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19 May 2015 description
report European Union

EASTERN EUROPEAN BORDERS ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2015 PUBLISHED

In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.

19 May 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2015 anticipated to increase from 2014 level
  • Imports of cereals forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)
  • Prices of wheat products stable in April

Cereal production in 2015 anticipated to increase from 2014 reduced level

22 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.

21 Apr 2015 description

Georgia has announced that it will donate 100,000 US dollars to Vanuatu to aid in its recovery from cyclone Pam.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

13 Apr 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outbreak of conflict in the east of Ukraine leads to civilian deaths and displacements

  • Close to 15,000 Syrian Armenians have come to Armenia since the start of the war in Syria

  • UN concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the rights of the displaced living in Azerbaijan.

  • INFORM - the first global, open-source tool for measuring the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters.

2014: a year of conflict

01 Apr 2015 description

Eager to expand their range of approaches, peacebuilding actors have for some years witnessed a growing interest in the role of art initiatives in conflict management. For their part, increasing numbers of artists are using it as a means to escape traditional art institutions. The professionalisation of the field has led us to consider the role that art could play in peacebuilding, as well as the advantages and associated risks of this approach and the challenges that must be overcome.

23 Mar 2015 description

On the eve of the International Day of Forests, the river banks of the Rioni river are being beautified with the willow, ash-tree, lime-tree, maple, acacia, wild plum tree saplings. 20 900 young trees planted on more than 9 hectares in Samtredia and Tskaltubo municipalities serve quite a practical purpose: they will protect local communities from flooding.

10 Mar 2015 description

OVERVIEW

  • 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)1. 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.

17 Feb 2015 description

Rome, 17 February 2015 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today a new nationwide project worth more than US$30 million to help small-scale farmers in Georgia raise their incomes and increase their climate resilience.

Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Finance of Georgia, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President, signed an agreement for the Agricultural Modernization, Market Access and Resilience project (AMMAR) consisting of a $13.3 million IFAD loan and $5.3 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.

11 Feb 2015 description

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The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.

10 Feb 2015 description

By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu

BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.

With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.

05 Feb 2015 description

IWPR takes Georgian reporters to a village on the fragile boundary with South Ossetia.

By Heather Yundt

Down a road thick with mud, through several villages, and past two Georgian police checkpoints, we reach our destination, the administrative boundary with South Ossetia.

At the third and final checkpoint, Georgian police in camouflage stand at the ready with guns at their sides.

About 100 metres further along the road, Russian soldiers watch us from their own checkpoint.

20 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11740
7361st Meeting (AM & PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

During a day-long debate featuring nearly eighty speakers and presided over by the President of Chile, the Security Council today urged a common United Nations approach to inclusive development as a key for preventing conflict and enabling sustainable peace.

12 Jan 2015 description

ALMATY, 12 January 2015 – Two capital cities, Tbilisi and Bishkek, are among eight towns and cities from Central Asia and the Caucasus, joining UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the new year.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have agreed a new partnership to strengthen the resilience of cities to disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

06 Jan 2015 description

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.

09 Dec 2014 description

New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction