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23 Nov 2011 description
Executive Summary

Defining Disaster Resilience: What does it mean for DFID?

Building disaster resilience is the term we use to describe the process of helping communities and countries to be better prepared to withstand and rapidly recover from a shock such as an earthquake, drought, flood or cyclone.

Why is disaster resilience important?

18 Oct 2011 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/SHC/4012

Troisième Commission
17 et 18e séances - matin et après-midi

La plupart des 53 délégations qui se sont exprimées devant la Troisième Commission, aujourd’hui, au deuxième jour de son débat général sur la promotion et la protection des droits de l’enfant, ont donné un aperçu des mesures prises par leur pays pour réaliser de nouvelles avancées, et notamment pour servir les intérêts des enfants les plus vulnérables et les plus défavorisés.

05 Oct 2011 description

This paper provides an overview of why and how DFID is aiming to enable poor people to exercise greater choice and control over their own development and to hold decision-makers to account.

The challenge

Despite some progress towards the MDGs, significant poverty persists globally. In many places gaps are widening between the rich and the poor and there is significant inequality of opportunity. This is in part because current development measures attempt to tackle the symptoms of poverty but do not always address its causes. Poverty may persist where:

29 Jul 2011 description

Contents
- 325 Cholera, 2010
- 339 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–May 2011

Sommaire
- 325 Choléra, 2010
- 339 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-mai 2011

27 Jun 2011 description
report Plan International

27/06/11

‘UK government must act now to end child marriage’ - charity

ONE girl is married off every three-and-a-half seconds worldwide, a new report reveals.

They face early pregnancy, being pulled out of school and serious health complications including HIV.

The Breaking Vows study by charity Plan UK states ten million under-18s marry every year – one in seven under-15s in the world’s poorest countries.

While acknowledging Britain’s role in tackling early and forced marriage internationally, Plan is calling on the UK government to do more.

15 Jun 2011 description

Mitchell: Britain to lead more effective response to humanitarian disasters

International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, today laid out how the Government will improve the way it responds to man-made and natural disasters to provide more effective help to people devastated by earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and war.

The new proposals follow Lord Ashdown’s review of the UK’s humanitarian emergency response and include:

Better prepared countries

30 May 2011 description
report Concern Worldwide

Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer

26 May 2011 description

BACKGROUND RELEASE

26 May 2011

The Human Rights Council will hold its seventeenth regular session from 30 May to 17 June at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

On the morning of Monday, 30 May, the Council will hear an update by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to be followed by a general debate.

10 May 2011 description

Children are highly vulnerable to disasters, in part because of their particular stage of physiological and social development. Powerful forces of nature such as earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis can have serious immediate and long-term impacts on human health, property and livelihoods, which can have devastating consequences for children and their futures. Where children and their families are already vulnerable, for example because of low income, poor housing, or high population density, the impact of these sudden events is more severe.

04 May 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 4 May 2011 – Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education.

30 Apr 2011 description

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programs missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines 1) as well as an update of the DRM Country Program for Haiti (to take into account the impact of the January 2010 earthquake), Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica.

18 Mar 2011 description

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people yearly

United Nations appeals for $498 million to address the challenge in 29 countries

GENEVA - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Geneva.

The portfolio is an annual snapshot of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programmes.

01 Mar 2011 description

This review has focused the UK's bilateral aid programme in fewer countries so we can target our support where it will make the biggest difference and where the need is greatest.

22 Feb 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - Despite an estimated 90 per cent decline in global maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) deaths over the last two decades, a newborn child still dies every nine minutes from the disease, according to the latest available figures.

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 23:01:06 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Bangladesh, India, Madagascar most at risk-Maplecroft

* Nordic region least vulnerable to global warming

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Bangladesh and India are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, according to an index on Wednesday that rates the Nordic region least at risk.

British consultancy Maplecroft said its rankings showed that several "big economies of the future" in Asia were among those facing the biggest risks from global warming in the next 30 years as were …

13 Oct 2010 description

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future

06 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …

08 Jul 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 8 July 2010 (IRIN) - The La Niña phenomenon has officially arrived and disaster response teams around the world might need to brace themselves for heavier monsoons, bigger and more frequent hurricanes, and angrier cyclones.

"There is global consensus that we are at the beginning of a La Niña, but we cannot pronounce the intensity of the event yet - we have to wait for it to evolve," said Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief of the World Climate Applications and Services Division at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

La Niña is characterised by unusually cold …