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29 Dec 2007 description

IP/08/7

Bruxelles, le 29 décembre 2007. La Commission européenne a décidé d'accorder une aide humanitaire de 369,6 millions d'euros afin de répondre aux besoins essentiels des victimes les plus vulnérables des crises humanitaires dans le monde.

25 Dec 2007 description
report Medair

Medair Serves the Most Vulnerable -- In the second part of this feature article, we examine the disasters and other crises that contribute to the vulnerability of our beneficiaries.

Disasters

In the past 50 years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide, and indications suggest that this trend will continue.(1) Climate change is the most prominently mentioned contributing factor, along with intensified concentrations of people living in vulnerable habitats.(2)

Many deadly natural disasters occur suddenly, such as earthquakes, windstorms, …

20 Dec 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

10 Dec 2007 description

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Bangladesh

"Since the cyclone struck... I have been working day and night to help the people in my village," says Jahanra Aktar. Cyclone Sidr devastated the southern coast of Bangladesh last month and Church World Service is supporting partner efforts to provide assistance to the most vulnerable families.

22 Nov 2007 description

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Bangladesh

Several thousand people were killed when Cyclone Sidr hit the southern coast of Bangladesh on Nov. 15.

19 Nov 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10660

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
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


AG/10660

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

16 Nov 2007 description
report ACTED

ACTED Uganda: ACTED responds to ?oods in Eastern Uganda

The eastern part of Uganda has been affected by unusually heavy rains since July 2007. The rains resulted in massive ?ooding and landslides affecting thousands of people with mass displacement occurring. Houses, sanitation systems, roads and bridges have been destroyed and food crops have either been damaged or washed away. Tragically, most of the ? ood affected areas are those that have recently returned IDPs within their communities. The returnees had just started a new life outside the IDP camps when the ?oods hit.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

24 Oct 2007 description

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) jointly warned that "climate change is an increasing threat to development and humanitarian relief efforts" during WFP's Executive Board meeting today.

Mr. Michel, who is in Rome to address WFP's Executive Board, said: "The recent spate of weather-related disasters across the globe sets the alarm bells ringing.

15 Oct 2007 description

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Pakistan

In the two years since a powerful earthquake devastated parts of northern Pakistan, individuals and communities have worked to rebuild. Church World Service responded to immediate emergency needs following the quake, and has been a part of the rebuilding process.

Some 1,785 men have become certified in construction trades--masonry, electricity, welding, plumbing, and carpentry--with the help of Church World Service and a local partner.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

05 Oct 2007 description

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Floods and Storms

As we recognize International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, on October 11, Church World Service continues its response to floods and other disasters, globally and locally, often working with partners on preparedness to mitigate future disasters.

More than 3,000 people in three communities in Haiti hard-hit by August's Hurricane Dean are being helped to recover through Church World Service partners: Some 500 are gaining grants and management counseling to restart businesses, and more than 2,500 small-holder farmers are learning about …

05 Sep 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Kun Li

NEW YORK, USA, 5 September 2007 - UNICEF's Executive Board opened its second regular session of 2007 in New York today. Meeting through 7 September, board members will examine existing programmes in a total of 17 countries in order to define focus areas and create a framework for progress over the next five years.

Executive Director Ann M.

16 Aug 2007 description

Pledges & contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of one new contribution of $500,000 (as of 27 July) made by China. OCHA encourages all member states to turn their pledges into contributions as soon as possible.

Country highlights

In July 2007, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) approved $15.12 million in grants from the CERF's window for rapid response.

15 Aug 2007 description

GENEVA, August 15, 2007 -In the midst of the severe flooding crisis throughout vast regions of central and south Asia, members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, are working together to increase life-saving support and assistance to flood-affected communities.

"While the massive amount of water is slowly withdrawing, the damage and emergency need is showing its true colours," said Arne Grieg Riisnæs speaking from Bangladesh with ACT member Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

09 Aug 2007 description

Pakistanis under open sky, asking for relief

As international aid organizationshurry to respond,flood survivors in Pakistanare in need of shelter, food, medicine, blankets, and daily necessities.Today's reports of the country's unsettled political state surrounding national elections adds to thealready uncertain and difficult situationof millions of Pakistani people.

In mid-June, Cyclone Yemyin battered the Southwest coast of Pakistan along theGulf of Oman, leaving 1.5 million homeless.

23 Jul 2007 description

22/2007

July 23, 2007, Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a grant of US$1 million to provide essential relief supplies and support emergency operation for victims of a spate of natural disasters in South Asia.