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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Humanitarianism in the Age of Cyber-warfare: Towards the Principled and Secure Use of Information in Humanitarian Emergencies

New information and communication technologies in humanitarian response create opportunities for improved humanitarian response as well as risks to the privacy and security of affected communities.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Communication, Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management

The editors and contributors of this volume are to be congratulated on a practical text that pushes forwards our knowledge and understanding of the virtual space that now surrounds humanitarian operations, and which can have such a physical impact upon them. I encourage you to read it. The articles that follow have certainly brought me up to speed.Hugo Slim – Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford.

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Déclaration sur la 3ème réunion du Comité d’urgence du Règlement sanitaire international concernant la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

La troisième réunion du Comité d’urgence convoquée par le Directeur général de l’OMS au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (2005) [RSI (2005)] concernant la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en 2014 en Afrique de l’Ouest s’est tenue le mercredi 22 octobre 2014, de 13 heures à 17 h 10 (HEC), avec les membres et les conseillers du Comité.

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WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The third meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the IHR 2005 regarding the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee on Wednesday, 22 October 2014, from 1300 to 1710 CET.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Farmerline joins the Business Call to Action with commitment to provide mobile communication services to rural farmers

October 15, 2014 Accra-- Leading Ghana-based technology provider Farmerline has announced plans to join the Business Call to Action. The company plans to empower 500,000 small-scale farmers by 2019 in West Africa to advance their livelihoods by accessing information that helps them to improve their harvests. The company also plans to provide a specialized mobile communication and data-collection platform to 5,000 development organizations and agribusinesses in the next five years.

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Facebook veut rassurer vos proches après une catastrophe naturelle

16/10/2014 - 14:31 GMT

Le réseau social en ligne Facebook a dévoilé jeudi un nouvel outil qui permettra à ses utilisateurs de rassurer leurs amis et leur famille sur leur situation en cas de catastrophe naturelle.

L'outil, basé sur un système développé après le tremblement de terre et le tsunami au Japon en 2011, est "un moyen simple et facile de dire qu'on va bien et de vérifier comment se portent les autres", explique Facebook dans un message publié sur son blog.

L'outil sera activé automatiquement après une catastrophe naturelle.

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Facebook unveils 'safety check' for disaster efforts

10/16/2014 - 13:47 GMT

Facebook has unveiled a "safety check" tool to allow users to alert friends and family about their status in emergencies, a system developed after the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

"We want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so we've created 'safety check' -- a simple and easy way to say you're safe and check on others," a Facebook blog post said late Wednesday.

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USAID/OFDA Logistics and Relief Commodities Sector Update October 2014

SECTOR OVERVIEW

As part of its efforts to ensure a rapid response to humanitarian emergencies around the world, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)—the lead U.S. Government office for international disaster response—stockpiles relief supplies at strategic global warehouses in Miami, Florida; Pisa, Italy; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Stockpiled humanitarian commodities include thermal blankets, plastic sheeting for emergency shelter, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, and water purification systems.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 01–07 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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CERF Quarterly Update: July - September 2014

Q3 2014 SUMMARY

During the third quarter of 2014, the humanitarian community relied on rapid and strategic CERF funding to kick-start emergency operations and to keep life-saving programmes running. The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated US$70 million from CERF to help humanitarian partners in 20 countries respond to some of the most urgent crises worldwide.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Influencing mobile network operators and partners to work for women and sustainable agriculture

Report
Oxfam

Posted by Alvaro Valverde Private Sector Adviser (ICTs), Dennis Aviles Sustainable Agriculture and Gender Adviser

Oxfam recently embarked on an innovative partnership in mNutrition, a programme, which aims to use mobile phones to help fight hunger and malnutrition in Asia and Africa. Here Alvaro Valverde and Dennis Aviles from the Economic Justice Team, explain how and why we're involved.

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Communicating with Communities: A Case Study and Guide from Pakistan and Elsewhere

A guide explains the rationale behind the creation of the Humanitarian Communications Unit and how timely contextualized information reaches communities affected by disaster.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Americas Zone Annual Report 2013 (MAA42003)

Overview

The Americas zone of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises of the zone office in Panama City, four IFRC coordination offices covering Guatemala and El Salvador; Honduras and Nicaragua; Costa Rica and Panama and the Dominican Republic and Cuba, three IFRC country representations in Haiti; Chile and Paraguay; and Argentina and Uruguay. There are also two regional representations for the Andean region and the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Norway’s Generous Support Enhances UNHRD

The Norwegian Government continues to support the UNHRD Network and has recently provided NOK 2.5 million (around USD$400,000) towards operations and initiatives in 2014.

NOREPS, Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been important partners since the inception of UNHRD, and Norway has provided invaluable contributions that helped expand UNHRD from one depot in Brindisi to a network of six locations worldwide.

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Climate Summit boost for resilient cities

By Maria Hasan

NEW YORK, 25 September 2014 – This week’s UN Climate Summit has generated commitments to raise $2 billion of in-kind and direct support for cities threatened by extreme weather events fuelled by climate change.

The Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative, backed by the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners in the Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience, aims to double its estimated $2 billion annual investment in urban resilience by 2020.