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Afghanistan + 36 others
Review of Political Missions 2011

Strategic Summary

Mass protests and political upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa, unexpected crises in Kyrgyzstan and Madagascar, ongoing conflicts, long-standing political stalemates, and countries recovering from conflict drove continued reliance on political missions over the past year.

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Afghanistan + 13 others
Report of the Office of the High Commissioner on the outcome of the expert consultation on the issue of protecting the human rights of civilians in armed conflict (A/HRC/14/40)

Human Rights Council

Fourteenth session

Agenda items 2 and 3

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction

1. In its resolution 9/9 on the protection of the human rights of civilians in armed conflict, the Human Rights Council invited the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene

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Afghanistan + 34 others
Five 'mega-trends' - including population growth, urbanization, climate change - make contemporary displacement increasingly complex, Third Committee told


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
38th & 39th Meetings (AM & PM)

High Commissioner for Refugees Says Trends Causing Crises to Multiply; Means Humanitarian Action Operating in Difficult International Environment

Five "mega-trends" -- population growth, urbanization, climate change, migration and food, water and energy insecurity –- made contemporary forms of displacement increasingly complex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today.

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Leaders from developing world vow to win struggle to ensure democracy, peace, development with help of UN, as Assembly debate continues


Sixty-fourth General Assembly GA/10863
7th & 8th Meetings (AM & PM)

In Recorded Vote, Member States Block Address by President of Madagascar

Championing their struggle to rebuild strife-torn nations and secure peace and long-term development, several leaders of the global South today appealed to the General Assembly for broad support to help them staunch terrorism, further entrench democracy and ensure that hard-won electoral gains would not be lost.

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Afghanistan + 29 others
New 8th edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety" shows continued United States progress in clearing landmines and destroying conventional weapons

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has released the 8th Edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety," a report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the world's largest such operation.

In 2008, the Department of State provided $123.1 million in mine clearance and weapons destruction assistance to 35 countries. Among the report's success stories is Cambodia, where U.S.

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Albania + 21 others
Climate change risks overwhelming current global humanitarian capacity

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian catastrophe.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Afghanistan + 43 others
Annual report 2008

Brussels - What continues to make the International Crisis Group unique among organisations active in conflict prevention and resolution is our highly distinctive methodology: a combination of field-based research, sharply practical policy recommendations, and high-level advocacy. In January 2008 we were named by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, after an international peer survey, as one of the "Top Ten Think Tanks in the World". But we think of ourselves not just as a think tank, but a do tank.
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Nepal + 30 others
Assistance à la lutte antimines - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/62/307)


Dix ans après que la communauté internationale se soit engagée à éliminer le fléau des mines antipersonnel, les Nations Unies peuvent se prévaloir de plusieurs réalisations collectives : les mines et les restes explosifs de guerre font de moins en moins de victimes; plusieurs aspects essentiels d'un cadre juridique international renforcé ont été mis en oeuvre; on a expressément reconnu l'importance de l'égalité des sexes et des droits des personnes handicapées dans l'ensemble du domaine de la lutte antimines; et les nombreux partenaires engagés dans la lutte

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Afghanistan + 37 others
Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2006


The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council is pleased to present its yearly Global Overview on trends and developments with regard to conflict-induced internal displacement.

The Global Overview provides an analysis of the world-wide internal displacement crisis, reflecting developments in 2006. It is a unique report in that it is the only comprehensive and regularly published account of the global internal displacement situation. In addition to an analysis of developments at the global level, the report

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Afghanistan + 46 others
Action humanitaire de l'UNICEF rapport 2007


Les situations d'urgence, qu'elles prennent la forme de catastrophes naturelles ou de conflits, continuent d'avoir des conséquences dramatiques sur la vie des enfants et des femmes dans le monde. Les inondations massives dans la Corne de l'Afrique et les nombreux typhons en Asie du Sud illustrent la multiplication sans précédent des catastrophes naturelles qui ont touché des milliers de familles en 2006. Dans le même temps, en Afghanistan, en République démocratique du Congo, à Sri Lanka, au Soudan et dans le territoire palestinien occupé,

