Office of the Spokesperson
December 21, 2018
The text of the following statement on Nicaragua was released by the Governments of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, pursuant to their collective commitment to the defense of civil society organizations around the world.
Mogadishu – The following international partners* (listed below) are concerned about the recent events in South West State. We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa. We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.
Denmark has been selected by The World Bank Group (WBG) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as host country for a new WBG-UNHCR Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement.
The Joint Data Center, which will be located in the UN City in Copenhagen, will strengthen collection, analysis and sharing of data on forcibly displaced persons and host communities. The Center will be established with support from Denmark and other actors.
The RDPP is a multidonor programme operating in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq to plan, mitigate and maximise the positive effects of the presence of refugees from Syria. The four-year programme was launched in 2014 with a budget of DKK 315 million, Denmark and the EU being the largest donors. The programme is managed by the MFA.
Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, has signed a Letter of Intent regarding a Danish donation of 60 million DKK to the UN World Food Programme’s, WFP’s, work with women’s and girls’ access to contraception in humanitarian crisis.
WFP’s primary task is distribution of food, but there are many advantages by using the distribution of food in connection with other organizations’ work, especially when it comes to contraception and information on sexual health.
The conflict in Syria has recently entered its eight year, and, according to the UN, more than 12 million people have been forced to flee, either internally or to the neighboring countries. The need for humanitarian aid and assistance in Syria and the neighboring region is enormous. Today, Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs announces a historically large contribution of DKK 730m to the crisis. This happens at an international conference hosted by the UN and the EU in Brussels.
The Danish Government sends DKK 10 million to the displaced people and refugees of the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Democratic Republic of Congo faces a worsening humanitarian crisis as a result of the increasing violent conflict.
Yemen is currently facing the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world.
Yemen is currently facing the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world. Following three years of armed conflict, 75 percent of the population, 22.2 million people, are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Two million Yemenites have been forced to flee internally and are thus in even greater need of help in their homeland.
Together with EU, the Netherlands and Sweden, Denmark is co-hosting a high-level conference in Brussels today.
The main focus of the conference will be on human rights and trust building between local communities and security forces in the G5 countries within the West African Sahel region.
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen today participated in a summit on the West African G5 Joint Force that seeks to fight terrorism, organised crime, and irregular migration in the Sahel region.
The planned contribution is announced today in connection with GPE’s conference in Senegal. A Danish priority in the support for GPE is a special focus on marginalized groups and children.
Can Blockchain improve development? – New report highlights opportunities and dilemmas!
Blockchain has the potential to renew development cooperation and humanitarian aid, among other things by using crypto currency and digitalizing contracts and rights and thereby deliver development in a new and potentially more effective way. That is the conclusion in a report released today by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the think tank Sustainia and blockchain currency platform Coinify.
The Danish government donates DKK 2.5 million to the Danish Refugee Council in order for them to develop a new innovative model together with IBM. The model will be able to track and potentially also predict refugee and migrant flows, which will improve humanitarian response planning. The project taps into the government’s focus on technology and digitalization and the new TechPlomacy-initiative as a strategic priority in Denmark’s international engagement.
Significant progress has been made by intergovernmental organisations and donors in designing and implementing macro- and micro- economic policies, strategies, programmes and tools to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of forced displacement and to promote longer term sustainable development and resilience strategies for refugees, IDPs and host populations. However there has been little evaluation of the tools and methodologies to support these initiatives. The study addresses this gap.
At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.
This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.
The Danish government has decided to strengthen its already comprehensive efforts in the West African Sahel-region, in order to address terrorism and irregular migration to Europe. With the collapse of Libya, developments in the Sahel-region affect Europe and Denmark more directly. Today the region is the primary route for migrants from West Africa to Europe. Moreover, the countries in the Sahel are faced with an increasing threat from terrorist groups such as the West African branch of the Al Qaeda.
DENMARK LAUNCHES EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND
by Hara Caracostas
05 Jun 17
Denmark has launched an emergency relief fund, drawing on the Start Fund’s experience, to allow the country’s grassroots organisations to respond to crises around the world. The Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) is also open to funding for smaller NGOs within countries affected by crisis.
Anders Samuelsen, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, is emphasising Denmark’s broad commitment in Syria, in announcing a resource allocation of EUR 6.7 million (DKK 50 million) to the Danish stabilisation efforts in 2017. Among other purposes, the contribution will go to the support of the Free Syrian Police, Syrian civil defense and the UN-led peace negotiations.
With an emergency donation of EUR 40.000 (DKK 300.000) in humanitarian funds, Denmark is now contributing to the rescue work in response to the mudslide last weekend in Colombia. Denmark’s contribution is expected to go to immediate emergency assistance, such as clean water, food, clothing, and medicine to the families affected.
Ulla Tørnæs, the Minister for Development Cooperation, says:
The Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, is now ramping up the support provided to victims of the war in Syria. This involves a new EUR 33.5 million (DKK 250 million) allocation of funds, directed to humanitarian emergency assistance and more long-term development missions in Syria and its neighbouring countries.