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.
Table of Contents
Global trends in humanitarian action — 3
Polish humanitarian aid system — 8
Poland and international humanitarian action — 12
Poland in the EU humanitarian Policy — 12
Cooperation with international humanitarian organisations — 14
Good humanitarian donorship — 17
Poland’s response to humanitarian crises 2011–2012 — 18
Disaster risk reduction and resilience building — 23
A ceremony of the signing of Grant Agreements with the Afghan NGO 'AIRO' was held in the Japanese Embassy in Kabul on 25 January 2010.
Following the Haiti earthquake and its fatal consequences Poland has so far donated aid worth of PLN6 mln. The nature of aid was determined on the basis of reports by international humanitarian actors operating on the crisis scene.
In connection with the dramatic humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to the appeal issued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), is sending EUR 250,000 immediately to help those who have been most harmed in the Palestinian Authority.
In addition to this payment, as in previous years, Poland will support the Palestinian Authority as part of bilateral development cooperation. PLN 1.5m will be donated in 2009 to achieve this goal.
On 29 August 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over PLN 1.5 million to the Ukrainian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The Ukrainian ministry is coordinating reconstruction and rebuilding work after the flooding in Ukraine at the end of July and beginning of August this year.
MFA Press Spokesman
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby gives notice that on 14 August at 12.00 a CASA-295 military transport plane is leaving with medical aid provided by the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior and Administration in order to provide help for people who have been harmed in Georgia.
In Georgia, the receipt of the humanitarian aid and its subsequent distribution to those most in need will be handled by the Polish Embassy in Tbilisi.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rados=B3aw Sikorski, has made the decision to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake in China. PLN 220 thousand, equivalent to USD 100 thousand , will be transferred to support the humanitarian aid efforts of the Red Cross Society of China.
The strongest earthquake to hit China in more than 30 years struck on 12th May. The biggest losses have been reported in Sichuan province, where the earthquake reached 7.8 on the Richter scale. Other provinces, including Shaanxi, Gansu, Yunnan, were also affected, as was the town of Chongqing.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is to provide humanitarian aid to the people injured or harmed by the Nargis cyclone in Burma. PLN 0.5 million will be transferred to support UNICEF's work in coordinating an international aid operation. Transferring funds to the international coordinating institution is the fastest way for the Polish support to reach the people of Burma. UNICEF has already started to estimate the needs and provide humanitarian aid.