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12 Nov 2013 description

The year 2013 has marked the beginning of a new era at BICC with the introduction of a dual leadership structure. Conrad Schetter was appointed Director for Research in March and his position is combined with a newly established professorship for Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Bonn. This joint role is intended to intensify BICC’s academic approach and at the same time strengthen intellectual exchanges with the University of Bonn. Michael Dedek, Director for Administration, complements the management team.

11 Nov 2013 description

JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2013 (IRIN) - The shipwreck that claimed the lives of more than 350 mainly Eritrean asylum seekers off the Italian island of Lampedusa last month has focused Europe’s obsession with irregular migration on the area of the Mediterranean separating southern Italy and Malta from North Africa. But this treacherous stretch of sea represents only the final leg of a lengthy journey filled with hazards.

04 Nov 2013 description
report UN General Assembly

Assemblée générale CPSD/544 Quatrième Commission
19e séance – matin

La Quatrième Commission a appelé aujourd’hui l’Assemblée générale à se déclarer « profondément alarmée »par le nombre de mines posées chaque année, et qui s’ajoute au nombre, décroissant mais encore très important, de mines et de restes explosifs de guerre provenant des conflits armés. L’Assemblée a aussi été invitée à demander aux États de contribuer à un essor ordonné des activités spatiales qui favorisent une croissance économique soutenue et un développement durable dans tous les pays.

04 Nov 2013 description
  • Dissent on the rise in eastern Libya over lack of development, security

  • People in east demand bigger share of power, oil wealth

  • Autonomy movement launches government, challenges Tripoli

  • Move to worsen ties between east and central government (Two more people killed in Benghazi, protest)

By Ayman Warfalli and Ghaith Shennib

04 Nov 2013 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Fourth Committee
19th Meeting (AM)

Mine Clearance Efforts Shift from Humanitarian Focus to Socio-Economic Impact on Affected Communities, Joint Inspection Unit Reports in Briefing

Remarkable recent achievements in mine action demonstrated the United Nations’ ability to “deliver as one,” delegates in the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today as they concluded their consideration of assistance in mine action, with the approval of a draft resolution on that topic.

01 Nov 2013 description
report Islamic Relief

Tens of thousands of vulnerable people in Libya are to benefit from an Islamic Relief project designed to improve health services and give children brighter futures.

The conflict of 2011 put further strain on Libya’s already inadequate healthcare system, as demand for services spiked while buildings were destroyed, damaged, or looted - and many medical staff evacuated to their countries of origin.

01 Nov 2013 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/11447 Assemblée générale Soixante-huitième session 41e et 42e séances plénières matin et après-midi


01 Nov 2013 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-eighth General Assembly
41st & 42nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid Charges of Partiality, Bias, Delegates Call for Judicial Independence to Be Upheld

Hailing the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court as leading examples of ending impunity, delegates in the General Assembly today examined reports on recent achievements and elaborated on challenges ahead during a day-long debate.

31 Oct 2013 description

More than two years after the revolution Libya is still in recovery. The lack of legal frameworks and procedures as well as the heavy contamination of explosive remnants of war are leaving migrants and asylum seekers exposed. Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and its demining unit the Danish Demining Group (DDG) are addressing complex humanitarian challenges close to the borders of Europe.

31 Oct 2013 description
report Geneva Call

This report was stimulated by a conference on armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and the protection of internally displaced people organized in 2011 jointly by Geneva Call and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The conference itself followed on from a special edition of Forced Migration Review magazine on ‘Armed non-state actors and displacement’.

29 Oct 2013 description


Conflict is increasingly encroaching on UNRWA camps with shelling and clashes continuing to take place in and nearby a number of them. A reported 25 Palestine Refugees (PR) were killed in the last 2 weeks as a result. UNRWA estimates over 50% of registered PR are displaced in Syria or in neighbouring countries.

29 Oct 2013 description

Les rapports sur les perspectives de la sécurité alimentaire de FEWS NET pour octobre 2013 à mars 2014 au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest so nt basés sur les hypothèses régionales suivantes établies au début d’octobre 2013 :


Fin de saison/ Agro climatologie

Le Front Inter Tropical (FIT) a entamé son repli saisonnier normal depuis septembre (Figure 1) et il va continuer sa retraite vers l'équateur.

24 Oct 2013 description

Le CERF alloue 25 millions de dollars, au second trimestre, pour des programmes d’urgence en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

24 Oct 2013 description

For the third quarter of 2013, CERF disburses US$ 25 million for Life saving programs in West and Central Africa

22 Oct 2013 description

Two years after conflict Libya must end plight of displaced communities

The Libyan authorities must urgently find a durable solution to end the continued forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Tawarghas and other communities, from their hometown during the armed conflict of 2011, said Amnesty International.

18 Oct 2013 description

JOHANNESBURG, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - Migrants have been losing their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy, overcrowded vessels for years, but until two weeks ago, their deaths rarely generated headlines. The sheer scale of the tragedy that occurred off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on 3 October, however, was hard to ignore.

18 Oct 2013 description

New Returnees from Libya Arrived at Faya

88 Chadian Returnees that been expelled from Libya have arrived at the Northern Chadian city of Faya in Bourkou region on Saturday, 12 October 2013.

As per the arriving group of all Male Migrants, they were in detention centres in varies locations in Libya and were gathered in the southern Libyan city of Sabhaprior to their transportation back home on the back of a truck.