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19 Dec 2014 description

Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.

19 Dec 2014 description

Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) are multi-donor humanitarian financing instruments established by the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the country level under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).

19 Dec 2014 description

In today’s world, people’s livelihoods depend to a significant extent on markets. Sudden shocks can severely limit how markets function and, as a result, drastically reduce people’s access to essential commodities.

This Movement publication is designed to provide a quick and basic introduction to how key markets operate immediately after a shock. It includes market data, which is essential for making informed decisions about how to respond and what transfer mechanisms to use.

19 Dec 2014 description

This publication features processes and tools that can be used to integrate market assessment into the different phases of the project cycle, taking the Movement’s existing technical documents into account whenever possible.

It is intended for staff who have a leading role in market assessment, as well as managers who need to make strategic decisions and implement market-related relief and early recovery work. It provides a simple approach to the data-gathering, assessment and decision-making processes.

16 Dec 2014 description
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New International Guidelines Address an Insidious Gap in Protecting Education During War

12 Dec 2014 description
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Over the recent years the World has experienced an increasing number of very serious emergencies; never in recent times have we seen so many refugees and displaced persons; and these years we see the serious impact of climate change.

Today, December 12th, 2014 a new international standard for humanitarian work, the so-called Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability, is launched in Copenhagen at Eightved’s Pakhus.

12 Dec 2014 description

Better humanitarian assistance to be delivered by improved quality and accountability

10 Dec 2014 description
report Conflict Dynamics
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Handbook on the International Normative Framework
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Practitioners’ Manual

These practical resources have been developed under an initiative of the Government of Switzerland with support from Conflict Dynamics since the initiative's commencement in 2009. A Consultation Group involving the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has guided and contributed actively in various ways to the development of the resources through all stages.

01 Dec 2014 description

On World AIDS Day 2014, the World Health Organization has issued new recommendations to help countries close important gaps in HIV prevention and treatment services.

26 Nov 2014 description

Civilians continue to be the majority of victims of armed conflict, demonstrating the continuing need to translate the commitment of the Security Council into enhanced protection and real change on the ground.

The Security Council Aide Memoire for the Consideration of Issues pertaining to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict remains an important tool for identifying key issues pertaining to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts and for actions that can be taken by the Council to respond.

25 Nov 2014 description

A new guide to help Ministries integrate disaster risk reduction in school curriculums, within an Education for Sustainable Development framework, has been published by UNESCO in partnership with UNICEF.

25 Nov 2014 description

Purpose and scope

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) and its member States have been committed to applying a comprehensive and integrated human rights-based approach in all areas of EU external action, including EU development cooperation. The 2009 Treaty on European Union (Treaty of Lisbon) contains an explicit commitment to protect and promote the rights of the child, and in 2011 the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced the promotion of the rights of the child as one of the Union’s three explicit foreign policy priorities.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Crises can bring education to a halt, depriving children of their fundamental right to education and further contributing to an atmosphere of chaos in already traumatised communities. Education is integral in restoring a sense of normalcy and security in the midst of crisis, helping to build resilient schools and communities and bridge the humanitarian and development divide.

21 Nov 2014 description

Study Offers Practical Guidance for Coastal Decision-Makers

Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom, 6 November, 2014: A new guidebook on mangroves as a coastal defence finds that mangroves can reduce risk from a large number of coastal hazards. The role of mangroves in coastal defence has been widely promoted since the tsunami that struck South-East Asia in 2004. Yet, the level of protection provided by mangroves has been subject to debate.

14 Nov 2014 description
report Internews Network

Irresponsible reporting in tense situations may inflame passions and exacerbate conflicts. This was what happened in Rwanda in 1993, when broadcasts of a popular radio station stoked hatred and incited widespread violence against ethnic Tutsis. Media also played a role in intensifying the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the mid-90s.

12 Nov 2014 description

WHO sets benchmarks to reduce health damage from indoor air pollution

Geneva, 12 November 2014 (WHO)- World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, released today, highlight the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cookstoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps.

12 Nov 2014 description

by Jessica Burniske, Naz Modirzadeh and Dustin Lewis

Over the past two decades, states and inter-governmental bodies have adopted increasingly robust counter-terrorism laws and policies.

11 Nov 2014 description

A wealth of academic research and UN, INGO, NGO and CSO publications document the differences between the needs, capacities and perceptions of women and men and boys and girls on the types of humanitarian assistance needed in a natural or man-made disaster. When these different perspectives are not taken into account interventions are not effective and assistance can actually be harmful. For example, boys and young men go hungry even when food is provided directly to them because they do not know how to prepare it.

07 Nov 2014 description

New WHO “Safe and Dignified Burial” Protocol Key to Reducing Ebola Transmission

7 November 2014 ¦ GENEVA: A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.

06 Nov 2014 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • The public is using Twitter for real-time information exchange and for expressing emotional support during a variety of crises, such as wildfires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, political protests, mass shootings, and communicable-disease tracking.31 By encouraging proactive standardization of hashtags, emergency responders may be able to reduce a big-data challenge and better leverage crowdsourced information for operational planning and response.