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14 Apr 2011 description
report Caritas

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand maintained most of its international partnerships in 2010, despite a difficult financial year.

15 Dec 2009 description
report American Red Cross


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.

19 Aug 2009 description

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.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

Climate change is damaging people's lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world's poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

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 …

30 Apr 2009 description

Executive summary

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.

07 Apr 2008 description

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.

20 Jan 2005 description

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.

06 Jan 2005 description

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.

06 Jan 2005 description
report European Commission


Special Asian Leaders' Meeting, Jakarta, 6 January 2005

The damage brought by this terrible disaster has shocked the world.

06 Jan 2005 description


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.

05 Jan 2005 description

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.

05 Jan 2005 description

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.

05 Jan 2005 description

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

04 Jan 2005 description

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.


Key Issues


For Indonesia, a growing realisation that we could be facing a much greater number of displaced than are currently recorded.

04 Jan 2005 description

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.

03 Jan 2005 description

as at 19.00 hrs 03 January 2005


Key Issues


- 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 …

02 Jan 2005 description

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.


Key Issues


- In Aceh, assessments still incomplete. Coordination improving but still very weak. Aid arriving in Aceh.