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31 Dec 2004 description

as at 19.00 hrs 31 December 2004

This report covers key issues, developments, DFID responses to date, planned responses and UN and Red Cross/Crescent actions.

KEY ISSUES

- A key DFID objective at this stage is to provide capacity for the UN to become fully operational. Aceh is assessed to be a particularly urgent need in this respect. Ms Wahlstrom, UN Special Coordinator for the crisis, has called for military support to provide infrastructure necessary for UN teams to operate.

- DFID received 40 concept notes from humanitarian agencies by today's deadline.

31 Dec 2004 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

30 Dec 2004 description

07.00 hrs 30 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Hilary Benn, Secretary of State yesterday announced an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build and international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.

30 Dec 2004 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

29 Dec 2004 description

06.00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- The Government of Indonesia has declared a national disaster but has not called for international assistance. Increased access to affected regions approved, assessments underway.

- The Government of the Maldives has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance "for environmental disaster".

- The Government of Sri Lanka has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance.

29 Dec 2004 description

19:00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Secretary of State announces an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build an international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.

29 Dec 2004 description

NOAA scientists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii went to work within minutes of getting a seismic signal that an earthquake occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

29 Dec 2004 description
report Malteser

Cologne. As from today, 29 December, Malteser Germany will extend its emergency relief to the region north of Phuket and Khao Lak. "We have encountered around 2,000 families whose villages have been wholly swept away. Help had not yet arrived so we immediately began distributing food, blankets and drinking water", states a Malteser staff member. The region's hospital, too, is in dire need of medical and dressing material. Tomorrow, Marie-Theres Benner, Malteser coordinator in Thailand, will be arriving to coordinate relief efforts.

28 Dec 2004 description

CURRENT SITUATION

Most Powerful Earthquake in 40 Years

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake on December 26, off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered massive tsunamis that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as Somalia, Tanzania, and Kenya in East Africa.

10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

17 Nov 2004 description

New Global Report Finds Child Soldiers In Over 20 Conflicts Worldwide

LONDON - Governments are undermining progress in ending the use of children as soldiers, said a coalition of the world's leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in a newly published report.

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today released the most comprehensive global survey of child soldiers to date.

10 Nov 2004 description
report UN General Assembly


Committee Also Hears Introduction of 17 Draft Resolutions on Human Rights
GA/SHC/3802

Fifty-ninth General Assembly
Third Committee
40th & 41st Meetings (AM & PM)

Security issues due to armed conflicts and the threat of terrorism are becoming one of the major challenges to humanitarian operations, delegates today told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) as it concluded its general discussion on refugees, returnees and displaced persons.

31 Oct 2004 description

CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION

OVERVIEW

As of October 2004, the number of countries facing serious food shortages throughout the world stands at 35 with 23 in Africa, 6 in Asia/Near East, 5 in Latin America and 1 in Europe. The causes are varied but civil strife and adverse weather, including drought predominate. In many of these countries, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is a major contributing factor.

02 Apr 2004 description

The European Commission has adopted four decisions totalling €22.5 million for humanitarian programmes in Tajikistan (€8 million), Central Africa and the Horn of Africa (ECHO Flight: €9 million) and Sri Lanka (€5.5 million). These funds are managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

26 Mar 2004 description

Sri Lanka, Chernobyl, the Great Lakes in Africa - just three among many, these areas are still embroiled in conflicts claiming innumerable victims. Advocacy in their favour is a priority for the SDC.