OSCE issues report on combating impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, 21 June 2017 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today in Sarajevo presented the third in a series of reports that highlights progress achieved by the country’s justice sector between 2014 and 2016 in tackling cases of sexual violence committed during the 1992-1995 war, as well as recommendations on how to enhance these efforts.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through "Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction" handed over the Disaster Risk Analysis System (DRAS) to Tuzla and Doboj Mayors. DRAS is an online platform that provides accurate information to citizens and decision makers on exposure to floods and landslides and is currently available for Tuzla and Doboj. The development of DRAS platform was financed by the Government of Turkey.
In developing a concept on the Protection of Civilians (PoC), NATO should consider a cautionary approach, recognizing that the policy adopted by the Warsaw Summit emerges from decades of failure to protect civilians in conflict (NATO, 2016). These failures range from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, civilian casualties in Afghanistan, security gaps in Libya, and the inability of the international community to protect civilians during the war in Syria.
This Annual Report highlights the impact of the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. In 2016, the Joint Programme provided support to 45 countries, including through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors.
In order to enable local institutions to better prepare and mitigate the devastating effects of floods, it is necessary to know the extent, strength, depth and probability of occurrence of these phenomena. All information required by the competent flood risk management authorities are now contained in the flood hazard and risk maps, which were made for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Vrbas River basin and its largest tributaries, Pliva and Vrbanja.
Within the scope of Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project, financed and supported by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the first Public Service Agreement (PSA) between municipalities and utility companies in Kalesija and Žepče haven been signed. By signing this Agreement, all the rights, obligations and responsibilities of municipal bodies and water supply utility companies have been systematically regulated for the first time.
Stockholm, 1 June 2017: Concrete and effective scientific, legal, political and social strategies can help governments and stakeholders to account for the hundreds of thousands of people who go missing as a result of conflict, disasters and other causes, Her Majesty Queen Noor said in Stockholm on Wednesday. Queen Noor was speaking at the opening of a “Profiles of the Missing” conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons and hosted by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
Today, the installation of communication and alarm equipment was completed in 14 municipalities of the Vrbas river basin. The activity is implemented within the framework of the project "Technology Transfer for Climate Resilient Flood Management in the Vrbas River Basin", implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
18 May 2017 – Though Bosnia and Herzegovina has continued its efforts towards membership in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), negative incidents could still derail the country from the path of peace and stability, a senior diplomat told the United Nations Security Council today.
Letter dated 28 April 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
Pursuant to Security Council resolution 1031 (1995), I have the honour to transmit the fifty-first report on the implementation of the Peace Agreement on Bosnia and Herzegovina, covering the period from 22 October 2016 to 21 April 2017, which I received from the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (see annex).
I should be grateful if you would bring the report to the attention of the members of the Security Council.
The exceptional results in terms of improved community safety through Project EXPLODE funded by the European Union were in focus during the Project Closing Ceremony held on March 29, in Sarajevo.