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Serbia + 7 others
South east Europe builds resilience to natural hazards

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.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Montenegro + 1 other
Step by step, Kosovo refugee rebuilds life in Montenegro

CAMP KONIK, Montenegro, July 23 (UNHCR) – Tefik Berisa is a difficult man to reach. Calls to his home are often answered by a polite childish voice: "My father is not available, he is at work."

In person, his face reflects the hard life he's been through but his posture reveals a man who believes dignity is built through hard work. In 1999 he and his family fled Kosovo for Montenegro with little more than the clothes on their backs. Their belongings and documents were left behind.

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Serbia + 9 others
Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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World + 6 others
U.A.E. spends Dh1b on water supply in 61 countries

U.A.E. has offered more than Dh one billion in foreign aid between 2009-2013 to help ensure water supply in 61 countries, according to the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation (MICAD).

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Montenegro joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

By Biljana Markova

BRUSSELS, 13 June 2014 – This week, the city of Cetinje (population: 16,800) became the first city in the Balkan state of Montenegro to join UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

“Reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change is crucial for the sustainable future of our city and community” said Cetinje Mayor Alexander Bogdanovic, at a signing ceremony.

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Neighbouring Red Cross societies come together to help each other after Balkan floods

It didn’t take long after the flooding began for Lea Kujudnzic’s phone to start ringing off the hook. The Head of International Affairs for the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina was receiving offers of assistance from many Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in neighbouring countries.

“We’re very thankful and grateful that our neighbours have shown such big hearts in this disaster especially because we know that many are not in good economic situations,” said Kujudnzic.

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Mexico + 15 others
ACNUR y Radio UNAM presentan la serie radiofónica “Otro principio” sobre refugiados en México

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 14 de mayo 2014 (ACNUR) – La oficina en México del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, ACNUR, y Radio UNAM llevaron a cabo el pasado jueves el lanzamiento de la serie radiofónica “Otro principio”, con testimonios de personas refugiadas en México.

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World + 6 others
Alternatives to Europe's substandard IDP and refugee collective centres [EN/FR]

Report1

Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
Rapporteur: Mr René ROUQUET, France, Socialist Group

Summary

There are currently some 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Europe, mostly living in temporary shelter and in conditions that are incompatible with human dignity and the values advocated by the Council of Europe, despite the initiatives taken, including by the Council of Europe Development Bank.

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Yemen + 6 others
Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

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) 2. 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.

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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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Montenegro: Location Map (2013)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Serbia + 4 others
Active Inclusion in the Western Balkans: European Enlargement Monitoring Report 2013

Report
Solidar

FOREWORD

The European Commission’s 2013 Enlargement package indicates a number of positive developments in the enlargement countries over the past year, but also recognises the challenges at hand. Like in the European Union, the impact of the economic crisis is being felt throughout the region, with the Western Balkans falling back into recession.

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Bulgaria + 7 others
Headed Somewhere in Europe, Somehow

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, Sep 20 2013 (IPS) - While the relentless war in Syria continuously adds to the number of refugees travelling west to Europe, Greece is fast becoming a nation they are choosing to avoid.

The majority of Syrians, and also others fleeing their countries, are now trying to reach northern Europe through other routes. And the tough Balkans is emerging as one such alternative.

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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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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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World + 19 others
Capacity building fund MAA00011 Annual Report 2012

This report covers the period 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2012

Programme summary

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Serbia + 2 others
Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (S/2013/254)

I. Introduction and Mission priorities

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), by which the Council decided to establish the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and requested that I report at regular intervals on the implementation of its mandate. It covers the activities of UNMIK, and developments related thereto, from 16 January to 22 April 2013.