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09 Jan 2014 description

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This document summarises the achievements of mine action activities funded by Australia during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 through its bilateral and global mine action programs.

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04 Apr 2013 description

Today mark’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and is a reminder to the global community that landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war continue to maim and kill thousands of people around the world.

These explosive remnants of war are an enduring legacy of conflict, and contaminate more than 70 countries, and kill and injure more than 4,000 people each year, including children. They contaminate farmer’s fields, forests, roads, pathways depriving people of agricultural land and essential services.

22 Mar 2013 description

This year, World Water Day (March 22) highlights the importance of international efforts to preserve and protect the world’s shared water resources.

The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: ‘Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.’

11 Dec 2012 description

Cassava is the staple food for more than 800 million people worldwide, including 45 per cent of those living in sub-Saharan Africa. It is extremely hardy and versatile, ideally suited for growing in drought-prone areas.

Because of this, cassava would seem like a crop made for dealing with the rising temperatures and extreme weather events associated with climate change.

29 Nov 2012 description

Cacilda Justino, 34, lives in Mafalala in Maputo, Mozambique. She is well known for coordinating cleaning campaigns that maintain a safe environment for her community. Mafalala is a very low-income area with poor sanitation conditions which pose an acute health risk to the population.

19 Oct 2012 description

School meals from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) feed more than 11 million children in Africa each year. One of those children is a teenager called Molly Achieng, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

19 Oct 2012 description

Today is the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and a good time to reflect on the Australian aid program’s progress towards this important Millennium Development Goal.

The theme for this year’s day—‘Working together out of poverty’—highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

02 Oct 2012 description

Australia and the World Bank Group Partnership: Unlocking potential, achieving results

This report highlights the achievements of the Australia – World Bank Group Partnership.

Unlocking potential, achieving results - online version

Headline results in 2012

  • Access to finance provided to more than 500,000 people in the Pacific.

23 Mar 2012 description

In Australia, we take for granted being able to turn on a tap without getting sick, yet for many of the world’s poor, this simple act is fraught with danger.

Diarrhoea, spread through contaminated water, is the second leading cause of death among children under five. Nearly one in five child deaths—about 1.5 million each year—is due to diarrhoea.

Since 2007 the Australian aid program has provided 77,000 water and 5,000 sewerage connections for poor urban households in Indonesia.

23 Nov 2011 description

AusAID’s Director General, Peter Baxter, travelled to Mozambique and Zimbabwe from 9 to 14 November to discuss Australia’s aid program with key partners and open a new AusAID office in Harare.

'The completion and opening of the new AusAID office in Zimbabwe is a practical and symbolic gesture of the engagement between our two countries,' Mr Baxter said.

'Our work in Zimbabwe is part of our broader commitment to expand cooperation with Africa, which will continue as part of the Government’s new aid policy.'

03 Oct 2011 description

29 September 2011

A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.

Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.

Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.

23 Sep 2010 description

Australia is committed to saving the lives of women and children in developing countries who die needlessly from pregnancy and childbirth related complications and common childhood illnesses.

At today's launch of the UN Secretary-General's 'Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health', the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that Australia plans to spend at least $1.6 billion improving the health of women and children over the next five years.

This spending is part of Australia's commitment to increase total aid levels to 0.5 per cent of Gross …

05 Jun 2010 description

Australian Government

AusAID Media Release

BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY
FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

19 May 2010 description

by Kim Knight, AusAID

Amelia Lisango has good cause to smile. She now has a pipe in her garden that supplies her and her family with clean running water.

Amelia lives with her husband, a fisherman, their daughter and several relatives, in Costa del Sol, near Maputo in Mozambique. Like many others in her community, she used to have to walk several kilometres each day to get enough water.

18 Nov 2009 description

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

01 Jul 2005 description

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I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $9 million to the World Food Programme's efforts to help ease a severe food crisis in several countries in Africa.

In the Southern African region $4.5 million will provide food assistance to 8 million people facing severe food shortages in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

02 Jun 2002 description

Australia is providing $2.5 million through the World Food Programme (WFP) for an emergency feeding program in central and southern Mozambique.

Up to 400,000 people out of a population of 17 million are vulnerable to food shortages. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world with a very limited capacity to respond to major emergencies.

Southern Africa is experiencing a serious food shortage, the worst since a severe drought in 1991-92. The crisis is primarily the result of drought and floods depleting food supplies and pushing up prices.