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31 Aug 2005 description

Livestock are commonly kept in many refugee situations and, in many instances, form an important part of community activities. They are also a fundamental requirement in many returnee situations given the broad range of products which they can provide.

In addition to the selected products high-lighted below, additional reasons for enhancing livestock-keeping practices in refugee and returnee operations include:

  • limiting the negative impacts of certain animal species on the environment;

31 Aug 2005 description

World Resources Institute. 2006. EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal. Available at http://earthtrends.wri.org. Washington DC: World Resources Institute.

26 Aug 2005 description

Maputo, 26 August 2005 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa comprising health ministers from 46 Member States has declared tuberculosis an emergency in the African region - a response to an epidemic that has more than quadrupled the annual number of new TB cases in most African countries since 1990 and is continuing to rise across the continent, killing more than half a million people every year.

22 Aug 2005 description

22 August 2005, Rome - Starting today, African governments, international development organizations and fisheries experts from around the world are gathering in Abuja, Nigeria for a three day conference on how Africa's fisheries and aquaculture can produce more food for the hunger-beset continent.

12 Aug 2005 description
report UN General Assembly

The General Assembly, in paragraph 29 of its resolution 59/211, requested the Secretary-General to submit to it at its sixtieth session a comprehensive and updated report on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel and on the implementation of the resolution. The present report outlines the threats against the safety and security of humanitarian and United Nations personnel over the past year and responds to the Assembly’s requests and recommendations that fall under the purvie w of the Department of Safety and Security.

11 Aug 2005 description

New Report Projects Food Security in Africa to 2025

11 Aug 2005 description


Officials, activists and scholars have been preoccupied by state fragility at least since the collapse of the Somali state in the early 1990s, yet it is the events of September 11, 2001 that catapulted these concerns to the top of international policy agendas. Since then state fragility has been the focus of policy development in the OECD and the World Bank.
Several northern governments have also issued policy statements on the subject.

01 Aug 2005 description

The 2005 Yearbook analyses developments in security and conflicts, military spending and armaments, and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament, with annexes on arms control and disarmament agreements and a chronology of security- and arms control-related events.

01 Aug 2005 description

This report studies the risks to the deminer as part of the clearance process and considers the follow-on risks on land that has been "cleared". The report defines some boundaries within the field of risk management and outlines a process of undertaking a risk assessment, which is reinforced with a worked example of the application of this process. It also presents some statistical evidence that the process of manual mine clearance is less dangerous than many perceive it to be.

01 Aug 2005 description
report Harvard University

War, technology, and the norms governing warfare have influenced each other dramatically since the beginning of organized conflict. In the early twenty-first century, the pace of technological change in warfare has quickened.

As norms governing war become outdated, law is reinterpreted, ignored, or discarded. This report analyses how war and law are likely to react to one another in the near future.

The report discusses how current weapons development programs and overall trends in technology influence international humanitarian law (IHL) in three respects;

01 Aug 2005 description

Currently, the world has 12 million refugees, nearly 8 million of whom have been living in camps or settlements for more than ten years. Some refugees have lived in such camps for generations. Many of them are prohibited from moving about freely and, over time, develop dependency on humanitarian aid, such as food, shelter, health care and education. Durable solutions cannot be realized if refugees are denied some of the basic human rights, and remain passive recipients of aid.

01 Aug 2005 description

The aim of this paper is to highlight some of the more salient requirements for intelligence in African peace operations, and to provide insights into how these needs are (or are not) being met. It does so with specific reference to intelligence needs related to civilian protection, arms embargoes and DDR, and to the role played by Military Observers, Political Affairs Officers and appointed experts in peace operations. The paper concludes with an overview of ongoing efforts to establish Joint Mission Analysis Cells as a solution to current intelligence deficits.

01 Aug 2005 description

This issue presents data on natural disasters during the first six months of 2005 and also deals with the question of whether natural disasters are increasing in occurrence and impact.

The first semester of 2005 was relatively uneventful in terms of natural disaster impact. This was a welcomed breather after the tragic tsunami of December 2004, the final impact of which still remains to be fully addressed.

01 Aug 2005 description

The global effort against landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) has progressed for many years, and the industry has been developing rapidly for much of this time. But how much do we really know and understand about the fundamental element of mine action - manual mine clearance?

01 Aug 2005 description

IDRL Programme Goal: The IDRL Programme seeks to reduce the vulnerability and suffering of people affected by natural and technological disasters by raising awareness, promoting the implementation, and encouraging the progressive development of laws, rules and principles that ensure a timely, adequate and efficient international response to disasters, where international involvement is needed.

The IDRL pursues this goal in consultation with major stakeholders - national societies, Governments, International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), NGO's, and academics).

01 Aug 2005 description
report Plan

Over the next 10 years, Plan in Asia will contribute around US $1 billion towards the development of millions of children and their families in at least 12 countries across the region. So this document assesses the situation and needs for next decade in those countries and provides strategic framework for Plan staff, and all who work with or contribute to Plan. However, this is also valuable for anyone who is concern with issues such as refugees, protection and education.

Document includes:
1 Child poverty in Asia: 2005 - 2015

01 Aug 2005 description

The Humanitarian Response Review (HRR) was launched by the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) to assess the humanitarian response capacities of the UN, NGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and other key humanitarian actors including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), identify the gaps and make recommendations to address them.