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11 Dec 2008 description

Applications and all questions related to the grant scheme must be directed to Section for Western Balkan Affairs, s-vb@mfa.no

General framework

The overall objective of Norwegian assistance to the Western Balkans is to promote peace, reconciliation, Rule of Law and democracy in the region. The main purpose of Norway's project assistance to the countries in the Western Balkans is to continue supporting processes related to regional stabilisation and Euro-Atlantic integration.

05 Dec 2008 description

Climate-related disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency, and communities around the world are facing the humanitarian consequences of climate change on a daily basis. Volunteers from the very communities that are at risk are the ones that are adapting quickest to these fast-changing crises and they can make a real difference, according to Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Speaking on International Volunteers Day at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, Mr.

03 Dec 2008 description

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian …

31 Oct 2008 description

Executive summary

The regions of central Europe and southern Caucasus have experienced socio-economic turbulence, with sections of their populations suffering serious health threats that contribute to higher levels of vulnerability. Continuing economic, social and health sector reforms are characteristic of the ongoing state-led processes in most of the countries. These reforms have had an impact on the most vulnerable groups in society, whose access to health and care networks is diminishing following privatisation and cost-cutting measures.

12 Sep 2008 description
report Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 12.09.2008 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, today published his report on the human-rights situation in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

29 May 2008 description

The Balkan area is, surprisingly, one of the safest in Europe. The report Crime and its Impact on the Balkans by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) belies enduring stereotypes of the region as a hotbed of organized crime and violence. People are as safe, or safer, on the streets and in their homes as they are in most parts of the world.

03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: The National Societies of central Europe, as part of their health and care activities, set the prevention of HIV and TB as high priorities.

31 Mar 2008 description

Executive summary

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated to analyse drugs and crime situations around the world. The present report is a contribution to that objective, looking at a region stigmatised for its role in heroin trafficking, human trafficking, and other forms of organised crime. It is based on data gathered though Member States' responses to the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (CTS) and the United Nations Annual Reports Questionnaire (ARQ), as well as a desk review of the published literature.

17 Mar 2008 description

SKOPJE, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (UNHCR) - Nine years ago Stenkovec was home for a few months to more than 350,000 refugees from Kosovo; today it is a giant garbage dump.

But one man's waste is another's treasure and, for Zoran Dimov, this blot on the landscape is a business opportunity. The young Roma-Macedonian entrepreneur runs a recycling plant near the fly-blown piles of rubbish and his venture is supporting the UNHCR's self-reliance strategy by hiring Roma refugees.

UNHCR wants to wean refugees off aid dependency at a time of economic stagnation in …

15 Jan 2008 description

SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 15 (UNHCR) - Membership in The Roma Talents, the one and only refugee band in Suto Orizari, may not make Roki and his friends famous. But they have seized a chance for self-reliance that relatively few Roma refugees have managed.

When I visited them in one of their rented homes in Suto Orizari municipality in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, I recalled the first time I had seen Roki.