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World: Humanitarian Funding Update December 2018 – United Nations Coordinated Appeals

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

At the end of December 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) required US$24.93 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The requirements remained unchanged as of the end of November 2018. The plans are funded at $14.58 billion which amounts to 58.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Notably, the percentage of total funding contributed through humanitarian response plans carried out by the UN with partners in 2018 is estimated at 62.9%. This is higher than at any time in the last ten years except 2017 (66.2 per cent). The plans were funded at $14.58 billion which amounted to 58.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018.

Global requirements finished the year $230 million higher than for December 2017, and the amount of funding reported against UN-coordinated appeals at the end of 2018 was $78 million higher than at this time last year.

To make information on vulnerable people’s needs, planned response, funding and funding gaps in humanitarian crises accessible to all in one place, on 4 December, OCHA announced the launch of a new web-based portal, Humanitarian Insight.

Pooled Funds

With $945 million received from 32 Member States, one crown dependency and the general public through the UN Foundation, 2018 became the fifth consecutive year of record-high contributions received for country-based pooled funds (CBPFs). The increased contributions to CBPFs are testament to donors’ trust in this funding mechanism as a tool for principled, transparent and inclusive humanitarian assistance. Globally, a total of $756 million was allocated during the calendar year to 1,334 projects implemented by 657 partners, with two-thirds of overall CBPF allocations disbursed to NGOs. Over 24 percent were directly allocated to local and national NGOs, amounting to some $183 million. Health, emergency shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, nutrition and protection were the largest funded sectors during 2018. In 2018, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund became the largest CBPF ever, allocating $188 million to 53 partners implementing 112 projects. The country-based funds in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Turkey each allocated over $50 million.

Between 1 January and 31 December 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved the largest amount of funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in a single year with a total of $500 million. This includes $320 million from the Rapid Response Window and $180 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 49 countries. In December, a total of $12.8 million was released to assist Congolese returnees and people expelled from Angola, to meet needs outstanding since the October earthquake in Haiti, and to support people affected by flooding in Nigeria.

Specific appeal information

On 17 December, the Palestinian Authority and the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory launched the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for $350 million to address critical humanitarian needs of 1.4 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. A full 77 per cent of the requested funds target Gaza where the humanitarian crisis has been aggravated by a massive rise in Palestinian casualties due to demonstrations. Israel’s prolonged blockade, the internal Palestinian political divide and recurrent escalations of hostilities necessitate urgent humanitarian assistance for people assessed as being most in need of protection, food, health care, shelter, water and sanitation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

A three-month Operational Plan for Rapid Response to Internal Displacement issued on 31 December seeks $25.5 million to reach civilians displaced by inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. The plan focuses exclusively on addressing health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, non-food items, protection and agriculture issues related to recent violence-induced displacements around Kamashi and Assoss (Benishangul Gumuz region) and East and West Wollega (Oromia region). Nearly 250,000 people have been displaced in these regions since September 2018. The plan has been developed to bridge the period between now and the official launch of the 2019 Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). The needs and requirements for the Benishangul Gumuz-East/West Wollega response will be included in the HDRP.

On 13 December, Assistant-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC) Ursula Mueller delivered a statement to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, where more than 3,000 civilians have been killed and up to 9,000 injured since conflict began in 2014. The crisis affects over 30 per cent of elderly people in the country, the highest proportion of people in this category in the world. The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, which required $187 million, was only 32 per cent funded. Without adequate funds, food, healthcare, water and sanitation, and other life-saving assistance cannot be provided.

During a 14 December briefing the USG/ERC and the Special Envoy for Yemen urged the Security Council to act swiftly to ensure full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement to demilitarize ports in the country. The agreement requires mutual withdrawal of forces from Hodeida city and its ports and a governorate-wide ceasefire to allow desperately needed humanitarian assistance to flow. The USG/ERC encouraged all parties to continue to engage seriously in implementing the multiple agreements reached in Sweden. The Government of Yemen requires billions of dollars in external support for its 2019 budget, and in parallel this year’s humanitarian response plan for Yemen requests $4 billion, about half of it for emergency food assistance.

