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07 May 2012 description

The Federal Government has allocated more than $7 million towards overseas assistance projects supporting displaced and vulnerable people overseas, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said today from Sri Lanka.

Mr Bowen, who is on a five–day visit to India and Sri Lanka, said funding was allocated for 15 projects, including five projects supporting displaced Sri Lankan people through improved health services and provision of shelter and protection.

06 Sep 2011 description


2.) Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka taking shape

27 Oct 2009 description

"My mandate covers any killings which are in contravention of international law, whether humanitarian law or human rights," said Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.


22 Jul 2009 description

Meeting report

Executive summary

The Oslo forum 2009 took place against the background of a new optimism, largely heralded by the new US administration and its emphasis on civility in international relations. After a period of confrontation marked by the 'war on terror' and weakening of mediation efforts, there is now a renewed demand in many areas for diplomacy and negotiation.

18 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main results of the Council

As the fighting drew to an end in Sri Lanka, the Council reiterated its call on the Government urgently to proceed towards a comprehensive political process.

06 Apr 2009 description


Sri Lanka

While fighting continues between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels, long-time CWS partner National Christian Council of Sri Lanka reports that internally displaced persons continue to flee into government-controlled areas in the northern part of the country. "People are traveling on foot carrying nothing but their children," they add. With support from Church World Service and others the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) is helping to meet the emergency needs of some 42,000 internally displaced persons.

25 Mar 2009 description

ODI Briefing Paper 50

Context is critical for tailored responses

The global HIV epidemic may have stabilised, and the number of new infections has fallen slightly since 2001. But there is no room for complacency. In 2007, 33 million people were living with HIV, and two million people died as a result of AIDs-related illnesses. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to bear the brunt of the global epidemic, accounting for more than two-thirds (68%) of all adults and 90% of all children with HIV (UNAIDS, 2008). In many regions, high levels of HIV infection coincide with humanitarian emergencies.

28 Aug 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third session
Item 67 (b) of the provisional agenda*

31 Jan 2007 description
report MapAction


1. MapAction is an international NGO, headquartered in the UK. MapAction's vision is to apply the skills of professionals from the rapidly-evolving geo-informatics sector to help to relieve suffering and safeguard livelihoods in humanitarian emergencies. Its operational capacity is founded on a pool of volunteers who maintain readiness to deploy worldwide, together with a small full-time staff providing leadership and operational and administrative support.


14 Jan 2005 description

The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Dr Jean Benjamin, will today at 10:00 in the HSRC building, Pretorius Street, Pretoria address the social services sector with regard to support the victims of the Tsunami disaster, especially psycho-social support for women and children.

The meeting will be attended by amongst others social work practitioners, representatives from the private sector and non governmental and faith based organisations.

"A coordinated response is necessary to ensure the critical success factor to one of the greatest natural disasters this century …

05 Jan 2005 description

Instead of "D-Day", today was "T-Day" plus 10, Jan Egeland said upon opening his briefing to correspondents at United Nations Headquarters, announcing that the pledges now totalled between $3 billion and $4 billion, and progress in the relief effort was being made by the hour.