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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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UNHCR concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries

GENEVA, November 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it was "greatly concerned" over reports that some European Union (EU) countries were placing barriers to entry or forcibly returning asylum-seekers, including people who have fled Syria.

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Anuario de Procesos de Paz 2013

En esta octava edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. También se analizan algunos casos donde las negociaciones o exploraciones son parciales, es decir, que no abarcan la totalidad de los grupos armados presentes en un país (caso de la India, por ejemplo).

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Cyprus: Location Map (2013)

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Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel

Report
UN University

A new regional assessment of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Sahel analyses the effects of climate change in terms of water scarcity, droughts and floods on human security.

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Mali + 12 others
General Assembly adopts 2013/14 peacekeeping budget approaching $8 billion for 14 operations, acting on fifth committee recommendations

In addition, the new United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will receive $366.77 million for the first six months.

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L’Assemblée générale approuve un budget de 7,5 milliards de dollars pour financer les opérations de maintien de la paix au cours des 12 prochains mois

AG/11390

Assemblée générale
Soixante-septième session
90e séance - après-midi

Peu après la clôture, cet après-midi, de la session de la Cinquième Commission chargée des questions administratives et budgétaires*, l’Assemblée générale a approuvé un budget de 7,525 milliards de dollars pour le financement de 14 opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies, pour l’exercice budgétaire de 12 mois allant du 1er juillet 2013 au 30 juin 2014.

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Mali + 11 others
Fifth committee approves financing for 14 peacekeeping operations as it concludes resumed substantive session

GA/AB/4069

Sixty-seventh General Assembly Fifth Committee
35th Meeting (PM)

Creation of New Mission for Mali Pushes Budget beyond Total for Current Year

Concluding its second resumed substantive session, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today recommended financial arrangements for 14 United Nations peacekeeping operations for the year beginning 1 July 2013 and ending 30 June 2014, which, once approved by the General Assembly, would exceed the previous year’s figure due to the addition of a new mission for Mali.

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World + 12 others
Landmines and Refugees: The Risks and the Responsibilities to Protect and Assist Victims

The new briefing paper focuses on the conditions for victims and refugees fleeing from, or into, 20 different countries contaminated by landmines and other explosive hazards.

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Yearbook on Peace Processes 2013

2012 proves to have been the most successful in recent times as far as the opening of negotiations and peace processes. 46.3% of the 54 analyzed negotiations were resolved favorably.

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Press Conference on International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

United Nations peacekeepers must be constantly equipped with more and better tools and skills so they could fully meet their mandates in increasingly risky environments, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said at Headquarters today.

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Enhancing Global and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Management and Resolution

A new report analyzes conflicts in Cyprus, Sudan and Myanmar, and makes recommendations to address similar situations in the future.

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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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People of Cyprus bring relief - and fun - to Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan

By Toby Fricker

A new playground in Za’atari refugee camp provides much-needed relief for Syrian refugee children.

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 22 April 2013 – There’s excitement in the air – hundreds of children are waiting for the official opening of Za’atari refugee camp’s fifth playground.

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Anuario de Procesos de Paz 2012

En esta séptima edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. Se incluye un capítulo sobre Colombia, por hacerse una edición colombiana de este anuario.

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Yearbook on Peace Processes 2012

This seventh edition of the Yearbook of Peace Processes analyses conflicts in which negotiations are being held to reach a peace agreement, regardless of whether these negotiations are formalised, are in the exploratory phase, are faring well or, to the contrary, are stalled or in the midst of crisis. It also analyses some cases in which negotiations or explorations are partial; that is, they do not include all the armed groups present in the country (such as the case of India, for example).

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EU: Provide Protection for Syrian Refugees

Allow Access to EU Territory, Step Up Assistance in Region

DECEMBER 23, 2012

(Brussels) – The European Union and its member states should do more to help the thousands of Syrian asylum seekers trying to reach Europe as the Syrian crisis worsens and winter sets in, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Empowering Lives, Building Resilience

Reducing the risk of disaster in Armenia

Hovhannes Arakelyan has witnessed hundreds of floods in his remote village of Sipanik, in Western Armenia. "I have seen smashed roads, houses, and crops, and disasters used to diminish our hope for a better life," says the 72-year-old.

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Turkey + 16 others
Update on UNHCR’s operations in Europe

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Sixty-third session

Geneva, 1-5 October 2012

Update on UNHCR’s operations in Europe

A. Situational analysis including new developments

In the first half of 2012, more than 154,000 asylum applications were lodged in the 38 European countries for which UNHCR compiles statistics. Some 122,500 of the applications were made in European Union (EU) member States. Europe continued to receive large numbers of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).