Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into force

On 1 August 2010,  the Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force being ratified by 37 of the 107 signatory States. With this occasion, the European Union highlighted that universalisation and full implementation of the Treaties and Conventions in the multilateral system are at the heart of its actions in the area of non proliferation and disarmament.

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Commission allocates 35 M€ for victims in Somalia

The European Commission has adopted a 35 million euro funding decision to support humanitarian activities in Somalia. The decision adopted will address a wide range of relief interventions in sectors such as health, nutrition, food aid/food security, water and sanitation, as well as non-food shelter, disaster risk reduction, logistics, security, and the coordination of partner operations.

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EU funded software applications helps to save lives

€1.85 million of EU funding helped the researchers to explore how dozens of databases from different organisations can be linked via peer-to-peer technology to improve response time and avoid duplication of efforts in cases of emergency.

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The EU continues fighting against AIDS

AIDS affects more and more people. Besides, over 33 million people are living with AIDS world-wide and access to antiretroviral treatment remains poor. The European Parliament has approved a resolution calling on governments to pass new laws that ensure more affordable medication and to avoid free trade agreements that favour the commercial interests of the pharmaceutical sector over health needs.

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EC presents its 2010 Annual Report on implementation of development and external aid

The European Commission adopted on June 28th 2010 its Annual Report 2010 on the European Union's development and external assistance policies and their implementation in 2009. This Commission Staff document portrays the main elements and results of the European Union's external action in development and external assistance.

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€46 million to address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Executive director of the World Food Program (WFP) Josette Sheeran have presented this year's largest funding agreement between the European Commission and the World Food Programme (WFP). The €46 million agreement announced will be used to provide immediate food assistance for the populations in Darfur and Southern Sudan.

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€3 million in humanitarian aid in response to the tropical storm Agatha

The European Commission has announced today a humanitarian aid decision worth €3 million to cope with the consequences of tropical storm Agatha  in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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Published the regulation on the creation of Asylum Support Office

After several years working on this issue, EU launches Asylum Support Office to help harmonise procedures in all Member States

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UE targets better health services for sub-Saharan Africa

The Seventh Framework Programme has funded a project that aims to reinforce equity and effectiveness of sanitary services in sub-Saharan Africa. Problems related to reproductive health have a special incidence in teenagers.

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New EU-funded project to save lives following disasters

A new EU-funded project is developing a system that will save lives and mitigate damage to property and the environment in the aftermath of disasters. The two-year project is called GEO-PICTURES, and EUR 2.4 million of its EUR 3.2 million budget comes from the Space Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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12 points towards a more effective global aid

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted €49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015.

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