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7th of November 2018

‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater preparedness to offset the disastrous impact of tsunamis, which are causing increasing human, economic and development losses, illustrated most recently by the destruction across the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. “Tsunamis are rare but devastating,” said the Secretary-General in a message on World Tsunami Awareness Day, adding that he […]

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Conflict-torn Yemen will receive €90 million in EU humanitarian aid

The European Commission has pledged €90 million in humanitarian aid for civilians in Yemen, as the conflict-torn country plunges into the world’s worst hunger crisis. The new funding brings the total EU humanitarian aid in 2018 to €118 million. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said: “We are in a race against time to […]

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2nd of October 2018

Massive earthquake in Indonesia leaves hundreds dead: UN chief ‘deeply saddened’

Following a major, 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Friday, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in a statement that he’s “deeply saddened” by the “terrible loss of life” and injuries from the disaster.   Casualty numbers are expected to rise, and thousands of buildings in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, have collapsed. […]

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EU responds to Indonesian earthquake with €1.5 million in emergency aid

Following the high number of casualties and damages caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia this weekend, the European Commission has responded with a commitment of an initial €1.5 million in emergency humanitarian assistance. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said: “We are acting fast to channel emergency aid to those […]

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10th of September 2018

Africa’s Lake Chad region will receive €138 million in EU humanitarian and development funding

The humanitarian crisis in the Africa’s Lake Chad basin, which affects parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, continues to worsen due to prolonged violence, insecurity, and environmental degradation. To help the most vulnerable communities, the European Commission announced new funding of €138 million combining humanitarian and development assistance. This is part of an overall […]

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26th of May 2018

Yemen: Human suffering at risk of further deterioration, warns UN aid chief

Across Yemen, more than 22 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom around 8.4 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation. “If conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year,” cautioned Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency […]

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EU to increase spending and improve delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises

The Commission has adopted a new policy framework, which aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. The policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months. “With humanitarian crises growing across the […]

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27th of March 2018

Security Council can and must do more to break the link between conflict and hunger, says UN relief officials

Hunger is on the rise worldwide mainly because “people won’t stop shooting at each other,” the head of the United Nations food relief agency said Friday, telling the Security Council that if it did more to break the link between conflict and hunger, countless lives could be saved. David Beasley, the head of the UN […]

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As the humanitarian situation worsens in DRC, the EU commits over €60 million in aid to help people in need

According to the United Nations 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, 16.6 million people are affected by the crisis in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), with 13.1 million people in need of assistance. Over 5.1 million people are displaced: 4.49 million are internally displaced and approximately 630 000 have fled to neighbouring countries. To address the worsening humanitarian crisis unfolding in DRC, […]

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9th of March 2018

International Women’s Day: ACID intensifies its efforts to improve its performance in addressing gender equality.

This past several years, civil society around the world has been marking International Women’s Day through campaigning and demanding equal participation at all levels of decision-making. NGOs have long been called the conscience of the international community, but we also serve practical functions. Every week, we are in the gallery, listening to the public debates […]

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