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“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” said Eri Aram.
Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, is in Australia this week to tell the story of his country. He will then attend the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.
For Eri, forced relocation as a result of climate change is a very real and grim prospect.
The Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced a consortium of eight church agencies has been successful in tendering for the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
The “Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation” (CAN DO) consortium comprises of Caritas Australia (consortium leader), Act for Peace, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia, Anglican Board of Mission, Anglican Overseas Aid, the Australian Lutheran World Service, Transform Aid International (Baptist World Aid Australia) and UnitingWorld.
Caritas Australia has expressed deep disappointment in this year’s federal budget, with a fourth consecutive cut to the overseas aid program that sees another $303.3 million taken from the poor.
This comes at a time when the world is experiencing a range of unprecedented humanitarian crises, with over 20 million people facing starvation in East Africa and Yemen and tens of millions of people fleeing war and persecution in Syria.
Geneva, 15 June 2016 — The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since WWII. At this year’s Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), 34 NGOs made an urgent call on all parties to support the UN Secretary General’s goal: for States to provide resettlement spaces and additional legal channels for at least 10 per cent of the global refugee population annually. This is the kind of bold responsibility sharing needed to respond to this historic challenge, the NGOs say.
Globally, we are witnessing a rise in the scale, frequency and impact of humanitarian crises on vulnerable people, pushing the international humanitarian system to its limits. Australia plays a vital role in responding to these challenges, both in our immediate region and globally. A new paper developed by ACFID's Humanitarian Reference Group (HRG), involving 14 leading humanitarian Non-Government Organisations (NGO), has been launched today, 8 May.
People helping each other in solidarity
Today is World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.
The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 21 UN staff.
Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.
Caritas Australia, an international aid and development agency that helps some of the world’s poorest people, has said the Australian Government‘s plans to divert much needed overseas aid money to fund rising refugee support costs domestically will do irreparable damage to Australia’s international reputation.
The proposed aid cuts show that out of all the 23 OECD countries that give overseas aid, Australia will now be the biggest spender on aid within its own borders.
Australia’s selfless efforts to end global poverty have had a major impact on the lives of millions of people in the poorest nations on Earth and Caritas Australia says now is a time to become leaders in the drive against poverty, not followers.
In response to speculation the Federal Government would announce a reduction to its future commitment to foreign aid and development at the May 8 budget in Canberra, Caritas Australia said it is deeply concerned at the millions of people in need who may not be reached as a result.