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27 May 2015 description

1. Introduction

Despite being preventable, disasters caused by natural hazards represent one of the biggest threats to sustainable development and human safety today. The number of deaths caused by disasters per year in the last decade has been, on average, 97,954 globally. In 2013 alone, disasters cost US$ 118.6 billion, yet it was still one of the lowest records of the previous ten years.

21 May 2015 description

Lessons by Partners for Resilience: moving from output to impact

by Juriaan Lahr, Head of International Assistance, Netherlands Red Cross

12 May 2015 description

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.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

07 May 2015 description

ICRC-hosted event calls for greater awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities during humanitarian crises.

More needs to be done to ensure that people with disabilities – both mental and physical – are not left behind or forgotten during humanitarian crises.

This was the core message coming out of a briefing in Geneva hosted jointly by the ICRC and Human Rights Watch on "Persons with Disabilities in Emergencies."

05 May 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 5 May 2015

(1) Yemen

The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives, including 50 women and 131 children. In addition, more than 1,364 civilians have been injured. These are the figures from 26 March up to 3 May. There has also been severe destruction of civilian infrastructure, including houses, in many districts.

05 May 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-ninth General Assembly, Thematic Debate,
AM & PM Meetings

In a rapidly changing world, bolstered cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations was needed to respond effectively to emerging threats to international peace and security, the General Assembly was told today as it held a high-level thematic debate on the issue.

27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Women

New report from UN Women unveils far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality

“Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” launches in seven cities

15 Apr 2015 description


-‡ This compendium is designed for use by staff working directly with communities - e.g. health workers and community volunteers working with disabled and older people and their families in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

-‡ A few examples of technologies are presented that families can adapt to suit their needs and budgets.
Many more options are possible.

08 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 1–8 April 2015

Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.

03 Apr 2015 description
report CBM


Design for All is design for human diversity, social inclusion and equality.

Why is incorporation of universal design and accessibility principles into post disaster response so important?

An estimated one billion people (or about 15% of the world’s population) are living with disability, 80% of these in lower income countries.

26 Mar 2015 description


26 March 2015

Adopts 10 Other Texts on the Use of Drones, Persons with Disabilities, Illicit Funds, Foreign Debt, Right to Food, and Birth Registration, among Others

18 Mar 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SENDAI, 18 March 2015 – ‘Inclusion builds resilience’ is the clear message from persons with disabilities to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Significant progress has been made but more needs to be done on inclusion and accessibility across the board, from physical infrastructure to early warning announcements, delegates agreed.

17 Mar 2015 description


This review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in low resource settings is the first comprehensive, multi-country analysis on the topic. It highlights low access in many countries and specific actions needed to strengthen policy, implementation and monitoring.

17 Mar 2015 description

GENEVA (17 March 2015) – Two United Nations human rights experts today called on all participants at a key UN meeting on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, Japan, to firmly include in their new global strategy initiatives that take into account disability and allow full participation of indigenous persons with disabilities.

17 Mar 2015 description


Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

12 Mar 2015 description

12 MARS 2015 ¦ GENÈVE - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a publié aujourd’hui ses premières orientations sur le traitement de l’hépatite B chronique, une infection virale qui se transmet par le sang et les liquides biologiques, attaque le foie et provoque selon les estimations 650 000 décès par an, pour la plupart dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire.

12 Mar 2015 description

WHO issues its first hepatitis B treatment guidelines
News release

12 MARCH 2015 ¦ GENEVA - WHO today issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries.

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.