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July 2013

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Welcome to the July issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 

Turning gender rhetoric into action?

Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

On 24 June 2013, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 (UNSCR 2106) on Women, Peace and Security was passed by unanimous vote in New York. Taken forward as part of the UK's Security Council presidency, UNSCR 2106 builds on previous work highlighting sexual violence in conflict, which is a key part of the UK's Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. However, as Hannah Wright argues here, though the Resolution is welcome, policy rhetoric must be followed up with positive practice.

Follow our work on gender, peace and security.

Celebrating the citizens’ committee

Saferworld’s latest community security project in Nepal is working at village level in four districts of the country to build relationships and trust between community members and local government authorities, including the police and security providers. One year into the project, authorities are starting to see the value of this type of community-led approach. Read the case study here.

An interview with Ambassador Ochieng Adala on arms control

A key component of furthering Saferworld's work on conventional arms control has been the establishment of a working group made up of African, Chinese, and EU experts. Ambassador Ochieng Adala (pictured, centre), former Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations and a key member of the group, here talks about the importance of dialogue to combat small arms and light weapons proliferation and to support the UN Arms Trade Treaty process. Read the interview here.

Read more on the Africa-China-EU Expert Working Group.

Post-2015 and an accountability framework

This new briefing was prepared as input to UN consultation meetings in June on the post-2015 development agenda. It examines the High Level Panel's (HLP) recent report and suggests ways to build a robust accountability framework  for sustainably addressing conflict and violence in the post-2015 development framework.

Read our briefing, From the High Level Report to an Accountability Framework.

Read more on the post-2015 development agenda debate.

Saferworld Uganda April/May newsletter

The Uganda team provides a round up of their work with the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity, revisits community security work in Karamoja, and looks at how the Peace, Recovery, and Development Plan for Northern Uganda is progressing.

NGOs and ATT success

In their recent article, Roy Isbister and Kloe Tricott O'Farell look at the role NGOs played in the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN and examine the lessons for NGOs that can be learned for its successful implementation.

Security for All?

The latest tracker survey on community perceptions in Eastern Abkhazia identifies trends and changes regarding the safety and security situation in the region. Surveys have been carried out over the past three years, and provide a insight into local dynamics and factors that shape the security and livelihoods of the communities.

Community understanding in Nepal

As part of USAID's Conflict Management and Mitigation programme, Saferworld has implemented a new project within 15 communities in Nepal. The project will aid conflict-affected youth, girls and women, and returning combatants, with the intention of fostering understanding and cooperation. This builds on work done by Saferworld's Nepal programme on community safety and peacebuilding.

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