DT 10 / 2015

Germany vs Denmark: the race to be UN High Commissioner for Refugees

 
Germany has endorsed Achim Steiner, head of the UN environment agency UNEP, as its candidate to become the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees, contesting the nomination of former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
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UN and climate win in growing Swedish aid budget, but domestic refugee costs still weigh heavily

 
The gap among Nordic aid performers grows with Sweden increasing its aid next year, and Denmark and Finland making deep cuts. Swedish aid surges to UN agencies and governments. 
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Finnish aid workers and diplomats face lay-offs as historic cuts take their toll

 
Dozens of lay-offs are planned as both the Foreign Ministry and Helsinki-based NGOs adjust their operations to the reality of a EUR 400 million cut in grant-based Finnish aid next year.
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