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16 Nov 2018 description

With an impressive development progress over the past two decades, the countries of the Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) are primed for significant economic and social growth. Climate change, however, threatens to undermine decades of development gains and put at risk efforts to eradicate poverty. Tackling climate change must be central to efforts to reduce poverty and sustain development.

07 Nov 2018 description

A. Situation Analysis

Description of the disaster

On 15 March 2018, a meeting of the Emergency Situations Commission of the Republic of Belarus was held to discuss the coming spring floods in Belarus. The meeting was facilitated by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

21 Oct 2018 description


  • Total production of cereals in 2018 estimated at near average level

  • Imports of cereals in 2018/19 well above the five-year average

  • Prices of wheat products virtually unchanged in August

Total production of cereals in 2018 estimated close to 2017 level

Harvesting of spring cereals finalized at the end of September, while that of winter crops was completed by mid-August.

26 Sep 2018 description

Sixty-ninth session Geneva, 1-5 October 2018

Update of UNHCR’s operations in Europe

A. Situational analysis including new developments

People in need of international protection continued to seek safety throughout Europe, as part of movements involving refugees and migrants, while facing physical, legal and administrative restrictions.

03 Aug 2018 description

Minsk – More than half of Belarus’ 9.5 million people use the global messenger service Viber, which was created in Minsk more than seven years ago, to quickly exchange messages, receive information, and make phone calls at home and abroad. Now, a new IOM Belarus Viber community has been established to share travel information and inform people about the potential risks they face, including human trafficking.

25 Jul 2018 description


In a complex and fast-changing world, we remain focused and resolute in pursuit of our goal – to provide the most appropriate, effective medicine in the harshest of environments. As well as responding to vital needs, our aid is born of a desire to show solidarity with people who are suffering, whether as a result of conflict, neglect or disease.

10 Jul 2018 description

Refugee and local children mingle at a UNHCR-funded project where they can take part in activities from kickboxing to ballet.

By Kate Bond in Minsk, Belarus | 10 July 2018

Svetlana clasps her hands together nervously and motions to a colleague to start the music. “Remember,” she calls to the six Afghan boys on stage. “Maintain your distance!”

06 Jul 2018 description

6 July 2018


Requests Two-Day Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights

04 Jun 2018 description

A Syrian chef and a Georgian restaurant owner believe their new partnership has all the ingredients of success.

By Kate Bond in Gomel, Belarus | 04 June 2018

Chef Imad Ahmad decided it was time to leave Syria when his café in the city of Daraa was flattened in the war.

“I wanted to save myself and my family because I knew everything was in vain,” he says. “My café was ruined. Flattened,” he says, with a sad shrug.

01 Jun 2018 description

Global Overview MAY 2018

23 May 2018 description

A two-day discussion-based tabletop exercise on how to respond to a simulated wildfire in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, in close partnership with the Global Fire Monitoring Center, was held on 17 and 18 May 2018 in the city of Gomel in Belarus near the border with Ukraine.

02 May 2018 description

Global Overview APRIL 2018

16 Apr 2018 description

Executive summary

Flooding is a natural disaster that can damage large areas in the vicinity of rivers, and in the case of flash floods, also in the vicinity of smaller streams. The Global Risks Report 2017 (1) lists extreme weather events, of which flooding is the main risk in most countries, as the risk with the second highest potential impact and the highest likelihood of occurrence. It furthermore seems likely that climate change will aggravate flood impacts in many regions.

11 Apr 2018 description

The Empress Shôken Fund is named after Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, who proposed – at the 9th International Conference of the Red Cross – the creation of an international fund to promote relief work in peacetime. It is administered by the Joint Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which maintains close contact with the Japanese Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Meiji Jingu Research Institute in Japan.

10 Apr 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

03 Apr 2018 description

Global Overview MARCH 2018