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Serbia + 1 other
Dream home comes closer for Serbian family years after fleeing Croatia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia, February 26 (UNHCR) – On a recent cold and misty morning, Ranko Rajković shows visitors around the converted barn where he lives in central Serbia and tells them that he just wants to tear it down and build a decent home with a separate bedroom for him and his wife.

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Italy + 5 others
4 February 2014: Europe – Severe Weather


• In the last few days severe weather conditions (snow, low temperatures, rains, winds, high waves, storm surge) have hit several parts of Europe, causing damage, power outages and transportation problems.

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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather


In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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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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World + 7 others
Frameworks for Victim Assistance: Monitor key findings and observations

The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the research initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), launches the new report: Frameworks for Victim Assistance: Monitor key findings and observations.

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Croatia: Location Map (2013)

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World + 6 others
Cooperation from Crisis? Regional Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies

The report explores the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, drawing a number of lessons that could be applied in contemporary crises.

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Ukraine + 17 others
Europe Zone Office Consolidated Development Operational Report January - June 2013 MAA65001

1. Executive summary

The economic crisis in Europe continues to hit headlines. According to the last EU figures, 43.6 million of EU citizens find difficulties in accessing food on a daily basis, and trends show that the need for food assistance is likely to increase in the near future.

Over 26 millions of people were unemployed across the EU in April 2013, by 1.7 million more than in April 2012. Youth unemployment figures are particularly alarming, with peaks of 56 per cent in Spain and 62.5 per cent in Greece.

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Serbia + 3 others
Refugees issue still pending in the Balkans

The prolonged problem of refugees and internally-displaced people that followed the 1990s breakup of the former Yugoslavia is still a key humanitarian and political issue in Southeast Europe.

Almost 2 million people displaced by the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s are still refugees. Half settled in more than 150 countries worldwide, and the rest in parts of the former Yugoslavia.

Serbia tops the European list in refugee numbers. In 1996, there were more than 600,000 refugees; now the number is about 60,000.

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Preparedness pays off as Danube flood-wave passes through Croatia

By Marinko Metlicic, Croatian Red Cross

The flood-wave on the Danube River – which caused wreaked havoc across Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary – has passed through Croatia without serious consequence thanks to enormous efforts to implement disaster preparedness measures.

From the outset, when the potential for a major disaster became apparent, the Croatian Red Cross played an important role at local and national level as a member of the crisis management teams that worked to make sure the threat of disaster did not become a reality.

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Croatia + 8 others
Nicaragua/Pakistan/India/Mexico/Greece/Serbia/Croatia/Hungary/Romania- Floods (ECHO Daily Flash 17/06/2013)

Nicaragua – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, SINAPRED, Local Media)

A strong 6.5M earthquake at a depth of 35km hit in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 40km off the coasts of Leon province, Nicaragua on 15 June at 17:34 UTC. USGS indicates 80,000 people exposed to "Strong" shaking, Local media report one person dead and light damage in the capital Managua and in the provinces of Chinandega and Leon.

Pakistan – Severe weather (Pakistan Government, Local Media)

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Evidence of change in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Balkans 2005-2012


Empowering women and girls to achieve their rights is a fundamental pillar of peaceful development in the Balkans, says CARE International in its latest report: Evidence of Change in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Balkans.

The report focuses on CARE’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia over the past seven years and highlights the impact of programs and partnerships to overcome poverty and marginalisation of minorities.

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Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for June

The role of transparent resource management in conflict prevention, the situations in Mali and Somalia, and a debate on sexual violence in armed conflict would be among the Security Council’s top priorities in June, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom said at Headquarters today, briefing correspondents in his capacity as the 15-member body’s President for June.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Opening of two school buildings in Balkh province

The new building of Rahe Mahrafat high School of Nahre Shahi district and the girls’ high school of Khurasan Shahr of Mazari-Sharif, Balkh province were opened by the head of education of the province, in presence of some government officials, influential elders, teachers and the students.

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Serbia + 4 others
KOFF Newsletter No. 114 - Reconciliation in the Balkans

KOFF – swisspeace

ƒ* Northern Kosovo Socio-Economic Dialogue Project
ƒ New Website for KOFF
* ƒTwo Years on from the Uprising: Political Transition in Egypt
*ƒ KOFF Roundtable on Afghanistan: the Need for National Reconciliation
Connecting Human Rights and Conflict Transformation – from Concepts to Practice


ƒ* Dealing with the Past in Former Yugoslavia after Controversial ICTY Aquittals

News from Swiss NGOs

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Security Council Extends Tenure in Office for 21 Judges of International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, Resolution 2081 (2012) Adopted by 14-0-1 as Russian Federation Abstains


Security Council
6889th Meeting (PM)

The Security Council decided today to extend the terms of office of 21 judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, established in the wake of the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s.

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Cabo Verde + 17 others
Successful first test of Tsunami Warning System for the North Atlantic and Mediterranean

The exercise organized on 27 and 28 November to evaluate the functioning of the Tsunami Warning System for the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean and Adjacent Seas has taken place as scheduled. This real-time simulation, based on four scenarios in which earthquakes provoked tsunamis in different regions, demonstrated that the communication system for sending and receiving alert messages to concerned national authorities, worked smoothly.