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Serbia + 1 other
23 April 2014: Serbia & Romania - Floods


SERBIA: Floods caused by heavy rainfall affected seven municipalities in six districts in southern Serbia (see map), blocking roads and damaging water supply networks, residences and local industries. As of 23 April the situation was most critical near the city of Krusevac. Since 18 April a total of 508 people have been evacuated from the affected areas. Water levels of most rivers were stagnating or decreasing on 23 April (National Authorities)

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Serbia - Floods - UPDATE (ECHO Daily Flash, 22 April 2014)

Serbia - Floods - UPDATE (Media, National Hydrometeorology)

In the afternoon of 21 April Serbian media reported that floodwaters in most of the flooded areas were steady or receding except in the South Morava basin, where conditions were critical in the areas of Krusevac and Aleksinac. Seven bridges and more than 20 km of roads were reported damaged in Krusevac. On the same day, members of the government inspected the flooded areas in Zajecar, Lucan, Kraljevo and Prokuplje in central-southern Serbia.

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World + 3 others
Boost for quake insurance in SE Europe

By Biljana Markova

BRUSSELS, 11 April 2014 – A major step towards implementation of a disaster risk financing framework in South Eastern Europe has been taken with the completion of a first round of training workshops on new approaches to earthquake insurance last month.

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Kosovo: Approve Special War Crimes Court

Parliament Should Also Endorse EU Law Mission Extension

(Brussels) – Kosovo’s parliament should approve the establishment of a special court located abroad to try alleged war crimes and other serious crimes committed during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The parliament should also agree to extend the mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) and allow it to continue investigating and prosecuting serious and politically sensitive crimes in Kosovo.

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Cameroon + 2 others
Transforming Lives with Clean and Safe Water

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Access to clean and safe water can make the difference between sickness and health, poverty and self-sufficiency. Yet more than one billion people living in impoverished urban and rural areas struggle to survive each day without access to safe drinking water or adequate sanitation.

As the demand for safe, fresh water continues to increase around the world, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding with efforts to improve access to clean and safe water and sanitation for those in need.


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Police spokesperson’s call for attack on Women in Black underscores urgent need to address culture of impunity


28 March 2014 AI Index: EUR 70/009/2014

The call by anti-terrorism police spokesperson, Radomir Po u a, for football fans to unite and č č fight against the non-governmental organization, Women in Black (Žene u crnom) highlights the urgent need for the Serbian government to demonstrate the political will to address the ongoing impunity for crimes committed in the Kosovo conflict.

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Kosovo dairy partnership bridges ethnic divide, builds prosperity

Dairy farmers profit from loans, improved techniques

“Politics can sow divisions, while economics brings people together.”

Kosovo’s Serb dairy farmers are increasing their incomes, commercial sustainability, and local production of quality milk thanks to a novel public-private partnership.

In 2008, USAID initiated the creation of the Crimson Finance Fund, a lending institution that structured an agreement between the municipality of Gračanica/Graqanica, local dairy farmers and the Kosovo Albanian dairy Bylmeti.

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World + 7 others
Restore or Reform: UN Support to Core Government Functions in the Aftermath of Conflict


This report, developed by the United Nations Working Group on Public Administration in Post-Conflict, aims to capture the experience of the United Nations system’s work on public administration in the early years of post-conflict environments and to provide recommendations for more predictable, efficient and timely United Nations support in this area.

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OSCE Mission head welcomes orderly completion of vote collection operation in Kosovo

PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 16 March 2014 – The Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger, noted at 22:00 hrs this evening that the collection of votes has concluded in an orderly manner. The operation was designed to enable eligible voters in Kosovo to exercise their right and cast ballots in Serbian parliamentary elections.

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Drainage rehab brings clean water to Kosovan village

Childen can safely play outdoors again

“The biggest threat was floodwater mixed with the water coming from the broken sewage pipes.”

Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs. Without a proper water drainage system in place, wastewater can wreak havoc on communities large and small, carrying disease and damaging property. For a small village in northern Kosovo, a damaged water drainage channel had devastating effects on the health and livelihood of the community.

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Serbia + 1 other
Dream home comes closer for Serbian family years after fleeing Croatia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia, February 26 (UNHCR) – On a recent cold and misty morning, Ranko Rajković shows visitors around the converted barn where he lives in central Serbia and tells them that he just wants to tear it down and build a decent home with a separate bedroom for him and his wife.

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Protecting the rights of internally displaced women from Kosovo

Protecting the rights of internally displaced women from Kosovo*

FEB 18, 2014

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World + 6 others
Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Applauding European Union’s Partnership with United Nations in Resolving Global Challenges - S/PRST/2014/4


Security Council
7112th Meeting (AM)

Relations Must Be Based on Charter, Russian Federation Stresses during Meeting on Cooperation with Regional Bodies

The Security Council today commended the European Union’s involvement in international negotiation and mediation processes, as well as its commitment to international peacekeeping, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and financial and logistical support.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (S/2014/68)

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 2013 to 20 January 2014.

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Kosovo has made ‘remarkable’ progress, Pristina-Belgrade dialogue must continue – UN official

UN News Service

10 February 2014 – Building on the “remarkable progress” made in Kosovo during 2013, particularly with regard to local elections, both parties must consolidate “the critical achievements”; Pristina and Belgrade must continue their dialogue to reach regional reconciliation, stability and prosperity, the top United Nations official there said today.

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Serbia shivers under snow while volunteers take to the air for a dramatic rescue

Evacuations by helicopter, nights in schools halls, digging out cars and providing bread and food by snowmobile: winter paid a violent visit to Vojvodina and other areas of Serbia prompting the State Emergency service, the military and the Red Cross into action. 60 staff and volunteers from the Serbian Red Cross were in full swing over the weekend assisting with evacuation and providing for people stranded in cars, homes and schools.

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Romania + 10 others
31 January 2014: Eastern / Central Europe – Severe Weather


In the last few days severe weather conditions (heavy snowfalls, low temperatures, rainfall) have hit parts of central and eastern Europe, in particular Romania and Bulgaria, causing power outages and transportation problems.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Time for a human rights agreement with Kosovo


AI Index: EUR 70/003/2014

Amnesty International urges the European Union to facilitate top-level negotiations on a human rights agreement between Serbia and Kosovo.

The organization considers that the resolution of past human rights violations and abuses on both sides is crucial to the “normalization” of the relationship between Kosovo and Serbia, and would build on the political agreement reached between Serbia and Kosovo in April 2013.