Source: European Commission |

EU at Forefront of Global Humanitarian Response: €1.5 Billion for 2022

Funding will also help vulnerable populations in disaster-prone countries to prepare better for various natural hazards, such as floods, forest fires, earthquakes, and cyclones

Humanitarian crises around the world continue to rise. Conflict and violence are the source of major humanitarian needs. Moreover, the situation is increasingly being worsened by natural hazards, fuelled by climate change and environmental degradation. To help those most affected worldwide, the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.5…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN releases US$150 million for underfunded humanitarian crises

The CERF funding will support relief operations in the Syrian Arab Republic ($25 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($23 million), the Republic of the Sudan ($20 million) and Myanmar ($12 million)

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, released US$150 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. The announcement on 13 January follows the recent launch of the Global…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Finland increases its support to victims of the most serious crimes of international concern

The Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC assists victims of the most serious crimes of international concern and human rights violations, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Finland’s support will be targeted at providing assistance to victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Uganda, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and at implementing reparations awarded to former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as ordered by the…

Source: France Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères |

Democratic Republic of the Congo – France strongly condemns the attack in the city of Beni in North Kivu province (December 28, 2021)

It offers its condolences to the victims’ loved ones and to the Congolese authorities

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack carried out on December 25 in the city of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province, which killed several people and left many casualties. It offers its condolences to the victims’ loved ones and to the Congolese…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo targets 2 million in cholera vaccination drive

Around 3600 health workers including vaccinators and community mobilizers have been deployed to carry out the campaign which will run for six days

The Democratic Republic of the Congo today launched a massive cholera vaccination campaign targeting 2 million people aged one year and above in three provinces in the east of the country to halt an ongoing outbreak. The campaign is being caried out in Haut-Lomami, South Kivu and Tanganyika provinces—the most…

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DR Congo: Protesters Shot Dead, Wounded in Goma

Prompt, Impartial Investigation of Police Actions Needed

Police fired on protesters in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 20, 2021, killing three people including a 6-month-old baby, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 12 other people were injured, including 3 children. The police reported that one officer was killed and 5 officers wounded. Government crackdowns on protests across the Congo…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Yellow Fever - West and Central Africa

Since the beginning of 2021 and as of 20 December, there have been 300 probable and 88 laboratory confirmed cases of YF

In 2021, nine countries in the WHO African Region (Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Republic of Congo,) reported human laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever (YF) in areas that are at high risk for the disease and…

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New Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Empole Efambe served at the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations in New York since 2017

Paul Empole Efambe, the new Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Empole Efambe served at the Permanent Mission…

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Uganda, DR Congo Speaker’s Root for Regional, Economic Cooperation

Oulanyah and Lukwebo rooted for regional federation to ease market accessibility of goods and services if the two neighbouring countries are to attain regional economic transformation

The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah and the President of the Senate of the DR Congo, H.E. Modeste Bahati Lukwebo have agreed to foster bilateral relations that better the lives of their people.  In their meeting on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 at Parliament House, Oulanyah and Lukwebo rooted for regional…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Thousands of DR Congo refugees in Zambia opt to head home

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Nearly 5,000 refugees who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) four years ago are opting to head home voluntarily from Zambia in coming months, with the first 100 people setting out today (21 December). UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and Zambia’s authorities began the voluntary repatriation…