On 11 December at a meeting in New York on the gravity of the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, OCHA reiterated that response to this crisis is a priority for the organization and announced that in 2019 a high-level meeting will be arranged to address the impact of underfunding on the level of humanitarian response in the Central African Republic.

In 2019 twelve countries will have multi-year HRPs. These are Afghanistan, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, DRC, Haiti, Niger, Nigeria, oPt, Somalia, Sudan and Ukraine.

World: Walking Miles in Their Shoes

Source: Inter Press Service
Country: Bangladesh, Belgium, Jordan, Kenya, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United States of America, World
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 10 2019 (IPS) - In light of the millions of refugees esca...

World: Preventive Priorities Survey: 2019

Source: Council on Foreign Relations
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Croatia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year in CFR’s annual survey.

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Each year since 2008, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action (CPA) has asked foreign policy experts to rank thirty ongoing or potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring or escalating in the next year and their potential impact on U.S. national interests.

“The annual Preventive Priorities Survey is unique in providing a regular, forward-looking assessment of conflict and instability around the world in a way that helps policymakers focus attention on the most important risks,” explains Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and CPA director.

Read more on Council on Foreign Relations.

World: UNHCR’s New 2 billion Kilometres to Safety Campaign Invites the Public to Step in Solidarity with Refugees

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, World
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced a new global campaign calling on people all over the world to cover the distan...

Sweden: UNHCR in Northern Europe

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, South Sudan, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, World

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: EU Civil Protection Mechanism – Requests for Assistance: 2014 – 2018 – ECHO Daily Map | 03/01/2019

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Albania, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, occupied Palestinian territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands), Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen

World: 2019 Early Warning Forecast – Conflict & Climate: Drivers of Disaster

Source: Lutheran World Relief
Country: Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Jordan, Lebanon, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Peru, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

The 2019 Early Warning Forecast, a publication of Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health

BALTIMORE, Jan. 2, 2019 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR), an international NGO working to develop sustainable solutions to poverty, and IMA World Health, a faith-based agency that helps vulnerable communities to address their public health challenges, have released the 2019 Early Warning Forecast of regions they are monitoring for potential or worsening humanitarian crises over the coming year: Conflict & Climate: Drivers of Disaster.

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, president & CEO, noted that armed conflict is a thread running through the world's current crises. "These will be two of the most critical driving forces behind humanitarian emergencies over the next year and into the foreseeable future, even if their effects are indirect," he said.

"Armed conflict continues to cause some of the world's largest and most direct humanitarian crises, including the war in Yemen, the ongoing conflict in Syria and fighting in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the source of the highest levels of displacement on record, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. An unprecedented 65.3 million people have been forced from their homes, more than half of them children," Speckhard said.

Speckhard noted that climate change has also been identified as a major driver behind the recent increase in global hunger, after years of promising decline, as well as the cause of severe food crises.

"The negative impact of climate change on global food production, its impact on food security and livelihoods, and increased degradation of natural resources all makes this a vicious circle that threatens to spiral downward without immediate, decisive action," he said.

The countries and regions on the 2019 Watch List include:

  • Yemen: the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe

  • Are superstorms the new normal?

  • A legacy of suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Undermining the Palestinian health system in East Jerusalem

  • Venezuela fuels a regional crisis

  • A regional crisis deteriorates in the Lake Chad Basin

  • The shrinking humanitarian space

The 2019 Early Warning Forecast can be downloaded at https://lwr.exposure.co/conflict-climate-drivers-of-disaster.

World: OCHA’s 2018 in review

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

January: Pushing for access in Syria

Despite enormous challenges, OCHA and other humanitarian organizations continued to press for access in war-torn Syria, reaching an average of more than 5 million people in need each month in 2018. Syria continued to face protection and access challenges in areas such as Idlib, eastern Ghouta and southern Syria. More than 1.5 million people were newly displaced in 2018 as the crisis entered its eighth year.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mark Lowcock, visited Syria twice in 2018 to push for sustained access to the 13.1 million people in need. In November, an inter-agency convoy delivered aid for more than 40,000 people in the Rukban settlement on the Syria-Jordan border – the first time that assistance was provided in the area from inside Syria.

