Twenty years on from the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in November 1995, the consequences of conflict – including the long-term effects of displacement – are still being felt in the Western Balkans. FMR 50 examines the case of people who were displaced from and within Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of the 1992-95 war, and reflects on the lessons that may be drawn from the successes and failures of the Agreement. FMR 50 includes 20 articles on ‘Dayton +20’, plus five ‘general’ articles.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 12:01 GMT
Switzerland said Sunday it was planning to send financial assistance to help Balkans nations cope with the massive numbers of migrants and refugees passing through in a bid to reach the European Union.
The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed a report in the NZZ am Sonntag weekly that the wealthy Alpine nation aimed to send financial aid to Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzogovina to help them deal with the ballooning migrant crises on their territories.
Brussels, 27 August 2015
For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.
The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.
This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Tueday 8/254/2015 - 02:30 GMT
by Simon STURDEE
Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.
Federal Civil Protection is currently conducting demining activities in the area Kazagići, local community Hubjeri, municipality Gorazde.
Technical survey activities will be conducted at area of 72.965,00m2, where 20 pieces of anti-personnel, anti-personnel mines and tripwires are expected to be found . Demining activities should be completed in the next two months.
DOBOJ, 18 AUGUST 2015 – With the financial assistance of the European Union, Project “Explosive Ordnance and Remnants of War Destruction – EXPLODE” finalized landslide remediation activities in military ammunition disposal site TROM in Doboj. These efforts reverse the effects of the last year’s floods and remove the risks the landslide posed to explosive ordnance disassemble and storage depots. TROM was directly impacted by the possibility of a landslide overpowering the facility and compromising the facility’s ability to operate.
Written by Marisa
In February of this year, the UN released a report calling for an upgrade in the technological tools deployed by peacekeeping forces. More specifically, they advocated an increase in the use of drones in humanitarian efforts, highlighting their ability to monitor and curb outbreaks of violence, and to gather information about the situation within conflict zones. So how could these mini flying robots aid peacekeeping efforts?
DOBOJ, 24 July 2015 – Members of the BiH Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense today completed a 5-day training on disposal of small caliber ammunition and usage of explosive waste incinerator in military ammunition disposal facility TROM in Doboj. This targeted training is an integral part of the project “Urgent action on ammunition destruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, supported by the Federal Republic of Germany.
By unveiling commemorative plaques in the Municipality Building and the Health Care Centre in Maglaj today, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Dr. Renzo Daviddi, the Mayor of Maglaj, Mr. Mehmed Mustabašić, and the Director of the Health Care Centre, Dr. Emira Drnda, celebrated the completion of rehabilitation works on eight public buildings in Maglaj by the EU Floods Recovery Programme.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 July 2015 at Vlašić organized the first meeting of the Interinstitutional working group of the project “Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin”, which is financed by Global Environment Fund in amount of five million US dollars.
The Advisory Panel of the EU Floods Recovery Programme held its fourth meeting on 15 July 2015 in Sarajevo to discuss the progress of the floods recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and future activities.
The Advisory Panel is a key component of the governance structure of the EU Floods Recovery Programme, composed of domestic institutions responsible for floods recovery efforts at the State, Entity and Brčko District levels, representatives of the EU Delegation to BiH as the donor, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Programme implementing partner.
19.3 million displaced by disasters but "mother nature not to blame"
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
SARAJEVO, 13 July 2015 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented today in Sarajevo its latest report entitled Combating Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Progress and Challenges.
Srebrenica, Bosnia-Hercegovina | AFP | Saturday 7/11/2015 - 07:45 GMT | 686 words
Pictures by Elvis Barukcic and Dimitar Dilcoff. Video by Rusmir Smajilhodzic and Viken Kantarci
by Rusmir SMAJILHODZIC / Calin NEACSU
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Srebrenica on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Muslims in the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II.
7481st Meeting (AM)
During a meeting held to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the massacres in Srebrenica, the Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have emphasized acceptance of those tragic events as genocide as a prerequisite for national reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
U.S. Ambassador to BiH H.E. Maureen E. Cormack and UN Recovery Programme Manager Edis Arifagić, together with representatives of local authorities, have broken ground today in Bijeljina and Gradačac to officially mark the launch of the Durable Housing Solutions Project for families affected by floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The project is implemented by UNDP with financial support from USAID and in cooperation with the Federal Fund for Support to the Areas Affected by Natural Disaster in FBiH, NGO Open Network, and Hastor Foundation.
1 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”
29 June 2015 – The Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict today welcomed the decision by a Bosnian Herzegovinian court to secure conviction for and award compensatory damages to victims of war-time sexual violence, the United Nations confirmed today.