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).
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The top UN official for refugees called on Tuesday for the European Union to consider imposing a quota system to force its nations to more equitably handle a spike in asylum seekers.
"We are ready to support political initiatives within Europe, for instance, aiming in some situations to have forms of quota distribution," Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), told reporters.
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.
BEIRUT, 26th January 2015 – Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Ms. Isabella Lövin announced additional assistance to Lebanon following her visit to the country. The Minister visited several humanitarian programme sites benefitting displaced Syrian children and vulnerable Lebanese children.
Two donor partners have provided funding for the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) work in support of Myanmar’s democratic reforms.
The Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA) has provided 30 million Swedish Kroner (USD $4.1 million) to support UNDP’ s work in local governance and democratic governance.
The United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID) has provided 2 million pound sterling (USD $3.2 million) to support UNDP’s work in the area of democratic governance.
La Suède vient d’apporter la première contribution à un panier commun mis en place par le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD), qui servira à organiser les élections communales maliennes de 2015.
Cette contribution de US 6 millions de dollars coïncide avec la fin des travaux de recensement lancés en octobre dernier.