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08 Dec 2010 description

WASHINGON -- At a hearing today of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), Co-Chairmen Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) called for clarity in a coordinated United States and European Union policy toward the countries of the Western Balkans.

05 Nov 2010 description

The West Balkan region consists of Albania and the former states of Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia/ FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo). Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. To this date it has been recognized by 70 states, including the United States.

04 Nov 2010 description
report Small Arms Survey

RASR Initiative Issue Brief No. 1

With the decline in tensions in South-east Europe, and with the transition to NATO weaponry, many states are left with stockpiles of surplus small arms and ammunition.

Recognizing the need to manage these stockpiles, countries in the region have sought to participate in collaborative programmes with other states.

29 Oct 2010 description

Executive summary

With a gross national income per capita of slightly below USD 4,700 in 2008, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR of Macedonia) is a lower middle-income country. It is located at the crossroads of important transport routes connecting central and Eastern Europe with southern Europe and beyond. Lately the global economic crisis has been severely affecting the Macedonian economy. Output expanded by only two percent in the last quarter of 2008 and the trend continued in the first quarter of 2009.

26 Oct 2010 description
report World Bank

I. Country Context

Countries of South East Europe and the Caucasus (SEEC) are highly vulnerable to natural hazards. Ninety percent of the area of South East Europe is located within trans-boundary river basins, which makes the region highly prone to floods. Due to climate change, the frequency and severity of natural disasters, particularly those of hydro-meteorological origin, are rising in all SEEC countries.

01 Oct 2010 description

Strategic Summary

Richard Gowan

Overviews of international engagement in conflict-affected states typically focus on military peacekeeping and the economics of postconflict peacebuilding. This excludes an array of primarily civilian missions deployed by the United Nations (UN) as well as other multilateral institutions in countries and regions that are at risk of, experiencing or emerging from violence.

27 Sep 2010 description

The head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) called this afternoon on the international community to counter hatred, intolerance and discrimination against Muslims everywhere, saying that the acts of few extremist fanatics were being used to associate Islam with terrorism.

"Bin Laden cannot represent the Muslim world.

31 Jul 2010 description


  • In 2009, 17 multilateral peace operations were conducted in Europe, more than in any other region.
  • Europe was the only region where the number of peacekeepers significantly decreased in 2009: numbers fell by 26 per cent, continuing a reduction since 1999.
  • Despite the fall in personnel, Europe still ranked third in terms of deployment figures.
  • Europe continued to be the only region where regional organizations conducted more operations than the UN.
  • NATO remained the biggest deployer of peacekeepers to the region, followed by the EU.
11 Jun 2010 description

Committee on the Rights of the Child

ROUNDUP 11 June 2010

Issues Conclusions on Reports of Argentina, Belgium, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Japan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Colombia and Serbia

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its three-week fifty-fourth session after issuing its concluding observations and recommendations on 18 reports, from 9 countries, which it considered in parallel chambers over the course of the session.

In closing remarks, Yanghee Lee, the Committee Chairperson, noted that, during its fifty-fourth session, …

08 Jun 2010 description

Published: Tue, 08 Jun 2010 22:49:00 +0000

On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C.

02 Jun 2010 description

Children and armed conflict, justice and the rule of law, and the situation in Sudan were among the major areas to be considered by the Security Council during Mexico's presidency in June, Claude Heller, that country's Permanent Representative, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Violence in the seas off Gaza and the Koreas, though not now on the agenda, were also likely to come up because of recent developments, Mr. Heller said, adding that new action on Iran's nuclear programme was also probable.

31 May 2010 description
report UN News Service

More than one decade after the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up, a new "age of accountability" is replacing the "old era of impunity," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today.

Twelve years ago when world leaders gathering in Rome for its establishment, "few could have believed, then, that this court would spring so vigourously into life," Mr.

20 May 2010 description


20 May 2010

Situation of Child Rights in Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Japan, Nigeria, Serbia and Tunisia be Reviewed

The Committee on the Rights of the Child will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 25 May to 11 June to review the promotion and protection of children's rights under the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Argentina, Belgium, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Japan, Nigeria and Tunisia.

03 May 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: Federation-supported programme areas in 2009 were disaster management, health and care, organizational development and participatory community development.

29 Apr 2010 description
report Transitions Online

After 10 years, many Romani refugees from the Kosovo conflict can neither return to their old homes nor build new ones abroad.

by Michael J. Jordan and Shejla Fidani

SHUTO ORIZARI, Macedonia, and POMAZATIN, Kosovo | The anguish is etched on Nedzmije Selimi's face even before she starts talking.

In a gray-and-white headscarf and threadbare vest, she lets loose with her lament. First, she lost her husband to a brain aneurysm, which left her to raise their son alone in Kosovo, a society on the brink of war.

11 Mar 2010 description


11 March 2010

President of Timor-Leste Addresses the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council this morning heard the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief present their reports, and then held an interactive dialogue with them. It also heard a statement by the President of Timor-Leste.

03 Mar 2010 description

Five ground-operating teams of the Coordinating Body for Prevention of Natural Disasters will take measures to thwart possible floods and deal with consequences of bad weather, Defense Minister Zoran Konjanovski said Wednesday in Ohrid.

- I am the leader on one team, while the other four are under the helm of Agriculture Minister Ljupco Dimoski, Transport and Communications Minister Mile Janakieski, Crisis Management Center's director Pande Lazarevski, and director of Protection and Rescue Directorate Saban Saliu.