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World + 70 others
CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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World + 54 others
Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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World + 19 others
Capacity building fund MAA00011 Annual Report 2012

This report covers the period 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2012

Programme summary

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World + 55 others
Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.

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World + 9 others
Doing Justice for Refugees and IDPs? Confronting Displacement Through Transitional Justice

Serious human rights violations are very often an integral part of displacement crises. Certain violations, such as mass killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and rape, often cause displacement, while others, such as the destruction of homes and property, can be aimed at undercutting the possibility to return home. Forcible displacement is frequently a deliberate strategy used by parties to a conflict and can in itself constitute a war crime or a crime against humanity.

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South Sudan + 8 others
KOFF-Newsletter no. 109

2nd July 2012 / No. 109 - Sudan & South Sudan

KOFF – swisspeace

  • ƒƒKOFF Roundtable: Prospects for Sudan and South Sudan

  • MSP: Support to Local Actors in Peacemaking Efforts in Myanmar

  • KOFF Roundtable: Security and Humanitarian Access in Afghanistan

  • Peacebuilding in the Balkans

  • 2011 from a swisspeace perspective


  • Sudan and South Sudan: Why Has Separation Not Improved Relations? ƒƒ

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Burundi + 28 others
Capacity building fund MAA00011 Annual Report 2011

This report covers the period 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011.

In brief Examples of the CBF impact (more in annex):

Red Cross society of China, Hennan Province

After only two years of implementation of Intensified Capacity Building (ICB) in Hennan Province, the branch has recorded impressive achievements:

• The new structure benefitted 7,000 people through sustainable services

• Grassroots Red Cross organisations have increased from 90 to 3,100

• The number of volunteers increased from 10,000 to 30,000, and staff from 100 to 8,000

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Afghanistan + 36 others
Review of Political Missions 2011

Strategic Summary

Mass protests and political upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa, unexpected crises in Kyrgyzstan and Madagascar, ongoing conflicts, long-standing political stalemates, and countries recovering from conflict drove continued reliance on political missions over the past year.

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Afghanistan + 9 others
Torture: les victimes aidées par le Fonds des Nations Unies

UN Radio


La Journée internationale contre la torture, observée le 26 juin, a été retenue par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies pour manifester une solidarité envers ceux dont le mental, le corps ou l’esprit a été atteint par la torture.

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Review of Political Missions 2010

Strategic Summary

Richard Gowan

Overviews of international engagement in conflict-affected states typically focus on military peacekeeping and the economics of postconflict peacebuilding. This excludes an array of primarily civilian missions deployed by the United Nations (UN) as well as other multilateral institutions in countries and regions that are at risk of, experiencing or emerging from violence. The hallmark of these missions is political engagement with governments, parties and civil society aimed at averting, mitigating or stopping conflict.

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Colombia + 3 others
Committee on Rights of the Child concludes fifty-fourth session

Committee on the Rights of the Child

ROUNDUP 11 June 2010

Issues Conclusions on Reports of Argentina, Belgium, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Japan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Colombia and Serbia

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its three-week fifty-fourth session after issuing its concluding observations and recommendations on 18 reports, from 9 countries, which it considered in parallel chambers over the course of the session.

In closing remarks, Yanghee Lee, the Committee Chairperson, noted that, during its fifty-fourth session, Committee

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Colombia + 3 others
Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold fifty-fourth session in Geneva from 25 May to 11 June 2010


20 May 2010

Situation of Child Rights in Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Japan, Nigeria, Serbia and Tunisia be Reviewed

The Committee on the Rights of the Child will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 25 May to 11 June to review the promotion and protection of children's rights under the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Argentina, Belgium, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Japan, Nigeria

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Colombia + 4 others
Council holds interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders and on freedom of religion or belief


11 March 2010

President of Timor-Leste Addresses the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council this morning heard the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief present their reports, and then held an interactive dialogue with them. It also heard a statement by the President of Timor-Leste.

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Burundi + 13 others
Press conference by UN SC President

Burkina Faso, December's President of the Security Council, had organized an open debate on "drug trafficking as a threat to international security" on 8 December, that country's Permanent Representative Michel Kafando said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on the Council's programme of work for the coming month, the subject for that debate was a timely choice, as drug trafficking in West African States such as Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Cape Verde had taken on worrying dimensions and was afflicting not only the subregion, but also countries in Latin America

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Afghanistan + 34 others
Five 'mega-trends' - including population growth, urbanization, climate change - make contemporary displacement increasingly complex, Third Committee told


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
38th & 39th Meetings (AM & PM)

High Commissioner for Refugees Says Trends Causing Crises to Multiply; Means Humanitarian Action Operating in Difficult International Environment

Five "mega-trends" -- population growth, urbanization, climate change, migration and food, water and energy insecurity –- made contemporary forms of displacement increasingly complex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today.

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Afghanistan + 16 others
Le Conseil de sécurité réaffirme l'importance d'associer les femmes à la reconstruction après les conflits - résolution 1889


Conseil de sécurité
6196e séance – matin & après-midi

Dans une nouvelle résolution, il demande que les ressources nécessaires soient allouées à la réponse aux besoins des femmes et des filles dans les situations postconflit

Le Conseil de sécurité a adopté, aujourd'hui, à l'unanimité de ses 15 membres une nouvelle résolution sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité. Ce texte vient renforcer le volet participation de la résolution 1325 (2000), dont l'ONU célébrera le dixième anniversaire l'année prochaine.

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Afghanistan + 16 others
UN SC urges renewed measures to improve women's participation in peace processes, reaffirming key role women can play in rebuilding war-torn societies - resolution 1889 (2009) adopted unanimously


Security Council
6196th Meeting (AM & PM)

The Security Council this morning called for a wide range of measures to strengthen the participation of women at all stages of peace processes, focusing on the period after peace agreements have been reached, as it began an intensive day-long discussion on the topic.

Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 1889 (2009), the Council reaffirmed its landmark 2000 resolution 1325 on "women and peace and security", and condemned continuing sexual

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Albania + 26 others
Annual report on strengthening and coordinating UN rule of law activities (A/64/298)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 84 of the provisional agenda
The rule of law at the national and international levels

Report of the Secretary-General


This is the first annual report on United Nations efforts to strengthen engagement on the rule of law at the national and international levels. The Organization has set an important, broad agenda to this end. The focus remains on finding better ways to support Member States and their populations to build a just and secure national and international order governed by the rule of law.

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Ethiopia + 9 others
Education for all a distant goal: Over half of world's children out of school are from minorities or indigenous peoples - new global report

Of the world's 101 million children out of school, between 50 and 70 per cent are from minorities or indigenous peoples, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says in a new report released today.

The State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009 details how minority and indigenous children have been systematically excluded, discriminated against, or are too poor to afford an education.

In developing countries with the largest

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Afghanistan + 29 others
New 8th edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety" shows continued United States progress in clearing landmines and destroying conventional weapons

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has released the 8th Edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety," a report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the world's largest such operation.

In 2008, the Department of State provided $123.1 million in mine clearance and weapons destruction assistance to 35 countries. Among the report's success stories is Cambodia, where U.S.