Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight
A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional experts warn that any future outbreak of violence is likely to be even deadlier.
More than a dozen civilians living on the frontline were killed and many more injured after fighting broke out between in the early hours of April 2, 2016.
(See also Frontline Residents Count Cost of War.
By Rashid Shirinov
Turkey has launched a mine cleaning project that stipulates demining operations on the borders with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Iran, Turkish media reported on April 5.
The project, which will be carried out in the border areas of 15 million square meters, is funded by the Turkish government and the European Union.
The mine cleaning work will start in Turkey's Igdir province and will last two years. For these purposes, special equipment and specially trained dogs will be attracted to the project.
One year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s violent flare-up in April 2016, the danger of even more perilous fighting remains real. Further hostilities risk a larger regional conflagration with far-reaching humanitarian consequences. Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena Grono, assesses risks in the region.
VIENNA, 31 March 2017 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, today joined the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ call for the sides to renew engagement in the political settlement process as expressed in their statement on 29 March.
On 08 February, WFP Country Director together with the President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute had a meeting with the Minister of Education and Science and the Director of the newly established State School Meals Foundation to discuss the modalities of strengthening the capacities of Foundation and the roadmap towards National ownership of the programme.
Georgia - Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to pose a threat to mobile and migrant populations in Europe. Now the countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia are teaming up to reduce the threat posed by the two diseases.
A new project, funded by IOM, aims to address the challenges posed by TB and HIV to migrants in the southern Caucasus region. Government representatives from the three countries met with IOM in the Austrian capital Vienna this week to move forward on the project.
Whether unprecedented or not, the challenges currently facing our global security are immense and cause for considerable alarm. It is difficult to think of a time in recent history when there has been such a confluence of destabilising factors – local, regional and global – hindering collective capacity to better manage violence. These overlapping risks, unchecked, could coalesce into a major crisis – indeed we are currently experiencing a spike in global conflict violence – without the safety net of solid structures to deal with it.
The HALO Trust launched the Safe Steps for the people of Karabakh campaign in 2016 with the aim to clear all the landmines in Karabakh by 2020, alleviating the suffering Karabakhi Armenians have endured for the past 22 years.
A third of landmine victims in Karabakh are children, and in addition to facing the threat of debilitating injuries and death, the Karabakhi people are financially threatened as minefields hinder agricultural and family businesses.
Armenia: Children Isolated, Needlessly Separated from Families
Close Orphanages; Ensure Accessible Services, Education for All
(Yerevan) – Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should urgently provide community-based services and quality, inclusive education so that all children, including children with disabilities, can grow up in a family.
Last year was relatively calm across the region, with countries that usually suffer from seasonal disasters, such as Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, mostly spared.
Tajikistan experiences one of the costliest years on record in terms of economic losses incurred by mudflows.
2016 could also be dubbed the year of regional cooperation with governments making progress in joining efforts on risk reduction and border demarcation.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October to December).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
By Rashid Shirinov
Residents of the Jojug Marjanli village in the Jabrayil region seek to return to their homes after the village was liberated from the Armenian occupation, and now will be restored upon the presidential order.
The village was liberated from the Armenian occupation in April 2016 as a result of a successful counter-attack of the Azerbaijani Army. Now, the village is fully under control of the Azerbaijani side and people can safely live in the village.
Tracking Earthquake and Flood Risks across Europe and Central Asia to Enhance Disaster Resilience
A new publication released by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery examines current and future trends in terms of earthquake and flood risks for 32 countries across the Europe and Central Asia region.
On 22 December, the Government of Armenia adopted a decision on the establishment of a State School Feeding Foundation. The Foundation will serve as a main implementation and coordination unit of the Government for the school meals programme.
On 21 December, following the request of the Government of Armenia, WFP and FAO organized the first Food Security Coordinating Group (FSCG) Meeting to ensure a coordinated and cohesive response to food insecurity in case of humanitarian crises.
At the end of 2016, Switzerland will be ending its humanitarian work in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Communities facing natural disasters and ongoing conflict in these countries have benefited from emergency aid, and high-quality reconstruction and prevention programmes. Switzerland will be continuing a number of cooperation and peacebuilding activities at a regional level.
The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are supporting Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan in different aspects of disaster risk management (DRM), including establishment of a crisis management center, seismic risk assessments, and institutional capacity building to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure against recurring natural hazards.
At the end of 2016, Switzerland will be ending its humanitarian work in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Communities facing natural disasters and ongoing conflict in these countries have benefited from emergency aid, and high-quality reconstruction and prevention programmes. Switzerland will be continuing its technical cooperation and peacebuilding activities at a regional level.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Wheat production in 2016 increased from last year’s record
Cereal imports expected to increase in 2016/17 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of wheat flour decreased in November
Cereal production in 2016 increased from last year’s record
Regional Resilience Forum events took place in the Tavush region (Dilijan, Armenia) and Adjara autonomous republic (Batumi, Georgia) bringing together in each country nearly 70 policy makers, civil society organisations, media, academia, private sector and key stakeholders to discuss the current issues on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, environmental protection and other related disciplines in order to facilitate the exchange of the know-how and the best practices in Adjara and Tavush, seek for synergies and opportunities of collaboration to strengthen the …