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29 Mar 2011 description
report UN Volunteers

This report looks at the current state of volunteerism in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). These countries are collectively referred to in this report as 'the Region'. It considers volunteerism as a very important form of pro-social behaviour. In particular, it focuses on volunteerism for development. It examines who in the Region volunteers, how they volunteer, and in what legal and social circumstances they volunteer. It also addresses the impact that this volunteerism has on the Millennium Development Goals.

07 Jan 2011 description

Introduction: In and Out of Kosovo

In January 1999, 11 NGOs working in Kosovo decided to form the International NGO Council of Kosovo (INGO Council), primarily for advocacy purposes.

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.

31 Jul 2010 description

KEY FACTS

  • 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.
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.

24 Nov 2009 description

Podgorica, Montenegro, 24 November 2009-More than a decade after armed conflicts, six countries/territories in the Western Balkans are now working together to tackle regional environmental hotspots. Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and the UN-administered territory under SCR 1244 Kosovo, recently met in Budva to assess their progress in the Western Balkans Environmental Hotspots Programme.

17 Nov 2009 description
report European Union

2974th EXTERNAL RELATIONS Council meeting

31 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The main programme areas in the first half of 2009 were disaster management, health and care, organizational development and participatory community development.

17 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 84 of the provisional agenda

29 Jul 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

OVERVIEW

After nearly two decades, in much of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) transition remains open-ended, and there is a considerable body of evidence suggesting that children have been - and continue to be - vulnerable in this process. However, the nature of the risks and deprivations experienced by children is changing, and the gaps between the least and most disadvantaged growing.

23 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

SKOPJE, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, 23 June 2009 - Opening a regional workshop on flour fortification, UNICEF Representative Sheldon Yett urged participants to work with industry and host governments to ensure flour consumed in their countries was fortified with micronutrients. Fortifying flour is a proven cost effective strategy to improve population health and productivity.

Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in diets make people vulnerable to infection and disease.

05 May 2009 description
report European Union

Seven countries in the Western Balkans this week take a new, ambitious step towards closer cooperation.

30 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 31/12/08.

In brief

Programme purpose: The focus areas, aiming to alleviate suffering among the most vulnerable, were aligned with Strategy 2010 and the Istanbul Commitments made at the VII European Red Cross Red Crescent Conference, and contributed to the four Global Agenda Goals focusing on disaster management, health and care, organizational development and participatory community development as well as population movement.

Programme(s) summary: Within disaster management, supported by the International Federation the National …

01 Apr 2009 description

On 30 and 31 March, a high-level regional conference took place in Belgrade on the promotion of justice and security in South-Eastern Europe.

09 Feb 2009 description

Since 1991 Norway's total project assistance to the Western Balkans has reached more than NOK 10 bn. (approximately € 1,2 bn.). For 2009 the allocation is NOK 575 million. The assistance primarily targets key reform and development processes in the region, and increasingly focuses on democracy-building measures, long-term capacity- and institution-building and private sector development, supporting regional stability 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.

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.