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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

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UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

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Georgia Sends Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Sep.'14 / 13:21

A cargo plane took off from the Tbilisi airport on Thursday evening, delivering 12 tons of humanitarian aid, mainly medical supplies, to Ukraine.

The aid, worth of about GEL 1 million (USD 570.000), was agreed when Georgian healthcare minister, Davit Sergeenko, visited Kiev in late August.

The aid includes first aid and surgical kits, medical supplies, diabetes medicines, antibiotics and children vaccines, according to the Georgian healthcare ministry.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Dariali Landslide Cleanup Underway

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 22 Aug.'14 / 20:46

It will take at least two weeks to restore portions of road linking Georgia with Russia, which were damaged by a landslide that hit the Dariali gorge close to the Kazbegi-Zemo Larsi border crossing point late on August 20, Georgian officials said on Friday.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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22 August 2014: Georgia - Landslide

SITUATION

• On 20 August a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, hit Dariali Gorge (Northern Georgia). The landslide blocked the road linking Georgia with the Russian Federation and damaged a gas pipeline (North-South Pipeline) running from the Russia Federation to the Republic of Armenia via Georgia (see red line in the inset map).

• According to media the gas pipeline to the Republic of Armenia will be operational in two days, while at least two weeks will be needed to reopen the road blocked .

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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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Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

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Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Tajikistan + 7 others
Humanitarian Bulletin South Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 03 | 1 January – 30 June 2014

In the first half of 2014, cross-border tensions continued in the Fergana valley, while multiple disasters hit Tajikistan. Authorities are warning that drought is looming over Kyrgyzstan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Georgia 24-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 cereal production anticipated to decline

  • Imports of cereals significantly increased in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June)

  • Prices of potatoes plummeted in June from the record level of the previous month

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IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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Global Peace Index 2014

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We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index shows that the last seven years has shown a notable deterioration in levels of peace.

The Global Peace Index measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. This is the 8th year the index has been produced.

Highlights

Since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani - Addendum: Follow-up mission to Georgia (A/HRC/26/33/Add.1)

Human Rights Council

Twenty-sixth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

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Human Rights Council discusses extrajudicial and summary executions and internally displaced persons

AFTERNOON

12 June 2014

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani.

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Madagascar + 29 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for May with a Forecast till Mid-July, 2014

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During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

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General Assembly Adopts Text Recognizing Right of Internally Displaced, Refugees from 2008 Georgia Conflict to Return Home

GA/11514

Resolution Passed by Recorded Vote of 69 in Favour, 13 against, 79 Abstentions

Concerned about forced demographic, changes as well as the humanitarian situation resulting from the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia, the General Assembly recognized today the right of all internally displaced persons, refugees and their descendants to return to their homes throughout that country, including Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office discusses OSCE engagement and international mediation efforts in Georgia, meets participants of Ergneti IPRM

TBILISI/ERGNETI, 3 June 2014 – In Tbilisi, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter met with Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, as well as with representatives of the Parliament and the civil society.

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Annual Letter 2014

Before joining USAID, I never could have imagined the depth of passion that exists for our nation’s leadership in global development.

When I was sworn in, people often asked me if I was worried about the unpopularity of development. According to nearly every poll, Americans wanted to cut foreign aid. But over the last four years, I have seen how a new model of development that delivers meaningful results in a cost-effective way can inspire people from all walks of life.

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EU deploys expert team to Georgia following landslide

26/05/14 – Following a request for assistance from the Government of Georgia, the European Commission has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to respond to the landslide which occurred on 17 May. An assessment mission is being deployed and the team of experts will identify potential threats to the local population and recommend an appropriate course of action to respond in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Two Bodies Found in Dariali Landslide, Four People Remain Missing

The death toll from a landslide in Dariali gorge increased to three after bodies of two men were recovered on May 23 from trucks buried in debris.

Four people remain missing nearly a week after the disaster, according to the Interior Ministry. Officials initially put the number of missing persons at seven, but later revised it to six. Two of them were confirmed dead after the bodies were found on May 23.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Georgia - Land Slide (ECHO Daily Flash, 22 May 2014)

A rock mass collapsed in the Dariali Gorge last Saturday, on May 17, blocking the Tergi River. The disaster was a result of intensive movement of the Devdoraki glacier located at the 5047 meter-high peak. The collapsed material blocked the river Tergi and created a temporary dam flooding the surrounding area.
According to the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (as of 22 May), seven people are reported missing and one dead; about 200 people were evacuated by helicopter from the border crossing checkpoint and its nearby areas.