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Rwanda + 8 others
"20 years after the genocide in Rwanda: Lessons learned and unlearned" Op-ed by UN Secretary-General

By BAN Ki-moon

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.

On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide, the reverberations of which are still being felt across an arc of uncertainty in Africa’s Great Lakes region -- and in the collective conscience of the international community.

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Support for persons with disabilities


Medical assistance, psycho-social rehabilitation and economic re-integration of mine and war victims, pain patients and vulnerable groups represent a summed reflection of HOPE’87-BiH efforts to embrace those in urgent need. The provision of direct assistance is at the heart of HOPE’87-BiH‘s hard work. It is followed by the key strategic and systematic approach to advance BiH structures in the provision of quality services to those that are in urgent need, ensuring a long-term impact.

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Yemen + 6 others
Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013


 Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA) 2. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather


In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, 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.

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World + 5 others
Helpdesk Research Report: Sending messages to reduce violent conflict


Sending messages to reduce violent conflict: Identify literature on interventions that send messages, such as through advertising, to change attitudes, norms and behaviour about violent conflict. Where possible identify whether these interventions have been effective and what have been the conceptual models behind them.

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Niger + 15 others
OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development

Vienna, Austria, December 11, 2013. Meeting in its 145th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing over US$403m to boost socio-economic development in over 35 partner countries. Of the new commitments some US$306.04m went to support 14 public sector loans and seven grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, education, energy, poverty reduction, and water supply and sanitation projects. Under OFID’s private sector and trade finance programs, eight projects totalling US$97m were approved.

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World + 5 others
Rethinking Return: Defining Success in Refugee Repatriation

Editor's note: This article on refugee repatriation was first published online by World Politics Review.

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World + 1 other
Les mines antipersonnel continuent d'être une menace

02-12-2013 Déclaration

Discours d’ouverture par Christine Beerli, vice-présidente du CICR,Treizième Assemblée des États parties à la Convention sur l’interdiction des mines antipersonnel, Genève, 2-5 décembre 2013

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World + 1 other
Anti-personnel mines continue to pose an ever constant threat

Opening address by Christine Beerli, vice-president of the ICRC, 13th meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines, Geneva, 2-5 December 2013.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina consolidated operational plan 2014

  1. Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) provides support to the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina(RCSBiH)to build and strengthen their capacities in order to effectively address needs of the most vulnerable people.

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Security Council adopts resolution 2123 (2013), renewing mandate of European Union Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Security Council
7055th Meeting (AM)

Reaffirming its intention to keep implementation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the situation there under close review and its readiness to consider the imposition of measures if any party failed significantly to meet its obligations, the Security Council today extended the European Union multinational stabilization force (EUFOR ALTHEA) until 15 November 2014.

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World + 20 others
Armed non‐state actors and displacement in armed conflict

Geneva Call

This report was stimulated by a conference on armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and the protection of internally displaced people organized in 2011 jointly by Geneva Call and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The conference itself followed on from a special edition of Forced Migration Review magazine on ‘Armed non-state actors and displacement’.

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Turkey + 2 others
Meaningful Aid from Bosnia-Herzegovinians to Syrians

In order to support Syrians in Turkey, Merhamet Humanitarian Relief Charity has provided 14 containers equipped with washing machines and commercial double bowl sinks for Viranşehir Temporary Accommodation Center in Şanlıurfa today.

In the press meeting organized in our Presidency to mark the donation of Bosnia-Herzegovinian community, President of AFAD Dr. Fuat OKTAY, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Republic of Turkey Damir DZANKO and the President of Merhamet Hajrudin ŠAHIC were present.

Ambassador DZANKO said:

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World + 4 others
Victims of conflict have a right to justice: UNDP

New York--The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on UN Member States to grant victims of conflict and human rights abuses a stronger voice and better representation when it comes to accessing justice and reparations.

"Victims by definition not only have a need, but a right to justice," says Jordan Ryan, Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at UNDP at a conference on Tuesday. Victim and government representatives, NGOs, and international victim advocacy groups attended the event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Location Map (2013)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Serbia + 4 others
Active Inclusion in the Western Balkans: European Enlargement Monitoring Report 2013



The European Commission’s 2013 Enlargement package indicates a number of positive developments in the enlargement countries over the past year, but also recognises the challenges at hand. Like in the European Union, the impact of the economic crisis is being felt throughout the region, with the Western Balkans falling back into recession.

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Bulgaria + 7 others
Headed Somewhere in Europe, Somehow

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, Sep 20 2013 (IPS) - While the relentless war in Syria continuously adds to the number of refugees travelling west to Europe, Greece is fast becoming a nation they are choosing to avoid.

The majority of Syrians, and also others fleeing their countries, are now trying to reach northern Europe through other routes. And the tough Balkans is emerging as one such alternative.

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World + 33 others
Thirty years of water and habitat at the ICRC

As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.

In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."

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World + 6 others
Cooperation from Crisis? Regional Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies

The report explores the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, drawing a number of lessons that could be applied in contemporary crises.