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The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Terminology aims to promote common understanding and common usage of disaster risk reduction concepts and to assist the disaster risk reduction efforts of authorities, practitioners and the public. The previous version “Terminology: Basic terms of disaster risk reduction” was published in “Living with risk: a global review of disaster risk reduction initiatives” in 2004.
To more closely monitor the evolution and transmission of international and local food prices, FEWS NET is monitoring and reporting on staple food prices in key markets in urban and town centers in food insecure countries. A selection of these market centers, along with additional markets in non-presence (no FEWS NET office) countries are presented here.
- Introduction: Aidwatching in times of
The annual Aidwatch report "Lighten the Load: In times of crisis EU aid has never been more important"1, published in May 2009, showed that, collectively, EU aid stood at 0.4% of GNI, meaning that, even at that stage, the collective interim target of giving 0.56% of GNI as ODA by 2010 was looking far out of reach unless significant efforts to increase aid were made.
The report also showed that the tendency of many Member States to "inflate" their official aid figures with items such as debt relief, student and …
As we look ahead to 2010, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the support, generosity and hard work that nations across the world have dedicated to the fight against hunger.
For the first time in history, more than 1 billion people are urgently hungry.
2009 fue un año de grandes desafíos y m=FAltiples crisis. Así lo describió el Secretario General de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon.
Ban recorrió varios sitios en peligro debido al cambio climático, como el Polo Norte y la Antártida.
FAITS SAILLANTS: Les cas confirmés de la Pandémie A (H1N1) sont encore présentent sur le continent Africain. D'autres préoccupations concernent toujours l'émergence de certaines maladies en Afrique Centrale de même que les pluies diluviennes avec des inondations causant des morts dans certains pays de l'Afrique.
Recent developments in world agricultural markets for basic food commodities have raised concern about a possible return to another round of high prices. In general, however, the difficulties facing markets today are different from those experienced during the 2007/08 food price surge. The FAO Food Price Index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a food basket composed of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, has risen uninterruptedly since August 2009, a trend shared by nearly all its components.
GENEVA (31 December 2009) - Two independent experts of the UN Human Rights Council -the Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, and the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Jorge A.
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- WHO review of current influenza status - pandemic activity is seen just to the East of the EU
- Pandemic influenza 2009 A(H1N1) is predominating over seasonal influenza in all of the Northern Hemisphere
- WHO's Director General states it is premature to consider the pandemic as completed
- First published report of transmission of antiviral resistant pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus in the community - Viet Nam July 2009 - remains an unusual event
- Fourth European Medicines Agency pandemic pharmacovigilance report
- A total of 1 923 …
Global trends in water-related disasters: an insight for policymakers is a unique report designed to support future national disaster policy programmes. Trends in natural disasters show they are continuously increasing in most regions of the world.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide live in areas affected by armed conflict and man-made crises. These crises have various negative effects on health, ranging from deaths and trauma due to military actions to subtler, indirect consequences such as an increased risk of infectious diseases as a result of various risk factors brought about by war.
This practical guideline is for the use of all emergency stakeholders in all sectors. It provides technical guideline for physical and communication accessibility to ensure that persons with disabilities can access all emergency facilities.
Even if you do not see them, Persons with disabilit ies exist and have the same needs as others but may need specific support to meet these needs.
Older persons, pregnant women, children and other v ulnerable persons will also benefit from these adaptations.
Les désastres naturels tels que les tremblements de terre, les inondations et les ouragans peuvent provoquer des dégâts sur les infrastructures mais aussi des effets secondaires néfastes pour l’environnement, comme l’émission immédiate ou subséquente de substances dangereuses.
The 2009 Humanitarian Accountability Report contains four chapters, as follows:
Chapter 1: An Overview of Humanitarian Accountability in 2009. The opening chapter provides an overview of the principal developments and apparent trends in relation to accountability in the humanitarian system.
This Toolkit is intended to guide humanitarian programme managers and healthcare providers to ensure that sexual and reproductive health interventions put into place both during and after a crisis are responsive to the unique needs of adolescents.
Why dead bodies do not cause epidemics
Wherever a natural disaster causes large numbers of deaths, one of the distressing questions facing rescue workers is always "How do we deal with the dead?"
Surprisingly, the answer is "Don’t rush!" Contrary to popular belief, dead bodies are a negligible health hazard. After a disaster, the top priority is to look after the living. Rushing to bury the dead diverts resources away from rescue efforts and can make it impossible to identify bodies later.
In most emergency and reconstruction projects timber and bamboo are used as construction materials. As they are natural materials, they have unique properties and require special environmental, supply, logistics and construction considerations. Often humanitarian organisations are not aware of all of these considerations and mistakes are frequently made, leading to delays in response, costing extra money to put right and putting people’s safety at risk.