€30 million more from EU funds to support Lebanon in the refugee crisis

The European Commission announced the EU decision to allocate €30 million more to provide additional financial support to Lebanon to mitigate the impact of the Syrian crisis in the country. In addition, €5 million would be designated for Palestine refugees from Syria.

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The European Union and its 27 Member States remained the world's largest aid donor in 2012

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published the figures confirming that the European Union and its 27 member states remained the world's largest donor in 2012, providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) reported by Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In 2012, the EU collective ODA decreased to €55.1 billion from €56.2 billion in 2011.

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€48 million, the second part of the 2013 assistance package for Palestine, adopted by the EU

In order to ensure that critical support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the provision of vital services in the area of health, education and social services to the Palestinian people is not interrupted, the European Union has adopted the second part of its 2013 assistance package for Palestine.

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€7 million from EU funds to assist victims of Typhoon Bopha in Philippines

The European Commission will allocate €7 million as emergency aid to the victims of Typhoon Bopha in Philippines. With this aid, the total humanitarian funding is up to €10 million since the region was struck by Typhoon Bopha force in December.

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Multilateral Development Banks pledged for close collaboration to support development

Leaders of the African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group called in a statement for more coordination on global development. They recognised that issues of inclusive growth, environmental sustainability, and long term financing are global in nature. Therefore, they committed to harnessing their own institutions analytical and convening power to identify solutions to such pressing global issues.

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€30 million more from EU fund to Lebanon to deal with refugee crisis

The European Commission announced that it will provide an additional €30 million to Lebanon to alleviate the impact of the high influx of refugees from Syria. The Commission highlighted that the objective of this special measure is to reinforce the national capacity to deal with the unprecedented number of refugees and provide financial support for the Government’s plan to mitigate the consequences this has for the country.

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New campaign launched by the Red Cross and the Commission to raise awareness about the silent disasters

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) and 11 European Red Cross National Societies launched a campaign to raise awareness about silent emergencies. According to the IFRC, 91% of disasters they respond to are not reported by the media.

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The Commission announced the resumption of development aid in Mali

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced the fully-fledged resumption of development aid in Mali at the Informal Development Ministers meeting held on February 12 in Dublin. He also underlined that some €250 million may be mobilised for restarting gradually development aid in order to respond to the urgent needs of the Malian people.

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€50 million from the EU to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali

The European Commission announced that the EU will allocate €50 million to support an African-led peace operation (AFISMA). The EU’s financial support for AFISMA will come from the African Peace Facility, which is used to support peace operations conducted by the African Union and African regional organisations.

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€100 million from EU funds to be allocated as humanitarian aid in Syria

The European Commission announced that it will pledge €100 million of humanitarian funding in Syria. The additional funds will cover emergency medical response, with both medical and psycho-social care to the wounded and the traumatized (in particular children); provision of food and safe water; provision of shelter, registration and thus protection of refugees.

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