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Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

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Development Cooperation or Competition? Russia as a re-emerging donor

In PRIF Report No. 123, Evgeniya Bakalova and Hans-Joachim Spanger analyze Russia's development policy

More than 20 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union Russia returns to the stage of international development aid.

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UN-SPIDER December 2013 Updates

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

  • Call for Experts: Join our Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya
  • Ghana: UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission

News from our Regional Support Offices

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South America leads battle against child labour but Russia and China lagging – Maplecroft Child Labour Index 2014

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Two of the world’s largest growth markets, Russia and China, have shown significant increases in child labour risks over the last year, reveals the latest Child Labour Index from Maplecroft. This exposes companies with operations and supply chains in these countries to greater risks of reputational and legal damage from complicity with children’s rights violations.

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Thirty years of water and habitat at the ICRC

As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.

In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."

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Non-traditional aid and gender equity: Evidence from million dollar donations

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UN University

This paper investigates the role of non-traditional aid in meeting global challenges in improving gender equality and gender-related socioeconomic needs in the twenty-first century. We define non-traditional aid as private donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations and use a newly available dataset that provides unique information about publicly announced private donations of US$1 million or more between 2000-01 from the USA to developing countries.

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Informe estadístico anual sobre las actividades de adquisición del sistema de las Naciones Unidas correspondiente a 2012

Las adquisiciones de las Naciones Unidas alcanzan los 15.400 millones USD en 2012

COPENHAGUE – Las adquisiciones de bienes y servicios por parte de las Naciones Unidas alcanzaron los 15.400 millones USD en 2012. Las mayores sumas se destinaron a productos farmacéuticos, equipo médico, alimentos, transporte y construcción.

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Rapport statistique annuel sur les activités d’achats de l’ONU 2012

Les achats de l’ONU en 2012 se chiffrent à 15,4 milliards de dollars

COPENHAGUE – La valeur des biens et services achetés par les Nations Unies en 2012 se chiffre à 15,4 milliards de dollars, principalement dans les domaines pharmaceutique, médical, alimentaire, des transports et de la construction.

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2012 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

UN procurement at $15.4 billion in 2012

COPENHAGEN – The value of procurement of goods and services by the United Nations was $15.4 billion in 2012, with some of the largest sums spent on pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, food, transportation and construction.

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Europe Zone Office 2012-2015: Long Term Planning Framework - Revision n°1

  1. Who are we?

The IFRC Europe Zone is one of the five decentralised geographic areas, with one regional and several country offices, covering the European continent in the broadest political meaning, i.e. 52 countries including the successor states of the former Soviet Union (fSU) in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
The Europe Zone Office structure is based on three management lines:

1) Programmes and Operations consisting of Disaster Management, Health and Care, and Finance;

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Russia as a Humanitarian Aid Donor

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Oxfam

Russia holds a unique middle-ground position between the developed and the developing world. As such, it has the potential to play an important role in introducing new ideas on aid discourse and practice.

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Treatment 2015

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UNAIDS

The framework, entitled Treatment 2015, stresses that intensive focus on scaling up HIV services in 30 countries would have a significant impact on the trajectory of the global AIDS epidemic.

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CrisisWatch N°119 - 01 July 2013

The Syrian conflict continued to morph into a full-blown regional sectarian struggle (see our new report). President Bashar Assad’s forces recaptured the town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border with the backing of Hizbollah fighters, whose open support for the regime is mobilising Sunnis across the region. An unprecedented conference in Cairo brought together some of the most prominent, and usually divided, Sunni religious opinion leaders in a joint appeal for jihad against the regime. Their call was endorsed by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

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End restrictions on NGO access to funds for human rights advocacy

(Geneva – 29 May 2013) – Non-government organisations, particularly those that advocate on issues of human rights, are facing unprecedented restrictions on access to funding, according to a new report by a UN expert.

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Getting Away With Murder: CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index

CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

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Rocked by militants in the north and politically inspired aggression nationwide, Nigeria has become one of the worst nations in the world for deadly, unpunished violence against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index. The global index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, also found soaring impunity rates in Somalia, Pakistan, and Brazil.

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Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.

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2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR

April 19, 2013

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The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012

After several years of mega-disasters and consequent high funding for disaster response, international humanitarian disaster funding dipped to the relatively low 2009 level.