Council of Ministers approve four million euros more in aid for victims of conflicts in Syria
“The Austrian federal government is making another four million euros from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund available to Syria“, said foreign minister Karin Kneissl following the decision taken by the Council of Ministers. “I already indicated in February which partner organisations and contributions would most efficiently provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflicts in Syria”, emphasised Karin Kneissl.
Thousands of people were killed or wounded in mine explosions last year alone, illustrating the urgent need for a mine-free world. Today’s International Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Day remembers the victims and aims to call on the International Community to continue the efforts for an eradication of anti-personnel mines.
Council of Ministers pledged further humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
“Supported by UNHCR, we are providing concrete aid for the victims of the Syria conflict and are sending an important signal that Austria will continue its tradition as a dedicated humanitarian aid donor”, said Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl in a statement on the decision of the first Council of Ministers session of the new Federal Government to mobilise a further 150,000 euros of aid from the Foreign Disaster Fund for Syrian refugees.
Foreign Ministry announces allocation of new funds for East Africa from the Foreign Disaster Fund (FDF)
Austria strengthens commitment to humanitarian aid
“In 2016, Austria provided 55 million euros of humanitarian aid, the highest amount to date. These funds allowed us to help a total of 2.3 million people”, said Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz in a statement to mark World Humanitarian Day. More and more people are becoming caught up in humanitarian crises and are reliant on aid. The primary cause is armed conflicts, with prolonged conflicts or natural disasters.
The Austrian government has decided to provide more aid to crisis regions in the Middle East and East Africa from its Foreign Disaster Fund.
Austria ups its aid to East Africa and provides Uganda with a further 2 million euros
As friends of Myanmar, we are deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in northern part of Rakhine State. We have welcomed the Government’s agreement to allow a resumption of humanitarian assistance and initial deliveries to some villages, but we are concerned by delays and urge all Myanmar authorities to overcome the obstacles that have so far prevented a full resumption, noting that tens of thousands of people who need humanitarian aid, including children with acute malnutrition, have been without it now for nearly two months.
Meeting in Vienna on November 14, 2015 as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States to discuss how to accelerate an end to the Syrian conflict. The participants began with a moment of silence for the victims of the heinous terrorist attacks of November 13 in Paris and the recent attacks in Beirut, Iraq, Ankara, and Egypt.
On 6 October Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier met the Commissioner‑General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, who has come to Berlin for a several‑day visit.
Joint relief operation of Austria’s Foreign Ministry and Defence Ministry
Vienna, 21 August 2014 – Austria is offering its help. A few days ago, the Austrian Government approved the provision of € 1 million in emergency aid from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund to the UNO in Northern Iraq, and now it has launched another initiative: a joint relief operation of the Austrian Foreign and Defence Ministries. Austria is providing Red Cross aid packages in the value of 150,000 euros financed by the Austrian Development Agency operating within the Foreign Ministry.
Vienna, 22 July 2014 – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made the commitment vis-à-vis EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva to dedicate 250,000 euros for humanitarian schooling projects to help children in war zones. One billion children currently live in areas where armed conflicts are part of everyday life; 300 million of them are younger than five years. They need help urgently.
EU, Austria and UN Food Agencies Are Backing Landmark Initiative
MOGADISHU – For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance for their fellow Somali people.
A new initiative backed by the European Union, the government of Austria and two United Nations food security agencies has helped Somali farmers achieve this major agricultural breakthrough in a region of the country that was gripped by famine less than three years ago.
Vienna, 18 November 2013 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) puts a focus on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Austrian Development Cooperation has a particularly strong commitment to supporting UNDP projects in the fight against this global disease.
Vienna, 12 November 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan has robbed millions of people on the Philippines of their livelihoods. According to first estimates more than 23,000 houses have been damaged or completely destroyed. Some 800,000 people fled from the typhoon, many of them have lost everything. The death toll is expected to reach 10,000 and providing help to the survivors is a serious challenge. The local infrastructure has broken down completely in many places; airports have been destroyed, ports damaged and roads buried by debris. Remote villages are still cut off from the outside world.
Vienna, 25 October 2013 – Austrian Development Cooperation provides support to its priority country Armenia through Red Cross and Caritas to help the country master the flow of refugees from the Syrian-Armenian diaspora that is exposed to multiple threats.
Spindelegger announces increase of humanitarian aid for Syria
Vienna, 13 August 2013 – In view of the alarming situation in Syria – according to UN estimates, more than 1.7 million people have already fled from the violence in Syria to neighbouring countries, more than 4 million people are internally displaced – Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger today announced that Austria will increase its humanitarian aid for Syria by another 600,000 euros.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia would provide $3.2 million for emergency shelter, sanitation and safety equipment for up to 9000 people driven from their homes by ethnic and sectarian violence in Rakhine State.
Speaking from Yangon in Myanmar, Senator Carr said the commitment lifted Australia's total aid for Rakhine State to $9 million.
"My talks in Myanmar this week have included a focus on the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State," Senator Carr said.
Austria provides aid at International Donor Conference for Mali
Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger announces additional humanitarian help to alleviate refugee crisis