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27 May 2014 description

Balkans: On 13 May, cyclone Tamara hit the Balkans. Heavy rainfall resulted in extensive flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia; 1.6 million, 1.5 million, and 38,000 people have been affected, respectively. In total, 81,879 people have been evacuated. Relief efforts are being hampered by landslides, damaged infrastructure, blocked roads, and blackouts.

24 Jan 2012 description
report Voice of America

Amra Alirejsovic

Remnants of war, including unexploded ordnance and landmines, are still found in many countries around the world - even decades after conflicts have ended. Those dangers often devastate the lives of local inhabitants, who might not be aware they live in the middle of a minefield.

An international organization that helps clear and destroy weapons left behind in war zones recently screened a documentary called Surviving the Peace, which shows how remnants of a conflict affect people’s lives, even after their country has emerged from war.

25 Oct 2010 description

Vicenç Fisas

Director of School for a Culture of Peace

?? In the Philippines, the MILF abandoned its request for independence for certain regions of Mindanao and instead agreed to create a sub-state or an autonomous republic.

?? In Kosovo, the International Court of Justice handed down a non-binding ruling that the 2008 declaration of independence did not violate either international law or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

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30 Sep 2007 description

September 2007 - Internally displaced persons (IDPs) were central to the humanitarian reform initiated by Jan Egeland, then-Emergency Relief Coordinator in 2005. It was widely recognized that the collaborative approach which had been developed to assign institutional responsibilities for IDPs was not working. Humanitarian reform was intended to "fill the gaps" in humanitarian response - particularly for IDPs -- but over time it became something else.

24 Nov 2004 description

Humanitarian Mine Action and the Nairobi Summit

At just 32 years old, Jose Brinco should be in the prime of his life. Instead, he is a victim of Angola's most horrifying legacy of war - landmines.

In 1994, a young Brinco and his wife were working hard in their maize fields. When he stepped on the anti-personnel mine, it was inevitable that his wife should try to help him. She didn't make it.

30 Sep 2003 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI
James Darcy
Charles-Antoine Hofmann

13 Jun 2002 description


Highlights from the SIPRI YEARBOOK 2002
Security and conflicts

The 15 most deadly conflicts in 2001-those that killed over 100 people-were all intra-state conflicts, but all of them were directly affected by external actors and 11 of them spilled over international borders. 11 of the conflicts have lasted for eight or more years.

51 multilateral peace operations were operational during 2001.

There were no new UN peace missions in 2001 for the first time since 1996.

03 Apr 2002 description

This report by Anna Jefferys

13 Jun 2001 description


REMINDER: A press conference will be held at Hotel Eggers, Drottningtorget, in Gothenburg on Wednesday, 13 June 2001, at 15:00.
EMBARGO: Not for release until 13 June 2001, 1500 CET

31 Mar 2001 description

New efforts to enforce human rights laws in conflicts zones have failed to reduce civilian casualties. Yasmine Sherif argues that civilians need protection as well as material aid

01 Mar 2000 description
report Mail and Guardian

Johannesburg, South Africa. March 1 2000

20 Oct 1999 description

Officials and activists from all over the world meet to strategize against rising use of child soldiers.

30 Jun 1999 description

Much has been said about the disparity in the world's response to the crisis in Kosovo and to equally desperate situations in other regions, particularly in Africa.

18 Jun 1999 description

War-crimes sleuths due in Kosovo today. UN aid rolled yesterday. Don't expect blue helmets of peacekeepers.

06 Jan 1999 description

Minh T. Vo, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.