Read more about OCHA's 2018 Year in review on Exposure

World: Le monde a failli à son devoir de protection envers les enfants pris dans des conflits en 2018

Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen

NEW YORK, le 28 décembre 2018 – Des millions d’enfants vivant dans des pays touchés par des conflits armés voient leur avenir menacé tandis que les parties belligérantes continuent de bafouer leurs droits et que les dirigeants du monde échouent à leur demander des comptes, a déclaré l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.

« Les enfants qui vivent dans des zones touchées par des conflits à travers le monde ont continué à subir des violences d’une ampleur inouïe au cours des 12 derniers mois et le monde les a une fois de plus abandonnés », déplore Manuel Fontaine, Directeur des programmes d’urgence de l’UNICEF. « Depuis trop longtemps, les parties aux conflits commettent des atrocités dans une impunité presque totale, et la situation est loin de s’améliorer. Bien plus d’efforts peuvent et doivent être déployés pour protéger les enfants et leur venir en aide. »

En temps de guerre, les enfants sont directement pris pour cible, sont utilisés en tant que boucliers humains, sont tués, mutilés ou recrutés pour les combats. De la Syrie au Yémen, de la République démocratique du Congo au Nigéria, en passant par le Soudan du Sud et le Myanmar, les viols, les mariages forcés et les enlèvements sont devenus des armes de guerre à part entière.

Durant l’année 2018 :

  • En Afghanistan, la violence et les bains de sang continuent de faire partie du quotidien. Près de 5 000 enfants ont été tués ou mutilés au cours des trois premiers trimestres de l’année 2018, le même nombre de victimes que pour toute l’année 2017. Dans ce pays, les enfants représentent 87 % des victimes civiles des restes explosifs de guerre.

  • Au Cameroun, le conflit s’est aggravé dans les régions du nord-ouest et du sud-ouest, et les écoles, les élèves et leurs enseignants sont régulièrement pris pour cible. En novembre, plus de 80 personnes, dont de nombreux enfants, ont été enlevées dans une école située à Nkwen, dans le nord-ouest du pays, avant d’être relâchées quelques jours plus tard. À ce jour, 93 villages auraient été partiellement ou totalement incendiés en raison du conflit qui sévit dans ces régions, et de nombreux enfants ont été exposés à des actes d’une extrême violence.

  • En République centrafricaine, une recrudescence dramatique des combats a frappé la majeure partie du pays et deux enfants sur trois ont besoin d’une aide humanitaire.

  • En République démocratique du Congo, les violences interethniques et les affrontements entre les forces de sécurité et les groupes armés ou les milices dans la région du Grand Kasaï ainsi que dans les provinces de la Tanganyika, du Sud-Kivu, du Nord-Kivu et de l’Ituri, dans l’est du pays, ont eu des répercussions dévastatrices sur les enfants. Les violences et l’instabilité ont gravement sapé les efforts déployés pour enrayer l’épidémie du virus Ebola qui sévit actuellement dans l’est du pays. Par ailleurs, 4,2 millions d’enfants sont à risque de souffrir de malnutrition aiguë sévère, selon les estimations. La situation est d’autant plus grave que les enfants voient leurs droits bafoués, notamment avec les recrutements forcés par des groupes armés ou les violences sexuelles.

  • En Iraq, en dépit d’une nette accalmie des combats, quatre enfants ont été tués en novembre dans le nord du pays lorsque le camion qui les emmenait à l’école a été attaqué. Les familles et les enfants qui rentrent chez eux dans des régions qui ont été gravement éprouvées par les violences sont toujours exposés au danger des engins non explosés. Des milliers de familles restent déplacées et doivent actuellement faire face aux températures hivernales et aux inondations soudaines.

