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Item 26 of the provisional agenda*
On December 26, 2004, millions of people from Southeast Asia to East Africa experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. In a matter of minutes, the tsunami killed more than 230,000 people, and millions more watched as their homes, shops, boats, places of worship and schools disappeared into an inconceivably powerful wave.
The magnitude of destruction caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors worldwide.
MR. KELLY: Okay, welcome. We're very pleased to have with us today Eric Schwartz who's just recently confirmed, as you know, by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration. Mr. Schwartz has had a long and distinguished career working on some of the issues that he has taken the lead for us here at the State Department on. He's served at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He's also worked as a senior director at the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration, and in addition to a number of other important roles.
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As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads off to major international meetings with climate change high on the agenda this week, a new report reveals that seasons which were once distinct are shifting, destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger.
This is just one of the multiple impacts of climate change taking their toll on the world's poorest people, according to the Oxfam report 'Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty'.
The report's release comes ahead of the G8 …
The food crisis of 2008 provoked a strong coordinated response from the world community and exposed fundamental problems in the agrofood sector, which continue. Prices remain high in many domestic markets of developing countries, and the risk of future volatility persists. The present economy-wide crisis creates severe economic and social difficulties, which aggravate agricultural problems and the food situation -particularly for least-developed countries and small farmers - and which require stronger actions.
Psychosocial support is a major component of most emergency operations conducted by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, since healing the psychological wounds of victims is as important as addressing their physical injuries and material losses. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies can rely on the International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support to assist them in helping communities to overcome the trauma associated with any disaster or conflict.
On the morning of Sunday 26 December a severe earthquake in the ocean off the coast of northern Sumatra caused tsunamis (tidal waves) that devastated communities in neighbouring countries and other countries in the Indian Ocean. The earthquake measured 9.0 on the Richter Scale, the world's most severe in 40 years.
On December the 26th the world witnessed one of the greatest natural disasters in recent history. We mourn together with the families of those who died and send our condolences and thoughts to the nations affected by this enormous tragedy.
Special Asian Leaders' Meeting, Jakarta, 6 January 2005
The damage brought by this terrible disaster has shocked the world.
Brussels, 6 January 2005 - Speaking at the "Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on the Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami" in Jakarta today, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, announced an additional package of up to € 450 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to help in the relief efforts following the Asian Tsunami disaster. This will bring the total support from the European Union (25 EU Member States + European Commission) around € 1.5 billion, or about US$ 2 billion.
Press Release No. 05/01
Long-term Red Cross and Red Crescent assistance to Asian communities devastated by the tsunami on 26 December will amount to more than 650 million Swiss francs (€ 419 million or US$ 556 million), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced today
Pretoria - The Minister of Finance, Mr TA Manuel, today announced that twelve 20 foot containers of clothing and footwear will be donated to the victims of the recent Tsunami in South East Asia by the South African Government.
WER is partnering with other UK Christian Charities to launch an appeal to raise funds for disaster victims of the Asian Tsunami. The appeal entitled 'A Christian Response' is a co-ordinated effort to ensure that aid is delivered effectively to those in need.
as at 14.00 hrs 04 January 2005
The sitrep covers the period since 19.00 Tuesday 3 January, plus a roundup of key statistics and DFID action since the start of the crisis.
AT A GLANCE
For Indonesia, a growing realisation that we could be facing a much greater number of displaced than are currently recorded.
More American ships en route to help in Operation United Assistance
By Rebecca Ford Mitchell, Washington File Staff Writer
Washington - The United States expects to double the number of helicopters it has sent to the tsunami-ravaged region on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Operation United Assistance, said the head of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) in a January 4 Pentagon briefing.
Admiral Thomas Fargo, PACOM commander, said this intent underscores the importance of vertical lift in an area where many roads are impassible and dozens of bridges have been destroyed.
as at 19.00 hrs 03 January 2005
AT A GLANCE
- With relief arriving in increasing quantities, top priorities are to:
- Get coordination mechanisms fully operational.
- Complete assessments, particularly in Aceh and Sri Lanka.
- Unblock logistic bottlenecks.
- Ensure the right key personnel are in place.
- Aftershock earthquakes continue - registering 5.9 on Richter scale on 1 and 2 January.
- UN requests UK to provide more aircraft for strategic airlifting.
- DFID urgently seeking clearer picture of impact on west coast of …
as at 19.00 hrs 02 January 2005
Note: Updated status reports on each country, and on action taken by selected organisations, are maintained by the CHAD Operations Room and are available on request. The sitrep now covers the past 24 hours, plus a roundup of key statistics and DFID action since the start of the crisis.
AT A GLANCE
- In Aceh, assessments still incomplete. Coordination improving but still very weak. Aid arriving in Aceh.