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August 2012

Dear Subscriber Name

Welcome to Saferworld’s new look monthly e-news. We look forward to your comments on any of the content highlighted here – you can also find more comment, analysis and resources on our website which is updated throughout the month. You’ll notice a number of changes and improvements to the site – including new content, a better search facility, and improved social media integration so you can share content, provide feedback and add comments through your favourite social media sites. We have also launched our new strapline this week, ‘Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives’, which we hope encapsulates clearly the mission and vision of Saferworld.

What happened in New York?

Last month we shared our hopes for the Arms Trade Treaty with you. While disappointingly the UN negotiations ended without an agreement, there were encouraging signs with over 90 states calling for a treaty as soon as possible. Now that the dust has started to settle, Saferworld’s Roy Isbister and Elizabeth Kirkham take some time out to reflect on what happened and what it all means.

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in Nepal: turning commitments into reality

In February 2011, Nepal was the first country to launch a National Action Plan on women, peace and security in South Asia. We talk with Joint Secretary Sadhuram Sapkota of Nepal’s  Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) on what progress has been made and what challenges remain – not least in getting men involved in making the plan a reality.

Changing perceptions: reflections on the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Li Baodong, chairs a UN Security Council’s meeting on tSudan. June 2012 © JC Mcilwaine/UN Photo

In late July, ministers at the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) agreed a new action plan for the three years ahead, with a stronger focus on peace and security issues than in the past. The new plan demonstrates changing perceptions in China on the link between economic co-operation and politics, says Thomas Wheeler.

Building trust between neighbours in Central Asia

© Karen Wykurz

In five villages where Kyrgyz, Tajiks and Uzbeks live in intertwined communities, Saferworld and partners are bringing communities together to improve their security. Take a look at our new photo gallery, Building trust in Central Asia.

What do you think? Give us your feedback at communications@saferworld.org.uk

Strong voices: Yemeni women, politics and protest

Women did not simply join the peaceful protests that swept in Yemen in 2011, they were at the very heart of the calls for change. Yet while they have made moral and social gains, our research finds that there have been few tangible political gains as a result of the protests.


What role for China in South Sudan?

The world’s youngest country offers opportunities for Chinese state and commercial actors to develop policy and practice to contribute to peace and security in conflict-affected regions of the world.


Young people, extremism and security in North Bengal

Our youth perceptions survey on safety and security in North Bengal highlights that while extremist ideologies have little support their existence is seen as a potential catalyst for instability and violent conflict in Bangladesh.


From word to deed

This report, launched at the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, outlines practical steps to ensure that a treaty will prevent irresponsible arms transfers that fuel and sustain conflict, destroy lives and undermine development.

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