  • Dans le bassin du lac Tchad, le conflit en cours, les déplacements et les attaques ciblant les écoles, les enseignants et d’autres infrastructures éducatives menacent l’éducation de 3,5 millions d’enfants. Actuellement, dans la région qui englobe le nord-est du Nigéria, la région du lac Tchad, l’extrême nord du Cameroun et la région de Diffa au Niger, au moins 1 041 écoles sont fermées ou ne fonctionnent pas en raison de la violence, de la peur des attaques ou de l’instabilité, perturbant l’éducation de près de 445 000 enfants.

  • Une flambée récente de la violence dans la région frontalière entre le Mali, le Burkina Faso et le Niger a entraîné la fermeture de 1 478 écoles.

  • Au Myanmar, l’ONU continue de recevoir des informations indiquant que le droit des Rohingyas à rester dans l’État de Rakhine, dans le nord du pays, est toujours bafoué. Ces informations font notamment état de tueries, de disparitions et d’arrestations arbitraires. Le droit des Rohingyas à circuler librement est largement restreint et ils ne peuvent accéder aux services de santé et à l’éducation, y compris dans le centre de l’État de Rakhine. Il est impératif de garantir que les enfants ont accès à une éducation de qualité et à d’autres services essentiels pour éviter une « génération perdue » d’enfants rohingyas privés des compétences nécessaires pour contribuer au développement de leur société.

  • Dans le nord-est du Nigéria, des groupes armés, notamment des factions de Boko Haram, continuent de s’en prendre aux filles, qui sont violées, victimes de mariages forcés avec les combattants ou utilisées en tant que « bombes humaines ». En février, le groupe a enlevé 110 filles et un garçon dans un établissement d’enseignement technique à Dapchi, dans l’État de Yobe. La plupart des enfants ont été libérés depuis, mais cinq filles sont mortes et une autre est toujours retenue en esclavage.

  • En Palestine, plus de 50 enfants ont été tués et des centaines de plus blessés cette année, généralement lors de manifestations contre la détérioration des conditions de vie à Gaza. Les enfants de Palestine et d’**Israël** sont exposés à la peur, au traumatisme et aux blessures.

  • Au Soudan du Sud, 6,1 million de personnes souffrent d’une faim extrême à cause des conflits et de l’insécurité qui ont touché le pays tout au long de la saison annuelle de soudure. Même avec l’arrivée de la saison des pluies, plus de 43 % de la population continue de vivre dans l’insécurité alimentaire. Si la promesse d’un nouvel accord de paix offre une lueur d’espoir aux enfants, les rapports faisant état de violences extrêmes à l’encontre des femmes et des enfants continuent d’affluer, notamment à Bentiu, où plus de 150 femmes et filles auraient récemment été victimes de terribles agressions sexuelles.

  • En Somalie, plus de 1 800 enfants ont été recrutés par des parties au conflit durant les neuf premiers mois de l’année et 1 278 enfants ont été enlevés.

  • En Syrie, entre les mois de janvier et de septembre, l’ONU a confirmé l’assassinat de 870 enfants – c’est le nombre d’assassinats le plus élevé jamais enregistré en cette période de l’année depuis le début du conflit en 2011. Les attaques se sont poursuivies jusqu’à la fin de l’année, tuant 30 enfants dans le village d’Al Shafa, situé dans l’est du pays, en novembre.

  • Dans l’**est de l’Ukraine**, le confit qui fait rage depuis plus de quatre ans a eu des effets dévastateurs sur le système éducatif, détruisant et endommageant des centaines d’écoles et forçant 700 000 enfants à apprendre dans des environnements précaires, au milieu de la violence des combats et des dangers posés par les engins de guerre non explosés. La situation est particulièrement grave pour les 400 000 enfants qui vivent à moins de 20 km de la « ligne de contact », qui marque la séparation entre les régions contrôlées par le gouvernement et les autres. Les tirs d’artillerie et les niveaux extrêmement élevés de contamination par les mines constituent une menace mortelle pour les enfants qui vivent à proximité de cette ligne.

