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World + 20 others
Armed non‐state actors and displacement in armed conflict

Report
Geneva Call

This report was stimulated by a conference on armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and the protection of internally displaced people organized in 2011 jointly by Geneva Call and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The conference itself followed on from a special edition of Forced Migration Review magazine on ‘Armed non-state actors and displacement’.

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World + 21 others
Assistance in mine action - Report of the Secretary-General (A/68/305)

The present report, covering the period from August 2011 to July 2013, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/69 , in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report to it at its sixty-eighth session on the implementation of that resolution and on follow-up to previous resolutions on assistance in mine clearance and mine action, including relevant United Nations policies and activities.

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World + 12 others
NGOs and Nonstate Armed Actors: Improving Compliance with International Norms

Special Report by Claudia Hofmann and Ulrich Schneckener

Summary

Transnational nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have developed strategies to improve the diffusion of and general adherence to international norms among nonstate armed actors, with the goal of persuading armed actors to adapt their behavior accordingly.

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2011 - Fourteenth Edition

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes. The portfolio also provides proposals for

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Afghanistan + 8 others
New Routes, Volume 15, 4/2010

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value. Protracted

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Côte d'Ivoire + 6 others
Press Conference by Mexico upon Conclusion of Security Council Tenure

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During its participation in the Security Council over the last two years, Mexico had focused on strengthening the role of conflict prevention and resolution; the promotion and protection of human rights and international humanitarian law; and enhancing transparency of the Council, the country's Permanent Representative, Claude Heller, said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on Mexico's work

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Afghanistan + 17 others
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (A/65/12)

General Assembly

Official Records

Sixty-fifth Session

Supplement No. 12

I. Introduction

1. Nearly sixty years after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established by the General Assembly in December 1950, forced population displacement remains a major global issue. It has grown in magnitude and complexity. Today's global megatrends - including population growth, urbanization, food and energy insecurity, water scarcity and, particularly, climate change - are interacting with traditional drivers, such as conflict and violence,

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Afghanistan + 17 others
Rapport du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (A/65/12)

Assemblée générale

Documents officiels

Soixante-cinquième session

Supplément no 12

I. Introduction

1. Près de soixante ans après la création du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés par l'Assemblée générale en décembre 1950, les déplacements forcés de population restent un problème mondial majeur dont l'ampleur et la complexité vont croissantes. Les grandes tendances mondiales actuelles - notamment la croissance démographique, l'urbanisation, l'insécurité alimentaire et énergétique, la pénurie d'eau

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Georgia + 27 others
Update on UNHCR's global programmes and partnerships 2010

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and new developments in global programmes and partnerships since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.

A. Major challenges, progress and new developments

(i) Shelter and physical planning

Large numbers of refugees and internally

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Afghanistan + 24 others
WOMEN COUNT FOR PEACE: THE 2010 OPEN DAYS ON WOMEN, PEACE and SECURITY

Report
United Nations
Executive Summary

Women from civil society and senior UN leaders in conflict-affected countries participated in 25 dialogues on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in June, July and August 2010. These 'Open Days on Women, Peace and Security' signal the UN's commitment to engaging women in building peace and security in this tenth anniversary year of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000). These meetings enabled women to share priorities and concerns, and have provided a model for regular dialogue between women of civil society and

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Afghanistan + 11 others
Human Rights Council hears presentation by Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples

AFTERNOON
20 September 2010

Concludes General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring the Council's Attention, Hears from Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard the presentation of reports by James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples. It also concluded its general debate on human rights situations requiring the Council's attention.

Mr. Anaya, presenting his reports, said

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Sudan + 13 others
Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 17 September 2010

Concludes Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on the Sudan

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention. It also concluded its interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Sudan.

Mohamed Chande Othman, Independent Expert on the Sudan, in his concluding remarks, said that it was important for the Council to take into account the incompleteness of the nature of human

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Algeria + 9 others
Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms

Human Rights Council

MIDDAY 9 June 2010

Concludes General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council's Attention

The Human Rights Council today held a general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms. The Council also concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention.

In the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, speakers emphasised the necessity and importance of the independence of the Special Procedure mandate holders, which allowed

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Afghanistan + 10 others
Human Rights Council holds General debate on Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Human Rights Council
MIDDAY 8 June 2010

The Human Rights Council in a midday meeting today held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention.

Speakers raised concerns about violations affecting human rights defenders, freedom of opinion and expression, independence of the judiciary, the death penalty and other issues in countries and territories around the world. Countries were urged to hold credible, impartial and independent investigations into alleged violations. Some speakers said

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Myanmar + 16 others
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HOLDS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON ARBITRARY DETENTION, ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS


The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEARS PRESENTATIONS ON ARBITRARY DETENTION, ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS

Concludes Interactive Debate with Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism

8 March 2010

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard presentations from the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and the Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons. It also concluded its interactive debate with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection

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Afghanistan + 24 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2010

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Human Rights Council concludes general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention


Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention in a midday meeting today.

Speakers alleged violations of human rights in different countries and regions around the world.

Speaking in the general debate, which started in the morning meeting today (see press release HRC/09/108) were Canada, Austria, Algeria, Ireland, Denmark, Sudan, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Israel, Somalia, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

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Afghanistan + 17 others
Human Rights Council holds general debate on the protection of all human rights and human rights situations that require the Council's attention


Human Rights Council
MORNING

The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development, and started its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention.

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Statelessness: International blind spot linked to global concerns

Policy recommendations

- UNHCR should take stronger leadership in pressing governments to find and implement solutions for stateless persons and urge all countries, including the U.S., to become party and adhere to the statelessness conventions.

- H.E. the Amir of Kuwait and the Parliament should formalize and implement a plan to secure the civil and political rights to which every person is entitled. The Ministry of Health should be directed to register every child at birth.

- The United Arab Emirates should evaluate