The efficient supply of potable water is one of the main preconditions for quality of life for every family and for the operation of businesses. In Azerbaijan, water is supplied both to household and commercial consumers by Azersu, the sole water supplier in Azerbaijan. The company has over one million customers, of which about 30,000 are businesses.
BELGRADE, 27 January 2014 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić expressed concern at recent developments on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the Line of Contact. “I would like to urge the sides to ensure a full ceasefire and cessation of hostilities as stipulated in the May 1994 agreement,” he said. “I deplore the upsurge in acts of violence resulting in loss of lives, and I call on the sides to demonstrate responsibility and avoid steps that would lead to further escalation.
In this Issue
- Arab States-Egypt, Somalia
- Europe & Central Asia-Azerbaijan
- Latin America & Caribbean-Honduras
- New Project Videos
- Pakistan: A Journey Through the Glaciers
- Tokelau: Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change-Vital Health
By Sara Rajabova
Currently, the main problem of Azerbaijan is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and social problems of 1.2 million refugees and internally displaced persons as result of this conflict.
December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.
Climate change-related droughts will likely reduce water supply by 23% during the next 3 decades in Azerbaijan.
Funded by GEF, UNDP core funds and the government, the project improves institutional capacity and empowers communities to actively participate in water and flood management.
The pilot project focuses on 3 vulnerable areas where 650.000 people live, and will be replicated across the Greater Caucasus region.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
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The Azerbaijan International Development Agency had donated $ 632,000 to UNRWA to provide urgently needed emergency relief assistance to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip. The donation comes in response to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Flash Appeal to support those impacted by the July-August conflict.
BAKU, 20 November 2014 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Project Co-ordinator in Baku today signed a Declaration to co-operate on and support combating human trafficking in Azerbaijan. The Declaration was signed by Dereck Hogan, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Baku, and Ambassador Alexis Chahtahtinsky, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku.
MOSCOW / PARIS / WASHINGTON, 19 November 2014 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) remain deeply concerned that there has been no humanitarian access to the crash site of the military helicopter downed by Azerbaijani forces on November 12. The wreckage of the helicopter lies in a heavily mined area of neutral territory on the Line of Contact.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new settlement for 600 IDP families in the city of Ganja.
Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov informed President Ilham Aliyev of the new settlement. The facility was built under an order of the head of state dated 2007 on supplements to the State Program for the improvement of living conditions and employment of refugees and IDPs.
In an interview with news.az, Bhava Poudyal, the ICRC’s delegate responsible for a mental health programme, explains the value and achievements of the initiative.
When was the programme to support the families of missing persons initiated?
AMOUNT: EUR 7 740 000
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Following a revision of the means required to fully implement the Commission's Strategy for Humanitarian Aid, the European Commission has decided to reduce the budget allocated to the 2014 DIPECHO HIP for Central Asia and Caucasus region by an amount of EUR 260 000. The total budget of this revised DIPECHO HIP is now EUR 7 740 000.
BERN, 13 November 2014 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, expressed his deep concern about yesterday's downing of a helicopter near the Line of Contact. He appeals to the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to do their utmost to prevent such incidents and to honour the ceasefire regime.
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2014 Almaty, Kazakhstan
On 28 October 2014 a 4-day regional learning workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into Development was held in Almaty. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNISDR and the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society jointly organized the workshop. The workshop aimed to discuss the linkages between disasters and development and review the development planning practices and trends in the context of DRR in Central Asia and the South Caucuses.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
VIENNA, 31 October 2014 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today cited the case of Azerbaijani human rights defender and journalist Khadija Ismayilova in calling on OSCE participating States to refrain from pressuring or harassing individuals for their legitimate activities in supporting the promotion and protection of human rights.
VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.