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29 Dec 2007 description

IP/08/7

Bruxelles, le 29 décembre 2007. La Commission européenne a décidé d'accorder une aide humanitaire de 369,6 millions d'euros afin de répondre aux besoins essentiels des victimes les plus vulnérables des crises humanitaires dans le monde.

26 Dec 2007 description

The G8 countries are contributing to an improvement in Afghan-Pakistan relations with a joint action plan consisting of 70 different projects. Closer cooperation between these two neighbouring countries is a key factor in enhancing stability in Afghanistan.

To this end the G8 partners are launching a coordinated package of measures ranging from assistance for refugees and returnees to strengthening parliamentary contacts.

25 Dec 2007 description
report Medair

Medair Serves the Most Vulnerable -- In the second part of this feature article, we examine the disasters and other crises that contribute to the vulnerability of our beneficiaries.

Disasters

In the past 50 years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide, and indications suggest that this trend will continue.(1) Climate change is the most prominently mentioned contributing factor, along with intensified concentrations of people living in vulnerable habitats.(2)

Many deadly natural disasters occur suddenly, such as earthquakes, windstorms, …

24 Dec 2007 description

BOT KHAK, Afghanistan, December 24 (UNHCR) - As nomadic animal herders, the Kuchis have a good eye for land, honed from centuries of moving in search of greener pastures. So when thousands uprooted themselves from Pakistan and returned home to Afghanistan, one imagines they headed for nothing less than the Garden of Eden. What they found was an arid dustbowl mired in dispute and scattered with explosives.

The saga started in spring this year, when Afghan Kuchi elders of the Ahmadzai tribe got together from all over Pakistan to discuss their situation.

21 Dec 2007 description

SDC Reconstruction Project in Pakistan

In three villages in the earthquake-damaged district of Batagram, eight hundred children returned to school at the beginning of October 2007.

Religious and social rules are strictly observed in the district of Batagram, making it particularly important to establish good trust with the population. Just how important it is can be illustrated by the fact that Pakistani construction workers from the northern town of Gilgit are regarded as foreigners here. But appearances can be deceptive.

20 Dec 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

19 Dec 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Pakistan, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Clusters, and media sources.

HIGHLIGHTS

- The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), UN Agencies/Clusters and the humanitarian community (representatives of Pakistan Humanitarian Forum) held a Disaster Management meeting on 13 December 2007 to discuss the possibility of a workable mechanism for emergency preparedness and response.

- In Sindh, according to the …

19 Dec 2007 description

The International Rescue Committee has received a $1,000,000 grant from the South Asian Earthquake Relief Fund (SAERF) to support communities in Pakistan still recovering from the devastating effects of the 2005 earthquake.

17 Dec 2007 description

ISLAMABAD, 17 December 2007 - Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) has approved an amount of Rs. 1.725 billion for the reconstruction of quake-hit areas, Chairman of the Authority Altaf M.Saleem said on Monday. "The amount will be spent on completion of 281 high priority schemes," Altaf M.Saleem said in a news conference here. He added that ERRA, on November 30, last started a targeted vulnerability survey to identify most vulnerable communities including widows, orphans, disabled and landless people and make efforts for their rehabilitation on priority.

17 Dec 2007 description

About Muslim Hands

MH is an international relief and development organisation, established in 1993 with the objective of providing relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education on a non-discriminatory basis. We work both directly and with partners in 48 of the world's poorest countries.

14 Dec 2007 description

The International Federation's Global Agenda (2006-2010)

Over the next five years, the collective focus of the Federation will be on achieving the following goals and priorities:

Our goals

Goal 1: Reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

Goal 2: Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

Goal 3: Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Goal 4: Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce …

12 Dec 2007 description

Hi-res photos to accompany this story are available at: www.churchworldservice.org/media/hires.html

NEW YORK CITY -- As time runs out for three million Afghan refugees to stay legally in Pakistan, Church World Service and its nearly 30-year-old Pakistan/Afghanistan Community Health Project are working to prepare the refugees to take care of their own health upon return to Afghanistan, a country with one of the world's worst health records.

12 Dec 2007 description

ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority's (ERRA) Board approved 10 new projects for quake-hit areas, it was learnt on Wednesday.

The projects include rehabilitation/construction of roads, Muzaffarabad City Development Project, Irrigation Rehabilitation Project for Mansehra, Capacity Building of Works and Services Department NWFP, Disaster Risk Management Program in AJK & NWFP, Establishment of project management unit for New Balakot City, Rules for Implementation of Community Livelihood Rehabilitation Plans, Establishment of Legal …

11 Dec 2007 description

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11 Dec 2007 description

IOM Pakistan is to receive US$5.1 million from Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV) to provide transitional shelters for 1,000 earthquake-displaced families in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK).