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Bosnia and Herzegovina Steps Forward as a Contributor to International Peacekeeping, in Partnership with the Global Peace Operations Initiative

The United States congratulates Bosnia and Herzegovina for becoming the first European partner in the U.S. Department of State-led Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to achieve the significant milestone of Full Training Capability, establishing the country’s certified self-sufficiency to train peacekeeping personnel for UN and regional peace operations.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina presides over Decade of Roma inclusion, OSCE plays an important role

SARAJEVO, 29 September 2014 – The 27th International Steering Committee meeting of the Decade of Roma inclusion 2005 - 2015, the first event organized under the Decade Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, started today in Sarajevo.

The meeting will primarily focus on the priority areas of the Decade Presidency of BiH: education to employment, integrated programs for housing and employment and the security and health of Roma women.

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Ambassador Sorensen opened the rehabilitated Primary School in Šamac; visited work sites of the EU Floods Recovery Programme in Domaljevac

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Head of EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BIH Ambassador Peter Sorensen officially opened the "Šamac" Primary School in Šamac, which has been rehabilitated within the Floods Recovery Programme financed by the European Union. The school suffered severe damage during the floods in May 2014. The EU-financed restoration works included electricity refitting, installing new heating and sanitary systems, installing new flooring, joinery replacement as well as refurbishing of walls and installing a thermo-insulated façade.

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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

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Germany toughens asylum rules for three Balkans states

09/19/2014 18:50 GMT

BERLIN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classifed the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights.

The legislation was approved by the upper house of parliament and aims to make it simpler for authorities to deport political asylum seekers from the three formerly war-ravaged states.

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16 September 2014: Eastern Europe – Floods


SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.

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ERC implements second phase of relief programme for flood affected in Bosnia

SARAJEVO: The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is implementing the second phase of emergency aid to flood-hit Bosnia which is due to be concluded by the end of October.

The aid included rebuilding and refurbishment of local residents' houses which were affected by the floods.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry plane to deliver humanitarian aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government an Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane has taken off from Ramenskoye airport to the airport in Sarajevo. Humanitarian assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina is provided in connection with this-year devastating flood. The Ministry’s plane is carrying over 38 tonnes of goods, mostly foodstuffs.

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Vulnerable Roma Families Receive Much Needed Help

Floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May this year were especially hard for Roma communities, already one of the most vulnerable minorities in the country.

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Farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina recover from floods with help from FAO

Delivery by FAO of much-needed livestock feed to small farms in flood-affected areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina got under way this morning in Bijeljina.

Present for the official launch of operations was Zoran Maletic, head of the local office of Extension Services of the Republika Srpska and Coordinator of the Solidarity Fund for reconstruction of Republika Srpska, who attended on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry of Republika Srpska and Vlado Pijunovic, agricultural economist, represented FAO.

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Floods cause new displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On a recent mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, IDMC’s Regional and Associate Regional Analyst visited the flood affected areas of Tuzla, Doboj and Prijedor. We witnessed the diminishing coping mechanisms of IDPs displaced by the conflict and returnees who have been directly affected by this year’s floods, in particular Roma and internally displaced persons (IDPs) still living in collective centres.

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Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Doboj: Back to School in ‘Children's Corners’ Pending the Rehabilitation of Schools

Three Children’s Corners will be available to the boys and girls of Doboj primary schools to study, draw and interact until the start of regular classes. Doboj is one of the communities most affected by the floods in May this year and children in these schools started new school year with an abridged and modified curriculum.

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Flood Recovery Efforts Continue In Serbia And Bosnia

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Vladan and his wife welcome the arrival of much needed building supplies to repair their flood damaged home in Grdica, a village near Kraljevo, Serbia. Vladan's home along with hundreds of other homes in the area were submerged under several feet of water for days after a powerful surge of flood waters from Serbia's record breaking spring rainfall engulfed much of the country in May. The waters destroyed nearly everything inside the homes, now stripped bare and awaiting repairs to the walls and floors.

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Flood relief in Bosnia Herzegovina


Malteser International rebuilds soup kitchen and health center

The village of Maglaj is one of eight communities in Bosnia Herzegovina that were hit especially hard during the floods of May 2014. There, Malteser International is working with local partners as well as the Malteser association in the diocese of Limburg, Germany, to rebuild a soup kitchen and a health center. Both were heavily damaged by the flood waters. The reconstruction of these two facilities will benefit 25,000 people.

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Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter

By Stephen Ryan (@stiofanoriain), in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Across the Bosnia and Herzegovina, communities are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods that swept across the country, as well as Croatia and Serbia, in May of this year. For the past three months, staff and volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been working non-stop to help the hundreds of thousands who were affected.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina & Serbia Humanitarian Aid Operation (Flood Disaster), May - July 2014

1. General Situation

Extraordinary rainfall affected over a million people in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 14 and 19 May 2014, causing the largest floods in 120 years. The number of casualties was 25. The severe and widespread rains triggered over 3,000 landslides. It is estimated that a total of 81 local municipalities suffered damages as well as social and environmental impact of a varying degree.

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First Care Center Opens for Bosnian Children with Disabilities

New facility is a port in the storm for children and their families

“Services like this one are truly welcome because the children can relax and have fun, while I can rest a bit. There is nothing more that someone can give to parents like us.”

Aug. 2014—Until now, children with developmental disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and their parents had no place to go for even a small respite from the extraordinary difficulties and stress in their daily lives. Now there is one place that offers them a soft, safe place to land, if only for a while.