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11 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

05 Dec 2011 description

Media release
Sydney
4 December 2011

The Australian public has united with the Australian Government and aid organisations to save lives in the Horn of Africa.

Thanks to the deep generosity of Australians, more than $25 million has been raised through the Government's Dollar for Dollar appeal for people suffering in the Horn of Africa,

In October, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Australian Government would match, dollar for dollar, the public donations made to the famine appeals of accredited aid agencies.

23 Nov 2011 description

Media release
Canberra
23 November 2011

In two months, the Australian public has contributed over $6 million, and brought the Horn of Africa appeal to more than $12 million, in a nation-wide effort to help people starving in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Australian Government's Dollar for Dollar initiative matches every donation to participating Australian non-government aid agencies til the end of November — making twice the difference for every dollar donated.

01 Nov 2011 description

The current crisis in the Horn of Africa highlights the importance of food security. One in three people go hungry every day in Africa-a continent that holds 60 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land.

24 Oct 2011 description

Forrest Place, Perth
Transcript E&OE
24 October 2011

Well, thank you Tim, thank you to Captain Banana, Captain Tomato. Who else we got here? Captain Carrot, Captain Corn and the other members of the veggie patch put on by World Vision this morning.

And, to all of those who support World Vision and its work around the world, I really do appreciate your conviction and what you are doing to bring the whole challenge of food security to the councils of the world.

18 Oct 2011 description
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Somalia + 6 others
World Food Day

Anti-Poverty Week, 16–22 October

Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual international Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.

Anti-Poverty Week aims to:

  • increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia

  • encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

05 Oct 2011 description

The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the famine in parts of Somalia. More than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.

The United Nations has a $2.4 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.

05 Oct 2011 description

The Australian Government today pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations by Australians to help people in the Horn of Africa.

The situation in the Horn of Africa remains dire, with the UN estimating 750,000 people could die in the coming four months without a scale up of humanitarian aid, and that 13 million drought-stricken people require urgent help.

03 Oct 2011 description

29 September 2011

A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.

Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.

Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.

26 Sep 2011 description

Thank you very much Valerie Amos and for the good work of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

16 Sep 2011 description

(Bangkok, 15 September 2011) – Five countries in Asia and the Pacific have donated almost 18 per cent of the total amount of emergency aid provided to date, to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Australia, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand have provided US$275 million to the four countries that make up the Horn of Africa crisis - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.

16 Sep 2011 description

AusAID Director General Peter Baxter witnessed first hand how Australian support for the ongoing humanitarian effort is saving lives in the Horn of Africa when he visited the world's largest refugee camp in northern Kenya.

01 Sep 2011 description

Press Release No. 925
For use of the information media
Not an official record

Geneva, 1 September 2011 (WMO) – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued its latest Update on El Niño/La Niña, the phenomena in the tropical Pacific which have important consequences upon weather and climate around the globe.

31 Aug 2011 description
report Maplecroft

A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as lowest in the world, whilst countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at ‘extreme risk’.

19 Aug 2011 description

The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia by the UN on 20 July. More than 12 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.

The United Nations has launched a $2 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.

09 Aug 2011 description

Updated 4 August 2011

Australia will provide an additional $20 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food rations to people in the Horn of Africa, including nutrition supplements for malnourished women and children.

The WFP has also allocated $22 million to the Horn of Africa from Australia’s annual core commitment to the agency.

This brings Australia’s total commitment to the crisis to more than $80 million.

29 Jul 2011 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.

20 Jul 2011 description

Joint media release:

Prime Minister
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Canberra

20 July 2011

The Australian Government is responding rapidly to the emerging crises to provide food rations and other emergency relief to some 6.7 million people caught in the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years.

13 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government is helping feed people in desperate need of assistance following consecutive droughts across the Horn of Africa.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the UN has described the food shortages as the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world today.

“Southern Somalia is the worst hit, with a third of children under 5 malnourished,” Mr Rudd said.

“More than ten million people in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are affected, and thousands of Somalis are arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia every month in search of assistance.”