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18 Dec 2012 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6889th Meeting (PM)

The Security Council decided today to extend the terms of office of 21 judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, established in the wake of the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s.

21 Nov 2012 description

Disarmament and demobilisation (DD) programmes are vital components of strategic peacebuilding. DD provisions govern the collection and disposal of arms and ammunition, and oversee the discharge of active-duty combatants from the state’s armed forces, rebel groups, or both. Using data from the Peace Accords Matrix database, this report compares the five most recent cases of DD implementation: Nepal (2006), Liberia (2003), Macedonia (2001), Indonesia-Aceh (2005) and South Sudan (2005).

16 Oct 2012 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-seventh General Assembly
24th Meeting (AM)

Tribunals Helped Forge New Culture of International Accountability; Residual Mechanism Needs Adequate Resources to Preserve Legacy, Speakers Say

24 Sep 2012 description

Serious human rights violations are very often an integral part of displacement crises. Certain violations, such as mass killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and rape, often cause displacement, while others, such as the destruction of homes and property, can be aimed at undercutting the possibility to return home. Forcible displacement is frequently a deliberate strategy used by parties to a conflict and can in itself constitute a war crime or a crime against humanity.

24 Sep 2012 description
report UN General Assembly


Assemblée générale
Soixante-septième session
2e séance plénière – matin

L’Assemblée générale a adopté ce matin, pour cette soixante-septième session, l’ordre du jour de sa Plénière et de ses six grandes commissions*. Elle a décidé d’inscrire à son ordre du jour neuf nouveaux points dont le « Financement de la Mission de supervision des Nations Unies en République arabe syrienne » et le « Mécanisme international appelé à exercer les fonctions résiduelles des tribunaux pénaux internationaux ».

19 Sep 2012 description


• UNDP supported the creation of a code of ethics to ensure that local authorities are more responsible towards citizens; the code has already been adopted by all 84 of FYR Macedonia’s municipal governments

•Over 250 civil servants received specialized training in administrative procedures, urban planning, communal activities and financial management.

31 Aug 2012 description

24/08/2012 - The common goal of improving the living conditions of as many poor people as possible has resulted in a mutually beneficial partnership between SOS Children's Villages International and Habitat for Humanity International.

Richard Pichler, Secretary General of SOS Children's Villages International, announced at the organisation's General Assembly in Innsbruck on 22 June that a cooperation agreement of five years has been signed with Habitat for Humanity International.

30 Aug 2012 description

Geneva/Zagreb, Croatia, 30 August 2012 (UNISDR/WMO) – The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change.

The project launch is planned for 30 August in Zagreb, Croatia and it is aimed at high-level participants from disaster management authorities and national meteorological and hydrological services.

30 Aug 2012 description

Balkans: Thousands still missing two decades after conflicts

If I could know where my son Albion is, and if I could bury him and put a flower on his grave and I would be in a better place

Nesrete Kumnova, from Kosovo whose son’s body is believed to be among those transported to Serbia, and reburied there, during the 1999 conflict.

Some 14,000 people remain unaccounted for in the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia – nearly half of the total number who disappeared in the decade since war broke out in 1991.

09 Aug 2012 description

Summary: CHF 92,668 had been allocated originally from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9th February 2012 to support the Macedonian Red Cross in delivering assistance to some 1,300 beneficiaries, and to replenish the disaster preparedness stocks. However, the National Society revised its operational plan in view of the evolving situation with a budget increase of CHF 71,079 (Update n°1, 24th February 2012). The revised budget for this operation amounted to a total of CHF 163,747, reaching 5,100 beneficiaries.

02 Jul 2012 description

2nd July 2012 / No. 109 - Sudan & South Sudan

KOFF – swisspeace

  • ƒƒKOFF Roundtable: Prospects for Sudan and South Sudan

  • MSP: Support to Local Actors in Peacemaking Efforts in Myanmar

  • KOFF Roundtable: Security and Humanitarian Access in Afghanistan

  • Peacebuilding in the Balkans

  • 2011 from a swisspeace perspective


  • Sudan and South Sudan: Why Has Separation Not Improved Relations? ƒƒ

14 Jun 2012 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011.

In brief Examples of the CBF impact (more in annex):

Red Cross society of China, Hennan Province

After only two years of implementation of Intensified Capacity Building (ICB) in Hennan Province, the branch has recorded impressive achievements:

• The new structure benefitted 7,000 people through sustainable services

• Grassroots Red Cross organisations have increased from 90 to 3,100

• The number of volunteers increased from 10,000 to 30,000, and staff from 100 to 8,000

11 Jun 2012 description

The Government will help in repair the damages of houses and other property caused by the earthquake that hit Ohrid region on Thursday, Deputy PM and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski said on Saturday.

After the visit to the village of Belcista together with Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, said that commission formed by the municipality will come out on the terrain to assess the earthquake damages. He said that based on the assessment, the government commission will convene and will assess the total costs and we will provide the funds from the budget, Stavreski said.

04 Jun 2012 description

With the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean, the first meeting of the Drin Core Group took place on 30 May 2012 in Ohrid, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This was the first meeting of the Core Group as the official joint body according to the memorandum of understanding signed on 25 November 2011 in Tirana by the five Drin River Riparians — Albania, Greece, Kosovo (United Nations administered region under security council resolution 1244), Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

23 May 2012 description
  • Mladic: just another “false start”

  • ICC second case ends in the shadows of Lubanga’s trial

  • In or out - still no sense of justice

  • ICTY: Gotovina’s attack on Knin was “legal” (defence)

  • The smaller the fish, the bigger the rap

  • Charles Taylor says war crimes courts are tools of the West

  • “Dialogue is launched in Tunisia”

22 May 2012 description

A Report on the 2011 Peacebuilding Evaluation Evidence Summit


21 May 2012 description

21/05/2012 – Today, civil protection intervention teams from seven Western Balkan countries are arriving near Zagreb in Croatia to take part in a four-day exercise simulating a large scale flooding. The teams from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo(*) will be participating side by side with their EU colleagues and trainers from Slovenia, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg.

10 May 2012 description

Geneva and Skopje, 10 May 2012 – The Macedonian armed forces have destroyed a previously unknown stockpile of anti-personnel mines in compliance with the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. At destruction events near Skopje yesterday and today, 1,248 PFM-1S anti-personnel mines were destroyed. These mines had been discovered in 2011 when the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia sought to determine which munitions under its possession would need to be destroyed in accordance with its international obligations.

03 May 2012 description

On 12 April soldiers deposed the government in Guinea-Bissau, marking another coup in a country in which no leader since independence has completed a full term. Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior, widely expected to win the presidential run-off election scheduled for 29 April, and interim President Raimundo Pereira were detained by the military junta for two weeks, before their release to Côte d’Ivoire. The coup was swiftly condemned by the international community, with ECOWAS imposing sanctions and threatening force to restore civilian rule.

01 May 2012 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

Programme outcome

In line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Strategy 2020, the aim of the Federation-supported programmes in Macedonia is to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; to enable healthy and safe living; and to promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.