Underfunding forces UN refugee agency to cut back refocus

The best estimates for 2002 now show a budgetary target of $825 million, which is equivalent to the projected income for the year, the agency said in a statement issued today in Geneva. Compared with this year’s initial budget of $954.9 million, it represents a reduction of $130 million, or about 14 per cent. “What we have done is painful but absolutely necessary to make UNHCR a better focused, leaner and ultimately a better funded organization,” said High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, the architect of the plan.UNHCR noted that some of the savings required reductions in the number of posts and the scaling back of field operations. But considerable savings also stem from the long-planned phasing down of the organization’s involvement in certain regions of the world, such as East Timor and the Balkans.Under the plan, the overall number of UNHCR posts is expected to go down from 4,828 today to 4,065 by the end of next year. The net result is the abolishment of 939 posts, offset by the creation of 174 new posts in areas vital for the agency’s operations.One vital part of the plan in the mid-term is to improve the funding of UNHCR’s programmes. Although the agency’s annual budget has been approved each year by its 57-nation Executive Committee, the OK for the budget has not necessarily meant that the very same governments come up with the funds. Indeed, over the last few years, the organization has endured annual shortfalls. “When our stakeholders give us a job to do, they also have to make sure we have the adequate resources,” Mr. Lubbers said.In other news, UNHCR today welcomed last week’s approval by the European Union of a Directive on a European regime of temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons, noting that it was in agreement with almost all aspects of the Directive.Commenting on the measures aimed at controlling undocumented arrivals into the European Union by imposing stiff sanctions on those facilitating such arrivals, UNHCR said it was essential that any such measures be administered “with sensitivity and flexibility, lest they inadvertently obstruct refugees and asylum-seekers from reaching safety.” read more

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SSAB brings 24hour access to Hardox Wearparts in nine locations

first_imgHardox Wearparts offers customers quick, 24-hour access to thousands of wear products through a unique online interface. This guaranteed fast, easy service for customers is now available at nine of SSAB’s centres across the world including the US, Chile, the UK, China, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and two locations in Canada: Vancouver and Montreal. The new service – Hardox Wearparts Web shop – provides customers with easy access to product details such as dimensions, materials, tolerances, logistics, on-site service. The Hardox Wearparts Web Shop concept was initially launched in the US.“This will enable customers to start a dialog contacting SSAB at any time – day or night – which will help expedite the wear part replacement process,” says Johan Anderson, Head of Business Strategy and Marketing, Hardox Wearparts. “Downtime in this business is costly, and the new service can help us to get customers up and running quicker.” Visitors to Hardox Wearparts Web Shops will find products conveniently categorised by market segment, which includes mining – movable and fixed; cement; recycling; energy; quarries, construction, metal works and agriculture.Once customers click on a specific segment, they can choose the equipment and appropriate wear part needed which can be either a standard or custom part. Then they can request a quote online and receive a quick response to their request from a representative at the local Hardox Wearparts Center convenient to the customer’s location. Customers can also register their account and keep track of previous enquiries, thus making the reorder process easy and convenient.“SSAB is dedicated to helping customers solve their toughest wear challenges,” says Anderson. “Through our knowledge, expertise and products, we’re able to help customers to boost their productivity and prolong the service life of their machinery and equipment. The Web Shop is one of many value added services we can offer our customers.”The Web Shops are initially available at nine of SSAB-owned centres and more web shops are coming soon. Interested parties can access the Web Shop at http://www.hardoxwearparts.com/shop and then select the specific location that is most convenient.last_img read more

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Handball for All – Summer handball Academy – Apply now

On the beautiful mountain, in the most popular touristic resort in Serbia, Kopaonik, between 4-.10 July 2011 will be organize Summer Handball Academy – “Handball for All”.  Eminent international coaching staff composed of the names of Dragan Djukić (Great Britain national team head coach), Veroljub Kosovac (Skjern Denmark – head coach), Alexandru Buligan (Romanian goalkeeper coach specialist), Jure Šterbucl (S&C coach of Krim Mercator – Slovenia’s TOP women’s team) and Dragan Ilić (Physio) will working with players from 18 to 23 years old and a bit older, who wants to develop their individual skills and handball performances in a week training program.„Handball for all“ participants will have an opportunity to meet some of the famous players (Nedeljko Jovanović – one of the best world’s playmaker – 230 appearances for Yugoslav national team, Nenad Vučković – Serbian national team player – TOP 10 scorer of Toyota Handball Bundesliga – Melsungen, Danijel Andjelković – Serbian national team player, Pick Szeged, Toulouse), to talk with them and become richer for a specific experience.Program, accommodation, sports and other equipments in Kopaonik will be on the highest level, as you can see in special presentation of “Handball for All” – Summer Handball Academy, where you can find all the informations.Visitors (players, coaches, etc) of Handball-Planet.com have a special offer – chance for 5% discount on the participation fee, if they show interest and apply for “Handball for All” on our e-mail Address – [email protected]/handball/Handball for all (en) – PRESENTATION ← Previous Story LIGA ASOBAL round 19: Barcelona and Ciudad both win Next Story → Petar Nenadić until 2013 in TVIS Holstebro! read more

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