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10 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 55 (c) of the provisional agenda*
Sustainable development: International Strategy

10 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 55 c) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Développement durable : Stratégie internationale

24 Mar 2009 description

1.37 million new TB cases in 2007 among HIV-infected people, says new global TB control report

24 MARCH 2009 | RIO DE JANEIRO -- The total number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, and the percentage of the world's population becoming ill with TB has continued the slow decline that was first observed in 2004, according to a new report released by WHO today.

However, the 2009 global TB control report also reveals that one out of four TB deaths is HIV-related, twice as many as …

27 Feb 2009 description

Despite difficulty of creating early warning centers, progress is being made

By Cheryl Pellerin, Staff Writer

Washington - Four years after the deadliest tsunami in recorded history took the lives of 227,898 people and displaced 1.7 million, the coastal nations of the Indian Ocean, with help from the United States and other countries, have created a small margin of safety for themselves against a future onslaught by the sea.

The tragedy mobilized international experts and funding for a years-long effort to bolster and, in some cases, create a regional capacity to monitor lands and …

16 Jul 2007 description


(Reissued as received.)

GENEVA, 16 July (UN Information Service) - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held a panel discussion on the use of military assets for natural disaster relief.

Introducing the panel discussion, Hjalmar Hannesson ( Iceland), Vice-President of the Council, said at a time where the incidence and severity of natural disasters were increasing, military assets continued to be requested, offered and provided by Governments in support of humanitarian relief operations. But such support had not been without challenges.

23 May 2007 description


In 2006-2007 PWS&D responded to disasters caused by drought, floods, earthquakes and conflict. Emergency food water and medical supplies were provided in times of desperate need while longer-term efforts focused on rebuilding houses and essential community infrastructure. We continue to help communities rebuild after the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.