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05 Apr 2013 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 19 March – 01 April 2013, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

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In Focus 1

North Africa 2

Northeast Africa 4

Horn of Africa 5

03 Apr 2013 description
report UN Security Council

Maintaining peace and security, preventing conflict and ending sexual violence against women in Africa would be among the Security Council’s top priorities in April, the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said at Headquarters today.

02 Jul 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Cinquième Commission Deuxième partie de la reprise de session 42e séance – matin

Après deux mois d’intenses négociations, la Cinquième Commission (chargée des questions administratives et budgétaires), a recommandé à l’Assemblée générale d’approuver un montant de plus de 7 milliards de dollars pour le financement de 13 opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies (OMP), au cours de l’exercice annuel, allant du 1er juillet 2011 au 30 juin 2012.

02 Jul 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Fifth Committee
42nd Meeting* (AM)

Committee Seeks Review of Troop Costs, One-Time Supplemental Payment for Troop
Contributors; Secretary-General Asked to Cut Backlog of Death, Disability Claims

21 Jun 2011 description
report Think Africa Press

African refugees do not need more pledges, but for governments to act on those already made.


06 May 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Fifth Committee
34th Meeting (AM)

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) this morning heard the budgetary reports of 13 United Nations peacekeeping missions, as well as proposals for the disposition of $230.7 million of unspent funds from 18 closed operations and deficits of $86.7 million from 5 others.

09 Dec 2010 description
report Geneva Call


Albert Camus, the French philosopher who was no stranger to insurgencies and resistance movements, warned that "good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding". The motivation behind In Their Words: Perspectives of Armed non-State Actors on the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict is to help ensure that international efforts to protect children from the effects of armed conflict, and particularly the impact of armed non-State actors (NSAs), do not fall victim to such a prophecy.

Much has been accomplished …

28 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
18th Meeting (AM)

In Some Parts of World, United Nations Has Met Hopes of Affected Populations, In Others, It Has Not, Overwhelmed by Tasks, Inappropriate Mandates, Weak Resolve

29 Sep 2009 description

Mariano Aguirre

The resignation of the UN commander in chief in Congo this year is indicative of the rising number of problematic UN peacekeeping missions. For peacemaking in complex environments to have a chance of succeeding, members of the UN Security Council will need to transcend their own national security and economic interests.

Last February 2009, the Spanish general Vicente Díaz de Villegas presented his resignation to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).

22 Jul 2009 description

SIPRI Fact Sheet July 2009


- Close to 79 000 personnel were deployed in 19 operations in Africa in 2008.

- Personnel numbers in Africa in 2008 had increased by 14 % over the 2007 level and 400 % over the 1999 level.

- Almost a third of all operations worldwide and 42 % of all personnel were located in Africa in 2008.

- Operations were active in 13 African countries in 2008.

- The UN sent 70% of all peace operation personnel it deployed worldwide in 2008 to Africa.

- Personnel deployments in Africa were 21 % short of the authorized levels in 2008.

- Five …

30 Jun 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General Assembly
93rd Meeting* (AM)

Acting on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly this morning adopted a peacekeeping budget approaching $7.8 billion for the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

25 Jun 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General assembly
Fifth Committee
55th Meeting* (PM)

Following several weeks of intense consultations, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) this afternoon recommended to the General Assembly a peacekeeping budget approaching $7.8 billion for the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

29 May 2009 description

Following the commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of peacekeeping last year, this year's International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers placed special emphasis on the theme of "Women in Peacekeeping: the Power to Empower", Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.