  • Et au Yémen, l’ONU a confirmé que 1 427 enfants avaient été tués ou mutilés dans des attaques, notamment dans une attaque « inadmissible » visant un bus scolaire à Saada. Les écoles et les hôpitaux sont fréquemment pris pour cible ou sont utilisés à des fins militaires, privant les enfants de leur droit à l’éducation et à des soins de santé. Cette situation alimente la situation de crise déjà présente dans ce pays où un enfant meurt d’une maladie évitable toutes les 10 minutes et où la malnutrition aiguë sévère touche 400 000 enfants.

« L’année 2019 marque le 30e anniversaire de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant et le 70e anniversaire des Conventions de Genève. Pourtant, au cours des trois dernières décennies, il n’y a jamais eu autant de pays impliqués dans des conflits internes ou internationaux. Les enfants qui vivent dans des régions en conflit font partie de ceux qui ont le moins de chances de voir leurs droits respectés. Il faut arrêter de prendre les enfants pour cible », déclare Manuel Fontaine.

L’UNICEF appelle toutes les parties belligérantes à respecter leurs obligations en vertu du droit international et à cesser immédiatement de porter atteinte aux droits de l’enfant et de cibler des infrastructures civiles, notamment les établissements scolaires, les hôpitaux et les infrastructures d’approvisionnement en eau. L’UNICEF appelle également tous les États susceptibles de faire pression sur les parties au conflit à exercer cette influence pour protéger les enfants.

« Bien plus d’efforts doivent être déployés pour éviter les guerres et pour mettre un terme aux nombreux conflits armés qui détruisent la vie des enfants. Mais en attendant, nous ne pouvons en aucun cas accepter que les enfants soient pris pour cible. Nous devons confronter les parties belligérantes à leur obligation de protéger les enfants. Faute de quoi, les enfants, leur famille et leur communauté continueront de subir les conséquences dévastatrices de ces conflits, non seulement maintenant, mais tout au long des années à venir », ajoute-t-il.

L’UNICEF travaille avec ses partenaires dans tous ces pays afin de fournir des services de santé, de nutrition, d’éducation et de protection aux enfants les plus vulnérables. En octobre, par exemple, l’UNICEF a participé à la libération de 833 enfants recrutés par des forces armées dans le nord-est du Nigéria et travaille actuellement avec ces enfants afin de les aider à réintégrer leur communauté. Depuis le début du conflit au Soudan du Sud il y a cinq ans, l’UNICEF a permis à près de 6 000 enfants non accompagnés et séparés de retrouver leur famille. Au Bangladesh, en 2018, l’UNICEF est venu en aide à des milliers d’enfants rohingyas réfugiés en leur fournissant un soutien psychiatrique et psychosocial. En Iraq, l’UNICEF travaille avec ses partenaires pour fournir des services spécialisés aux femmes et aux enfants victimes de violences liées au genre.

Contacts presse

Joe English
UNICEF New York
Tél: +1 917 893 0692
Adresse électronique: jenglish@unicef.org

World: Commission Implementing Decision of 13.12.2018 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2017) 8863 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2018 general budget of the European Union – ECHO/WWD/BUD/2018/01000

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, World, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU)
No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, (EU) No 283/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU and repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/20123 , and in particular Article 110 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Commission Decision C(2017) 88634 provides for the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2018 general budget of the European Union for a total amount of EUR 842 200 000 from budget articles 23 02 01 and 23 02 02. In light of the evolution of the humanitarian needs during the year, this amount was raised to EUR 1 037 600 000 by Decision C(2018) 35745 of 07 June 2018 and subsequently to EUR 1 212 600 000 by Decision C(2018) 65326 of 9 October 2018 amending decision C(2017) 8863.

(2) The Commission is committed to providing a humanitarian response in those areas where humanitarian needs are greatest. Accordingly, when required by changing circumstances in the field which might affect existing humanitarian needs or generate new needs, the humanitarian response may be subject to reorientation or scaling-up in the course of implementation of actions. Union financial assistance may also have to be awarded to new actions to satisfy exacerbated or increased humanitarian needs.

