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Somali gunmen seize three aid workers
 
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http://www.euronews.net/ Gunmen kidnapped three aid workers in northern Somalia on Tuesday. They seized one American and two Danish nationals close to Galkayo airport in the region of Galmudug. The trio were employed by the humanitarian aid agency, Danish Demining Group.
The Missing Peace Symposium (Panel 7)
 
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Date: February 16, 2013 The Missing Peace Symposium: Panel Seven: Concluding Roundtable Discussion: The Way Forward Sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings is increasingly recognized as a threat to international peace and security. Globally, state and non-state armed actors use sexual violence against women, men, and children to intimidate and terrorize populations, through forced displacement, destroying communities, and silencing of victims. When fighting ends, sexual violence often does not— undermining post-conflict reconstruction efforts and the transition to more stable, secure, and peaceful societies. Despite the increased international attention to sexual violence as a weapon of war, including the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions, and important rulings in international criminal courts, initiatives to prevent or mitigate these violent acts continue to fall short. Existing international interventions may lack an integrated understanding of the causes for sexual violence and its implications for societies at large. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America) convened a group of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge and reporting, and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence. More details: http://bit.ly/VUvyIB Panel Seven: Concluding Roundtable Discussion: The Way Forward Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno, World Health Organization, Switzerland Amb. Pernille Dahler Kardel, Danish Ambassador to Egypt, Egypt Ms. Pia Peeters, The World Bank - Nairobi, Kenya Ms. Kim Thuy Seelinger, J.D., HRC, University of California-Berkeley, USA Dr. Maria Emma Wills, Centro de Memoria Historica, Colombia Mr. Innocent Balemba Zahinda, Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, USA Moderators: Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Center for Gender & Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace, USA Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, SIPRI North America, USA Keynote Address Ambassador Donald Steinberg Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Donald Steinberg serves as deputy administrator at USAID, providing overall direction and management for the Agency. His areas of focus include the Middle East and Africa; reforms under USAID Forward and the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review; integration and mainstreaming of gender and disabilities into Agency programming; and enhanced dialogue with development partners, including civil society, business, foreign donors, international institutions, Congress, and other U.S. Government agencies. Ambassador Steinberg previously served as deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit seeking to prevent, contain and resolve deadly conflict. He also served as a Randolph Jennings senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he advocated for the world's 25 million internally displaced persons. During his nearly 30 years with the government, Steinberg served as director of the State Department's Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African affairs, special Haiti coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Angola, and the president's special representative for humanitarian demining. He served as officer-in-charge at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, during the country's transition from apartheid to democracy, as well as postings in Mauritius, Brazil, Malaysia and the Central African Republic. Steinberg has published more than 100 articles on foreign policy, African developments, gender issues, post-conflict reconstruction, children and armed conflict, and disarmament. His honors include the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award, the Frasure Award for International Peace, the Hunt Award for Women in Policy Formulation, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, and six State Department Superior Honor Awards.
Ottawa Treaty
 
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The Ottawa Treaty, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or often simply referred to as the Mine Ban Treaty, but officially known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, aims at eliminating anti-personnel landmines around the world. To date, there are 162 States Parties to the treaty. One state has signed but not ratified while 34 UN states including the United States, Russia and China are non-signatories, making a total of 35 United Nations states not party. This video is targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Creative Commons image source in video
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