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26 Nov 2007 description

Pledges and contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of six new contributions totaling $613,515.01 (as of 31 October). The contributions were made by Mexico ($50,000), Hyogo Prefecture (Japan) ($435,578.01), Disaster Resource Network ($9,978), and private donors ($117,959). Furthermore, the Republic of Korea pledged $1,500,000 for 2007.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

17 Sep 2007 description

Produced on behalf of FAO, ICAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, OIE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWTO, WFP and WHO by UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC)

INTRODUCTION

The changing context for Avian Influenza response and Pandemic Preparedness

Two years ago we were working in a climate of widespread international concern about a potential pandemic, including unprecedented media coverage and political engagement.

17 Jul 2007 description

Pledges & contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of six new contributions totalling $17,780,360.51 as of 29 June. The contributions were made by Egypt ($15,000), Iceland ($308,618.16), New Zealand ($762,700), Pakistan ($19,967.16), Peru ($5,000), Sweden (a second installment of $14,226,999.46), Switzerland ($2,422,075.73) and Trinidad and Tobago ($20,000). New pledges were announced by Brazil ($30,000), Poland ($250,000) and Slovenia ($50,000) for 2007.

30 Apr 2007 description

Opinion

"ESTABLISHING GLOBAL OPERATIONAL STANDARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM COLLAPSED STRUCTURES"

Arjun Katoch

International disaster managers responding to earthquakes bemoan the multiplicity and wide range of professional capability, amongst responders professing to be USAR teams. In Bam, Iran during the 2003 earthquake approximately 1300 responders from 34 countries had arrived by day three. Normally the Government of the affected country has limited knowledge of the operational capabilities of teams that arrive.

05 Apr 2007 description

This situation report is based on information received from UN Humanitarian Coordination Unit Office within UNAMA in Afghanistan

SITUATION OVERVIEW

1. Heavy rains, aggravated by rapidly melting winter snows, have caused destructive flooding across Afghanistan since early March. The disasters have killed at least 83 people and damaged hundreds of houses across a third of Afghanistan's provinces. Relief efforts target an estimated 4,000 - 5,000 families (between 20,000 and 25,000 persons) affected by floods and avalanches.

09 Mar 2007 description

(New York: 9 March 2007): In the year since its official launch on 9 March 2006, $376.1 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has been used to provide life-saving humanitarian aid in 40 countries through 361 individual projects.

07 Feb 2007 description

AFRICA

HORN OF AFRICA FLOODS

Unusually heavy rains during the months of October and November have turned large parts of the Horn of Africa into flood disaster areas with loss of life, massive displacement, and loss of livelihoods and assets in particularly in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Accumulated estimates from the three countries put the total number of affected people between 1, 5 and 1, 8 million. Emergency response has being mounted by Governments in the affected countries, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian partners.