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24 Feb 2015 description

Some 150 small farming households affected by last year’s devastating floods received practical help today from the European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The assistance, aimed at restoring their livelihoods, comes as part of the EU’s total flood recovery package to Serbia valued at Euro 30 million.

20 Feb 2015 description

Japan will support municipalities in Serbia this year with a USD 3.64 million grant aimed at increasing local-level resilience and preparedness to respond to disasters. The 12-months-long project will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Project will benefit communities in at least 27 municipalities in Serbia, totaling some 1.3 million inhabitants, which have been identified by Serbian government as the most affected by last year’s devastating floods.

19 Feb 2015 description

OSCE report calls for enhanced institutional response to illegal re-occupation of properties in Kosovo

PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 19 February 2015 – Cases of illegal re-occupation of properties call for a determined response by Kosovo institutions to guarantee the full protection of the property rights of all communities in Kosovo, concludes an OSCE Mission report launched today.

19 Feb 2015 description

MSF calls on Serbian authorities and EU member states to provide aid and protection to those in need

13 Feb 2015 description

Belgrade, 13 Feb 2015 – Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Srdjan Verbic, Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar and Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Masafumi Kuroki signed an agreement today on the Japanese donation in the amount of €306,941 for schools and health centres in Serbia.

Verbic recalled that the government of Japan since 1999 launched approximately 200 projects and donated funds in the areas of education, health and social care, adding that the help is immeasurable.

13 Feb 2015 description

Kosovo - With the rise in irregular migration of Kosovo citizens towards the European Union (EU), Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga met with IOM Kosovo Chief of Mission Jorge Baca Vaughan on Thursday (12/2) to discuss the need to engage with local and international institutions to address migration management and the return of irregular Kosovar migrants from EU countries.

11 Feb 2015 description

Abstract

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.

07 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11770

7377th Meeting (AM)

Reporting both the end of a prolonged political impasse and the eruption of violent protests in Kosovo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council this morning that leaders of the parties there must engage seriously in ongoing dialogue and make the hard choices required for regional stability.

04 Feb 2015 description

UNDP Serbia signed two contracts today, covering the construction of 14 new torrential barriers, out of the total of 18 contracted so far. The barriers are to be constructed on riverbeds of II category, in the municipalities which were most affected by last year's flooding, namely in Krupanj, Mali Zvornik, Vrnjačka Banja, Loznica, Osečina, Ljubovija, Kosjerić i Bajina Bašta.

03 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

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 October 2014 through 15 January 2015.

03 Feb 2015 description
report Amnesty

Serbia and Croatia must now focus their efforts on ensuring accountability for crimes against humanity and war crimes and reparation for victims at the national level, says Amnesty International today following the International Court of Justice ruling that neither Serbia nor Croatia had established the necessary intent on the part of the other to commit genocide during the conflict in 1990s.

02 Feb 2015 description

Editorial

All over the world, human rights defenders (HRDs) are willing to put up with the considerable risks that come with promoting and protecting civil and political rights. Intimidation, blacklisting, imprisonment and even the criminalisation of their actions are merely a few examples of the dangers they are faced with on a daily basis. How can we best ensure their protection? What is the role of Swiss governmental and non-governmental actors? And which protective mechanisms are being taken at the level of international policy?

26 Jan 2015 description

En este número destacamos:

  • Violencia contra las mujeres por Boko Haram en Nigeria

  • Impactos de género del conflicto en Ucrania

  • Violencia contra personas LGTBI en conflictos armados

  • Participación de organizaciones de mujeres en las negociaciones de paz de Colombia

Impacto de los conflictos

ISIS

26 Jan 2015 description

This issue features:

  • Violence against women committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria

  • Impacts on gender of the conflict in Ukraine

  • Violence against LGTBI people in armed conflict

  • Participation of women’s organisations in peace negotiations in Colombia

Impact of conflicts

ISIS

21 Jan 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

16 Jan 2015 description

Belgrade, 15 Jan 2015 – The government adopted at its today's meeting the State programme of reconstruction of health facilities damaged by floods, which includes measures and deadlines for the rehabilitation of health facilities damaged in last year's floods.

Floods and landslides damaged 36 health facilities in Serbia, the rehabilitation of which will enable normal functioning of the health system in these areas. The government secured RSD 160 million for rehabilitation of those health facilities.

15 Jan 2015 description

Zagreb wants Serbia to prosecute individuals indicted for war crimes in Croatia in the 1990s, an issue that could turn into a key point for Belgrade's further European integration. Officials and experts say that calming tensions over the issue is in the vital interests of both nations.

Croatian Minister of Justice Orsat Miljenic told SETimes that Serbia must try senior army officers if it wants to "face the problem of war crimes."

15 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11376

2014 Round-up
Security Council
Round-up Release

Seized with a succession of new crises in Europe, the Middle East and across Africa, the Security Council in 2014 tackled an expanding workload in a record number of meetings while seeking to defeat terrorism, prevent conflicts, protect civilians, and improve the effectiveness of sanctions and other tools to quell tensions and neutralize threats.

14 Jan 2015 description
report European Commission

Facts and Figures on the arrivals of migrants in Europe

What is smuggling of migrants?

To enter the EU, irregular migrants often turn to smugglers.

07 Jan 2015 description

By Andreea Anca, IFRC

An ECHO donation of Euro 500,000 to Serbia reached more flood-affected families than planned with the help of the Red Cross of Serbia (RCS). The donation came in support of the on-going effort to restore damaged homes and help people return to normal life after the worst flood in a century hit vast swathes of the Balkan region in May.

More than 4000 Serbian families benefited from the ECHO donation, a number which exceeded the 3000 families initially planned to receive support.

Long-term recovery