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31/03/2015
The EU significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to €1.1 billion – double the...
Providing food vouchers in Lebanon to Syrian refugees Photo credit: WFP/Rein Skullerud
24/03/2015
This year's annual edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD) is taking place within the context of growing complexities for the humanitarian community faced with an increasing number of severe...
23/03/2015
Today marks one year since the World Health Organisation reported the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea. The epidemic has left deep scars on the lives of people not only in Guinea, but also in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has been a year of continuous...
Children are especially vulnerable to diseases caused by dirty water, Eastern Chad. Photo credit: UNHCR
22/03/2015
Today, more than 750 million people or around 10% of the world's population face chronic lack of clean water, according to the UN. It is a growing challenge. By 2050, three quarters of humanity could be in this situation. Lack of access to water,...
Installation of a satellite connection in Luganville, Vanuatu - Photo credit: Télécoms Sans Frontières
19/03/2015
Dozens of islands across Vanuatu remain totally cut off from the rest of the world following the landfall of super cyclone Pam over the weekend. The European Commission is therefore stepping forward to ensure emergency support to restore...
18/03/2015
The road to Sendai turned out to be somewhat winding as negotiations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction came to an end late in the evening on the fifth and last day of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The newly...
16/03/2015
The EU is committed to building resilience to natural disasters. Increased resilience is a pre-requisite for reduced humanitarian needs, poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The European Commission has released a new publication...
14/03/2015
In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also deploying two...
13/03/2015
Over the past decade, the frequency and intensity of disasters have increased significantly. Natural disasters have cost the EU alone around €100 billion. From 14 to 18 March, the international community is coming together in Sendai, Japan, to...
13/03/2015
Over recent days, the EU has facilitated the evacuation of six international health workers from Ebola-hit West Africa to equipped European hospitals."We pay tribute to the tremendous courage of the healthcare workers who are risking their lives...

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