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18 Sep 2017 description

The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.

We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.

FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.

18 Sep 2017 description

18 September 2017 – In response to the critical health needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ar-Raqqa governorate in north-east Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered more than 7 tons of medicines and emergency medical supplies to Al-Tabqa national hospital.

15 Sep 2017 description

Facts and figures on the UK government's relief work in the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma.

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15 Sep 2017 description

Over 60 tonnes of UK aid has now reached the Caribbean with another 60 tonnes on the way on board HMS Ocean.

VIDEO: Jemone’s story, a recipient of UK aid on the British Virgin Islands.

Over 60 tonnes of UK aid has now reached the Caribbean to support the victims of Hurricane Irma, with another 60 tonnes on the way on board HMS Ocean.

15 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address trade-offs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

14 Sep 2017 description
report Christian Aid

Christine Allen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid said:

“The situation in UK Overseas Territories like the British Virgin Islands, and many other places affected by Hurricane Irma, is awful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by these latest natural disasters. As ever it is the poorest people who have suffered the most.

14 Sep 2017 description

Public has donated over £650,000 since the appeal was launched on 6 September and the UK government is doubling any public donations made.

In the first week since Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, the British Red Cross appeal has raised over £1.3 million.

The public has donated over £650,000 since the British Red Cross appeal was launched on 6 September and the UK government is doubling any public donations made. For every £1 given, another £1 will be matched, up to £3 million.

13 Sep 2017 description

Sia Twiyor* survived the 14 August mudslides in Freetown but lost 16 members of her family in the disaster including her husband, brothers and sisters. Some of them had come to spend the school holidays with her. As she struggles to cope, Sia continues to cry, and has suffered countless sleepless nights since the incident occurred.

13 Sep 2017 description

Facts and figures on the UK government's relief work in the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma.

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13 Sep 2017 description
report People in Need

After more than six years of relentless fighting in the country without any sight of end, Syrian crisis remains among the largest humanitarian emergencies of our time. Fearing for their lives millions of Syrians continue to flee their homes, living behind everything they used to know. According to estimates, the majority of Syrians lost their livelihood and currently four out of five live in poverty.

12 Sep 2017 description

UK continues to urgently deliver vital aid to the victims of Hurricane Irma

Shelter kits provided by UK aid are being distributed in Anguilla to help those left homeless by Hurricane Irma.

The kits, transported by Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay, are being delivered to people in need by the Anguillan Red Cross.

Crews from RFA Mounts Bay are also today delivering UK aid including shelter, food and water to those affected on Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

12 Sep 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 July 2017, there were 1298 people in immigration detention facilities, including 990 in immigration detention on the mainland and 308 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 552 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 21,540 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

11 Sep 2017 description

1. Purpose, scope and rationale

The purpose of this performance review is to assess the effectiveness of UK humanitarian aid to Syria. It will explore whether UK aid is being planned, managed and overseen so as to reach the intended beneficiaries and respond to their needs in a cost-effective manner. It is expected that lessons from the review will be applicable to the Department for International Development’s (DFID) management of large-scale humanitarian operations in complex and protracted crises in the future.

10 Sep 2017 description

A summary of the actions that the government has taken to support UK overseas territories and British people affected by Hurricane Irma.

RFA Mounts Bay, our first military response, patrols Caribbean waters for 6 months of the year during the Hurricane season (June to November). Its crew are in a high state of readiness to be able to swiftly provide humanitarian and disaster relief, which they have already delivered to Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

08 Sep 2017 description

The Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement on the UK government's response to Hurricane Irma.

The Prime Minister said:

No one can fail to be affected by the absolute desperate plight of people in the Caribbean who have been hit by Hurricane Irma. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected, particularly with the British nationals in our Overseas Territories of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Refugee Council

A new survey, commissioned by the Guardian and published by the Refugee Council today has found high levels of homelessness and destitution among refugees shortly after they have been granted their refugee status.

06 Sep 2017 description
  • Denmark Most Committed
  • Germany Up 10 Slots Since Last Year’s Index
  • France the Top G7 Country In 4th, UK Ranks 7th
  • U.S. Ranks 23rd
  • South Korea In Last Place But Top on Technology Component

WASHINGTON – Today, the Center for Global Development announced that Denmark tops the Commitment to Development Index, which ranks the world’s 27 richest countries according to how well their policies help improve lives in the developing world.

06 Sep 2017 description

International Development Secretary announces deployment of UK aid experts and that a British naval ship is in the region ready to help

Commenting on the impact of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, said:

The thoughts of the British people are with all those affected by Hurricane Irma and Britain has already taken swift action to respond.

05 Sep 2017 description
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Baghdad, Iraq, 5 September 2017: The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) has contributed an additional GBP 4 million towards the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) programme in Iraq, allowing critical explosive hazard management activities to continue in areas newly liberated from Da’esh. The UK support will enable UNMAS to respond to humanitarian and stabilization priorities, critical to reconstruction and the facilitation of the safe return of the displaced people to their communities.