Growth in 2014 for six countries in South East Europe was close to zero, according to the latest South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER).
Weather - in particular unprecedented floods in May and the residual impacts of earlier severe events - was a major factor hindering growth in the region, exposing the overall vulnerability of these economies to extreme weather events.
In all of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the past few months has been collected 896 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and have been destroyed on Saturday, November 29, in the facilities of “Jelšingrad” foundry. Through activities of the campaign “Choose Life Not Weapons”, weapons have been collected and destroyed by seven cantonal Ministires of the Interior, Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Republic of Srpska and Brčko District Police.
Seized with a succession of new crises in Europe, the Middle East and across Africa, the Security Council in 2014 tackled an expanding workload in a record number of meetings while seeking to defeat terrorism, prevent conflicts, protect civilians, and improve the effectiveness of sanctions and other tools to quell tensions and neutralize threats.
December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.
When record-breaking floods left tens of thousands of people homeless in Bosnia and Herzegovina, many public institutions were used as temporary shelters. These buildings, which were not designed to house hundreds of people, often suffered significant damage as a result. This is the story of one school that opened its doors to more than 200 people and as a result was at risk of not being able to start school on time. Thanks to restorations from World Vision and support by United Kingdom, the school was restored and classes started on time.
The bridge in Uzvinska (near Teslić) which was destroyed during the floods in May this year was reopened today. The bridge was reconstructed with funds from the European Union and Teslić Municipality. The funds invested by the EU Floods Recovery Programme amounted to BAM 38,431, which includes BAM 7,819 utilised for the protection of the river banks and arrangement of the riverbed, while the Teslić Municipality participated to the reconstruction of the bridge with BAM 25,000.
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When the Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 20 years ago, on the heels of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia the previous year, the landscape of international criminal law was altered forever, members heard today as they reviewed developments.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
USTIKOLINA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 2 (UNHCR) – In 1992, Zenid Guta was only a teenager when war forced him to flee the remote village of Ustikolina, tucked in the Drina Valley of eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
When Zenid, now aged 41, returned to his destroyed community after the war's end, he tried to rebuild his life. He married a local woman, 33-year-old Adila, and sheltered her and their son Eldin in a makeshift hut that he constructed from Ustikolina's ruins, hoping to move out when things improved.
Charge d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Renzo Daviddi, and Head of Cooperation with the EU Delegation to BiH Melvin Asin, together with Swedish Ambassador Fredrik Schiller, Croatian Ambassador Ivan Del Vecchio, Dutch Ambassador Jurriaan Kraak, Slovenian Ambassador Iztok Grmek, Deputy Head of Mission Romania Dorin Popescu, Deputy/Charge d'Affairs of the Czech Republic Klara von Kriegsheim Kadlecova, and Second Secretary at the Embassy of Sweden Karin Lissola, visited Orašje and Odžak today.
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Working environment The countries that comprise the western Balkans are still coping with the consequences of large-scale displacement caused by the conflicts in the region in the 1990s. In addition, persisting social and economic challenges continue to drive the movement of nationals within and from the region, primarily to the European Union.
SARAJEVO, 20 November 2014 – Enhanced awareness and compliance of Bosnia and Herzegovina's politico-military and security commitments as an OSCE participating State and UN member were the focus of the 7th Review Conference on Compliance with the OSCE/UN Security Commitments of Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded in Sarajevo today.
GENEVA (19 November 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today have raised the alarm over the potential imminent release of Mr. Milorad Trbic, who was convicted in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court of committing genocide in Srebrenica and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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Bosnian police arrested 12 people Monday, including former Serb police and soldiers, suspected of massacring 29 Muslim women and children at the outset of the country's 1990s wars.
The suspects were being held on suspicion of crimes against humanity for the July 1992 killings which were part of a wider campaign of slaughter in the northwestern region of Prijedor, according to the state prosecutor's office.
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The Security Council this afternoon renewed the authorization of the European Union-led multinational stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as EUFOR ALTHEA, for a further 12 months.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has been hit by a number of devastating floods in recent years, including the worst flooding in recorded history that swept through the country in May.
When Sudo Forto’s farm was destroyed by flooding in 2010, resources made available by the World Bank helped him to recover quickly and begin farming again.
In June, a $100 million Floods Emergency Recovery Project was approved for the country, which focuses on the areas most affected by these floods
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
BRUSSELS, 27 October 2014 - A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.