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12 May 2011 description
Chile + 5 others

Chapter 1

UNESCO’s post-disaster response

A series of severe natural disasters in all parts of the world marked 2010 with tragic consequences. These events tested to the full UNESCO’s capacities for rapid response. The Organization participated in 15 of the 25 humanitarian appeals launched by the United Nations, with project proposals in 13 post-conflict and post-disaster countries and regions. Some of these initiatives are described below.

Meanwhile, post-conflict and post-disaster work continued in many other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

27 Apr 2011 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programme purpose: To save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises by reducing the impact of, and vulnerability to, disasters through the development and effective use of national, regional and international Red Cross and Red Crescent capacities and resources in sheltering.

Programme(s) summary:

28 Mar 2011 description

Executive Summary

The review comes at a time when the humanitarian community faces a number of daunting challenges. Disasters are increasing, as are the numbers of people affected by them. These are set out starkly in the Chair's foreword and in the report itself.

The UK is a major contributor in humanitarian crises, and is highly respected for its role. Some of the best known humanitarian organisations are UK based, and the British public gives generously in appeals.

15 Mar 2011 description
report AlertNet

15 Mar 2011 14:00

Source: Alertnet // Thin Lei Win

Turkana men slaughter goats at a livestock de-stocking centre in the Loyoro village of Turkana district in north-western Kenya, October 1, 2009. The European Commission's ECHO department organised the de-stocking due to a severe and prolonged drought in the region.

09 Feb 2011 description
report UN News Service

9 février 2011 - « L'année dernière, plus d'un quart de million de personnes ont été tuées par des catastrophes. Des tremblements de terre en Haïti, au Chili et en Chine, aux inondations au Pakistan et en Europe, en passant par les incendies en Russie et les cyclones aux États-Unis et en Asie.

03 Feb 2011 description

The world witnessed numerous large-scale disasters in 2010, ranging from major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China to devastating flooding in China and Pakistan to heat waves and wild fires in Russia. In the U.S., the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in this country's largest environmental disaster to date. As of the writing of this article, eastern Australia is experiencing record flooding.

26 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.

« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.

25 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.

"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.

24 Jan 2011 description
  • Developing countries shoulder rising costs from disasters

    * Earthquakes, floods cost $109 bln in 2010 vs $35 bln 2009

    * Decaying infrastructure described as risk in urban areas

    By Laura MacInnis

    GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Natural disasters caused $109 billion in economic damage last year, three times more than in 2009, with Chile and China bearing most of the cost, the United Nations said on Monday.

    The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February cost $30 billion.

04 Jan 2011 description


What we build: So much more than houses

Building and repairing homes has always been our identity. In fact, we are very grateful to all those who helped Habitat for Humanity serve almost 75,000 families worldwide last year-almost triple the number of five years ago. But the heart of Habitat is not bricks and sticks. It is the desire to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to help those in need of a better place to live. When we ask, "What will you build?" there are so many answers, because we build so much more than houses.

30 Dec 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

VIDEO: Watch highlights of UNICEF's work in 2010. Produced by Chris Niles and edited by John Mims.

NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - For UNICEF and the world's children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it's worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.

The year began, tragically and ominously, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January.

30 Nov 2010 description
report Swiss Re


According to initial estimates from Swiss Re's sigma team, worldwide economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 222 billion in 2010, more than triple the 2009 figure of USD 63 billion. The cost to the global insurance industry was USD 36 billion, an increase of 34% over the previous year. Approximately 260 000 people died in these events, the highest number since 1976.

In 2010, severe catastrophes claimed significantly more lives than the previous year: nearly 260 000 were killed, compared to 15 000 in 2009.

13 Oct 2010 description

Washington, D.C., 13 de octubre del 2010 (OPS)--Con motivo de la celebración del Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) hace un llamado a desarrollar ciudades resilientes y tomar medidas y acciones prácticas para reducir el riesgo y lograr que los hospitales y las instalaciones de salud puedan seguir funcionando en situaciones de emergencias y desastres. El llamado a los gobiernos, a los alcaldes, la comunidad internacional y la sociedad civil, es importante en vista de recientes desastres como los de Haití, Chile o Pakistán, …

13 Oct 2010 description

By Mohammed Mukhier, head of the community preparedness & disaster risk reduction unit, IFRC

This year a number of major disasters have captivated the attention of the public and media: the January earthquake in Haiti, the massive earthquake in Chile one month later, the summer heatwave and wildfires in Russia and months of continued flooding in Pakistan.

While these large events caused great losses and suffering, it is generally the smaller and more frequent disasters that undermine sustainable development and prohibit people from achieving greater economic stability and growth.