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The Punjab region of Pakistan has asked the Netherlands to send water experts to identify ways of preventing future flooding. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, who is currently in Pakistan, has promised to bring in the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR team).
The region suffers from flooding nearly every year. In 2010 floods caused widespread destruction and made 20 million people reliant on emergency aid. ‘With the right expertise and investments we can prevent these kinds of human and economic disasters,’ Ms Ploumen said.
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The Netherlands is making €4 million available for humanitarian aid to flood victims in Pakistan.
The money will be spent on buying and transporting food via the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This is the Netherlands' response to an urgent UN request.
Newsflash | 27 January 2011
The Netherlands supports the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and has pledged to donate €5 million a year to the Office in 2011 and 2012. This undertaking was given to OCHA's head, Valerie Amos, by the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Ben Knapen. This commitment makes the Netherlands one of OCHA's largest donors.
Newsflash | 5 November 2010
Responding to a new international appeal by the United Nations, the Netherlands is providing an additional 5 million euros for victims of the disastrous flooding in Pakistan.
The Dutch government is donating €2 million to the joint Dutch aid agencies (SHO) for emergency aid to flood victims in Pakistan.
'More aid will be needed in the months to come for people who have lost everything,' foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said.
The Netherlands is making an additional two million euros available for emergency aid for Pakistan, which continues to be affected by devastating floods. This donation, a response to yesterday's international appeal for emergency aid from the United Nations in New York, will be channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP).
The WFP, heading the humanitarian effort in terms of food, logistics and communication, predicts that six million people will require food aid in the next three months.
In Pakistan, Mr Koenders met with President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. He was also the first European minister to visit the Swat valley, where the Pakistan army conducted a major offensive against the Taliban.
'The plight of Pakistani refugees is too often forgotten,' development minister Bert Koenders said at the end of his five-day visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan. 'Military action is important because the Taliban pose a real threat to security. Many schools have been destroyed.
Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders is seriously concerned about the future of two million Pakistani refugees, who have fled the northern Swat Valley to escape fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban.
'The bombing in Peshawar has made aid operations particularly difficult. Apart from security issues I'm concerned about the slow response of the UN organisations,' said Mr Koenders.
Development minister Bert Koenders has decided to donate €500,000 to the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.
On 26 June 2007, Pakistan was hit by Cyclone Yemyin, which led to floods in large parts of Sindh and Baluchistan provinces. Around 1.5 million people were affected. The emergency aid will focus on providing food and shelter, medical care and medicines, and clean drinking water. The money will be channelled via the Dutch Red Cross to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).
On 30 November a major event will take place in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The aim is to bring the importance of early childhood care and education for children to the attention of the public and policymakers alike. Over the next few years the Netherlands will be setting aside €12.2 million for the care of young Pakistani children.
The event marks the launch of UNESCO's annual report on global developments in education, which this year will be geared to early childhood care and education.
Primary schools in Pakistan can count on Dutch support in the next few years, with €30 million now earmarked for 2006. This was announced by Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne at her meeting today with the Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. In Pakistan, as elsewhere, children need to go to school, and the Netherlands wants to help them to do so over the next few years. Special focus will be placed on the pre-school development of young children, and on the quality of teaching and teaching materials.
Pakistan can count on the Netherlands' support for basic education during the coming four years. For 2006 an amount of 35 million US dollars is available. This was announced by the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation, Mrs. Agnes van Ardenne, at her meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz today. In Pakistan too, all children should be able to attend school. In the coming years the Netherlands wants to contribute towards this goal.
On 9 and 10 December, Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne will visit areas of Pakistan hit by the October earthquake. She will be accompanied by Conor Lenihan, the Irish Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights. The two European ministers are visiting Pakistan to witness the emergency aid operation still being conducted at full capacity.
Ms Van Ardenne's hosts will include the field hospital in Bagh, where Dutch military personnel are treating 100 to 150 patients every day.
As part of the ongoing relief efforts for the quake-stricken people in Pakistan and AJK, the Development Co-operation Minister of the Netherlands, Ms Agnes van Ardenne, has pledged Euro 5 million for primary education via UNICEF. This money is designed to be used for primary education facilities in the camps for displaced and homeless people. Furthermore, in consequence to a successful country wide television campaign for donations, the Dutch public has contributed Euro 21.5 million for the relief operations.
Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne has released €5 million to get the children in Pakistan back to school. During the earthquake, some 8,000 schools were either wholly or partially destroyed, so that many children no longer have a school to go to. With this extra €5 million, the Netherlands has now given a total of €22 million for the relief effort in Pakistan.
In order to support the victims of the earthquake the Netherlands has increased its aid by the following:
The Netherlands is sending a mobile field hospital to northern Pakistan. It is doing so in response to a request from the Pakistani authorities to the NATO member states for help in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the region over two weeks ago.
The field hospital belongs to a marine battalion which has been providing election support to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan for the past three months.
The Netherlands is sending 500 tents to an earthquake-affected area in Northern Pakistan. The donation comes in response to a request from the Pakistani authorities. Tent heaters and camp beds will also be supplied.
The Dutch aid agencies' campaign to help victims of the earthquake has been described as a most worthwhile cause by development minister Agnes van Ardenne, who announced that she would be donating €2 million towards the campaign. The minister expressed the conviction that many people in the Netherlands would follow her example and give towards this cause.
The minister said: "Earlier this year we all rallied round the victims of the tsunami; we cannot leave the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to die of cold this winter!