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Afghanistan + 45 others
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2007


Emergencies, in the form of natural disasters and new or protracted conflict, continued to extract a toll on the lives of children and women around the world. Massive flooding in the Horn of Africa and the multiple typhoons in South Asia were typical of the ever more frequent occurrence of floods, typhoons and earthquakes that have affected thousands of families in 2006. While in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the occupied Palestinian territory, Sri Lanka and the Sudan, women and children continue to be impacted by the reverberating

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Burundi + 61 others
The Global Appeal 2007

The Global Appeal 2007


UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR. This tenth Global Appeal outlines the Office's strategies and programmes for 2007, and will be launched officially at UNHCR's annual

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Angola + 14 others
Delegates in second committee question report's conclusions on some post-conflict countries' progress beyond need for humanitarian assistance


Sixty-first General Assembly
Second Committee
11th Meeting (AM)

Countries emerging from conflict continued to need international capacity-building assistance, delegates stressed during today's meeting of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), even as a report of the Secretary-General said that some of them should no longer be considered for humanitarian assistance.

The report, Humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation for selected countries and regions, urges the international community to provide aid to Somalia, but says that Angola, Liberia, Mozambique,

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Afghanistan + 25 others
African States say conflict greatest obstacle to continent's development, as General Assembly debate enters second week


Sixty-first General Assembly
18th & 19th Meetings (AM & PM)

Call for Assistance from International Community in Bolstering Fragile Peace Treaties, Securing Conditions for Long-Term Development

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Sudan + 10 others
Let's take partnership with regional bodies to new level of clarity, practicality, seriousness, Secretary-General tells Security Council

SG/SM/10647, SC/8835

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's remarks to the ministerial meeting of the Security Council on cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, in New York, today, 20 September:

I pay tribute to the delegation of Greece, and in particular to you, Madam Foreign Minister, for convening this meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations. The fact that the Security Council has met twice on this issue in as many years shows the importance that you rightly attach to it.

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Transcript of press conference by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at United Nations Headquarters, 13 Sep 2006


The Secretary-General: Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you know, I have just come back from a trip to the Middle East.

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Lebanon + 12 others
Middle East problems expected to top Security Council agenda in September

UN News Service
The crises and problems of the Middle East will be at the forefront of a busy Security Council programme this month, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the Council presidency for September, said today as he outlined the 15-member body's schedule.

The situation in Lebanon following the cessation of hostilities last month between the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah, events in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the question of Iran's nuclear ambitions are among the issues likely to be discussed.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan may brief

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Press conference by Security Council President 5 Sep 2006

Briefing correspondents at Headquarters today on the Security Council's calendar for September, Council President for the month, Adamantios Vassilakis ( Greece), said that events in the Middle East would continue to preoccupy the 15-member body, which would also take up several ongoing situations in Africa.
He also announced that, as of today, there were now five and not four candidates to succeed Kofi Annan as the next United Nations Secretary-General: Jordan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Prince Zeid Ra-ad Zeid Al-Hussein, had joined the list.
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Angola + 5 others
Humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation for selected countries and regions - UN SG Report (A/61/209)

Sixty-first session
Items 67 (a) and (b) of the provisional agenda*
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations; special economic assistance to individual countries or regions


The present report is submitted to the General Assembly in compliance with its requests in resolutions 59/214, 59/215, 59/216, 59/219 of 22 December 2004 and resolution 60/219 of 22

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Timor-Leste + 8 others
The pitfalls of UN nation-building

New unrest in East Timor tarnishes what had been considered one of the few recent successes in UN nation-building. The United Nations shepherded the former Indonesian province to statehood after violence erupted in the aftermath of an independence referendum in 1999. But most of the 11,000-member international presence was gone by last year. The new outbreak in violence raises questions about international commitment to the tiny Asian state and highlights the difficulties in sustaining nation-building projects, no matter how small. Experts say the newly created