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Thirty years of water and habitat at the ICRC

As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.

In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."

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Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.

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RCA allocates over Dh 4 million to implement developmental projects

The Higher Committee of Foreign aid at the Red Crescent Authority has allocated Dh 4.027 million to carry out developmental projects in a number of countries.

The assistance will cover health, education and social services sectors in addition to the provision of water supplies in areas which suffer from shortage of this vital service.

These projects will be carried out in a number of countries, including Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Jordan and Pakistan, Senegal, Bosnia, Uganda, Benin, Thailand, Chad, in addition to Ghana, Lebanon, Libya and Mauritania.

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The Global Regime for Armed Conflict

Scope of the Challenge

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India + 2 others
OIC Contact Group Meeting on Kashmir urges international community to play its due role, Meeting on Bosnia underlines rule of law as part of settlement

The OIC Contact Group Meeting on Jammu and Kashmir reaffirmed its principled support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and aspiration of the Kashmiri people. The meeting, which took place on 26 September 2012 on the sidelines of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, emphasized the need for full respect of human rights as well as the importance of taking all requisite steps to provide relief and comfort to the Kashmiris.

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EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions on Syria, Egypt, Human Rights, and more

European Union

President: Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Main results of the Council

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Global Overview 2011: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

People internally displaced by conflict and violence

For the last 14 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre has monitored intern- al displacement resulting from conflict and violence across the world. In 2011, the number of people internally displaced by these causes stood at 26.4 million.

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World + 4 others
Give women the respect they deserve: Muslim Aid’s message on International Women’s Day

Muslim Aid

On International Women’s day being celebrated today, Muslim Aid stresses the crucial role played by women across the globe in building a strong stable and caring society that fosters stability and healthy development.

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World + 12 others
Danish Refugee Council Annual Report 2010

Better economy and a strengthened position both nationally and internationally has paved the way for the Danish Refugee Council to be able to assist nearly one million people in need in more than 30 countries worldwide. This is the result of the financial report 2010 approved at the annual meeting of the Council.

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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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Armenia + 10 others
Council holds interactive dialogue with Experts on enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and internally displaced persons


7 March 2011

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a clustered interactive dialogue with Jeremy Sarkin, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, El Hadji Malick Sow, Chairperson of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

Jeremy Sarkin, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, said that since its creation, the Working Group had transmitted 53,337 individual

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ICBL News December 2010

Ready for the Next Leg of the Journey?

The Tenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty (10MSP) brings us together one year after the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World -- a remarkable event that allowed us to celebrate the power of a treaty that has inspired so much dedicated effort year after year. The past year also saw record-breaking progress in implementing the Mine Ban Treaty: casualty rates are the lowest on record, while more contaminated land was cleared than ever before.

But we still face many challenges on

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2010/579)

I. Introduction

1. The present eighth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1894 (2009).

2. The adoption of resolution 1894 (2009) on 11 November 2009 was a fitting commemoration of 10 years of thematic action by the Security Council on the protection of civilians and a welcome manifestation of the ongoing commitment of the Council to that critical issue. The resolution marked a significant step towards responding to some of the five core challenges identified in my previous report of 29 May

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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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Ministers Urge Serious Steps to End Long-Standing Conflicts, Support for Peace Processes, as General Assembly's Annual Debate Continues


Sixty-fifth General Assembly
21st & 22nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Conflict resolution and peacebuilding in places as diverse as the Middle East, Kashmir, Cyprus and the Balkans emerged as major themes as the General Assembly continued its annual general debate today, alongside calls for reforms to make the Security Council more representative of the United Nations membership, 65 years after the founding of the Organization.

Speaking in the context of renewed direct peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, and the end

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Somalia + 15 others
World Leaders Appeal for International Solidarity, Applied through Legitimacy of United Nations, as General Assembly Continues Annual High-Level Debate


Sixty-fifth General Assembly
16th & 17th Meetings (AM & PM)

Heads of State and Government called for the building of global solidarity through the United Nations to help resolve local conflicts as well as international crises, as the annual high-level debate at the General Assembly continued with its third day today.

"We have been calling for all our voices to be heard", in order to bolster such solidarity, King Mswati III of Swaziland said early in the day as he pledged his support to the

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USAID FrontLines - August 2010

USAID Responds to Devastating Floods in Pakistan

Heavy rains in late July and August have caused massive flooding across Pakistan. As of Aug. 16, the deadly flood waters had claimed the lives of a reported 1,400 people, washed away close to 900,000 homes, decimated crops, killed scores of livestock, and left billions of dollars worth of damage in their wake.

The United Nations estimates that more than 15 million people have been affected by the floods, and as the monsoon rains continue, there is a growing need to address critical health concerns

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Security Council
6354th Meeting (AM & PM)

In Joint Briefing, Humanitarian Chief, High Commissioner For Human Rights Stress Importance of Accountability, Need to End Impunity

Opening a day-long debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that it must broaden its focus to both causative and normative factors in order to address a "huge common challenge", as non-combatants remained targeted around the world.

"While the conduct of hostilities