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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 10 2012 (IPS) - Knowledge-sharing has become a cornerstone of successful cooperation among developing countries, in areas ranging from agriculture to health and renewable energies.
“There is a feeling that there are some solutions which can be generated by the South for the benefit of the South, and that ought to be shared between Southern countries,” John Ashe, president of the United Nations High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, told IPS.
News spreads quickly around the world in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Details, videos, and testimonials circulate on the web and via media outlets within seconds of a natural disaster or the outbreak of violence.
But for people in the midst of the crisis, getting information is usually much harder. Power goes down. Mobile networks fail. Local journalists can be victims and even become targets themselves, unable to report out. And survivors are often left to rebuild their lives with no effective means to communicate with those providing aid.
In 2010, Internews Network commits to deepening the innovative use of new technologies in its future emergency and humanitarian media response programs, enabling disaster affected populations better access to humanitarian media information.
Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.
The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.
SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Around $13.6 billion has been pledged by donors around the world to rebuild Indian Ocean countries after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, which killed 231,452 people, the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery says.
SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters) - The toll of dead and missing six months after the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami stands at 232,010, according to collated figures from government and health officials.
COUNTRY DEATHS MISSING
East Africa 164* 139**
India 12,407 3,874
Indonesia 131,029 37,000
Malaysia 69 5
Maldives 82 26
Sri Lanka 38,940***
BRUSSELS, Mar 2, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An umbrella group of aid organizations in the Netherlands has raised 183 million euros (240 million US dollars) through a national campaign to help the victims of December's tsunami in Asia.
TOKYO, Feb 17, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency will start providing tsunami information to Indian Ocean rim countries, possibly in early March, on a provisional basis, the agency's Director General Koichi Nagasaka announced Thursday.
BEIJING, Jan 31, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Millions of US dollars worth Chinese aid pledge to tsunami-hit countries have been mostly fulfilled so far, a Chinese official said here on Monday.
The aid involves a 21.6 million yuan (about 2.6 million US dollars) worth of emergency aid, 500 million yuan worth of damage- relief aid and a 20 million US dollars aid for multi-lateral assistance, according to Chong Quan, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
The 21.6 million yuan worth of emergency aid has all been delivered so far and over half of the 500 million yuan has been used …