Emergency meeting about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti

The foreign ministers of the European Union are meeting today in Brussels at a special meeting to coordinate the actions of EU aid to Nicaragua after the severe earthquake last week.

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The EU is mobilising to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti

The Presidency, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, the Commission and ECHO are working together to give an urgent, coordinated and effective help to Haiti after the hearthquake that has devastated Port-au-Prince. 3 million euros have already been sent to the caribbean country.

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Madrid will host the launch of European Year for combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

2010 will be the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion - a one-year programme aimed at raising awareness on poverty and social exclusion. It will be implemented in all EU Member States as well as in Iceland and Norway, with a total budget of €17 million (to be complemented by national co-financing), covering activities at European as well at national level.

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Stockholm gets ready for European Development Days

Between 22 and October 24 around 4,000 people from 1,500 organizations are expected to participate in a conference that will  present the European Union's efforts to promote development, especially regarding the fight against climate change and recession.

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Most of Europeans still strongly support development aid despite the downturn

Ahead of the 4 th European Development Days, a Special Eurobarometer on “Development Aid in time of economic turmoil” shows that the crisis affecting European countries did not affect public support for development aid which still remains high.

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EU celebrates World Food Day

 The 2009 World Food Day on 16 October is marked by an EU stronger than ever in its commitment to improve access to food around the world. With the commitment made at the G8 meeting in Aquila for more than € 2 billion, in addition to the 'EU €1 billion Food Facility', the EU is the world's biggest contributor to global food security.

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Portugal hosts the second event on Diversity Days

Diversity Days to celebrate diversity in Europe are being held in 4 Member States (Cyprus, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden) this autumn and they promise to interest and entertain the public while bringing the message of the benefits of diversity to as many as possible.

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Urgent humanitarian aid for Indonesia

European Commission has released €3million to address immediate humanitarian needs in Indonesia after the earthquake that struck close to Padang. More than 700 people are dead and there are thousands of missing people.

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A prize for human rights and freedom of expression

The ten nominations for this year's Sakharov Prize, the EP's prize for defenders of human rights and democracy, have now been put forward and will be officially presented at the end of the month at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Development Committee and the Human Rights Subcommittee. The winner will be chosen on 22 October and the prize will be ceremonially awarded mid-December.

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Council welcomes joint EU resettlement programme

The Council welcomed the Commission's recent communication on a joint EU resettlement programme and a related proposal amending a Council decision on the European Refugee Fund (ERF) for the period 2008 to 2013. Ministers broadly supported the idea of moving towards a joint EU resettlement programme.

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