In January 2015, Serbia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), succeeding Switzerland. In addition to the urgency of the Ukrainian crisis, the issue of reconciliation and strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans remains a current topic. More than 15 years after the end of the Yugoslav wars, many challenges remain. How far along is the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans? What is the outcome of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In the last week of January, Macedonia was affected by storms with heavy rainfalls and snow in the higher areas.
The storms caused serious damages in the eastern part of the country, especially in the Municipality of Karbinci where a few villages were immediately evacuated due to the rise of the water levels of the rivers as well as the artificial lake Kalimanci and Gradche where the dams reached their full capacity.
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.
Severe weather,including heavy snowfall, rains, winds, low temperatures and thunderstorms are affecting several countries of southern Europe.
Croatia: Power outages and traffic disruption due to heavy snowfall, ice and winds.
Albania: Heavy rains caused floods in several areas of southern Albania since 31 January. The situation is most critical in the south-western areas of the country (Fier and Vlore). At least 1,600 families have been affected and 17,000 ha of land have been flooded.
• Heavy rains affected several areas of Zimbabwe in the last few days, causing floods mostly in Harare. Media reported several homes damaged and one person missing due to floods and ten people killed by lightning.
• In the next 48 h thunderstorms may affect several
• According to media, 3 February, due to the severe weather of the last two days, floods were observed in at least five counties of southern Albania. Fier and Vlore are the counties most affected. Media reported at least 1 700 houses flooded, 1 200 of them in Fier and 500 in Vlora.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
• The situation in the eastern part of the country is still serious. Issues remain with clean drinking water.
• Heavy rain and snow affected several areas of southern Albania in the last two days, causing rivers to overflow and floods. Fier and Vlore are the counties most affected (according to media).
• Media reported hundreds of homes and roads flooded; no deaths reported (as of 2 February).
THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
• Heavy rains and snow melt caused severe flooding in the last few days. The situation is most alarming in the eastern part of the country along the river Bregalnica.
Growth in 2014 for six countries in South East Europe was close to zero, according to the latest South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER).
Weather - in particular unprecedented floods in May and the residual impacts of earlier severe events - was a major factor hindering growth in the region, exposing the overall vulnerability of these economies to extreme weather events.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On 28 December 2014, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was hit by heavy snowfalls that resulted in snow drifts, two meters high in some places, limiting the movement of all types of vehicles on many highways and mountain corridors, cutting the communication with a number of mountain villages.
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When the Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 20 years ago, on the heels of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia the previous year, the landscape of international criminal law was altered forever, members heard today as they reviewed developments.
Terrorism and cross-border crime in Africa would be a major focus at the Security Council in December as the body continued to closely watch a range of crises worldwide, the Permanent Representative of Chad, whose delegation holds the Council presidency for the month, said this afternoon.
| Overview |
Working environment The countries that comprise the western Balkans are still coping with the consequences of large-scale displacement caused by the conflicts in the region in the 1990s. In addition, persisting social and economic challenges continue to drive the movement of nationals within and from the region, primarily to the European Union.
The present guidance aims to ensure that the health sector works with partners in the environment and other related communities, and follow a systematic process to:
BRUSSELS, 27 October 2014 - A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.
By Biljana Markova
BELGRADE, 1 October 2014 – Following devastating floods and landslides earlier this year affecting over one million people, a major regional insurance conference opens today in Belgrade to highlight the benefits that disaster risk financing can bring to a region where there is a growing culture of disaster risk reduction through implementation of the priorities laid out in the Hyogo Framework for Action.
09/19/2014 18:50 GMT
BERLIN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classifed the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights.
The legislation was approved by the upper house of parliament and aims to make it simpler for authorities to deport political asylum seekers from the three formerly war-ravaged states.
09/01/2014 15:31 GMT
SKOPJE, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Macedonian police said Monday they have detained more than 100 Syrian and Iraqi immigrants, among them women and children, hiding in a train transporting coal from the Greek port of Thessaloniki.
"The immigrants are mainly from Syria and Iraq and they came to Greece from Turkey," Ivo Kotevski, spokesman for the Interior Ministry told AFP.
They were detained overnight Sunday at a train station in central Macedonian town of Veles, Kotevski said.