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Geneva Call’s 2013 annual report is available

Annual Report 2013 The report provides an update on Geneva Call’s activities over the past year. In 2013, Geneva Call engaged 48 armed non-State actors towards compliance with international humanitarian norms in 16 countries and territories. In addition to numerous other outcomes:
  • 5 new signatures of Geneva Call‘s Deeds of Commitment were secured
  • 9 additional armed non-State actors made similar undertakings or took measures to increase the protection of civilians
  • All 24 signatories still active in 2013 were monitored on the implementation of the Deeds of Commitment 
  • Several thousand  fighters were sensitized and/or trained on broad international humanitarian norms
  • Geneva Call would like to thank all those who have supported Geneva Call’s activities, both in 2013 and beyond. Read Geneva Call's 2013 annual report
Geneva Call is happy to provide hard copies upon request.

The Colombian Government and the FARC reach an agreement on demining

 
The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an agreement on the problem of illegal drugs last 16 May. This agreement includes the implementation of a demining programme to follow the signing of the final peace agreement.

In a joint statement, the two parties stated that “In order to protect the communities and guarantee the right to life and well-being of the rural population, demining has to be carried out (…).

Therefore, the national Government (…) will implement a mine clearance program in those areas of the country that might have been affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. The Government and FARC will contribute to this common purpose (...) including the provision of information under the terms established by the Final Agreement.”
 
Geneva Call is in regular dialogue with the FARC on the anti-personnel ban, child protection and gender issues and has encouraged the armed group to address these topics in the on-going peace negotiations.

The day before the agreement on demining was made, Geneva Call met with Ivan Marquez, FARC’s chief negotiator, and other members of FARC delegation in la Havana, Cuba, to discuss these issues.

Geneva Call welcomes this agreement and will continue to promote the implementation of humanitarian demining even before the signing of a final peace agreement, for the benefit of the affected populations.

Two new Board members

 
The Board of Geneva Call is pleased to welcome two new members: Nicolas Peyrot, lawyer and former member of the Board of Geneva International Airport, and François Tissot, company Director and former Director of the Chopard group.

Geneva Call joins Watchlist as an Associate Member

 
Last April, Geneva Call joined Watchlist on Children in Armed Conflict as an Associate Member. Watchlist is a network of international non-governmental organizations working to protect children in war zones.

Geneva Call's 2014 - 2016 strategy


Geneva Call has released its strategy for 2014 – 2016 to achieve greater protection of civilians and other protected persons from the effects of armed conflict. The document presents the organization’s direction and main priorities for the next few years.

Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback. View the document.

Participation in the London Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict



 
Geneva Call and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will organize a side event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London next 11 June.

The event will be the opportunity to discuss the challenges related to the engagement of armed non-State actors on the prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict.

The floor will be given to gender experts from Geneva Call and the Swiss FDFA and to two representatives of armed groups.

A former female combatant of a Colombian armed group and a member of a Burmese armed group will present their perspectives and commitments on the prohibition of sexual violence and discuss the inclusion of women combatants and gender issues in peace negotiations.

This Summit is the largest ever international event on the issue, gathering 150 NGOs and Government representatives from some 140 countries.

Organized by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it will take place in London from 10 to 13 June.
Engaging with armed non-State actors to prevent and stop sexual violence: the challenges and opportunities
11 June 2014 - 3:30 pm  
Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in armed conflict
ExCel Center – Room 2 - Royal Victoria Dock - London
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