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05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was seeking over $1 billion to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year to care for more than 20.5 million refugees and other people worldwide. This includes $955 million for its annual budget and over $57 million for supplementary programs for the Liberian crisis and Sudanese refugees.

25 Nov 2003 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1631 (2003)1

1. The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned at the high numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from various armed conflicts and human rights abuses which have occurred since the early 1990s in more than ten Council of Europe member states.

2. The precise number of the internally displaced population is difficult to determine as governments often do not keep any record of internal movements of their own populations. However, in 2002, it was estimated at between 3.2 and 3.7 million in Europe.

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003


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About the Global IDP Project
23 Oct 2003 description

OSLO/GENEVA, 23 October 2003 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) today called on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to increase efforts to address the plight of the three million people who have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or human rights violations and still wait to be able to return to their homes.

20 Oct 2003 description
report UN General Assembly

Fifty-eighth General Assembly
37th Meeting (AM)

The progress made over the last year to revitalize the activities of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), particularly with regard to implementing the outcomes of major international conferences, was highlighted this morning, as the General Assembly considered the report of that body.

29 Sep 2003 description

Map produced by the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council

18 Sep 2003 description

Editor in Chief: Hugh Fenton
Editor: Bojana Vancetovic

28 Aug 2003 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
4818th Meeting (AM)

Members Stress Need for Clear Mandates, Importance of Humanitarian Efforts, Electoral Assistance, Adequate Resources, Economic Reconstruction

Wrapping up their work for August, members of the Security Council this morning focused on ways of providing better support for United Nations peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world.

23 Jul 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana

Political Overview

Thessaloniki Summit

1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking

Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

15 Jul 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 136)

30 Jun 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)26 30 June 2003
May 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. Albania's electoral reform is an ongoing process. Packages with amendments to the electoral code will be discussed in Parliament during the first week of June.

EU negotiations for the SAA and for the readmission agreement

30 May 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 133)

06 May 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)18 6 May 2003
March 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Parliamentary committee on the municipality of Tirana

1. A parliamentary committee to investigate the use of public funds by the municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture during 1992-2002 was set up following a long debate within and outside Parliament. It began its activities during the last week of the month. A sharp dispute immediately arose, brought about by the lack of co-operation between the municipality and the members of the committee.

23 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)22 23 April 2003
April 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. The reform of the electoral system, started by the parliamentary bi-partisan committee, whose mandate ended on 7 April, has not yet been completed. However, the bi-partisan committee found an agreement on all the recommendations made by ODIHR. The still unsolved issue, to be decided in Parliament, remains the composition of the Central Electoral Commission and of the other electoral commissions.

New Party launched by Milo

14 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)17 14 April 2003
February 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

EU negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

09 Apr 2003 description

SARAJEVO, April 9 (UNHCR) - UN refugee agency Deputy High Commissioner Mary Ann Wyrsch is visiting the Balkans - a region that is still trying to come to terms with Europe's largest wave of displacement since World War II. UNHCR's number two official has met with local officials across the region, getting a first-hand impression of one of the agency's largest operations ever.