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02 Sep 2013 description


Climate change has and will continue to have far-reaching impacts on environmental, social and economic conditions, which people and governments will be forced to adapt to.
Increasingly, climate change and the associated increase in the frequency of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and rising sea level is recognized as not only having humanitarian impacts, but also creating political and security risks that can affect national/regional stability and the welfare of people.

26 Aug 2013 description

22 August 2013 East Jerusalem

إيطاليا تتبرع بمبلغ 500.000 يورو للأونروا من أجل المساعدات الغذائية للاجئين الفلسطينيين

The Government of Italy has generously donated EUR 500,000 (USD 627,353) to UNRWA for urgent food assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

07 Aug 2013 description

IOM welcomes the solution relating to 102 migrants stranded since Monday (5/8) aboard the tanker M/T Salamis off the Maltese coast. The tanker, which was stopped by the Maltese navy before it entered Maltese territorial waters, has now been diverted to the Italian port of Syracuse.

The migrants, who were drifting at sea when rescued by the Salamis, reportedly include pregnant women and other vulnerable individuals.

26 Jul 2013 description
report The Guardian

Who are the main humanitarian aid donors? How much has been given so far? Where is aid being spent, and on what?

As Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, so do appeals for aid.

Last month, the UN revised upwards its requests for funding, announcing the largest emergency appeal in its history. Despite this, aid officials warn "money is going out as fast as it is coming in", and that the UN's multibillion-dollar requests still may not be enough in a crisis where demands frequently outstrip resources.

11 Jul 2013 description
report Voice of America

Henry Ridgwell
July 10, 2013

LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants.

05 Jul 2013 description

ROME, Italy, July 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year. The majority arrived in Italy (7,800), while Malta received around 600 migrants and asylum-seekers.

"Those making this journey mostly departed from North Africa, principally Libya – around 6,700 people. The remaining 1,700 crossed from Greece and Turkey, landing in southern Italy's Apulia and Calabria regions," a UNHCR spokesman said.

05 Jul 2013 description

Bethlehem – 04 July 2013 – His Excellency Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah inaugurated a mobile health clinic to answer emergency health needs of the Area C population in the presence of H.E. Minister of Health Dr Jawad Awwad, H.E. Minister of Local Government Saed Al-Kuni, H.E. Davide La Cecilia Italian Consul General, H.E. Gerard Cockx Belgium Consul General, Mr Dario Franchetti NGO Vento di Terra Representative and Mr Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

25 Jun 2013 description
report Government of Italy

Italian Development Cooperation is supporting women and young people in Kenya and South Sudan’s most marginalised regions. They will be the beneficiaries of the new development project worth 1.5 million euros as part of an agreement signed in Rome by the Director General for Development Cooperation, Giampaolo Cantini, and his colleague from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Jose' Graziano da Silva.

25 Jun 2013 description

Factsheet on Syria:

The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.

Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.

The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..

The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.

21 Jun 2013 description

Italy donates $1.9 million for women and youth in Kenya and South Sudan

21 June 2013, Rome - Poor women and youth in marginalized areas of Kenya and South Sudan will gain improved access to markets for their agricultural produce, under a new project agreement.

The $1.9 million project falls under a broader FAO-Italy programme of food security through commercialization of agriculture, in Eastern Africa, West Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

11 Jun 2013 description

In the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS), vulnerable families cannot access many basic needs owing to recurrent conflict and restrictions over movement, natural resources, markets and services. Their ability to cope is under severe strain.

06 Jun 2013 description

Sets priority countries, activities for working with FAO

6 June 2013, Rome - Italy has announced it will contribute an additional €6 million to support FAO's strategic priorities including €1 million towards the Organization's emergency programme.

The announcement came at the end of a two-day Annual Review Meeting, during which FAO and Italian officials reviewed the Italy/FAO Cooperative Programme including the results achieved by more than 50 Italy-funded projects with a total budget of US$127.2 million.

30 May 2013 description
Comments by the State on the report of the Special Rapporteur

Human Rights Council

Twenty-third session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development


The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Italy from 29 September to 8 October 2012. He visited Rome, Florence, Palermo, Trapani, Bari and Castel Volturno, and held consultations with Italian Government officials at central and local levels, civil society organizations, and migrants themselves.

30 May 2013 description
report Government of Italy

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The State Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Ethiopia, H.E. Ato Ahmed Shide, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, H.E. Mr Lapo Pistelli, signed today the new three year Ethio-Italian Cooperation Framework which envisages new initiatives in the two priority sectors of agriculture and rural development, and provision of basic services (health, education and WASH), with a specific focus on the cross-cutting issues of private sector development, gender and environment.

29 May 2013 description
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Human Rights Council

Twenty-third session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Regional study: management of the external borders of the European Union and its impact on the human rights of migrants*


21 May 2013 description
report World Bank

Financed entirely by eleven donors, the World Bank-administered Emergency Services Support Program (ESSP) Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) provided key financing for the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) social sector emergency program. This program was successfully implemented, despite the difficult security context, and benefited the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza. At the conclusion of the project, public facilities continued to operate at the same or higher levels than the 2007 baselines.


24 Apr 2013 description

Rome, 24 April 2013 – With the escalation of the Libyan conflict in early 2011, thousands of migrants living in the country fled taking precarious journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the more than 1.3 billion euros spent by the Italian authorities to house the new arrivals, two years later many in need of international protection in Italy find themselves still in precarious circumstances.

25 Mar 2013 description

By Mariana Osihn

ROME, 25 March 2013 - Italy has moved to empower its leaders to make better informed decisions to reduce the country's overall disaster risk.

The government is in the process of establishing a national disaster loss database in the wake of last year's devastating series of earthquakes and after-shocks that caused EUR13 billion of losses.

The disaster, in the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia and Veneto regions, resulted in the loss of a stock of Parmesan cheese that alone was worth an estimated EUR200 million.

20 Mar 2013 description

KABUL, 19 March 2013 – The Italian Government grants US$ 1.2 million to support the Educational Radio and Television (ERTV) of the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.

Following the agreement signed between H.E. Luciano Pezzotti, Ambassador of Italy to Afghanistan, Ms. Yukiko Matsuyoshi, UNESCO Chief of Education and H.E. Mohammad Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education on 19 March 2013 in Kabul, the new project will focus on expanding country wide coverage and capacity building of Education Radio and Television (ERTV) to strengthen distance learning all over Afghanistan.