Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, 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.
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). 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 government disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Press Release : 12/11/2015
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issues her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015)
Le Procureur de la Cour pénale internationale, Fatou Bensouda, présente son rapport annuel sur les activités menées en 2015 en matière d’examen préliminaire
By Jonathan Fowler
TBILISI, 11 November 2015 – Officials from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have come together to craft a roadmap to make the region’s cities more resilient by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Drawing delegates from host country Georgia and Caucasus neighbour Armenia, as well as Central Asian states Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the intensive one-day session in Tbilisi is taking stock of an existing project that has given them a springboard for future action.
By Brigitte Leoni
TBILISI, 9 November 2015 - Reporters from main TV, radio and print media organisations in Georgia met over the weekend to discuss reporting on disasters as part of a growing global effort to improve disaster risk communication as called for in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted earlier this year.
Un rapport du HCR souligne les conséquences néfastes de l'apatridie pour les enfants
Les enfants apatrides à travers le monde partagent les mêmes sentiments de discrimination, de frustration et de désespoir, peut-on lire dans un récent rapport du HCR. Les problèmes subis par les enfants apatrides peuvent demeurer durant toute leur vie d'adulte.
TBILISI, 3 November 2015. A new data portal about the situation of women and children is being launched today by UNICEF in Georgia. The data portal, http://data.unicef.ge, houses all major studies and surveys carried out by UNICEF during the past years.
The web site displays not only the reports analyzing various studies but also datasets that will give policy makers and researchers an opportunity to use and tailor the data to their needs.
UNHCR report reveals debilitating impact of statelessness on children
Stateless children across the world share similar feelings of discrimination, frustration and despair, says a new UNHCR report, creating problems that can endure into adulthood.
The first geographically diverse survey of the views of stateless children says the common problems they face in the countries under review profoundly affect their ability to enjoy childhood, lead a healthy life, study and fulfil their ambitions.
October 2015 – Trends
Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey
November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
"Durable solutions for IDPs: challenges and way forward" is a training package developed to build the capacity of relevant actors to engage in national durable solutions processes. It consists of materials making up a 2.5-day participative event based largely on the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s framework on durable solutions. Its structure and contents are flexible, it can be adapted to specific countries or displacement situations and to shorter timeframes if necessary.
TBILISI, Georgia, 22 October, 2015. Today the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia is presenting the draft Law on Early and Preschool Education that has been developed with the support of UNICEF.
“UNICEF commends the efforts of the Parliament of Georgia in developing the Law on Early and Preschool Education”, said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “The law will establish a stronger legal basis and provide national standards for inclusive early and preschool education for all children in Georgia.”
Georgia becomes first recipient of free treatment through an innovative drug donation partnership between USAID and Janssen Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
Patients in Georgia suffering from deadly strains of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will soon have access to potentially life-saving medication thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Janssen. MDR-TB is a form of TB that is resistant to at least two of the four most commonly used anti-TB medicines.
Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Fatou Bensouda, requested authorisation from the Court's Judges to initiate an investigation into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the August 2008 armed conflict in Georgia. For this purpose, the Prosecutor requested to proceed with an investigation into the Situation in Georgia for the period from 1 July to 10 October 2008.
From the director
2014 was a devastating year with record numbers of people living in internal displacement induced by conflict, violence, disasters and natural hazards. Meeting the immense needs generated by these calamities remains one of the most challenging humanitarian tasks faced by the international community in modern times. To address these serious situations, IDMC in 2014 published 20 country overviews, 2 global reports, 8 thematic/technical reports, 32 blogs, 8 briefing/discussion papers, 22 submissions to human rights bodies.
As children growing up in Kenya, Georgine Auma and Natha Yare were excluded from their right to education.
Youth are especially vulnerable to multiple and often interlinked forms of violence: in areas of conflict they face specific challenges such as having to take on adult responsibilities while at the same time missing years of education. They are also particularly affected by consequences of conflict such as unemployment, social rupture, trauma and – especially for those involved as combatants – loss of status and resources. Besides economic and social marginalization, they often face political exclusion and, as a result, their transition to adulthood can be prolonged or blocked.
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