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30 Dec 2012 description

This seventh edition of the Yearbook of Peace Processes analyses conflicts in which negotiations are being held to reach a peace agreement, regardless of whether these negotiations are formalised, are in the exploratory phase, are faring well or, to the contrary, are stalled or in the midst of crisis. It also analyses some cases in which negotiations or explorations are partial; that is, they do not include all the armed groups present in the country (such as the case of India, for example).

30 Dec 2012 description

En esta séptima edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. Se incluye un capítulo sobre Colombia, por hacerse una edición colombiana de este anuario.

20 Dec 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, United States of America, 18 December 2012 - The European Union is donating part of its Nobel Peace Prize money to UNICEF’s work educating children in northwestern Pakistan.

The European Union (EU) was awarded the prize earlier this month in recognition of its more than 60 years of work advancing peace and democracy in Europe.

18 Dec 2012 description

18/12/2012 - The European Union, the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, announced today the details of the projects funded by the award money. Four humanitarian projects, reaching out to 23,000 children worldwide, were selected.

18 Dec 2012 description
report European Union

Reference: IP/12/1392

Brussels, 18 December 2012

The European Union's Nobel Peace prize money will fund four projects under the EU Children of Peace initiative and details of the projects were announced today by Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission.

The attribution of the award money to children affected by conflict was an unanimous decision of the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Parliament Martin Schulz and of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

04 Dec 2012 description

30-11-2012 Interview

In 1997, 123 States signed the first-ever treaty banning the development, production, stockpiling, transfer and use of a weapon that was already in widespread use: anti-personnel landmines. Fifteen years later, their use and production has been curbed dramatically, while data on clearance, stockpile destruction and casualty rates show undeniable progress towards eliminating the problem. However, much still needs to be achieved, as Claude Tardif, Hhead of the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme, explains.

26 Nov 2012 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 26 novembre 2012 (IRIN) - Les crises de réfugiés semblent commencer et se terminer. En 2011, tous les yeux étaient tournés vers le complexe de réfugiés de Dadaab, dans le nord du Kenya, alors qu’il accueillait des centaines de milliers de Somaliens qui fuyaient la famine et le conflit. Cette année, c’est l’exode des réfugiés syriens qui a attiré l’attention du public, même si la majorité des Somaliens qui sont arrivés à Dadaab l’an dernier y sont toujours.

21 Nov 2012 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee crises appear to come and go. In 2011, all eyes were on the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya as it received hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. This year, attention has shifted to the refugee exodus from Syria, even though the majority of Somalis who arrived at Dadaab last year are still there.

15 Nov 2012 description

Additional Investments in Family Planning Would Save Developing Countries More Than $11 Billion a Year

Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says new UNFPA report

• 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning
• Additional $4.1 billion in funding is needed to address current needs and those of the growing youth population

05 Nov 2012 description

Women are main guardians of crucial livestock diversity

New study argues that to succeed, breed conservation efforts must empower women

Women livestock keepers worldwide must be recognized as the major actors in efforts to arrest the decline of indigenous breeds, crucial for rural food security and animal genetics, a new FAO study argues.

Yet women's contribution to indigenous livestock breeding and conservation is poorly documented and undervalued, the study Invisible Guardians: Women manage livestock diversity says.

19 Oct 2012 description

The Foreign Office has published new reporting on 28 Countries of Concern, along with updates on the case study countries featured in the annual human rights report. The quarterly updates cover the period from July to September 2012.

The 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report is online to make it as accessible to the public as possible. It highlights the UK’s human rights policies and concerns on key issues, and features 28 Countries of Concern where the FCO has the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.

17 Oct 2012 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4041

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Third Committee
10th & 11th Meetings (AM & PM)

Chair Says Focus on Gender Equality Could Have Strong Spillover to Other Areas; Committee Hears from Some 56 Speakers on Second Day of Women’s Advancement Debate

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

26 Sep 2012 description

In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ second anniversary, the United States is pleased to announce that total investment in support of the Alliance and clean cookstoves has reached up to $114 million. This investment represents a nearly $10 million increase over the past year and will help the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

03 Sep 2012 description

KOFF – swisspeace

  • ƒNew KOFF Roundtable Series on Water and Land Management ƒ
  • swisspeace Research Projects on Agribusiness and Conflicts ƒ
  • NCCR: Towards Global Transformation ƒ
  • KOFF Colombia Roundtable Relaunched

Focus

  • Land Governance in Fragile States
  • Water – From Conflict to Cooperation

News from Swiss NGOs

09 Aug 2012 description
Press release
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment

(New York, 9 August 2012): The United Nations top humanitarian official, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$55 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster humanitarian operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.

09 Aug 2012 description

(New York, 9 août 2012) La Secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordinatrice des secours d’urgence, Valerie Amos, a alloué un montant de 55 millions de dollars provenant du Fonds central pour les interventions d’urgence afin de renforcer les opérations humanitaires dans huit pays où les crises humanitaires sont les plus négligées.

09 Aug 2012 description

(Nueva York, 9 de agosto de 2012): La más alta funcionaria de las Naciones Unidas para la asistencia humanitaria, Valerie Amos, asignó 55 millones de dólares del Fondo Central de Respuesta a Emergencias (CERF) para reforzar la operación humanitaria en ocho países con emergencias humanitarias insuficientemente financiadas.

24 Jul 2012 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 24 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - Selon un rapport de l'organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) Development Initiatives, basée au Royaume-Uni, les besoins humanitaires dans le monde ont diminué en 2011, mais les pénuries de fonds se sont accentuées. La résilience est le nouveau mot à la mode en matière d'intervention humanitaire.