About: humanitarian disaster

Global Europe 25-02-2020

UN in talks with Turkey to boost Syria aid amid offensive

The United Nations is in talks with Turkey to boost cross-border aid flows into northwest Syria and allow more evacuations of those in urgent need of medical help, such as babies in incubators, as shelling draws closer.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

At EU summit, Merkel and Macron call Putin over Syria crisis

The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (20 February) to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib region, expressing their readiness to meet in an effort to defuse the conflict.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Commission: Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis

Obstruction by the rebel Huthi authorities in northern Yemen has put the world's biggest humanitarian lifeline at risk, threatening millions with starvation.
Global Europe 10-10-2019

EU urges Turkey to halt Syria invasion, will not pay for ‘safe zone’

The EU on Wednesday (9 October) demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created.
Global Europe 23-08-2019

Syrian offensive puts Turkish troops and border plans in peril

Syrian army advances in northwest Syria are putting Turkish troops in the firing line and threaten Ankara's hopes of preventing a new wave of refugees on its southern border.
Global Europe 18-09-2018

EU appeals to ‘Astana guarantors’ to avoid Idlib catastrophe

Commenting on the decision by Russia and Turkey to create a “demilitarised” zone in a rebel-held Syrian region, the EU called on Tuesday (18 September) on the “Astana guarantors”, Russia, Turkey and Iran, to respect civilians as a matter of priority.
Global Europe 26-04-2018

Syria donors fall short without US aid, warn of cruel end-game

International donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbours this year on Wednesday (25 April), but the total fell well short of the UN target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.
Development Policy 13-04-2018

‘Silent, invisible’ malnutrition seen as threat to generations in Congo

Starving children are the glaring face of Congo's humanitarian crisis, but millions more people are suffering slow onset malnutrition which could have harmful effects for generations, the United Nations said on Thursday (12 April).
Freedom of thought 11-04-2018

Macron defends Saudi arms sales, to hold Yemen conference

President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (10 April) defended French weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, but said he was concerned by the humanitarian situation and would host a conference on the issue before the summer.
EU-Africa 06-02-2018

Deadly ethnic violence erupts in DR Congo’s Ituri

More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds of homes torched in an explosion of ethnic violence in a DR Congo province where the EU launched a landmark peacekeeping mission, multiple sources told AFP yesterday (5 February).
Development Policy 23-08-2017

Researchers: Saudi-led coalition is responsible for Yemen’s health crisis

Severe food and medical shortages caused by two years of devastating war are having a major impact on everyday life in Yemen, where thousands of children starve to death, researchers have warned, pointing out the responsibility of Saudi Arabia.
Christos Stylianides
Central Asia 23-01-2015

Stylianides heads to eastern Ukraine, as aid groups warn of humanitarian disaster

Commissioner Christos Stylianides, responsible for humanitarian aid and crisis management, will be in Ukraine on January 26-27, to discuss the emergency with the authorities in Kyiv, to meet victims of the crisis in the east, and to reaffirm the EU's solidarity with affected people.
Development Policy 14-01-2015

Five years after the earthquake, poverty and political uncertainty reign in Haiti

Five years after the catastrophic earthquake which ravaged Haiti in 2010, killing over 200,000 people and leaving 1.5 million homeless, despite a massive international humanitarian and cooperation effort, the country remains the poorest of the Western hemisphere, and is prey to political instability.

African immigrants vault Spanish wall in Melilla

Around 100 African migrants successfully entered Europe by mounting a triple wall that divides the Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco yesterday (17 September).
Development Policy 15-04-2013

African herdsmen use mobile phones for drought alerts

East African livestock herders are using mobile phones to send early warnings of drought, part of a new effort to avert disasters like the one two years ago that required a massive EU humanitarian response.
Global Europe 04-08-2011

Switzerland shows solidarity with hunger-stricken Somalia

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey conveyed Switzerland’s concern about the plight of victims affected by the famine in the Horn of Africa during a visit to the region, the Swiss press reported. Calmy Rey is the only European leader to visit the scene of this year’s worst humanitarian disaster.
Med & South 07-04-2011

EU could evacuate Libyan city by sea if UN asks

The EU can send ships to evacuate the civilian population of the rebel coastal city of Misrata, which is under siege from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, if UN humanitarian body OCHA makes such a request, European Commission officials said yesterday (6 April).
Elections 02-12-2010

Ecstatic Bulgarians want Georgieva for president

Kristalina Georgieva, the EU's humanitarian aid commissioner, has won the coveted title of 'European of the Year' and "Commissioner of the Year', awarded by Brussels-based media European Voice, triggering pride and enthusiasm in her home country Bulgaria.

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