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UN-SPIDER May 2013 Updates

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Sudan: UN-SPIDER Training Course on space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
Bangladesh: Capacity Building on Space Technologies for Floods
Dominican Republic: Training on Space-Based Information for Floods
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER makes Statement during Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Iraq: UN-SPIDER Network acquires Satellite Imagery for Floods

News from our Regional Support Offices

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WMO statement on the status of the global climate in 2012

WMO Annual Climate Statement Confirms 2012 as Among Top Ten Warmest Years

GENEVA, 2 May 2013 (WMO) The World Meteorological Organization’s Statement on the Status of the Global Climate says that 2012 joined the ten previous years as one of the warmest — at ninth place — on record despite the cooling influence of a La Niña episode early in the year.

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A Mapping Revolution...

By Leonard Doyle

WOULD you like to know about an innovative high-tech initiative to help vulnerable communities build resilience, ahead of the coming hurricane/typhoon season, by using low-tech solutions? If so, read on.

Its rainy season in many parts of the world and violent storms are already pounding countries least able to cope. Remember when hurricane Sandy blasted its way up the eastern seaboard of the US last year, it seemed to any cable-hopping viewer of TV news that most of the death and destruction was in New York.

International Organization for Migration:

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 31 December 2012 - 7 January 2013

The Global Overview is a weekly update that provides a snapshot of current humanitarian priorities and recent events. Its primary objective is to rapidly inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted.

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 27 December 2012 - 3 January 2013

The Global Overview is a weekly update that provides a snapshot of current humanitarian priorities and recent events. Its primary objective is to rapidly inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted.

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 10-17 December 2012

Tropical cyclone Evan hit Samoa and Fiji on 13 and 16 December. As a category 4 storm, Evan caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure on both islands.

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 3-10 December 2012

The Global Overview is a weekly update that provides a snapshot of current humanitarian priorities and recent events. Its primary objective is to rapidly inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted.

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Global emergency overview snapshot - 26 November to 6 December 2012

An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 has hit South Khorasan province in Iran, killing at least eight people and injuring 12. As of 6 December, no further information available

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Global emergency overview snapshot, 26 November - 3 December 2012

The Global Overview is a weekly update that provides a snapshot of current humanitarian priorities and recent events. Its primary objective is to rapidly inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 19-26 November 2012

Household food security in Kyrgyzstan has deteriorated, with an estimated 25 % of the population - about 1.3 million people - considered food insecure

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 12 to 19 November 2012

The Global Overview is a weekly update that provides a snapshot of current humanitarian priorities and recent events. The Global Overview collates information from a wide range of sources, including Reliefweb and media sources, and displays this information in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 5-12 November 2012

Both Guatemala and Myanmar were affected by earthquakes during the reporting period. On 7 November, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the pacific coast of Guatemala, affecting more than 600,000 people followed by a second quake of 6.2 magnitude on 11 November. There were no immediate reports of major infrastructural damage caused by the second earthquake. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake which struck in Myanmar on 10 November, meanwhile, damaged infrastructure but the full extent of the impact remains unclear.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 5-11 November 2012

Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.

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Opciones reales, vidas reales : Porque Somos Niñas, Esperanzas y Sueños

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Informe sobre la situación de las niñas en el mundo 'Opciones reales, vidas reales'

Informe sobre la situación de las niñas en el mundo 'Opciones reales, vidas reales' El estudio 'Opciones reales, vidas reales' elaborado por PLAN Internacional en el contexto de la campaña Por Ser Niña sigue la vida de 142 niñas de 9 países en vías de desarrollo y analiza la situación de las niñas en el mundo.

  • Son 142 niñas de El Salvador, República Dominicana, Brasil, Benín, Togo, Uganda, Camboya, Filipinas y Vietnam.

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Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, India, Viet Nam at highest economic risk from natural hazards – Global study

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Maplecroft

Some of Asia’s most important economies have the highest risk from the threat of natural hazards, due to the exposure of their cities and trading hubs to events such as flooding, earthquakes and tropical cyclones, according to the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas released by risk analysis company Maplecroft.

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Rotarians improve access to clean drinking water

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By Megan Ferringer and Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary International News – 22 August 2011

Rotarians have teamed up with nongovernmental organizations in Belgium to bring clean drinking water and improved sanitation to thousands of families in the poorest districts of Toamasina, Madagascar.

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Central Emergency Response Fund and Country Based Pooled funds Member States Briefing

General Assembly Hall

Thank you for attending this meeting, which is an update for member states on the latest on the Central Emergency Response Fund, as at the end of the first quarter of 2010. I would also like to provide a brief overview of country based pooled funds, which work in tandem with the CERF in many cases.

I would like to provide a general overview of what the Fund has achieved since I last provided a briefing to Member States in New York in December, funding levels; the impact of the fund on emergencies in the first quarter of 2010, and what we are doing to ensure

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Burma taking severe hit from climate change: watchdog

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Irrawaddy
By Wai Moe

Burma is one of the countries worst affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change, according to a new report that assesses the impact of global warming over a period of nearly two decades.

Published by the Berlin-based climate watchdog Germanwatch on Tuesday, the report, the Global Climate Risk Index, says that Bangladesh, Burma and Honduras were the countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1990 to 2008.

The report was launched in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway.