraine, including the deadly attacks in Mariupol have caused 5,000 casualties since the beginning of the conflict. Humanitarian needs are also increasing; over 900,000 IDPs and 600,000 refugees to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia have been reported.
With support from the Government of Germany, a temporary unit for treating non-EVD infections opened in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on January 23.
The Government of Senegal (GoS) reopened land border crossings with Guinea on January 26. The GoS had closed all borders with Guinea on August 21 due to the EVD outbreak and previously reopened air and sea borders with Guinea on November 14.
The fight against Ebola is beginning to make headway, but West Africa has still not rid itself of this epidemic. Under a commission from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is providing various kinds of support on site. For example, in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, it joined forces with Cap Anamur to set up an isolation ward in a children’s hospital.
Support puts Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on the path to immunise a further 300 million children and save up to 6 million more lives
Berlin, 27 January 2015 – Hundreds of millions of children living in the world’s poorest countries will receive life-saving vaccines as a result of record-breaking financial commitments made today at the Gavi Pledging Conference, hosted in Berlin by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative and Deputy Representative along with the Deputy Director General of the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA), Deputy Head of Mission for the Australian Embassy and Second Secretary from the Japanese Embassy inaugurated Molavi School located in Tabadkan area in Mashhad. The area hosts one of the highest concentrations of refugees of school age in the province (22,000 in Tabadkan out of 47,444 in Khorasan e Razavi province) and one third of all refugee students in Mashhad.
KfW (German Government owned Development Bank) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement for the value of Euro 10,000,000.
UNRWA gratefully acknowledges the timely and consistent support of the government and people of Germany for Palestine refugees in Syria. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributed €2 million ($2.49 million) to the UNRWA cash assistance programme in July 2014, and an additional €2 million ($2.49 million) in October 2014.
Germany contributes €34.2M to support children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon
Beirut, 19 January 2015 – The government of Germany, through KfW Development Bank, is contributing €34.2 million to UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to support vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon.
The grant will assist UNICEF in providing access to quality formal and non-formal education in safe and protective environments and ensuring that girls, boys and women have adequate access to child protection services.
The current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continues to claim lives. In October, the first cases also appeared in the neighbouring country of Mali. Within the framework of the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, the German Government has now provided Mali with a mobile laboratory unit: it should help the country to reliably diagnose and effectively combat Ebola.
In 2014, thousands of asylum seekers risked their lives trying to reach Germany. Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war made up the largest group.
On a sunny day in mid-September, a young Syrian student once again put his life in danger: Around noon, Ahmad, as he has asked to be called, calmly strolled up to a wall in his home town, Hama, and smeared angry, bright-red letters across it: "The Syrian Revolution will never be defeated. We will fight until victory."
Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and Health Minister Hermann Gröhe presented a Lufthansa Airbus converted into rescue transport for Ebola patients at Berlin Tegel airport on 27 November. The “flying isolation unit” is ready for immediate deployment. It is intended to ensure that aid workers who become infected can be flown out to Germany and treated here.
The fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is posing a dramatic challenge for the international community. The German Government is continuously expanding its assistance and support for the countries affected, providing 161.7 million euros to date. In his capacity as Special Representative of the Federal Government, Ambassador Walter Lindner – formerly Regional Director for Africa and Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office – directs and coordinates all aid measures.
Sierra Leone has declared a lockdown in the north of the country to look for suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Under the coordination of UNMEER, THW has purchased 240 additional hospital beds for use in Sierra Leone.
Conakry, Guinée | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 09:31 GMT
Un navire néerlandais a livré samedi en Guinée une partie de l'aide de l'Union européenne (UE) contre Ebola qu'il convoie pour les trois pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest les plus touchés par l'épidémie, a-t-on appris dimanche de source européenne à Conakry.
Experts say that while there are positive developments, it will take continued efforts and considerable time before the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) can be brought to an end.
A German Ebola treatment unit has been opened in Paynesville, Liberia.
WFP has assured partners that, despite the fire last week, Conakry main logistics hub is operating at full capacity.
Key Political and Economic Developments
The partnership between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to strengthen early warning systems for coastal hazards was boosted last week, with a new contribution of Euro 250,000 to the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. The new contribution follows an initial contribution of Euro 500,000 made in December 2013.
SANA’A – The German government has donated €24 million (US$30 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen to support nutrition, protective safety nets and girls’ education.
From the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the contribution will be channelled through the German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).