Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016
In May 2014, unprecedented rainfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina affected more than 1 million people (25% of the population), and the resulting heavy flooding caused estimated damages and losses equivalent to nearly 15% of the country’s GDP. In a country where one fifth of the workforce is employed in agriculture, river floods inundated newly-plowed fields and ravaged 81 municipalities, severely disrupting the economy and imperiling livelihoods.
On 7 November 2016, at the location Čardak – Tramošnica Donja in the municipality Pelagićevo, mine accident had happened where shepherd F.S., from the village Suvi Do – Municipality Travnik, died.
According to the initial report, the accident happened by activation of anti-personnel mine PROM -1, in the area that has not been declared as risk or marked with signs of mine danger.
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.
To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
Office of the Spokesperson
November 17, 2016
7813TH MEETING (AM)
Speakers Reject Terrorism Link with Any Specific Religion, Culture, Nationality
Speakers in the Security Council this morning called for a stronger strategic partnership between the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on peace and security, particularly in relation to countering extremist ideology.
Despite the deteriorating weather conditions and increasingly dangerous Mediterranean, October 2016 saw a spike in the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Italian shores. The 27,300 new arrivals, of whom an estimated 4,300 children, represent a three-fold increase compared to the same period last year.
Five Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – are boosting their skills to improve hospital safety and reduce human and economic losses during disasters and health emergencies. This is resulting from a WHO/Europe’s extensive training of experts in Tirana, Albania, from 9 to 13 October 2016.
7803rd Meeting (AM)
Noting Progress towards European Union Accession, High Representative Warns against Divisive Rhetoric Undermining Reforms
Urging all parties to abide fully by their commitments under the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Security Council renewed its authorization of the European-led multinational stabilization force there (EUFOR ALTHEA) for another year before commencing a debate on the situation in the country today.
Letter dated 28 October 2016 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
Global Overview OCTOBER 2016
More than 305,000 people in the Vrbas River basin in Bosnia and Herzegovina are exposed to recurrent flooding and its devastating impacts. In order to mitigate flood effects within the basin, and to help communities better cope with flood events, the UNDP supported project “Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin” announced the implementation of important new infrastructural measures.
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 2007 and FY 2016, 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.
In the second quarter of this year, the number of migrants detected at the borders of Western Balkan countries plunged 88% from the previous three months to 26 488. The figure is slightly higher than in the first quarter of 2015, before the region experienced a massive increase in migrants who had previously arrived on the Greek islands from Turkey. Afghans became the top reported nationality, accounting for a 36% share of the total non-regional migration flow, while Syrians dropped to the second place with 16%.
NEUM, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 30 September 2016 – More than 30 prosecutors from across BiH gathered for a war crimes panel within the Ninth Symposium of Prosecutors in BiH, which was supported by the OSCE Mission to BiH and concluded today in Neum.
- The Index uses specific child protection articles from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and principles from a “systems approach” to child protection as the common foundation
- The first pilot project covered 9 countries from South East Europe and South Caucasus
- The Index framework consists of four sections of indicators: child vulnerability, governance environment, UNCRC child protection issues, and social work.