(3) The global humanitarian context has been characterised by an increase in humanitarian needs in locations such as Central African Republic facing an internal conflict, Chad where the food security situation has drastically deteriorated, Cameroon facing an increasing influx of refugees, Niger facing a cholera outbreak, the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria) with increased needs of vulnerable populations affected by accute food or nutrition insecurity or conflict, Burundi with a regional refugee crisis, Madagascar and Haiti with a deteriorating food and nutrition security situation, Columbia facing a resurgence of violence, Palestine where the deterioration of the humanitarian situation has a high impact on the health and food security sectors, Yemen where the crisis is deteriorating, in Ukraine where the situation remains critical. In Myanmar where the Rohingya are in very serious food insecuriy situation and the humanitarian needs in most of the sectors remain uncovered. In addition the country is facing a conflict-related internal displacement crisis because of the escalation of the confilct in Kachin and Chan. In the Philippines where the humanitarian needs are mainly caused by displacement and lack of services, and destroyed or looted assets in areas of return.

(4) Non-substantial changes under this Decision are to be calculated by reference to the maximum contribution, excluding the contributions received from other donors pursuant to Article 21(2)(a)(ii) and Article 21(2)(e) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046.

(5) It is therefore appropriate to amend Decision C(2017) 8863, as amended, to reflect the increase by EUR 176 174 635.17 already made on the basis of the fexibility clause in order to adapt the humanitarian response to the evolving humanitarian aid operational priorities and to distribute this additional funding to the specific objectives fixed in this Decision.

(6) This Decision complies with the conditions laid down in Article 110 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046.

(7) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Humanitarian Aid Committee established by Article 17(1) of Council Regulation (EC)
No 1257/96,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Sole Article

Decision C(2017) 8863 is amended as follows:

(1) Article 1 is amended as follows:

(a) Paragraphs (1) and (2) are replaced by the following: '1. A maximum contribution from the Union budget to the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities is set at EUR 1 388 774 635.17, of which EUR 1 338 774 635.17 shall be financed from budget article 23 02 01 and EUR 50 000 000 shall be financed from budget article 23 02 02, of the 2018 general budget of the European Union, is approved.

The amount from budget article 23 02 01 referred to above includes a contribution amounting to EUR 36 174 635.17, received by the Union from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom Government, to be used in support humanitarian aid operations in the Sahel.

  1. The humanitarian actions shall be implemented in order to:

(a) Provide humanitarian and food assistance, relief and protection to vulnerable people affected by man-made crises, possibly aggravated by natural disasters, including new crises and existing crises where the scale and complexity of the humanitarian crisis is such that it seems likely to continue.
A total of EUR 1 185 300 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this specific objective.

(b) Provide humanitarian and food assistance, relief and protection to vulnerable people affected by natural disasters that have entailed major loss of life, physical and psychological or social suffering or material damage.
A total of EUR 111 474 635.17 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this specific objective.

(c) Provide humanitarian assistance for response and disaster preparedness to populations affected by disasters where a small scale response is adequate and to populations affected by epidemic outbreaks.
A total of EUR 21 000 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this specific objective.

(d) Support strategies and complement existing strategies that enable local communities and institutions to better prepare for, mitigate and respond adequately to natural disasters by enhancing their capacities to cope and respond, thereby increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability.
A total of EUR 50 000 000 from budget article 23 02 02 is allocated to this specific objective.

(e) Improve the delivery of aid through complementary and thematic activities aiming at increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, quality, timeliness and visibility of humanitarian actions and transport.
A total of EUR 21 000 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this specific objective.
This specific objective shall be met through achieving the following subspecific objectives:

(i) Strengthen the global humanitarian preparedness and response capacity of humanitarian partners by increasing the effectiveness and reinforcing the capacity of international humanitarian organisations and non-governmental organisations to assess, analyse, prepare and respond to humanitarian crises.
A total of EUR 3 500 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this subspecific objective.

