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Latest news 2014

|April |

EU steps up efforts to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan

EU steps up efforts to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan

14/04/2014 – Due to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the European Commission is ready to boost its life-saving assistance by €45 million to prevent an appalling tragedy in the country which is affecting the whole region.

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Ebola in West Africa: EU increases its immediate health assistance to €1.1 million

11/04/2014 – The European Union is stepping up its joint efforts to contain the spread of the first outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and assist those affected by the deadly virus.

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EU promotes further commitment to disaster risk reduction

EU promotes further commitment to disaster risk reduction

08/04/2014 – Today's Commission communication on reducing the impact of natural and man-made disasters constitutes a cornerstone in shaping a common EU position.

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World Health Day 2014: over 300 million in need of humanitarian health assistance

World Health Day 2014: over 300 million in need of humanitarian health assistance

07/04/2014 – As the world is focusing its attention to global health hazards of the day, it is important to note what health means in situations of humanitarian crises.

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| March |

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Ebola in West Africa: EU provides €500 000 to help contain the spread of the deadly virus

28/03 - Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the EU is assisting with €500 000 to help address the situation in Guinea and its neighbouring countries.

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EU responds to devastating floods in Bolivia

EU responds to devastating floods in Bolivia

27/03/2014 - In response to the devastating floods, caused by Bolivia's rainy season, the European Commission has allocated over €375 000 in humanitarian assistance to the country. The aid operations will be carried out in the most affected departments of Beni and La Paz, benefitting over 5 000 people.

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EU and the IFRC renew partnership to ensure rapid response to small-scale disasters

EU and the IFRC renew partnership to ensure rapid response to small-scale disasters

25/03/2014 - Small-scale disasters are not always picked up by the media but their effects are just as catastrophic as large-scale events. Without rapid assistance, many disaster victims would be left without food, water, shelter or basic health care.

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World Water Day

World Water Day, 2014: 2.5 billion people lack adequate access to sanitation

22/3/2014 – Water is an essential component for life, yet some 2.5 billion people around the world are still lacking sufficient access to it, even for their basic sanitation needs. Put in proportion, that is five times as many as the entire population of the EU.

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Central African Republic: European Union airlifts emergency aid relief

Central African Republic: European Union airlifts emergency aid relief

17/03/2014 – For the third time, the European Commission is transporting urgently needed humanitarian assistance directly into the conflict-stricken Central African Republic (CAR). The aid is needed as the humanitarian situation in the country remains dramatic.

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Syria:  Three years of suffering

Syria: Three years of suffering

14/03/2014 – On the eve of the third anniversary since the Syrian conflict broke out, Commissioner Georgieva is visiting Syrian refugees in Iraq.

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Commissioner Georgieva announces increased aid to Iraqi IDPs during Baghdad visit

Commissioner Georgieva announces increased aid to Iraqi IDPs during Baghdad visit

13/03/2014 – During her short stay in Baghdad yesterday, Commissioner Georgieva announced that the EU would increase its humanitarian funding for Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) from €4 million in 2013 to €7 million in 2014.  

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EU provides €4 million to help refugees fleeing violence in Central African Republic

EU provides €4 million to help refugees fleeing violence in Central African Republic

11/03/2014 – The European Commission will provide life-saving assistance to 100 000 victims of the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been forced to flee to Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

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International Women's Day: the role of gender in EU humanitarian aid

International Women's Day: the role of gender in EU humanitarian aid

08/03/2014 – Today marks the International Women's Day, a yearly occasion honouring the courageous struggle and accomplishments of women throughout history. Disasters and conflicts typically exacerbate their vulnerabilities.

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| February |

'EU Aid Volunteers' to create over 18 000 opportunities worldwide

"EU Aid Volunteers" to create over 18 000 opportunities worldwide

25/2/2014 - – In today's vote, the European Parliament gave its overwhelming support for the "EU Aid Volunteers" programme - an initiative that will allow European citizens to take part in humanitarian work worldwide.

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UN adopts humanitarian resolution on Syria crisis

UN adopts humanitarian resolution on Syria crisis

24/2/2014 - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria's humanitarian crisis which, for the first time, demands both the Syrian government and the opposition to provide immediate access for humanitarian forces to deliver aid, anywhere needed in the country...

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Reinforcing civil protection cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Reinforcing civil protection cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region

19/2/2014 – To further promote international cooperation on civil protection, the Commission hosted a high-level conference today and announced the renewed Euro-Med Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters (PPRD South II)...

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Sahel crisis: EU gives €142 million in humanitarian aid in 2014

Sahel crisis: EU gives €142 million in humanitarian aid in 2014

3/2/2014 - The European Commission today has announced it will give €142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014, which is once again suffering because of a severe food and nutrition crisis this year. In addition, many people in Mali are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the situation in the North....

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EU Civil Protection Mechanism supporting Slovenia

EU Civil Protection Mechanism supporting Slovenia

3/2/2014 - In a swift operation, coordinated by the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic offered electricity generators within hours of a Slovenian request...

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| January |

The Caribbean: Better prepared to face disasters

The Caribbean: Better prepared to face disasters

31/01/2014 - The European Union is reaffirming its commitment towards disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean with the launch of the new Disaster Preparedness (DIPECHO) action plan 2013-2014...

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European Commission launches Gender-Age Marker Toolkit

European Commission launches Gender-Age Marker Toolkit

30/01/2014 - Does one size fit all when providing life-saving assistance in a humanitarian crisis? The needs and risks faced by women, girls, boys and men can be very different. Gender and age are key factors in determining the vulnerabilities and capacities of those hit by disasters or conflicts, both during and after the emergency situations....

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EU airlifts urgently needed humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic

EU airlifts urgently needed humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic

23/01/2014 - Amid the violent conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) , the European Commission continues to airlift urgently needed relief supplies into the country...

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EU and UN mobilise EUR 366 million in aid to Central African Republic

EU and UN mobilise EUR 366 million in aid to Central African Republic

20/01/2014 - The international community pledged over EUR 366 million at a high-level meeting on the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) today, as donors rallied to help the stricken country in response to a dramatically deteriorating situation....

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Central African Republic: the European Commission hosts a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation

Central African Republic: the European Commission hosts a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation

17/01/2014 - The European Commission and OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, are co-chairing a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR)...

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Syria Crisis – No Lost Generation

Syria Crisis – No Lost Generation

16/01/2014 - During the donor conference in Kuwait, Commissioner Georgieva pledged additional funding of €165 million on behalf of the European Union to assist the suffering people of Syria...

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EU attending second Syria pledging conference

EU attending second Syria pledging conference

14/01/2014 - Commissioner Georgieva is on her way to Kuwait for a second major pledging conference for this tragic humanitarian crisis to take place on 15 January. ...

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Haiti: Commission keeps standing by quake victims

Haiti: Commission keeps standing by quake victims

10/01/2014 – On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed 222 750 people, injured many thousands and made 1.5 million homeless. ...

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EU provides over €300 000 to flood victims in the Caribbean

EU provides over €300 000 to flood victims in the Caribbean

08/01/2014 – Responding to the serious damage caused by recent flooding in the Eastern Caribbean region, the European Commission's Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection ECHO has released more than €300 000 to bring immediate relief to those most affected by floods...

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Preventing a lost generation of Syrian children

Preventing a lost generation of Syrian children

07/01/2014 – One week ahead of a major donor conference in Kuwait on 15 January, our partners UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, and World Vision have launched a campaign calling on...

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