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18 Feb 2004 description
report Tearfund

Thousands of deaths in natural disasters in the developing world could be prevented each year if western governments put more emphasis on protecting vulnerable communities and preparing people to save their own lives, says a new report from Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

13 Feb 2004 description
report RedR UK

Since January 2003, 71 workers from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's) and UN agencies have been killed in security incidents, with 108 seriously injured.1 In Afghanistan and Iraq in particular, the hostile conflict environment has thrown up a whole host of security threats for humanitarian workers who are now becoming vulnerable soft targets.

10 Feb 2004 description

"Those who are forced out of their homes -- the refugees who flee in fear for their safety -- are our collective legal and moral responsibility. We have an agreed legal framework for their protection." - The 1951 Refugee Convention

10 Feb 2004 description

Geneva (ICRC) - On 10 February the International Solidarity Service of the canton of Geneva, which is celebrating its first anniversary, signed an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pledging assistance for the victims of "forgotten conflicts."

09 Feb 2004 description
report UN General Assembly

Budget performance for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 and budget for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005
Report of the Secretary-General

03 Feb 2004 description
map ReliefWeb

OCHA responded to 55 natural and environmental disasters from 1 January to 31 December 2003. See ReliefWeb natural disaster page for details on events.

02 Feb 2004 description

The recently published UNDP report on natural disasters is an important instrument to be used by policy makers in governments and civil societies to prevent, or at least reduce, forced displacement induced by hazardous natural events and to guide policymakers in a successful rebuilding effort.

02 Feb 2004 description

Washington, D.C. 2 February 2004 -- The Disaster Risk Index, a feature in the new report "Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge for Development" presented by the United Nations Development Programme, introduces a new method to measure global disaster risk. It demonstrates that populations in wealthy countries represent 15 percent of those exposed to natural disasters, but only 1.8 percent of those who are killed.

01 Feb 2004 description

This Survey provides gathered information on how many refugee, displaced and returnee children and youth around the world have access to education and the nature of the education they receive. It also leads concerned audience to the observations and recommendations about student, curriculum, and funding.

Part 1 Global Review - Education in emergencies
Part 2 Country Reports
Part 3 Who's doing what, where

Data of this survey was collected from many agencies such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or various international NGOs.

01 Feb 2004 description

Sexual violence is ubiquitous; it occurs in every culture, in all levels of society and in every country of the world. Data from country and local studies indicate that, in some parts of the world at least, one woman in every five has suffered an attempted or completed rape by an intimate partner during her lifetime. Furthermore, up to one-third of women describe their first sexual experience as being forced. Although the vast majority of victims are women, men and children of both sexes also experience sexual violence.

01 Feb 2004 description

This manual is one of several outcomes of a three-year Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium to address gender-based violence (GBV) in refugee, formulated according to a multi-sectoral model of GBV action within and coordination between the constituent sectors. The manual is meant to be used by humanitarian prevention and response.

The tools are divided into three major categories: assessment, program design, and program monitoring and evaluation.

01 Feb 2004 description

In many of today's conflicts, adolescents represent the majority of children who fight or are associated with armed forces and groups; however, they are often ineligible for demobilisation programs for child soldiers as they become adults in the ranks of armed groups, missing the opportunity for rehabilitation and reintegration into a peaceful community.

01 Feb 2004 description

Begun in 1977, the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are designed to assess the state of democracy and human rights around the world, call attention to violations, and - where needed - prompt needed changes in U.S. policies toward particular countries. They are an expression of U.S. vigilance in monitoring other countries and holding leaders accountable for their treatment of fellow citizens.

01 Feb 2004 description
This book provides tools to address gender-based violence (GBV) in refugee, internally displaced, and post-conflict settings. The tools are divided into three major categories:

- Assessment tools are meant to improve awareness of the nature and scope of GBV
- Program tools are meant to improve awareness of the nature and scope of GBV
- Program monitoring and evaluation tools assist in evaluating program effectiveness.

01 Feb 2004 description

This survey on education in emergencies offers information on how many refugee, displaced and returnee children and youth have access to education, and the nature of the education they receive. The report consists of three parts:

Part I: Explores issues related to students, teachers, curriculum, educational materials, schools and facilities and funding based on information collected during the Global Survey,

Part II: Focusses on the same issues in more detail for several countries with large refugee or internally displaced populations

01 Feb 2004 description
report International Alert

This paper examines challenges and obstacles to ensuring gender justice and accountability in the context of international peace support operations (PSOs). It looks at the issue of gender justice from three perspectives:

 - How PSOs can foster a culture of gender justice and accountability
 - How to strenghten the capacity and mandates for PSOs to respect, protect and promote civilians' human rights
 - How to better address violations committed by UN civilian or military peacekeepers