By Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Eighteen months ago, Bentiu, like most towns in South Sudan, was bustling with the restlessness of markets, people trading and children going to school. UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan, was busy supporting development and growth in the world's youngest nation.
It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads, and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.
A meeting for war crimes investigators in South-Eastern Europe organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and supported by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25 May 2015 in Sarajevo provided an opportunity for investigators to exchange experiences and discuss issues such as the structural set-up of investigation units, the relationship between investigators and prosecutors, and cross-border co-operation where suspects are located in other countries in the region.
The European Union Floods Recovery Programme is planning to provide intervention assistance for reconstruction of housing units in flood affected areas. The assistance will include reconstruction of housing units in the Brčko District.
Applications may be submitted by natural persons, that is, heads of household on behalf of families.
The 43.5 million EUR European Union Floods Recovery Programme marks the first anniversary of the catastrophic floods of May 2014 by reaching a significant recovery milestone.
By Andreea Anca, IFRC
Mina Livadic, 65, lives in Brcko District and was caught up in the flooding that devastated many parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014. The night the water burst into her home Mina, ran to her neighbour's house in her pyjamas, grabbing only the documents and a bag with the insulin she needed to treat her diabetes. She moved back to her house in August last year but more than half a meter off the floor there are still visible marks left by the floodwaters on the walls.
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.
The 'do no harm' approach to mine action requires that mine action organisations consider the possible negative impacts of mine clearance operations. They must ensure they do not lead to longer-term vulnerability or threaten livelihoods and food security and, by mitigating environmental damage, they should contribute to disaster risk reduction.
Sarajevo -- A year ago this week, heavy rains in Bosnia and Herzegovina caused the worst floods in 120 years. While an extensive rehabilitation effort continues today, including construction of houses, infrastructure, public facilities, health care centres and schools, longer-term disaster resilience initiatives like landslide prevention programmes and new flood prevention measure are in progress.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is pleased to present its quarterly update for the period January to March 2015 in a modified format that reflects IDMC’s new strategic objectives and expected outcomes. 2015 is a transitional year for IDMC during which we will meet our running commitments and at the same time engage in activities within the new strategic framework. These reports will of course continue to keep you updated on progress made towards achieving our goals.
The Security Council in May would consider the growing threats faced by journalists around the world in addition to focusing on foreign terrorist fighters, small arms and a raft of ongoing situations of concern, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, President of the body for the month, said this afternoon.
Last week in the zone of responsibility of the BH MAC RU Brcko, three tasks, financed by the ITF-USA, were handed over to the local authorities for further use. Tasks were implemented by NN IVSA, local demining organization.
Implemented projects are clearance projects: "Dubrava-drum 1A" 23.157,99m2 area, located in the Brcko District, the project "Blazevac 5" 38.581,31m2 area, located in the municipality Pelagićevo, and the project "Blazevac 6A" , located in the area of Brcko District.
The Red Cross programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are aligned with the aims of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies` (IFRC) Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace. The capacity-building efforts of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) are specifically linked with Enabling Action One to build strong National Societies.
Summary of major changes made to the emergency plan of action:
An appeal of CHF 4,522,2351 was initially launched on 15 May 2014 with the start-up funding of CHF 334,013 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to support preparedness activities for 40,000 people (10,000 households) and provide basic emergency relief items, psycho-social assistance and cash transfers as mode of assistance for shelter to those affected by the floods.
Workshop “Integrating Climate Change and Reducing the Risk of Flooding in the Vrbas River Basin” opened
Workshop “Integrating Climate Change and Reducing the Risk of Flooding in the Vrbas River Basin”, organised jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and the Environment of the Republika Srpska, has opened today, 29 April 2015, in Banja Luka.
Tools and equipment help families return home
“We are still afraid of new floods, even when there is only a light rain. That fear is not rational, but it’s here, especially for the children.”
April 2015—Where do you start when you’ve lost everything you own? What should you replace first—and how?
Although BiH is among the countries with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in Europe, we are nonetheless vulnerable to climate change. It is evident that the nature around us is changing, with new challenges emerging. There are increasingly more days with tropical temperatures, as well as prolonged periods of drought and a change in the schedule and intensity of rainfall, which leads to flooding. Climate change also leads to reduced precipitation during the plant cultivation and increased frequency of adverse weather conditions (heat and cold waves, floods and droughts).
The Advisory Panel of the EU Floods Recovery Programme held its third meeting yesterday in Sarajevo to discuss the progress of the floods recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, exchange information on the results achieved so far and discuss future activities. Special emphasis was placed on housing rehabilitation and mitigation of disaster risks in the housing sector, particularly the Floods and Landslides Housing Risk Assessment which is being developed under the auspices of the Programme.
SARAJEVO, 16 April 2015 - OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier concluded yesterday a three-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he met with high-level state officials, Srebenica municipal and religious leaders, and senior representatives of the international community.