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03 Jun 2011 description

HIV/AIDS and transnational organized crime would be among the major topics for discussion by the Security Council later this month, as the body also remained seized of situations including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya and others, according to the Permanent Representative of Gabon, which holds the Council presidency for June.

08 Apr 2011 description

April 7, 2011 | by Kelly Askin The following originally appeared on CNN.com. The raw courage demonstrated by Eman al-Obeidy in persisting in telling her story of alleged repeated gang rape and torture in Libya is helping to change the dialogue in Libya and the Middle East about the use of sexual violence as a weapon of repression.

02 Dec 2010 description

Ready for the Next Leg of the Journey?

01 Dec 2010 description

UN / WALLSTROM

UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström talks about her recent trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bosnia Herzegovina saying that sexual violence is still seen "as one of the weapons or tactics of war or even as a kind of reward for soldiers." UNTV / FILE

Duration:05:00 Date:1 December 2010

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19 Nov 2010 description

Women suffer the worst consequences of wars and are still all too often the victims of violence, especially of a sexual kind. Various activities to raise public awareness on this issue are being organized as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.

02 Nov 2010 description

The centrepiece in the Security Council's programme of work this month would be a ministerial meeting on the situation in the Sudan on 16 November, the current Council President, Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, told correspondents today at Headquarters.

"It is critical that the Council retains a very close focus on Sudan in these critical months.

20 Oct 2010 description
report Oxford Analytica

October 20, 2010

EVENT: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government troops may recently have committed rape and murder in North Kivu province, according to a UN envoy on October 14.

SIGNIFICANCE: More than 300 people were raped by three different militia groups just kilometres from a UN peace-keeping base in the same area during four days at the end of July and beginning of August. Women continue to suffer disproportionately in contemporary conflict.

08 Oct 2010 description

Elvan Isikozlu, Ananda S. MillardThis brief presents the progress to date in developing a typology of wartime rape as a first step toward understanding the different consequences of this form of violence in war. This publication focuses solely on wartime rape perpetrated by armed groups against civilians, though this form of violence is perpetrated more widely by, and against, different actors during war. The wider perpetration of rape against other actors is not presented in this brief, but is nevertheless included in the Typology.

31 Aug 2010 description

USAID Responds to Devastating Floods in Pakistan

Heavy rains in late July and August have caused massive flooding across Pakistan. As of Aug.

17 May 2010 description

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues,

Thank you very much to the IDMC for inviting me again to join Elisabeth to launch this year's Global Overview. The Overview, and the analysis and advocacy work that IDMC does throughout the year, are invaluable in helping those of us caught up in the urgency of response to understand the trends and the sheer scale of the challenge that internal displacement poses globally. As the Overview makes clear, so many internal displacement situations around the world are long-term, and the report helps make sure these issues stay on the agenda.

04 May 2010 description

The President of the United Nations Security Council for May, Lebanon's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nawaf Salam, today outlined a programme of work for the month, which will include debates, consultations and briefings on a broad spectrum of issues, and will also include at least one Council mission.

Briefing correspondents on the Council's programme at UN Headquarters, he said the 15-member body had earlier approved a programme that will take up matters ranging from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Somalia; from the Middle East and the United Nations Mission in …

12 Mar 2010 description

Introduction

Getting our analysis right in conflict-affected and fragile situations is a critical starting point for developing effective responses.

02 Oct 2009 description

Violence. It comes in many forms. Some of the most brutal and damaging forms of violence are those that are committed against women. Rape, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, domestic violence, honor killings... the list is endless. These actions do not just hurt the women, or their families and communities, but global society at large. How long will we continue to accept the fact that at least one in every three women worldwide will have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime?

Women have increasingly become the target of egregious acts of violence.

30 Sep 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 30 September 2009 - UNICEF welcomes the adoption today by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution calling for increased protection from sexual violence for women and children caught up in wars and conflict.

Sexual violence is a horrific violation of human rights and a despicable weapon of war used against women and children. Impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence must end.

30 Sep 2009 description
report UN Security Council


SC/9753

Security Council
6195th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council decided this morning to specifically mandate peacekeeping missions to protect women and children from rampant sexual violence during armed conflict, as it requested the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative to coordinate a range of mechanisms to fight the crime.

02 Sep 2009 description

Policy recommendations

- UNHCR should take stronger leadership in pressing governments to find and implement solutions for stateless persons and urge all countries, including the U.S., to become party and adhere to the statelessness conventions.

- H.E. the Amir of Kuwait and the Parliament should formalize and implement a plan to secure the civil and political rights to which every person is entitled.

04 May 2009 description

During its May presidency the Russian Federation would continue to pursue the policy of consolidating the Security Council's prerogatives under the United Nations Charter and its main responsibility to maintain international peace and security, Vitaly Churkin, the country's Permanent Representative said today.

Outlining the Council's programme of work for the month ahead, he said that on 11 May, it would hold a meeting on the Middle East, chaired by Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs and for which the Foreign Ministers of other Council members, as well as the …

12 Mar 2009 description
report European Union

Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, attended the informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Prague on 12 and 13 March 2009. The following is a summary of his remarks made at the meeting on Thursday, 12 March:

MILITARY OPERATIONS

EUFOR ALTHEA

A strong EU presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina is essential. That is why we are working on arrangements for a reinforced EU Special Representative.

11 Mar 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The world community is no longer silent about statelessness. In recent years, countries such as Bangladesh, Estonia, Mauritania, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have made significant strides to protect the rights of stateless persons. The response of the United Nations (UN) has improved. Non-governmental agencies, legal experts, affected individuals, and others are joining forces to gather more accurate information and reduce the incidence of this often overlooked global phenomenon. Media attention has increased.