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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Voices from the ground - Landmine and explosive remnants of war survivors speak out on victim assistance

Introduction

Korab Mula (27) from Albania lost his two arms and injured both legs when he stepped on a mine and then fell on another one in June 2000. With international assistance, he was fitted with conventional prosthetic arms, but they give him problems and he cannot use them which has caused him to feel dejected and depressed. Only with more advanced electronic prostheses, which are not available in Albania, does Korab stand a realistic chance to train up for a job, and even get married. "I want to live with hope," Korab says, "I believe

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Afghanistan + 32 others
Assistance in mine action - Report of the UN SG (A/64/287)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 29 of the provisional agenda

Summary

On the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention), civil society, Governments and the United Nations have come a long way to end the suffering caused by landmines. Over 41 million landmines have been destroyed. Land has been cleared and returned to communities. Increased numbers of at-risk populations have

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Afghanistan + 31 others
Assistance à la lutte antimines - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/287)

Résumé

Dix ans après l'entrée en vigueur du Traité sur l'interdiction de l'emploi, du stockage, de la production et du transfert des mines antipersonnel et sur leur destruction (Traité d'interdiction des mines antipersonnel), la société civile, les États et l'ONU ont beaucoup fait pour mettre fin aux souffrances causées par les mines terrestres. Plus de 41 millions de ces mines ont été détruites. Des terres ont été déminées et rendues aux communautés. Un nombre croissant de populations à risque disposent des connaissances et des compétences pour réduire les

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Afghanistan + 29 others
New 8th edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety" shows continued United States progress in clearing landmines and destroying conventional weapons

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The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has released the 8th Edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety," a report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the world's largest such operation.

In 2008, the Department of State provided $123.1 million in mine clearance and weapons destruction assistance to 35 countries. Among the report's success stories is Cambodia, where U.S.

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Serbia + 15 others
Selling justice short: Why accountability matters for peace

I. Overview

The long-running debate about whether seeking justice for grave international crimes interferes with prospects for peace has intensified as the possibility of national leaders being brought to trial for human rights violations becomes more likely. The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, which is mandated to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, has already issued its first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state-Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir. That the ICC operates while armed conflicts are ongoing

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Afghanistan + 37 others
New report released in New York today: Internal displacement at record high

International efforts have failed to reduce the scale of internal displacement caused by conflict. According to IDMC's report Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2008, an estimated 26 million people were still displaced within their countries, the same number as in 2007 and the highest since the early 1990s.

- "In the context of conflict prevention, forced displacement remains a major challenge, as does the protection of

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Afghanistan + 34 others
Report of the Secretary-General on enhancing mediation and its support activities: S/2009/189

Summary

The present report examines the challenges faced by the United Nations and its partners in providing professional mediation assistance to parties in conflict. It describes the need for experienced and knowledgeable mediators and support teams, with women adequately represented, and sufficient resources to provide assistance at an early stage to help parties design and pursue processes that will address the root causes of their conflicts, overcome obstacles that block progress, and achieve agreements that lead to sustainable peace. It discusses the

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2009

Introduction

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2009 provides a snapshot of the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 33 countries, territories and peacekeeping missions, and describes the strategies for eliminating each of these threats.

This 12th edition of the annual portfolio is a collection of mine action project proposals that reflect a strategic response by field-based partners to the landmine and ERW problems in specific countries or territories. The compilation has become a unique resource for donors, policy-makers and service providers.

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Albania + 21 others
Climate change risks overwhelming current global humanitarian capacity

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian catastrophe.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Cooperation is essential in determining effectiveness of International Criminal Court, Secretary-General tells States parties to Rome Statute

SG/SM/11310
L/3120

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at the general debate of the Sixth Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, in New York, today, 3 December:

I am pleased to welcome you here at United Nations Headquarters in New York for your Sixth Assembly.

Last July marked the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Next July, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute.

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Afghanistan + 28 others
Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2008

Foreword

Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty was adopted in September 1997, mine action has helped an ever-increasing number of civilians reclaim their lives and restore their livelihoods. The treaty has helped mobilize the international community's response to landmines and their impact on people. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we collectively take on a grave humanitarian and development challenge.

The United Nations pledges to assist mine-affected countries in meeting their obligations under the Anti-Personnel

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Ban Ki-moon calls for greater protection of civilians affected by conflict

Report
UN News Service
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the protection of civilians in armed conflict must remain an absolute priority, noting that even though the number of hostilities around the world has decreased, millions of men, women and children continue to bear the brunt of war.

"In conflicts around the world, civilians continue to be killed, maimed, raped, displaced and unable to meet their basic needs," Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2007/643)

I. Introduction

1. The present sixth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is submitted in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1674 (2006) and 1738 (2006). Resolution 1674 (2006) marked a watershed in the protection of civilians by providing a clear framework for action by the Council and the United Nations in this area - action that is as critical and necessary today as it was eight years ago, when the Council

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Afghanistan + 87 others
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jan 2006 - mid-2007 (A/62/12)

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

2. Despite a plethora of complex challenges,

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Survivors and states join forces against cluster bombs

Belgrade, 4 October 2007 - Cluster bomb survivors gathered in Serbia this week to ensure their rights were at the heart of international efforts to ban the weapon by 2008.

Twenty-two of the 26 affected states participated in the Belgrade Conference of States Affected by Cluster Munitions, the latest development in the Oslo Process for a new treaty banning these weapons, which has gathered the support of 82 countries in just seven months.

"Just as we were making our way to the conference, six-year old Ali Dakdouk was making his way to school when

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Nepal + 30 others
Assistance à la lutte antimines - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/62/307)

Résumé

Dix ans après que la communauté internationale se soit engagée à éliminer le fléau des mines antipersonnel, les Nations Unies peuvent se prévaloir de plusieurs réalisations collectives : les mines et les restes explosifs de guerre font de moins en moins de victimes; plusieurs aspects essentiels d'un cadre juridique international renforcé ont été mis en oeuvre; on a expressément reconnu l'importance de l'égalité des sexes et des droits des personnes handicapées dans l'ensemble du domaine de la lutte antimines; et les nombreux partenaires engagés dans la lutte

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Promotion and protection of the rights of children (A/62/209)

Sixty-second session
Item 68 (a) of the provisional agenda (A/62/150)

Promotion and protection of the rights of children

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the members of the General Assembly the report of the independent expert for the United Nations study on violence against children, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 61/146.

Report of the independent expert for the United Nations study on violence against children

Summary

The present report is submitted pursuant

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Afghanistan + 39 others
EU should fill leadership void on human rights - Human Rights Watch launches World Report 2007 on Guantanamo anniversary

Introduction

What government is today's champion of human rights? Washington's potentially powerful voice no longer resonates after the US government's use of detention without trial and interrogation by torture. The administration of President George W. Bush can still promote "democracy"-the word it uses to avoid raising the thorny subject of human rights-but it cannot credibly advocate rights that it flouts.

As America's influence wanes, China's waxes. Yet China is hardly a leader on human rights. Its growing economic

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Burundi + 61 others
The Global Appeal 2007

The Global Appeal 2007

Introduction

UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR. This tenth Global Appeal outlines the Office's strategies and programmes for 2007, and will be launched officially at UNHCR's annual