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18 Jun 2009 description

Geneva, 18 June, 2009 - The World Health Organization and UNICEF today called on governments to strengthen risk reduction measures in four key areas so that health and education systems are able to cope with disasters, including the risks from climate change.

21 Jan 2008 description

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.

16 Dec 2007 description



During the past year, IRT deployed 38 teams, involving 171 medical and construction specialists.

19 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-second General Assembly
53rd & 54th Meetings (AM & PM)

Chernobyl Disaster, Aid to Rwanda Genocide Survivors Also Discussed; Adopts Resolution on Overview of United Nations Climate Change Activities

19 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


Assemblée générale
Soixante-deuxième session
53eet54e séances plénières – matin & après-midi

30 Jan 2006 description
report AlertNet

LONDON, AlertNet - How do you get a humanitarian crisis into the headlines? And how can you convince editors to keep covering it? A new study by U.S.-based media analysts CARMA International may provide a few pointers.

18 Oct 2005 description
report Oxfam

'We tried to believe in our hearts that we'd harvest something...that the rains would start again, but the dry spell continued and there was no rain.' Davis Mulomba, Malawian farmer, interview with Oxfam staff, September 05

18 Oct 2005 description
report Oxfam

The South Asian earthquake is the latest in a year of some of the worst disasters ever seen, yet governments have failed to respond adequately and lives have been lost as a result, said international agency Oxfam today.

12 Oct 2005 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SM/360, IHA/1095, OBV/514

This is the text of a message from the President of the General Assembly, Jan Eliasson (Sweden), to mark the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (12 October):

The last few weeks have once again reminded us all of the power of nature to bring great loss, suffering and destruction to the peoples of the world.