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