According to recent updates, Finland will allocate a great part of its humanitarian assistance budget to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and those in the Sahel. Recently, the country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted a total of €67.6 million in humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of people in crisis situations around the world, however lower than last year.
According to an article published by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the Dutch development aid budget may face cuts. As the deficit for next year is expected to rise, the government may make “drastic savings”. Accordingly, a recent opinion poll shows that 80% of Dutch citizens would prefer reducing the development aid budget to 0.6 percent of GNP.
FAO has recently released a set of documents and policymaking tools that governments can use to help rural communities benefit from bioenergy development and ensure that biofuel crop production does not come at the expense of food security. The project, entitled Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI), and which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, includes methodologies for assessing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of bioenergy production, indicators that can be measured when doing so, recommended good practices, and policy measures for promoting sustainable bionenergy development.
In line with EU’s commitment to help Haiti for a full recovery, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit the country and announce an aid package which will improve access to basic services. The aid package will be also focused on improving Haitian infrastructure and increasing its support to rebuilding the State's capacity to provide services to Haitians. Prior to his departure he has said: “Our ambition is now to accelerate the reconstruction and development process. There are still substantial challenges to address for which good governance, political stability and effective planning are key elements for success. To this end, we are launching, together with the Haitian authorities, a plan for the two years to come, focusing on bringing more help to the people who need it most".
-8 March: Foreign Affairs Committee
Council of Ministers
-7 March: COREPER I
-6/7 March: COREPER II
-9 March: Environment Council
-5/6 March: Building Block meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation
-6/7 March: Enlarged Steering Committee on Intra-ACP Migration Facility
-8 march: International Woman´s day celebration
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