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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
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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

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.”

27 Jul 2009 description

Une approche intégrée pour limiter les dégâts

27 juillet 2009, Rome - Chaque année, le feu dévore quelque 350 millions d'hectares de terres boisées, de friches et de cultures provoquant non seulement des dégâts considérables à la nature mais aussi aux habitations et aux propriétés tout en privant de leurs moyens d'existence des milliers, voire des millions, d'individus.

Les incendies provoquent aussi des pertes en vies humaines.

En outre, la destruction du couvert végétal par les incendies incontrôlés aggrave à la fois le réchauffement climatique, la pollution de …

27 Jul 2009 description

An integrated approach to reduce fire losses

Rome, 27 July 2009 - Every year fires affect an estimated 350 million hectares of land, with damage to property, livelihoods and frequently loss of life. Uncontrolled vegetation fires also contribute to global warming, air pollution, desertification and loss of biodiversity.

19 Feb 2009 description

Press Release No.837

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