(ii) Improve the conditions for delivering humanitarian aid by supporting transport services to ensure that aid is accessible to beneficiaries, including by means of medical evacuation of humanitarian staff where the unavailability of such transport services could adversely affect the timely and effective provision of assistance to beneficiaries. A total of EUR 14 800 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this sub-specific objective.

(iii) Increase awareness, understanding of and support for humanitarian issues, especially in the Union and in third countries where the Union is funding major humanitarian operations through public awareness and information campaigns. Communication actions in 2018 will also contribute, where appropriate, to the corporate communication of the Commission, in particular regarding the EU's role in the world (A stronger global actor) as well as to the corporate communication cluster "An EU that protects".

A total of EUR 2 000 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this subspecific objective.

(iv) Provide high quality European education and professional qualifications on humanitarian action that impact on humanitarian aid policy and practice.

A total of EUR 700 000 from budget article 23 02 01 is allocated to this subspecific objective.
Annex 1 to this Decision reflects the above-mentioned allocations by specific objectives.
Annex 2 to this Decision gives an indication of the contemplated allocation by countries/regions.'

(2) Annex 1 is replaced by Annex 1 to this Decision.

(3) Annex 2 is replaced by Annex 2 to this Decision.

Done at Brussels, 13.12.2018

World: World Leaders Stress Need to Tackle Urgent Emerging Challenges amid Surging Unilateralism, as General Assembly Begins Seventy-Third Session

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World: Expert views – As crises multiply, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2019?

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Country: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

We asked aid agencies to name their 3 priorities for 2019

by Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies are bracing for a challenging new year as they tackle protracted conflicts from Yemen to Central African Republic and get to grips with escalating crises such as the mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing turmoil at home.

The United Nations has asked donors for $21.9 billion to address 21 humanitarian crises in 2019, including Yemen, its biggest aid operation. This appeal does not include Syria which is expected to bring the total to $25 billion. We asked aid agencies to name their 3 priorities for 2019.

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES - Elhadj As Sy, secretary general

1) Getting ready for the next pandemic. 2018 saw Ebola, 2017 Zika and Lassa. What's next? Our priorities: community engagement, emergency health care, water and sanitation services to protect against disease.

2) Protecting the "missing millions". Migrants on the move, women and children, disabled people: our research has quantified those who are left out of humanitarian response.

3) Being ready for more climate-related shocks and hazards. Supporting adaptation to build resilience; activating early warning systems and early action; building on innovative approaches like forecast-based financing.

OCHA - Mark Lowcock, U.N. humanitarian chief

1) Close the persistent funding gap between what we receive and need to respond. The record $14.3 billion that generous donors provided for U.N.-coordinated humanitarian response plans this year meets only 57 percent of needs.

2) Practical measures to improve warring parties' respect for international humanitarian law. I'll bolster civil-military capability to help facilitate compliance.

3) Implement stronger measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse within the aid community.

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - Corinne Woods, communications director

1) Scaling up our food assistance to meet the needs of millions of hungry people in Yemen, with particular attention to the women and children on whom malnutrition is taking a toll.

2) Working with governments and other partners to help rebuild the livelihoods and strengthen the resilience of millions around the world whose lives are being torn apart by conflict and climate change.

3) Harnessing the latest in digital technology, including blockchain and biometrics, to move the fight against food insecurity into a different gear and take us towards a world of zero hunger.

SAVE THE CHILDREN - Daniele Timarco, humanitarian director

1) Yemen: Some 85,000 children under five may have died of starvation and disease. All involved need to step up to help bring an end to this conflict.

2) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): This is one of the most complex humanitarian crises, which includes the second largest Ebola outbreak ever. 2019 will be a decisive year, in which the downward spiral can hopefully be stopped.

3) Venezuela/Colombia: An estimated 1.5 million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia, 60 percent of whom are children at risk of disease, trafficking, exploitation or recruitment.

