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23 Nov 2017 description

Improving the mediation of armed conflict

A global series of mediation retreats

The Oslo Forum is widely acknowledged as the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

12 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

Twenty-four suspected people smugglers were arrested during an international operation coordinated by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, along with Austria and Germany.

29 Sep 2017 description

“It is in the interests of both Hungary and Europe for the Balkan migration route to remain closed, and in view of the fact that Macedonia is a country of key importance in this regard, we are cooperating with those Macedonian forces that are practicing this policy”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference in Ohrid.

04 Aug 2017 description

Extreme or very high danger in southern and eastern Portugal; southern and central Spain and Mallorca; southern Corsica and the Mediterranean region of France; Sicily, Sardinia and southern and central Italy; coastal Croatia; central Albania; eastern Hungary; northern and eastern Serbia; former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; central Kosovo under UNSCR 1244; parts of south-west Romania; south-east and north-west Bulgaria; southern mainland Greece and the Cyclades islands; parts of central Cyprus; central and south-west Turkey.

26 Jul 2017 description

Extreme or very high danger in southern, central and eastern Portugal, the eastern Canary Islands and south, central and north-east Spain; northern Corsica and the Mediterranean coast of France; Sicily, Sardinia, and southern mainland Italy; Malta; most of Kosovo under UNSCR 1244; most of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; central Albania; parts of south-eastern Romania, parts of southern Bulgaria; southern Crete and south-east mainland Greece; central Cyprus; central, east and west Turkey.

16 Oct 2016 description

UK will prioritise ending modern slavery and child exploitation around the world.

To mark the national day against slavery on October 18, International Development Secretary Priti Patel outlined an increase in support for women and girl refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, and for vulnerable people at risk of trafficking on migration routes in North Africa and Europe.

12 Oct 2016 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

10 Oct 2016 description
report European Union

In the second quarter of this year, the number of migrants detected at the borders of Western Balkan countries plunged 88% from the previous three months to 26 488. The figure is slightly higher than in the first quarter of 2015, before the region experienced a massive increase in migrants who had previously arrived on the Greek islands from Turkey. Afghans became the top reported nationality, accounting for a 36% share of the total non-regional migration flow, while Syrians dropped to the second place with 16%.

13 Sep 2016 description

Related to the article on 22nd August, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided emergency relief goods to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Emergency relief goods including Pumps for Mud, Pumps for Water, Generator, Jack Hammer, Electric Saw and Rubber boat were delivered to the Crisis Management Center (CMC) on the evening of 7th September.

A handover ceremony of the emergency relief goods took place at the CMC at 10 AM (local time) on 7th September.

23 Aug 2016 description

Families affected by the major flooding on 6 August began receiving assistance from the advance payment fund that was set up to help them until damage can be assessed. More than 2.000 people from Skopje and Tetovo are eligible to collect a 500 EUR advance payment after they have submitted their contact details to the Finance Ministry.

"Payments will continue in the coming period, according to the information that are being delivered to the Commission set up to estimate damages", said Finance Minister Kiril Minoski.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Monday, August 22, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (generators etc.) to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia following serious damage from the floods in the country.

18 Aug 2016 description

The majority of streets and houses in the village of Stajkovci have been cleaned. More than 85% of the houses have been disinfected. The citizens, whose homes and properties have been flooded and damaged by the freak storm that hit the Skopje region on Aug. 6, are expected soon to start receiving compensation for their damages.

12 Aug 2016 description

Today the European Commission has announced €150 000 in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by the recent flash floods and landslides in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This follows EU support mobilised via the Civil Protection Mechanism for the country earlier this week.

12 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Italy

In response to the Government of Skopje's call for aid after the recent floods that have caused severe damage and displaced thousands, especially in the rural areas of Skopje and Tetovo, the Italian Foreign Ministry has allocated 200,000 euros in emergency aid to the ICRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies).

11 Aug 2016 description

The Government decided to provide advance payment of damages to citizens affected by floods in the Skopje region, said Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev during Thursday's visit to flooded houses in Ilinden municipality.

EUR 1,5 million will be allocated for this purpose.

"Evaluation teams are currently on the field in order to determine the extent of damages", added Dimitriev.

PM Dimitriev was accompanied by Minister of Transport and Communications Vlado Misajlovski and Ilinden Mayor Zika Stojanovski.

09 Aug 2016 description

Today the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has activated the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism following recent flash floods and landslides that caused multiple casualties in the outskirts of its capital city Skopje.

A team of technical experts will be deployed today, 9 August, to assess the damage caused and to provide recommendations to the national and local civil protection authorities.