A meeting for war crimes investigators in South-Eastern Europe organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and supported by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25 May 2015 in Sarajevo provided an opportunity for investigators to exchange experiences and discuss issues such as the structural set-up of investigation units, the relationship between investigators and prosecutors, and cross-border co-operation where suspects are located in other countries in the region.
By Andreea Anca, IFRC
One year ago, more than 6,500 volunteers from the Red Cross of Serbia were mobilized to support communities with the distribution of emergency relief in the aftermath of the floods, which affected more than 1.6 million people across the country. Since then, 1,000 volunteers have been giving a helping-hand to communities recovering from the unprecedented destruction of their homes, caused by the water floods and mudslides.
At the beginning of the Second International Symposium on Landslides, new project “The Harmonization of Landslide Data and training of municipalities for its monitoring: “BEWARE (Beyond Landslide Awareness)” was launched today at the Belgrade City Hall.
The project is implemented by the State Geological Survey of Serbia, and the Faculty of Mining and Geology. The project is funded by the Government of Japan in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia.
Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014
The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.
UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights Many Environmental Successes
Global Cooperation Reversed Ozone Depletion, Renewables Reached New Heights and First UNEA Advanced Environmental Agenda
Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.
FRONTEX PUBLISHES WESTERN BALKANS ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2015
The number of illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans region rose by 65 per cent last year to 66 000, with two-thirds of the detections on the Hungarian-Serbian border. The surge of migrants across this border section was so high that at one point in December it accounted for more than half of all illegal border crossings at the EU’s external borders.
The four-day meeting of practitioners in disaster risk reduction, which is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) opened today in Belgrade.
Experts in disaster risk reduction from twenty countries and territories from the regions of Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, gathered in Serbia given the extensive and successful experience gained during and after last year's catastrophic floods, but also in earlier disasters such as the earthquake in the city of Kraljevo.
I. Introduction and Mission priorities
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 15 April 2015.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of Germany's states have agreed upon faster processing of refugee's applications for asylum. More migration officers will be appointed, but plans are still too hazy at the moment.
Angela Merkel and representatives from eight German states discussed dealing with an impending refugee crisis on Friday after the country's migration authorities said they expected around 450,000 asylum seekers this year.
KUWAIT, May 6 (KUNA) -- Visiting Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic expressed her appreciation to the efforts of Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in humanitarian relief through setting up 25 housing unit for Serbian people whose houses were demolished by the floods.
Following her meeting with Chairman of KRCS Dr. Helal Al-Sayer here on Wednesday, Gojkovic told KUNA in a statement that these efforts reflect Kuwait's bright image as a Humanitarian Center.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Date: 5 May 2015
The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives, including 50 women and 131 children. In addition, more than 1,364 civilians have been injured. These are the figures from 26 March up to 3 May. There has also been severe destruction of civilian infrastructure, including houses, in many districts.
The Security Council in May would consider the growing threats faced by journalists around the world in addition to focusing on foreign terrorist fighters, small arms and a raft of ongoing situations of concern, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, President of the body for the month, said this afternoon.
This report covers the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Belgrade, 27 April 2015 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic spoke today with Vice Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank Mikolaj Dowgielewicz about current cooperation between Serbia and this bank, with a special emphasis on the implementation of the Regional programme for providing housing to refugees.
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.