OXFAM - Nigel Timmins, humanitarian director

1) In Yemen, the U.N. is warning that we could see the world's worst famine in 100 years. Already over 8 million people are at emergency hunger levels. This is a man-made disaster fuelled by all sides in the conflict.

2) The DRC Ebola outbreak continues to worsen. Once it's under control, we must rebuild lives and communities. Ebola outbreaks impact local economies, and survivors and their families suffer stigma.

3) The situation in South Sudan is likely to deteriorate in 2019. By March, it's estimated 4-5 million people will be in hunger with 26,000-36,000 in famine conditions.

ACTIONAID - Rachid Boumnijel, acting head of humanitarian response

1) DRC: In 2019, the international community must urgently redouble its efforts to end this conflict. It's also vital to end the deplorable use of rape as a 'weapon of war'.

2) The Rohingya refugee crisis: We're working with Rohingya refugee women who've survived terrible sexual violence – and they're telling us they want safety, justice and some control over their future. It's vital that they're not forced to return.

3) Yemen: This catastrophic conflict has pushed ordinary people to the brink of mass famine. The hostilities need to end.

CARE INTERNATIONAL UK - Tom Newby, head of humanitarian

1) Climate change: We're already seeing the impacts and it's clear now that so much is irreversible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report was quite frightening in its warning that we only have 12 years to limit catastrophe.

2) Yemen: We need a political solution and end to fighting.

3) Refugees: It's crucial that we see a global commitment to both the spirit and the words of the global refugee and migration compacts, and make sure states do not just cherry-pick the bits they like and ignore the rest.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE - Sanj Srikanthan, senior vice president

1) Yemen: 20.5 million civilians are on the brink of famine. The alarming lack of political will to find a solution to the conflict means no one can claim to be surprised by the severity of this crisis – it's as predictable as it's preventable.

2) South Sudan: Despite a peace agreement in 2018, the threat of a re-escalation of civil war persists and the humanitarian impact would be disastrous.

3) Nigeria: In 2018 Nigeria overtook India as the country with the world's largest number of poor people. Attacks by armed groups are on the increase and elections in February could destabilise the situation further.

ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE - Naser Haghamed, CEO

1) Political will to end conflicts in Myanmar, Syria and Yemen. These three countries, more than others, have defined humanitarian action for all NGOs over the past decade. Without sincere and decisive action they may yet drag into the next decade.

2) Improve humanitarian access. NGOs have seen the humanitarian space shrink in several conflict areas including Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, putting aid workers at risk and depriving people of essential supplies.

3) Meet the funding target of the OCHA Humanitarian Response Plan. The current scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the Second World War.

MERCY CORPS - Craig Redmond, senior vice president for programmes

1) We must better understand and combat the root causes of conflict in places like DRC, Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria through improved governance, addressing past grievances and equitable economic growth.

2) Making markets work in crisis. As conflicts are now more protracted than two decades ago, it's an urgent priority that we enable affected people and communities to take control of their recovery through local systems, and reduce dependence on relief.

3) Providing opportunity to young people. With the DRC election result likely in the new year and the Nigeria election planned for February, the two countries with the most people living in poverty could potentially see major political shifts. We must ensure young people feel included and have prospects.

CARITAS - Michel Roy, secretary general

1) Work to improve the welcome of migrants and lessen their social exclusion.

2) Push for more ambitious targets on limiting global warming to no higher than 1.5 degrees.

3) Push for peace in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, CAR and Cameroon.

NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL - Jan Egeland, secretary general

1) We will strive to become better at reaching people in war-zones and hard-to-reach areas with protection and assistance, as these are the places where too many suffer alone.

2) We will prioritise neglected crises to ensure people get support based on needs, and not political or media interest.

3) We will work for durable solutions, so that refugees can return safely home in a voluntary and dignified way or be integrated where they are now. We expect to see the first voluntary returns to parts of Syria next year, and we must be prepared to assist.

(Some answers have been edited)

(Reporting by Emma Batha @emmabatha; Editing by Belinda Goldsmith Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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