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October 2013

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Welcome to the October 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 

Peace and post-2015

Statements made by states, representatives of UN agencies, and civil society last week at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) suggest that conflict and insecurity are no longer on the fringe of post-2015 discussions. In our latest blog we look at the implications of last week's UNGA discussions for peace and the post-2015 framework. Read the blog here.

Also on peace and post-2015:

Yemen: The need for a contingency plan

Yemen's National Dialogue Conference has provided Yemenis with a framework for the negotiation of a new social contract between citizens and state. Yet the process has been complicated by unrealistic expectations, incompatible demands and increasingly political agendas from key stakeholders. 

In a briefing and separate comment piece Saferworld argues that a growing number of Yemenis are questioning whether the process will actually lead to a historic renegotiation of power.

Read the comment piece and briefing.

Over 100 states have signed the Arms Trade Treaty!

Credit: Control Arms

Credit: Control Arms

A further 22 states including the United States, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa signed the Arms Trade Treaty at an historic ceremony in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly last week.

Some 113 states have now signed the Treaty and a further seven have ratified it. It is now crucial that states implement the Treaty in a progressive way to ensure a real reduction of violence caused by arms.

Read the news item.

Inclusivity is the key in Somalia

Credit:UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Following the Brussels conference on Somalia’s New Deal, Saferworld examines the urgent steps that should be taken to ensure inclusivity and participation in Somalia’s New Deal compact.

Read the comment piece.

Saferworld Annual Review 2012-13

Bringing together some of the highlights of our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives, Saferworld's new multimedia Annual Review 2012-13 is now available.

View the multimedia gallery.

Read the PDF version of the Annual Review 2012-13.

Advancing gender, peace and security

The redevelopment of the 2010–13 UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security provides the UK Government with a valuable opportunity to strengthen its policy approach to this area, and its implementation.

Saferworld offers key recommendations for how the UK Government can reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls, and promote their inclusion in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Read the submission here.

Exploring Central Asia and rising powers

Credit - Karen Wykurz

A roundtable in September organised by Saferworld and partners at Chatham House brought together leading experts on Central Asia, Russia and China to debate the many facets of conflict management in this resource-rich region which sits at the intersection of shifting geo-politics.

Read Conflict management in Central Asia.

Promoting Long-term Peace Overseas

Engagement in conflict-affected and fragile states has taken an increasingly prominent place in the UK’s diplomatic, development, and defence policy and practice overseas. This briefing highlights key areas of UK policy and practice and puts forward recommendations on how a conflict prevention approach to overseas engagement could best work to improve the lives of those directly affected by insecurity and violent conflict.

Read Promoting Long-term Peace Overseas.

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