(New York, May 3, 2017) – By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, Denmark has become the 64th country to join a rapidly expanding community of states committed to protecting education during armed conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).
The Danish government is donating DKK 20 million towards Unicef’s efforts to help children and former child soldiers who have fled the terrorist movement Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Boko Haram has forced 2.2 million people from their homes. The 20 million Danish Kroner donation to Unicef will be announced today at a donor conference in Oslo on the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the region around Lake Chad.
The Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs says:
Denmark has contributed DKK 25 million (approximately US$ 3.6 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services in Lebanon. This contribution will help ensure that it can continue to provide basic services in education, health, relief and social services, and camp improvement to Palestine refugees, providing opportunities for their futures and mitigating the incidence and impact of poverty.
COPENHAGEN – A well-timed contribution from Denmark of DKK 15 million (US$ 2.1 million) will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provide life-saving emergency assistance to people affected by drought in Somalia.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen has allocated 75 million Danish kroner to education projects in Syria and the surrounding areas.
This will be approved when Kristian Jensen meets today with political leaders and more than 100 global companies in order to highlight children and young people’s access to education in humanitarian crises. The Danish aid will go to the new fund Education Cannot Wait, which ensures schooling for children in humanitarian crises such as Syria.
Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147
Workshop explores integration of young refugees in Denmark and Middle East
International Alert, together with the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University in Denmark, recently organised a two-day workshop on the challenges and opportunities for meaningfully including Syrian refugees in host societies in Denmark and the Middle East (in particular Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey).
Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.
89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.
13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.
Khuchlak, District Quetta, Balochistan – November 2015: “When I was a young boy, neither me nor my parents had any awareness about the importance of education – it was not even a consideration,” says Murtaza Khan, a resident of Killi (village) Haji Mehrab Khan Kakar in Union Council Kuchlak. "Since my father was a farmer, I started working in the fields from an early age and have continued doing the same till this day. Times have changed and now we know that education is important. All four of my children, three boys and a girl, go to school.
Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408
Today the government presents a large Danish contribution to the international effort against ISIL. It happens after a request from the United States.
The contribution includes a series of diplomatic, civilian and military efforts, including F16 fighter aircrafts, staff support and contributions to capacity building of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. At the same time, Denmark will strengthen its long-term development- and stabilization efforts in the region.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard says:
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Education Profile - District Hyderabad
New Danish stabilisation and development programme for Syria
A core objective in IDSN’s advocacy for the elimination of caste discrimination is to influence policy makers and international institutions. In respect to parliamentary action, 2013 became one of the most productive years in IDSN’s history; the results constitute years of advocating for the human rights of Dalits and others affected by caste discrimination with EU and UN institutions.
The government of Denmark and UNRWA have signed a new memorandum of understanding which allows increased Danish funds to UNRWA’s General Fund, providing predictable support to the Agency’s core services in education, health, relief and social services for the period 2013-2015. This memorandum of understanding formalizes an increase in Danish contributions to UNRWA which took place last year, increasing Danish funds from approximately US$ 12.5 million (DKK 70 million) to approximately US$ 16.1 million (DKK 90 million) annually.
An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees 91.6% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. The Government of Syria, which has continuously implemented a generous policy towards the stay of Iraqi refugees, estimates that the country hosts about one million Iraqis. 64.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 62.4% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 35% of the 27,681 families registered are female-headed households.
Denmark’s development cooperation aims to contribute to reducing poverty in some of the poorest countries in the world and helping people to take charge of their own lives. Denmark’s engagement is based on partnerships with actors who can and wish to create change. The development cooperation is mainly focused on 26 partner countries with whom Denmark has a long-term strategic partnership – Nepal is one of them. Denmark aims to assist Nepal in the present challenges of ensuring stability and peace and reducing poverty.