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


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



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.

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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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Serbia + 1 other
Kosovo boosts efforts to aid minority returnees

Despite a slowdown in refugee returns, the Kosovo government said it is working to help those who were displaced in coming home.

Kosovo's bad economy, the absence of housing assistance projects and, at times, threats of violence, have all been factors in preventing returns. But, according to Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, the government will continue to offer financial support for initiatives for the return and reintegration of the minorities.

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Montenegro: Floods in the refugee Camp Konik DREF Operation (MDRME006) Final report

Summary: In September 2012 heavy rains and storms affected the refugee camp Konik I in Montenegro, near the city of Podgorica. Five tents collapsed completely and all the others were flooded, thereby damaging the personal belongings of the residents. As a result of the flooding, the living conditions in the camp worsened as the previously distributed blankets, mattresses, kitchen utensils, clothes etc. were destroyed by water or were washed away, leaving the population of the camp even worse off than after the fire that happened in July 2012.

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NPA Maps Areas for Unexploded Cluster Sub-munitions in Montenegro

Montenegro has not solved its legacy of unexploded cluster sub-munitions left over after the NATO bombing campaign in 1999. Montenegro signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 3rd December 2008 and ratified 25th January 2010. Under Article 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Montenegro is required to complete clearance of all areas affected by remnants of cluster munitions under its jurisdiction or control by 1st August 2020.

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World + 14 others
Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group to hold fifteenth session in Geneva from 21 January to 1 February 2013

15 January 2013

The fifteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group will be held in Geneva from 21 January to 1 February during which the next group of 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.

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World + 13 others
Bulgari, Save the Children Education Campaign Surpasses $20 million

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Montenegro + 1 other
A day in the life of Europe’s largest refugee camp

By Benoist Matsha-Carpentier in Montenegro

1999, Kosovo. The country has been in war for several years and recent attacks in the countryside have forced thousands of people to flee their country, seeking refuge in what was still at the time the country of Serbia and Montenegro.

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Jordan + 13 others
New European Commission civil protection initiative in Euro-Mediterranean region

Reference: IP/12/1188 Event Date: 08/11/2012

Brussels, 8 November 2012

The European Commission announced today the launching of a new civil protection programme in the Mediterranean region, building on the achievements of the successful Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters (PPRD).

The new programme will start in the spring of 2013 and will run until 2016. It was announced at a high-level conference in Brussels which marked the completion of the current PPRD programme.

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Rwanda + 6 others
Top Officials from International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda, Former Yugoslavia Report Significant Progress towards Wrapping up Work within Next 12 Months


Sixty-seventh General Assembly
24th Meeting (AM)

Tribunals Helped Forge New Culture of International Accountability; Residual Mechanism Needs Adequate Resources to Preserve Legacy, Speakers Say