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Publication: 16 April 2014

Read and Listen: Blogs and Podcast on the Every Casualty Programme's New Report

To coincide with the launch of the Every Casualty Programme's latest report, 'The UN and Casualty Recording: Good Practice and the Need for Action', a number of articles and blog posts were published across the web on sites including openSecurity, TransConflict and everycasualty.org, which we have re-published here. Read more »

Publication: 16 April 2014

Press Release: Systematically Recording the Casualties of Armed Violence Can Help Save Lives

London April 16 2014 - Recording and analysing data on the casualties of conflict and armed violence can improve the protection of civilians and save lives. This is the conclusion of two reports released today by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and Oxford Research Group (ORG). Read more »

Publication: 16 April 2014

New ORG Report: The UN and Casualty Recording: Good Practice and the Need for Action

This report from the Every Casualty programme explores the current state of casualty recording practice, and use of information about casualties, within the United Nations. When the UN systematically records the direct civilian casualties of violent conflict, and acts effectively on this information, this can help save civilian lives. However, casualty recording is not currently a widespread practice within the UN system. This report is part of a joint project with Action on Armed Violence to review state and UN practices in casualty recording. Read more »

Publication: 16 April 2014

Joint Findings: Casualty Recording: Assessing State and United Nations Practices

This paper summarises the joint findings and recommendations of research by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG) into states' and the United Nations' practices in casualty recording. The paper elaborates important benefits to casualty recording documented by AOAV and ORG. The paper also summarises our recommendations to states, UN actors and civil soceity. Read more »

Publication: 4 April 2014

Remote Control Project Website Launched

We are delighted to announce that the Remote Control Project, a project of the Network for Social Change hosted by the Oxford Research Group, has launched their website.  Remote Control was launched as a pilot project in January 2013 and was rolled out as a full scale project In November 2013. The project looks at current developments in military technology, in particular the use of drones, private military and security companies, special forces and cyber activities and the re-thinking of military approaches to future threats. Read more »

Publication: 2 April 2014

ORG Endorses Open Letter on Sustainable Development Goal Targets

ORG has joined 32 other civil society organisations in endorsing an open letter to the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals. The letter shares with the OWG a list of targets that we believe will be effective in promoting peace and sustainable development beyond 2015, when the current Millennium Development Goals (MDG) framework expires. Promoting peaceful societies is one of the eight priority areas currently under discussion by the OWG, which will report its recommendations to the UN General Assembly later this year. The MDG framework agreed in 2000 did not address peace and conflict and, as the letter notes, there is a strong correlation between violence-affected states and failure to meet MDG targets. Read more »

Publication: 31 March 2014

The Ukraine Crisis in Relation to Syria and Iran

The Russian annexation of Crimea may be in direct contravention of international agreements but is popular in Russia and almost certain to hold. Given tensions within Ukrainian society and its weak transitional government, there remains some risk of further intervention in eastern Ukraine and possibly the Trans-Dniester break-away region of Moldova. Even if there is no further escalation in the crisis, the deterioration in EU/Russian and US/Russian relations is of great concern, not least in relation to two aspects of Middle East security – the Syrian civil war and the Iran nuclear negotiations. Read more »

Publication: 26 March 2014

Addressing Violence by Recording the Casualties of Conflict

Systematic casualty recording deepens our understanding of conflict violence, providing a means for responding in ways that can benefit conflict affected populations and minimise harm to civilians. Using data from ORG's 2011 survey of over 40 casualty recording practitioners, this new article explores the work of recorders and the impact of their data both during and post-conflict.   Read more »

Publication: 26 March 2014

"Our War-Torn World Needs a New Mediating Body to Resolve Conflicts" - Gabrielle Rifkind Article in The Observer

Writing in The Observer last Sunday, Gabrielle Rifkind explored how traditional peace-making attemps are bogged down by bureaucracy and hostility and calls for a new form of mediation in violent conflict.  Read more »

Publication: 12 March 2014

Responding to Climate Disruption – Developing the Agenda

Recent examples of short-term climate disruption have done much to bring the overall issue of climate change up the political agenda. In responding to what will be one of the key challenges of the next decades – well beyond the 15-year lifetime of the post-2015 global development goals currently under discussion – much of the attention has been focused on the need to adapt to those elements of climate change that are already irreversible and also to the need to decarbonise existing high carbon-emitting economies. What needs much greater attention is the fundamental need to ensure that low-carbon emitters in the Global South are enabled to combine effective human development with responding to the challenges of climate change. Read more »