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15 Feb 2012 description

Mr Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is in Australia from 12–15 February discussing a range of issues affecting refugees, including current and future global humanitarian challenges.

During his visit, Mr Guterres met with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, AusAID's Director General Peter Baxter and other government officials and NGOs.

29 Oct 2011 description
  1. Effective and cooperative action to secure long-term food security and improved nutrition in developing countries is a priority shared by all Commonwealth countries, as reflected in the Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles. The humanitarian crisis now affecting the Horn of Africa is a tragic reminder of the chronic food insecurity that afflicts many parts of that continent.

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.

12 Sep 2011 description

Joint statement

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Alain Juppé, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Canberra

11 September 2011

19 Feb 2004 description

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09 Jun 2000 description

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"In recognition of the impact of conflict and the severe on-going drought on the people of the Horn of Africa, Australia will provide a further $2 million for humanitarian assistance in the region," the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Kay Patterson said today.

It is estimated 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing severe food and water shortages.

"The Australian Government deplores the recent escalation in armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, supports the UN embargo on the supply of arms …

07 Apr 2000 description

I am pleased to announce that Australia will provide emergency food aid for the Horn of Africa, where an estimated 12.4 million people are at risk of starvation due to a severe drought.

The food aid will be distributed through the World Food Program which has a long record of effective aid delivery in the region. The World Food Program's relief efforts are expected to focus on Ethiopia, the worst affected country. Recent reports indicate that an estimated 8 million people are facing starvation in Ethiopia.