Description of the emergency
Iridium donates new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU
Geneva, 20 May 2015 – Iridium Communications Inc, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data communications coverage, has donated new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU. The donation, which consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries, will strengthen ITU’s telecommunication capacity in response to natural disasters.
Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.
The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.
Facts and figures
26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
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9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
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In 1991, the General Assembly adopted resolution 46/182 and provided the framework for emergency relief, which continues to guide the work of the humanitarian system today.
By Paulo Cavaleri
Member states of the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels have begun debating potential amendments to the Istanbul Convention on Temporary Admission to modernize and strengthen member states’ approach to the customs treatment of humanitarian relief in situations of crisis.
By Leighla Bowers
1) Contracting eco-friendly vessels.
WFP is working with major shipping companies, which are obliged by industry regulations to use the latest eco-technologies in order to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance. All new vessels now include special designs that lower fuel consumption, and the use of low content sulphur fuel is reducing pollution. In addition, ecological containers featuring bamboo flooring or low consumption refrigerator containers are also being used.
A través de este informe, Acción contra el Hambre busca contribuir a la mejora de la ayuda humanitaria aportando a los procesos llevados a cabo por la Cumbre Mundial Humanitaria que procura aumentar la eficacia de la ayuda humanitaria, mejorar la respuesta a las necesidades de las personas afectadas por las crisis, promover la resilencia en la reducción de Vulnerabilidades y Gestión de Riesgo y “remodelar” el sector de la ayuda humanitaria.
We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Development Data Hub. The Development Data Hub is the most comprehensive online resource for financial and resource flow data alongside poverty, social and vulnerability indicators. It combines an extensive data store with interactive visualisations enabling you to chart, map and compare poverty, vulnerability and financial resource flow data at the global, national and local level.
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Global, 01 de Mayo 2015
Fuente: La Tercera
El Sistema de Índice de Estrés en Agricultura, aportará un mapa de las situaciones críticas en el mundo cada diez días.
La Organización de la ONU para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) presentó ayer un nuevo sistema que permite detectar desde el espacio aquellas zonas agrícolas que tienen una alta probabilidad de sufrir sequía a nivel global.
Guided by its five year strategic plan – Logistics 2015 – the IFRC Global Logistics Service (GLS) has been working toward reinforcing and further developing its global logistics capacity to ensure that the IFRC – as a global network of National Societies – has access to a competent, efficient and effective logistics service to carry out its humanitarian assistance activities and achieve the goals outlined in Strategy 2020. Logistics 2015 focuses on three strategic objectives, namely:
Nigeria has successfully weathered the stress test of presidential elections. This peaceful transition has reinforced the democratisation process occurring throughout West Africa. Other crucial elections are planned in the region in the coming months.
Both the Ebola crisis and falling oil prices were a shock to the region. West Africa recorded 6% growth in 2014 and will continue the trend this year. The diversification of the economy, in agriculture and in services, will protect against external shocks.
NAIROBI, 14 April 2015 (IRIN) - The cyclone-hit Pacific islands of Vanuatu are the latest proving ground for new information technology and the digital humanitarian volunteers that are now an integral part of disaster response.
When Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 storm, tore through the island chain last month bringing surging seas and 250 kmh winds, a network of humanitarian data technicians quickly mobilized along with the traditional aid responders.
Snapshot 9–14 April 2015
Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.
By Magdalena Mis
LONDON, April 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries looking for cheap earthquake warning systems might want to try apps and smartphones after scientists discovered that smartphones could be used as an affordable alternative to sophisticated earthquake monitoring networks.
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