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27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

26 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total affected population: 1.3 million
Total affected children: 550,0006

Total people to be reached in 2016: 447,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 298,000

2016 Programme Targets

Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:

19 Jan 2016 description
report European Union

Frontex publishes analysis of borders in the western Balkans for Q3

More than 610 000 illegal border crossings by migrants from outside the region were reported at the Western Balkan common and regional borders in the third quarter of 2015. This was more than twice the total number of such detections in the region since data collection began six and a half years ago (between January 2009 and June 2015).

15 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2015, 1,014,836 people crossed the Mediterranean, arriving on Europe’s shores. One in four of all arrivals was a child, but in SouthEastern Europe this proportion is one in three.

  • The proportion of children amongst refugees and migrants continues to increase. In Serbia it currently stands at 35 per cent in comparison to 27 per cent in September, while in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia this ratio is 37 per cent compared to 23 per cent in September.

07 Jan 2016 description
  • Heavy rainfall affected mostly central and northern Albania over the last days, with 63 mm measured in the capital city Tirana, (24 h, 6-7 January) and 198 mm in Shkodër in the north (24 h, 5-6 January).
07 Jan 2016 description
report Washington Post

By Associated Press January 7 at 8:32 AM

TIRANA, Albania — About 500 families have been evacuated in western Albania after a river broke its banks following heavy rain, flooding thousands of hectares, damaging homes and roads and killing livestock.

Police and soldiers have been deployed to Lushnje, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of capital Tirana, where the Shkumbini River flooded early Thursday.

26 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • So far this year 972,551 people have arrived by sea in Europe. At least 243,000 of all arrivals are children. More than half of them entered Europe between October and December 2015.

  • The proportion of children registered at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has increased from 9 per cent in June to 35 per cent in the first two weeks of December.

23 Dec 2015 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.

16 Dec 2015 description
report European Commission

On 25 October, President Juncker convened a Leaders Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route to address the unfolding emergency situation. The objective was to improve cooperation, step up consultation between the countries along the route and take pragmatic operational measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia agreed on a 17-point Action Plan.

15 Dec 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

The year 2015 has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the scale of migration towards Europe. **According to UNHCR, as of December 2015, there have been 921,713 arrivals by sea alone.** As countries of the European Union (EU) continue their discussions on how to better integrate the migrants, it is of utmost importance to build an understanding of the ongoing migration to respond to the current crisis and prepare contingency plans for future displacement towards the EU.

15 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Refugees and migrants continue to arrive in Europe at unprecedented levels– so far this year 921,713 people have arrived by sea. Nearly 212,000 of them are children.

  • The proportion of children registered at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has increased from 9 per cent in June to 32 per cent in November.

10 Dec 2015 description

BUDVA, Montenegro, 10 December 2015 – A three-day regional disaster risk reduction training course, organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, hosted by the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, was completed today in Budva.

Some 34 participants, representing civil defence, protection and rescue and spatial planning departments as well as representatives from six Aarhus Centres from Albania and Montenegro took part in a discussion gaining knowledge and exchanging experience on disaster risk reduction.

07 Dec 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | Monday 12/7/2015 - 10:03 GMT

Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the year's first 11 months, official figures showed Monday, as Europe's top economy appeared on track for a million arrivals in 2015.

Some 206,101 migrants arrived in November alone, a new monthly record, up from the previous high of 181,166 in October, according to the interior ministry.

The number of arrivals was four times the total for all of 2014.

01 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.

From the beginning of 2015 until November, over 876,000 people arrived across the Mediterranean on European shores. The proportion of women and children has continued to rise since the summer. In June, it was 27 per cent children and women; in November it increased to 52 per cent.*

01 Dec 2015 description
infographic UN Development Programme

Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)

Type: Baseline scenario target (sectoral)

Commits to reduce CO emissions compared to the baseline scenario in the period of 2016 and 2030 by 11.5%

26 Nov 2015 description

In Fiscal Year 2015, the United States has allocated more than $134 million for assistance to support the reforms needed to advance the Western Balkans’ integration with the European Union (EU) and NATO. This includes assistance to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as security assistance to Croatia and Slovenia. U.S. assistance to the Western Balkans seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Accelerate rule of law and good governance reforms ($34 million);

18 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Refugee and migrant flows in Europe are at an unprecedented high – so far this year, almost 793,000 people have arrived by sea. Some 158,000 of them are children.

  • The month of October has seen an increasing number of families with children and babies, unaccompanied children and children with disabilities.

  • Between 19 and 31 October, more than 12,440 children have rested and played in UNICEF child-friendly spaces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.

14 Nov 2015 description

The Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This infographic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants