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Malawi + 13 others
Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

The study found that, contrary to perceptions that southern Africa has a homogeneous and ‘low-risk’ profile, the region is exposed to a range of environmental and social pressures.

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Preparing for disaster in Mozambique

As world leaders meet in Copenhagen, an example of how planning can reduce the impact of climate change

When floods struck Mozambique two years ago, followed by a cyclone, over 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The destruction was widespread. Farmland was deluged, energy supplies and roads were cut off and there was an urgent need for food, shelter and healthcare.

Yet the scenes that unfolded contrasted sharply with the events of seven years before. In 2000, unusually heavy rains saw riverbanks burst, sweeping away homes and livelihoods, and leaving

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Burkina Faso + 3 others
Intervention by USG and ERC John Holmes to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa

Kampala, Uganda, 22 October 2009

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues,

The AU Convention on Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa is a ground breaking instrument. One particularly notable feature is its emphasis on natural disasters and climate change as drivers of displacement, as well as conflict. Too often the humanitarian implications of climate change and the need for adaptation to the new, more dangerous reality of more frequent and intense natural disasters are forgotten as the world focuses on the need
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Mozambique: Poverty reduction strategy paper - Annual progress report - Review of the economic and social plan for 2007

I. INTRODUCTORY NOTE

This Review of the Economic and Social Plan for 2007 is an evaluation of the implementation of the Five-Year Government Programme for 2005-2009, in its third year of execution. The document presents the new simplified structure adopted in the Review of the First Half of 2007, and aims at adjusting the Review of the Economic and Social Plan as main monitoring and evaluation instrument of Government action. It consists of 4 big chapters: International Context, National Socio-Economic and Demographic Context, Main Lines of Development by Pillar, and Public Finance. In the

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Food aid needed for 350,000 Mozambicans, UN says

By Charles Mangwiro

MAPUTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Around 350,000 people in Mozambique need food aid because of poor harvests, but the U.N. World Food Programme is running short of funds, a WFP official said on Tuesday.

Central and southern regions have had less than half their normal rainfall since October and the southern African country may be heading for its third consecutive year of drought despite recent rains in some areas.

WFP spokesman Peter Transburg said 350,000 people in seven provinces needed food aid.

"We are $8.5 million short for our

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Madagascar: Cyclones Emergency Appeal No. MDRMG002 Final Report

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

Period covered by this Final Report: 22 March to 31 December 2007;

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,005,707 (USD 2,005,707or EUR 1,274,273);

Appeal coverage: 76%;

The attached financial report is interim because of unspent funds. Discussions with donors are ongoing and a final financial report will be posted once resolved.

Appeal history:

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Madagascar + 3 others
The climate change - displacement nexus

By Walter Kälin, Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Co-Director, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal DisplacementChairperson, Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

One thing is certain: Climate change is happening and one of its visible impacts is the increasing numbers of persons displaced by natural disasters that can be linked to climate change. What is also clear is that we are only partially equipped adequately to deal with this challenge and are required to develop appropriate humanitarian

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Mozambique Appeal No. MAAMZ001 Report 2006 - 2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: Mozambique Red Cross (1) (CVM) prioritized response to emergencies in order to meet the immediate needs of people affected by disasters such as an earthquake in February 2006, cholera outbreak in April 2006, flooding in January 2007, tropical cyclones in February 2007 and munitions explosion in March 2007. Through responding to the recurrent disasters, the National Society (NS) has gained experience in the provision of temporary shelter, relief items,

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Mozambique tourist resort struggles to recover from cyclone

by Fred Katerere

VILANKULO, Mozambique, March 18, 2008 (AFP) - Little more than a year after Cyclone Favio ripped through Mozambique's premier tourist resort of Vilankulo, the town still resembles a refugee camp as it struggles to recover.

With faded tents and roofless, unused buildings a stark reminder of the damage inflicted by Favio, residents breathed a sigh of relief when another cyclone headed their way was downgraded Friday to a tropical depression.

Cautious inhabitants thronged internet cafes over the weekend to keep a close eye on weather service sites to

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Mozambique: Most recent disaster declaration - Floods

Beginning in December 2007, heavy rains in central Mozambique, compounded by severe rainfall in the neighboring countries of Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, led to flooding along the Zambezi River basin in Tete, Manica, Sofala, and Zambezia provinces. The floods caused widespread displacement, damaged roads and bridges, and destroyed crops. As of January 29, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique's (GRM) National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) had coordinated the evacuation of approximately 95,000 people residing in low-lying communities.

On January 3, the INGC declared a red

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Mozambique: Emergency Situation Report, 25 Jan 2008

Essential Information:

Total WFP Caseload: 471,000 ongoing relief (2007 floods, cyclone and drought recovery)  *See note in Target populations/beneficiaries

Total food distributed: 25,600 metric tons (emergency response, Feb-Dec 2007)

Staff on location: 46 (including 7 international, 5 local recruitments, 19 core staff and 15 national UNV district Food Aid Monitors)

In country stocks: 3,622 mt (PRRO, as of 22 January)

1. HIGHLIGHTS

As of 24 January, approximately 18,798 households, 89,270 people, have moved to resettlement centres as a result

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Chad + 9 others
Secretary-General, launching 2008 Consolidated Appeal, invokes shared humanity in urging donors to ensure survival of world's 'bottom billion'

SG/SM/11383
IHA/1258  

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to the launch of the Consolidated Appeal in Geneva today, 23 January:

It is a privilege to participate in the 2008 Consolidated Appeal kick-off by addressing you, the pre-eminent supporters of the global humanitarian community.  Your generosity has saved countless lives while giving hope to many millions more.

We are here today on behalf of people the world has all too often forgotten:  the weak; the disadvantaged;

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Chad + 9 others
Le Secrétaire général engage la communauté internationale à répondre à l'Appel de fonds humanitaire consolidé de 3,8 milliards de dollars pour l'année 2008

SG/SM/11383
IHA/1258

Vous trouverez ci-après le texte intégral des observations du Secrétaire général de l'ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, à l'occasion de l'Appel humanitaire consolidé pour 2008, à Genève le 23 janvier:

J'ai le privilège de prendre part au lancement de l'Appel global pour 2008 en m'adressant à vous, qui êtes les piliers de la communauté humanitaire mondiale. Votre générosité a permis de sauver un nombre incalculable de vies et de donner espoir à des millions d'êtres humains.

Nous sommes réunis aujourd'hui au nom

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Angola + 32 others
Health action in crises - annual report 2007

This year, three key developments have influenced WHO's emergency work: 1) the increasing demands from Member States to strengthen WHO's emergency response operations; 2) the implementation of the humanitarian reform, resulting in new responsibilities for WHO; and 3) lessons learned during recent crises. A wide range of strategies and initiatives have come to fruition as a result of intensive work with WHO's regional offices, other humanitarian partners, and donors.

A six-year strategy on strengthening country capacity for risk reduction and emergency preparedness has been

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Mozambique: Fears of a repeat of 2007 flooding

Report
IRIN
JOHANNESBURG, 4 January 2008 (IRIN) - As water levels continue to rise in Mozambique's main river systems, aid workers have expressed fears of a repeat of the 2007 flooding, the worst the country had experienced in six years.

"The water levels in four of the main river systems are way above the critical level," said Paulo Zucula, National Director for the Disaster Management Institute (INGC), told IRIN. The main river valleys Zambezi, Pungue, Buzi and Save - all in central Mozambique - which have already flooded and affected more than 50,000 people, have been put on red alert.

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Indonesia + 2 others
Conflicts, disasters, and other crises - Second part

Report
Medair
Medair Serves the Most Vulnerable -- In the second part of this feature article, we examine the disasters and other crises that contribute to the vulnerability of our beneficiaries.

Disasters

In the past 50 years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide, and indications suggest that this trend will continue.(1) Climate change is the most prominently mentioned contributing factor, along with intensified concentrations of people living in vulnerable habitats.(2)

Many deadly natural disasters occur suddenly,

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Indian Ocean: Sub-Zone Programmes Annual Appeal No. MAA64002 2008-2009

This appeal seeks CHF 2,361,000 (USD 2,112,000 or EUR 1,431,000) to fund programmes to be implemented in 2008 and 2009.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

Current context

Seasonal cyclones are a recurrent threat

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South Africa + 6 others
Southern Africa scales up disaster preparedness ahead of rainy season

Johannesburg, 18 December 2007: Faced with the worsening impact of floods and cyclones, disaster managers in eight Southern African and Indian Ocean countries have agreed to work more closely together to combat the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

In 2007, flood and wind damage caused by heavy rain and cyclones destroyed the livelihoods of more than one million people across the region.

Among other commitments, the emergency responders agreed in a draft Declaration of Intent to share information and capacities for emergency response, establish regional rapid response

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