The UK’s Strategy for Countering International Terrorism (CONTEST) has been revised to take account of the evolution of the international terrorist threat. Published on 24 March, it aims ‘to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from international terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence’.
DI - 30/3/2009
This is the official website for the G-20 London Summit, held on 2 April 2009 against the backdrop of exceptionally challenging economic circumstances. It contains news, documentation and other data.
DI - 27/3/2009
Summary of the Octopus Interface Conference -held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 10 to 11 March 2009- that brought together more than 280 cybercrime experts from the public and private sectors as well as international and non-governmental organisations from all over the world. See also the web site.
DI - 26/3/2009
This year’s Survey, entitled ‘Addressing Triple Threats to Development’ and published on 26 March, focuses on the convergence of three global crises: an economic downturn, food and fuel price volatility, and climate change; it analyses the threats posed by these crises; and outlines ways in which economies in the region can move forward.
DI - 25/3/2009
Transcript of Barack Obama's second prime time press conference held on 24 March at the White House.
DI - 24/3/2009
The OHCHR report on the relationship between climate change and human rights discusses ‘how observed and projected impacts of climate change have implications for the enjoyment of human rights and for the obligations of States under international human rights law’.
DI - 23/3/2009
The Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council -held from 19 to 20 March- expresses ‘the confidence in the ability of the EU to tackle the financial and economic crisis’. The European Council also agreed on orientations for setting up a crisis mechanism to deal with disruptions of energy supplies, and it took further steps in preparation of the Copenhagen Conference on climate change. Finally, it agreed a declaration launching the Eastern Partnership.
DI - 18/3/2009
The report -issued by the UN Secretary-General on 17 March- covers the activities of UNMIK and developments related thereto from 1 November 2008 to 9 March 2009. It also contains the report of the Secretary-General of the Council of the EU /High Representative for the CFSP to the Secretary-General of the UN on the activities of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo.
DI - 16/3/2009
The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors preliminary meeting for the April’s London Summit -held on 14 March- agreed on increasing the funding for the IMF and speeding up changes to member state representation in the organisation. It also emphasised the need to restore the financial sector and unblock credit channels to businesses (see Communiqué Annex ‘Restoring lending: a framework for financial repair and recovery’).
The second European Parliament Eurobarometer (EB Standard 70) –conducted on in the autumn of 2008 at the height of the economic and financial crisis- is dedicated specifically to the citizens’ expectations on the 2009 European Elections.
DI - 12/3/2009
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published its annual report on 11 March 2009. The document provides an overview of the UNODC activities to address the threat posed by drugs and crime. Also, fighting human trafficking was an important priority for the organisation in 2008.
DI - 11/3/2008
The report of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights -'Assessing Damage, Urging Action'- is based on one of the most comprehensive surveys on counter-terrorism and human rights to date, and illustrates the extent to which the responses to the events of 11 September 2001 have changed the legal landscape in countries around the world.
DI - 10/3/2009
The African Development Bank Statistics Pocketbook presents summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the AfDB Group in 2008.
DI - 9/3/2009
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) published its report, Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability, in September 2008. The document highlights the need for accountability to women and it also stresses that ‘governments and multilateral organisations must do a better job of answering to women for commitments made’.
DI - 6/3/2008
The 2008 bilingual edition has been published in February 2009. It is divided into four chapters: demographic and social areas, with special attention to gender; economical statistics such as prices, international trade, balance of payments and national accounts; information on natural resources and the environment; methodological aspects and other data on sources, definitions and coverage of the statistics cited.
DI - 4/3/2008
This survey -conducted by the Pew Research Center and presented on 18 February 2009- is focused on the U.S policies on terrorism. According to the report, ‘President Obama receives positive ratings for his handling of terrorism and most Americans say his administration’s policies will reduce the likelihood of another major attack on the United States’.
DI - 3/3/2009
Published on 30 January 2009, the document refers to the RAND Corporation and the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Venusberg Group sponsored series discussions on the future security challenges confronting the U.S. and Europe in the context of the election of a new American president.
DI - 2/3/2009
Since 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. Published by the United Nations Environment Programme in February 2009, this report discusses the key linkages between environment, conflict and peacebuilding, and provides recommendations on how these can be addressed more effectively by the international community.