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Humanitarian aid 2010

In 2010 Polish humanitarian aid amounted to PLN 12.4 million (USD 4.1 million). It mainly reached countries such as Albania, Afghanistan, Palestinian Authority, Montenegro, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Pakistan.

Haiti - the total cost of Polish humanitarian actions in Haiti was PLN 5.8 million (USD 1.95 million). The aid was addressed to the victims of the January 2010 earthquake. The activities financed by Polish aid included rescue operations, as well as material and financial help.

Afghanistan - received Polish food aid worth PLN 1.57 million (USD 522, 000) as part of the World Food Programme's Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO). The donation was aimed at ensuring food stability in the country.

Albania - Poland transferred material aid worth PLN 807,000 (USD 269,000) to the victims of severe flooding of which the district of Shkoder in northern part of the country suffered in December 2010 and January 2011.

Kyrgyzstan - Poland allocated PLN 765,000 (USD 255,000) for the UNDP programme "Support to quick impact socio-economic recovery initiatives of affected and vulnerable rural communities in Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces".

Palestinian Authority - Poland allocated PLN 352,000 (USD 119,000) for the project of the Polish Centre for International Aid, as well as PLN 400,000 (USD 133,000) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) which provides support and protection for over 5 million Palestinian refugees.

Pakistan - Poland supported the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Pakistan with PLN 638,000 (USD 213,00) aimed at helping the victims of floods, caused by monsoons at the end of July, and rebuilding the infrastructure.

Moldova - Poland allocated PLN 420,000 (USD 140,000) to from the MFA's targeted reserve to helping the victims of the July 2010 flood.

Montenegro - Poland contributed PLN 53,000 (USD 18,000) to financing a rescue operation during the flood in December 2010. The operation was coordinated by the Monitoring and Information Centre at the EU's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

Furthermore Poland contributed to the budgets of various humanitarian organizations (without predefining the purpose) such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - PLN 300,000 (USD 100,000), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) - PLN 300,000 (USD 100,000), the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) - PLN 750,000 (USD 250,000), and the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) - PLN 150,000 (USD 50,000).

UN OCHA outreach meeting hosted in Warsaw on October 12, 2010 was a valuable event for Poland from the perspective of international cooperation for humanitarian aid. It was a high-level meeting of representatives of donor countries and humanitarian aid experts organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN OCHA.

Poland also contributed to United Nations World Food Program operations in Afghanistan.

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