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07 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) aim to achieve 100 per cent open defecation free (ODF) communities through affordable, appropriate technology and behaviour change. Some of the key principles guiding CATS are:

• An emphasis on the sustained use of sanitation facilities by every community member, rather than simply the construction of infrastructure.

• The safe disposal of infant and young children’s faeces in toilets.

28 Aug 2012 description
report HOPE worldwide

Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast

02 Feb 2012 description
report Irish Red Cross

Ireland Donates €70 Million to Emergency Appeals

It was announced today that Ireland has donated more than €70 million to Red Cross emergency appeals over the last 10 years. Speaking at the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Annita Underlin - Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Europe Zone, said that, ‘the generosity of the Irish public has literally changed thousands if not millions of lives around the world’.

16 Dec 2011 description


  1. T he objectives of this evaluation of urban case studies are to:

a. review, the tools, practices capacities and methodologies employed by humanitarian agencies in responding to humanitarian crises and emergencies;

b. develop a robust evidence base to support the strategy formulated for meeting humanitarian challenges;

c. enhance IASC’s understanding of challenges and gaps encountered in the humanitarian response.

30 Sep 2011 description

30 September 2011

Extends Mandate of Expert on Haiti, Decides to Hold Seminar on Climate Change and Panel on Promoting Human Rights through Sport and the Olympics

The Human Rights Council this morning adopted three resolutions on migrants, climate change and on promoting human rights through sport and in particular the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also adopted a Presidential Statement on technical assistance for Haiti.

10 Aug 2011 description
report Food for the Hungry

I always sort of had an idea that women and girls living in extreme poverty suffered a bit more than men from disasters like war, a flood, an earthquake or a drought -- it just seems logical, if you think about it. But I had no idea how much more acutely they feel pain from these events until I started to research it.

06 Apr 2011 description


It is extremely difficult to assess the worldwide scale of human trafficking because of the clandestine nature of the crime. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that there are, at a minimum, approximately 2.5 million victims of human trafficking at any given time. According to the UNODC, approximately 79 per cent of all human trafficking is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, while the ILO estimates that 98 per cent of the people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women and girls.

14 Dec 2010 description

(Geneva/New York/Bonn, 14 December 2010): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading post and logistics service provider, today renewed their successful partnership, started in 2005, for another three years. The extension was signed in Geneva by Rashid Khalikov, Director of UN OCHA Geneva and Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post DHL.

"Over the past five years, we have worked very successfully together in disaster management.

26 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 26 October 2010 (IRIN) - Property developers in Indonesia and Thailand moved in quickly after the 2004 Tsunami, snapping up land from those relocated into resettlement camps to build luxury resorts, further squeezing the livelihoods of the poor.

Land grabbing happened after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Haiti earthquake, and after cyclones and floods in the Philippines, according to the World Disasters Report 2010 (WDR).

It can involve outright violence, or carefully orchestrated …

13 Oct 2010 description

UNEP marks International Day for Disaster Reduction

Geneva, 13 October 2010 - Haiti, one of the poorest and most environmentally degraded countries in the western hemisphere, is one of the many examples in recent times of the crucial role played by ecosystems in reducing disaster risk. Prior to the earthquake in January 2010 which devastated the country, environmental degradation was already a critical challenge, as extensively degraded catchments made Haiti's rural and urban population vulnerable to floods, landslides and severe soil erosion.

03 Oct 2010 description
report Convoy of Hope

The number of schoolchildren being fed throughout the world each day by Convoy of Hope jumped to more than 50,000 after the organization increased the number of children being fed in Haiti from some 13,000 to more than 40,000.

"The work we were able to do in the months after last January's earthquake has allowed us to expand our bandwidth in Haiti," says Jeff Nene, senior director - communications and technology. "When the Haitian school year starts next week we'll be adding more than 27,000 children to our feeding program.

01 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 1 October, 2010 - In an effort to help communities cope with the emotional and social suffering caused by conflict and natural disasters, UNICEF and partners are today exploring how collaboration on common approaches supports the recovery process for children and communities in emergencies.

"One of UNICEF's priorities in emergencies is to protect and improve the mental health and psychosocial well-being of communities in crisis.

21 Sep 2010 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched the World Disasters Report with a warning that 2.57 billion urban dwellers living in low and middle income nations are exposed to unacceptable levels of risk fuelled by rapid urbanization, poor local governance, population growth, poor health services and, in many instances, the rising tide of urban violence.