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30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01Jul 2008 to 31 Dec 2008

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief


This programme update focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation …

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

"Whether caused by poor construction or natural catastrophes, school collapses invariably have disastrous effects on children," said Cream Wright, UNICEF Global Chief of Education. "Schools must be safe places where children can learn and thrive."

The year 2008 was marked by a number of school collapses - many of them fatal - in various parts of the world.

Following the 3 May cyclone in Myanmar, more than 4,000 schools still need to be repaired or …

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 - For many of South Asia's children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children continued to be recruited in conflicts, yet a year when conflicts were briefly halted for the sake of children's health; and a year when the food, fuel and financial crises threatened to worsen child malnutrition, yet triggered off important new thinking on protection for the most vulnerable, according to the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.

In a region which is one the most emergency prone in the world, nearly 2.8 million …

21 Dec 2008 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) releases 11th annual list

MSF and MSF podcasts: New York, Massive forced civilian displacements, violence, and unmet medical needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Pakistan, along with neglected medical emergencies in Myanmar and Zimbabwe, are some of the worst humanitarian and medical emergencies in the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported today in its annual list of the "Top …

16 Dec 2008 description

"Data Against Natural Disasters" to help governments and aid agencies design new monitoring systems that ensure timely and efficient delivery of assistance to disaster victims

Jakarta, December 16, 2008 - The World Bank and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today jointly launched a book that contributes to the world's understanding of the conditions and actions necessary for establishing effective disaster management information systems.

12 Dec 2008 description

Contribution In The First Year Of Three-Year Partnership Will Help Build Habitat Homes in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia

DUBAI, 12th December 2008: ETA Star Property Developers, a real estate company based in the United Arab Emirates, recently presented its donation of two million dirham (about US$544,650) in the first year of a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The contribution, which came from ETA Star's Homes for the Homeless campaign, will help Habitat to build homes with families in need in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

30 Nov 2008 description
report ACTED

Flash news


ACTED Uganda is part of a consortium of NGOs currently implementing a three-year Drought management project in North Pokot (Western Kenya-Uganda border).

30 Nov 2008 description

Global financial crisis could affect food security

Although major cereal prices continued declining after surging to record highs earlier this year and the region looks forward to increased 2008 harvests, Asia-Pacific food security is likely to be negatively affected by the international financial meltdown. The economic slowdown in the OECD nations is affecting Asia's labour-intensive export industry leading to large-scale employee retrenchment, reducing the incomes of urban workers and their ability to buy food.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

11 Nov 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General Assembly
44th & 45th Meetings (AM & PM)

Assembly Adopts Resolutions on Special Economic Assistance to Yemen, Report of International Criminal Court

04 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Comprising 45 countries in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters in the region are daunting.

20 Oct 2008 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

The Hong Kong Red Cross sincerely thanks the generous support from the Hong Kong public to our flood relief operation in South Asia in 2007.

Disaster Situation

Climate change induced the monsoon season started earlier in South Asia in 2007, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding and landslides covered Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India. It is reported that around 3000 died and more than 10 million families were affected.

The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) launched a fundraising appeal for South Asia Flood Relief on 13 August 2007.

20 Oct 2008 description



"There are no magic bullets to the food crisis. Complex causes require multiple solutions," says Church World Service Executive Director and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough.

17 Oct 2008 description


The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has now allocated more than one billion dollars for humanitarian aid around the world since it was launched in March 2006. An allocation on 13 October 2008 of $202,714 for nutrition and supplementary feeding for women and children in Tajikistan, which is suffering from chronic food insecurity made worse by a poor harvest and soaring food prices, took the total allocations beyond the one billion dollar level.

16 Oct 2008 description

Carlos Pascual, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy

08 Oct 2008 description

UNISDR 2008/11

La Journée Internationale pour la prévention des catastrophes tombe cette année le jour de la troisième commémoration du tremblement de terre au Pakistan.

08 Oct 2008 description

UNISDR 2008/11

Geneva - This year's International Day for Disaster Reduction falls on the third anniversary of the South Asian Earthquake.

07 Oct 2008 description

La Journée internationale de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles est l'occasion idéale de promouvoir une « culture mondiale » d'anticipation et de préparation à de tels phénomènes, a déclaré cet après-midi le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires, John Holmes.

07 Oct 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.

The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.