The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.
NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF and ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, today announced the renewal of a decade-long partnership that to date has provided access to better quality education for more than 1 million of the world’s hardest-to-reach children.
During the past 10 years, ING has inspired its employees and customers worldwide to raise funds for UNICEF, helping to improve children’s access to education in remote communities in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Zambia.
On Tuesday 7 April a Serbian maritime protection team joined the EU Naval Force to take on the role of protecting World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MSM Dourno from potential pirate attack as it sails along the Somali coast. A maritime protection team from Croatia has held this important role for the past four months.
The handover ceremony between the Croatian and Serbian forces was held on board MSM Dourno in Djibouti and attended by military officers from Croatia, Serbia, France and the EU Naval Force.
Beaten, Extorted, Shoved Back Across the Border
(New York, April 15, 2015) – Asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia experience harassment and abuse at the hands of Serbian police, Human Rights Watch said today.
Par Son Éminence le cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Président et Michel Roy, Secrétaire Général
« Nous avons mis en route la culture du “déchet” […] Les exclus ne sont pas des “exploités”, mais des déchets, “des restes”… personne ne devrait être “privé” de l’amour de Dieu ni de nos soins. »
By His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
“We have created a ‘throw away’ culture…the excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’…no one is to be ‘excluded’ from God’s love and from our care.”
Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.
Following the floods and landslides which devastated towns and villages across Serbia in 2014, UNOPS has been working with partners to rebuild homes and schools, helping families to return to normality.
"On behalf of Serbia, I would like to thank UNOPS and the United Nations for the assistance provided, especially during the difficult period of flood rehabilitation. We are expecting the signing of the agreement on the status of UNOPS in Serbia to happen shortly, which will define our long-term cooperation," stated Minister Dačić following his meeting with Ms Faremo.
This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 3,842,805 to enable the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Red Cross of Serbia in delivering assistance and support to some 12,400 flood-affected families (49,600 people). The Red Cross of Serbia (RCS) continues to support the ongoing recovery activities that are mostly related to unconditional cash payments.
GENÈVE, 26 mars (HCR) – Le HCR a signalé jeudi que les guerres en Syrie et en Iraq – et les conflits armés, les violations des droits humains ainsi que la détérioration de la situation de sécurité et des conditions humanitaires dans d'autres pays – ont généré la plus forte hausse depuis 22 ans concernant le nombre de demandes d'asile déposées dans les pays industrialisés.
Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years
GENEVA – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today.
Belgrade, Serbia | | Wednesday 3/18/2015 - 18:37 GMT
by Katarina SUBASIC
Serbian police detained eight men Wednesday suspected of taking part in the 1995 killing of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica, the first arrests by Serbian authorities over Europe's deadliest atrocity since World War II.
The men identified only by their initials allegedly participated in the execution of about 1,000 Muslims in a single day at a warehouse in the eastern Bosnian town of Kravica near Srebrenica.
Belgrade, 12 March 2015 – The Serbian government, at the proposal of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, sent a request to the Speaker of the Serbian Parliament that the Bill on determining public interest and special expropriation procedures and issuance of the construction permit for the project "Belgrade Waterfront" not be examined under emergency procedure.
At today's session, it was decided that this bill should be included on the agenda of the Parliament in two weeks.
Belgrade, 9 March 2015 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic thanked today Executive Director of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Grete Faremo on the assistance and commitment of this office to the clean-up of consequencies of last year’s floods.
After the meeting with Faremo at the Palace of Serbia, Dacic said that the total value of the projects which UNOPS has implemented in Serbia since 2010 is around €65 million.
2014 floods threaten 2015 harvest
After last spring’s record rainfall in Southeast Europe, Serbia watched historic floods submerge towns and overrun the countryside. Rural villages and farms took the brunt of the impact, as high water and landslides drowned livestock, destroyed crop seed and animal feed supplies, and washed away newly sown fields along with the hard work of the spring planting season.
The National Disaster Management Program was passed by a Conclusion of the Government of Serbia. The Program was launched today by the Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.
Adressing an audience of sectoral experts, diplomatic core and members of the media, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that, when it comes to natural disasters, the government is firmly committed to preventive measures.
Furthering dialogue between women parliamentarians from South East Europe and paths for advancing women’s participation in political and public life was the focus of the regional conference “Equal and Empowered – Stronger Together”, held on 2-3 March 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.
In January 2015, Serbia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), succeeding Switzerland. In addition to the urgency of the Ukrainian crisis, the issue of reconciliation and strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans remains a current topic. More than 15 years after the end of the Yugoslav wars, many challenges remain. How far along is the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans? What is the outcome of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?
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.