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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

04 Nov 2016 description

Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.

05 Sep 2016 description

By Brigitte Leoni

PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged.

10 Feb 2015 description
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Guidance on Critical Facilities
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Guidance on Housing
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Guidance on Land Use Planning
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Guidance on Livelihood

Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.

22 Dec 2014 description

But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience

22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

13 Sep 2014 description

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

05 Sep 2014 description

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. The goal is to measure the capacity and response times of the various stakeholders involved to address such rare but potentially destructive events.

06 Oct 2011 description

Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations* will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. This exercise, organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, will also see responsibility for the issue of advisories handed over to the countries of the region through a new regional tsunami advisory service.

25 Dec 2009 description

LONDON, Dec 25 (Reuters) - For more than 40 years, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has been alerting countries in the Pacific region to the dangers of killer waves.

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed almost 230,000 people, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) began coordinating efforts to create an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system.

Before 2004, there were no sea-level monitoring instruments in the Indian Ocean and many countries did not have agencies responsible for tsunami warnings or points of contact to …

24 Dec 2009 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia (of magnitude Richter scale 9.0) led a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Almost 226,000 people lost their lives across 13 countries.

15 Dec 2009 description

Today, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Thomson Reuters Foundation announce the launch of a new multimedia web documentary - "Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope" - produced jointly to mark the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami - recognised as the worst natural disaster in living memory.

Combining powerful imagery by award-winning Reuters photojournalists with eyewitness testimony from four people whose lives were dramatically changed by the tsunami, the documentary reveals the strength of the human spirit in the …

14 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period of 1 May through 30 September 2009, but reports cumulative totals from December 2004 onwards.

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 groups to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

About this report:

This is the seventh International Federation-wide tsunami progress report, with …

09 Dec 2009 description

Foreword

Five years ago, on 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Millions of people around the world watched in horror as the aftermath of the biggest single natural disaster in living memory unfolded on their television screens.

29 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

A/C.2/64/L.10

Sixty-fourth session
Second Committee
Agenda item 53 (c)
Sustainable development: International Strategy

20 Oct 2009 description

Period covered by this Operations Update: January 2009 to June 2009

Appeal target (Tsunami emergency and recovery revised plan and budget 2005-2010 issued on 13 March 2009): CHF 706.4 million (USD 606.5 million or EUR 473.4 million);

Appeal coverage: 100%;

Appeal history:

- This emergency appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 26 December 2004, for CHF 7,517,000 (USD 6,658,712 or EUR 4,852,932) for six months to assist 500,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 1,000,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to …

14 Aug 2009 description
report UN News Service

It was 2 a.m. at the United Nations Geneva headquarters when the news broke on 26 December, 2004 - a massive earthquake had rocked the floor bed of the Indian Ocean.

18 Jun 2009 description
report UN News Service

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) ont demandé jeudi aux gouvernements d'adopter des mesures préventives pour protéger les systèmes éducatifs et de santé des catastrophes naturelles ainsi que du changement climatique.

Il s'agit d'abord de construire des infrastructures respectant les normes de résistance aux catastrophes, en commençant par mettre les bâtiments existants aux normes, indique un communiqué conjoint.

Il s'agit aussi de garantir que les hôpitaux et les écoles mettent en oeuvre des …

01 Jun 2009 description

Period covered by this Operations Update: July 2008 to December 2008

Appeal target (as per Tsunami emergency and recovery revised plan and budget 2004- 2010 issued in 31 March 2008): CHF 691.3 million (USD 623.6 million or EUR 431.6 million)

Appeal coverage: 98% .

Summary

Indonesia: Entering the fifth year of the operation, the International Federation's contribution towards the recovery of the community in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (Aceh) and Nias Island of North Sumatra province in support of Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) progresses steadily.

08 May 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.

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

Summary:

This annual report focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office in 2008 to provide leadership and guidance to the International …