Ongoing UNHCR project in BiH designed to strengthen municipal capacities for management of data on the needs of the internally displaced and returnees significantly increased quality and effectiveness of assistance.
In April 2017, UNHCR Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina initiated a BAM 2.5 million project to enhance sustainability of the (internally) displaced people (IDPs) and returnees and to support management of data about this population data management in six municipalities - Bihać, Novi Grad, Kotor Varoš, Lukavac, Doboj and Čapljina.
• Two bilateral trainings held for 12 municipalities and 15 Aarhus Centres
• Four local DRR plans developed through public participation
• 600 local representatives, civil society activists, media professionals and students trained
• 7870 copies of public education material distributed
• Tailored online resource content developed and uploaded
The notion of disaster risk reduction (DRR) has come a long way from emergency response to disaster risk management with emergency response now being only one of the components of a broader approach that deals with disaster risk in terms of prevention, preparedness and response.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), within the project "Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative", in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Physical Planning and the City of Zenica, has begun works on the rehabilitation of the Vardište landslide in Zenica. This landslide directly jeopardizes 12 houses in the Kočeva river zone, as well as the local road used by 88 households of the local community Brod.
European Union Assistance to Stockpile Management, Technical Support, and Ammunition Surplus Reduction - EU STAR officially started with the ceremonial signing of a contract between Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sezin Sinanoglu, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the presence of BiH Defense Minister Marina Pendeš and EUFOR Commander Major General Anton Waldner.
On the occasion of the International Gun Destruction Day - 9 July, the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Coordination Board of BiH organised destruction of more than 1,450 pieces of small arms and light weapons and more than 1,070 pieces of arms components at Jelisingrad smelter in Banja Luka.
The event was attended by the representatives of the police agencies, BiH Ministry of Defense, EU in BiH, and UNDP BiH.
OSCE issues report on combating impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, 21 June 2017 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today in Sarajevo presented the third in a series of reports that highlights progress achieved by the country’s justice sector between 2014 and 2016 in tackling cases of sexual violence committed during the 1992-1995 war, as well as recommendations on how to enhance these efforts.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through "Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction" handed over the Disaster Risk Analysis System (DRAS) to Tuzla and Doboj Mayors. DRAS is an online platform that provides accurate information to citizens and decision makers on exposure to floods and landslides and is currently available for Tuzla and Doboj. The development of DRAS platform was financed by the Government of Turkey.
In order to enable local institutions to better prepare and mitigate the devastating effects of floods, it is necessary to know the extent, strength, depth and probability of occurrence of these phenomena. All information required by the competent flood risk management authorities are now contained in the flood hazard and risk maps, which were made for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Vrbas River basin and its largest tributaries, Pliva and Vrbanja.
Within the scope of Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project, financed and supported by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the first Public Service Agreement (PSA) between municipalities and utility companies in Kalesija and Žepče haven been signed. By signing this Agreement, all the rights, obligations and responsibilities of municipal bodies and water supply utility companies have been systematically regulated for the first time.
Today, the installation of communication and alarm equipment was completed in 14 municipalities of the Vrbas river basin. The activity is implemented within the framework of the project "Technology Transfer for Climate Resilient Flood Management in the Vrbas River Basin", implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
18 May 2017 – Though Bosnia and Herzegovina has continued its efforts towards membership in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), negative incidents could still derail the country from the path of peace and stability, a senior diplomat told the United Nations Security Council today.
Letter dated 28 April 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
Pursuant to Security Council resolution 1031 (1995), I have the honour to transmit the fifty-first report on the implementation of the Peace Agreement on Bosnia and Herzegovina, covering the period from 22 October 2016 to 21 April 2017, which I received from the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (see annex).
I should be grateful if you would bring the report to the attention of the members of the Security Council.
The exceptional results in terms of improved community safety through Project EXPLODE funded by the European Union were in focus during the Project Closing Ceremony held on March 29, in Sarajevo.
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Floods, landslides, drought, storms, earthquakes and forest fires... Bosnia and Herzegovina is prone to natural disasters that hurt agriculture. Supported by the Swiss Government, FAO organized a conference on February 08 on “Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Guidelines,” presenting findings and recommendations for improving current methodologies for assessing damages and losses in agriculture.
End Curbs on Media; Deliver Justice for War Crimes
(Berlin) – Governments in the Western Balkans should revitalize their efforts to strengthen human rights and create a rights respecting environment for all, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Human Rights Watch documented human rights concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo during 2016. Concerns about Croatia are included in a chapter on the European Union.