Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
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);
A. Aim of this guidance
The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.
The unprecedented influx of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region poses a public health challenge that needs to be addressed in a timely and effective manner. An effective response to this challenge will require strengthening of national and regional health systems to ensure that all refugees and migrants have easy access to the needed health services. In dealing with such a challenge, the principles of equity, solidarity, human rights and dignity must be adhered to.
Last year’s floods were the worst in 30 years, made even more damaging by a combination of institutional inefficiency and changing weather patterns.
24 November 2015
Rajko Duranovic is one of thousands of homeowners whose lives have been devastated by the floods which hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014.
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production impacted by drought conditions in summer
Country’s cereal imports remain high
Cereal production impacted by drought in summer
The 2015 agricultural season in Bosnia and Herzegovina was impacted by lack of timely precipitation and prolonged heat spell. A state of emergency was declared in some of the regions. Early estimates of the 2015 production point to a below-average cereal harvest, although the final figures are not yet available.
Sarajevo (ICRC) – Twenty years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urging institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to step up efforts to determine what happened to the nearly 7,000 people still unaccounted for from the conflict there. At the same time, the ICRC is calling on anyone who may have information about the locations of individual or mass graves to contact the authorities.
2200, Bosnia and Herzegovina | AFP | Thursday 11/19/2015 - 03:42 GMT
by Rusmir SMAJILHODZIC
Two decades after the Dayton agreement brought an end to more than three years of devastating war in Bosnia, the unstable country remains locked in ethnic divisions that were cemented by the peace deal.
Agreed on November 21, 1995, in the US military base in Dayton, Ohio, the accord formally split the former Yugoslav republic along ethnic lines, establishing a Serb-run entity, Republika Srpska, and the Muslim-Croat Federation.
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.
16 novembre 2015 – Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a réaffirmé lundi qu'il était déterminé à combattre l'impunité des responsables de violations graves du droit international et que toutes les personnes mises en accusation par le Tribunal pénal international pour l'ex-Yougoslavie (TPIY) et le Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda (TPIR) devaient être traduites en justice.
7559th Meeting (PM)
The Security Council requested today that the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals present, by Friday, 20 November, its report on the progress of work in its initial four-year period, and that the related informal working group examine that report, so that a mandated review of the Mechanism would be complete by 21 December.
Bosnian town where 8,000 Muslims were massacred should become ‘bridge of cooperation,’ Serbia’s premier says.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic this week announced that his country would donate 5 million euros ($5.4 million) to Srebrenica, the UN-designated “safe area” where Bosnian Serb forces executed an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.
Jurrian Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH, and Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in BiH, in the presence of Mr. Boris Jerinić, Deputy Minister of Defense of BiH, have signed the agreement on the award of 405,000 USD for the EXPLODE+ Project, allowing for disposal of 3,000 tons of chemically unstable ammunition, training for the Armed Forces personnel on the top-notch ammunition storage standards, and increasing of the weapon disposal capacity at TROM Doboj.
7555th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council today renewed authorization of the European Union-led multinational stabilization force (EUFOR ALTHEA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year, a decision taken ahead of its semi-annual debate on the situation there in the 20 years since the historic Dayton Accords had ended the Bosnian war.
Total Funding: $2 million
Project Duration: April 2015-March 2016
Geographic Coverage: Municipalities in the Federation of BiH (FBiH): Domaljevac, Gradačac, Kalesija, Odžak, Travnik and Tuzla Municipalites in Republika Srpska (RS): Bijeljina, Doboj, Lopare, Modriča and Šamac
Implementing Partners: UN Development Program (UNDP), Solidarity Fund of Republika Srpska, Fund for Support to the Areas Affected by Natural Disasters in the FBiH, local governments, Open Network NGO and Hastor Foundation
The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Monday 11/9/2015 - 16:58 GMT
A former Bosnian Muslim commander has called on international justices to order Bosnia to drop war crimes charges against him, arguing he has already been tried in the case, officials said Monday.
Naser Oric was seen as a symbol of Bosnian Muslim resistance against Serb brutalities when he led Muslim forces in the east in the 1992-1995 conflict.
SCENARIOS FOR NOVEMBER 2015 – JULY 2016
This scenario document provides a description of situations that could occur in the coming six to nine months, with their associated humanitarian consequences. The aim is to support strategic planning, create awareness and promote preparedness activities for those responding to this crisis.
Croatia will host an intersectoral Workshop on flood risk management measures & links to the EU WFD in Zagreb on 11-12 November 2015. The event is jointly organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC).