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08 Jun 2018 description

By Deodat Maharaj, UNDP Senior Advisor for the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS) - As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium.

The gathering sought to identify the main risks facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially in terms of financing and innovative solutions to the countries’ challenges.

22 Aug 2013 description
report Voice of America

Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Groups representing small-scale farmers, rural women and social activists from the countries of the Southern African Development Community, SADC, are asking the regional bloc to consider stop giving what they say is “red carpet” treatment to multilateral corporations at the expense of the poor.

The call is included in a joint statement issued by the Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmer’s Forum and People’s Dialogue which says the region is facing ongoing challenges and a deepening crisis due to neo-liberal economic policies.

06 Jun 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thabani Okwenjani

HARARE, Jun 5, 2012 (IPS) - The Southern African Development Community's protocol on shared watercourses is recognised as one of the world's best. But sound agreements on the sustainable and equitable management of joint water resources require effective means to implement them.

Water officials from across Southern Africa are meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jun 5-6 to develop a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the regional agreement.

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 …

23 Dec 2005 description

SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Around $13.6 billion has been pledged by donors around the world to rebuild Indian Ocean countries after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, which killed 231,452 people, the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery says.

24 Jun 2005 description

By Douglas Bakshian

LUXEMBOURG, June 24 (Reuters) - Despite the historic size of relief efforts, it will take as long as 10 years to rebuild what was destroyed in the tsunami that hit Asia last year, the United Nations said on Friday.

"It took between five and 10 seconds to destroy thousands of communities. Five to 10 seconds to wipe away 225,000 people," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told a news conference.

"It will take five to 10 years to rebuild all that was lost.

23 Jun 2005 description

SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters) - The toll of dead and missing six months after the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami stands at 232,010, according to collated figures from government and health officials.

COUNTRY DEATHS MISSING

Bangladesh 2
East Africa 164* 139**
India 12,407 3,874
Indonesia 131,029 37,000
Malaysia 69 5
Maldives 82 26
Myanmar 61
Sri Lanka 38,940***

21 Jun 2005 description
report Voice of America

By Michael Bowman

Washington, 21 June 2005 - The devastation and loss of life caused by last December's tsunami triggered the biggest outpouring of financial contributions and the largest mobilization of aid resources the world has seen in response to a natural disaster. But six months later, a significant portion of the more than $6 billion pledged by nations and other donors has yet to materialize.

31 May 2005 description

By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) - Funds raised to help survivors of last December's Indian Ocean tsunami are being spent slowly by U.S.

11 May 2005 description

Medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers has offered to return thousands of donations to its international tsunami aid appeal.

The organisation says it raised four times the amount it needed and was obligated to tell donors their money cannot be used for its tsunami response.

In Australia, the agency contacted 4,000 donors offering to redirect the money and about 200 people have opted for refunds amounting to $93,000.

The agency's Australian executive officer Philippe Couturier says he understood their decision.

"Nobody has the right to be disappointed, I mean …

21 Apr 2005 description

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to put an additional $320 million into U.S. food aid this year to ensure that projects around the world are not left empty-handed by help to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Senators approved the addition to the so-called Food for Peace program on a voice vote while debating an $81 billion emergency spending bill to fund the Iraq war. The House has passed its own version of the funding measure.

12 Apr 2005 description
report Xinhua

GENEVA, Apr 12, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Representatives from Indian Ocean countries affected by the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami and other countries and experts on early warning systems will gather in Mauritius on Thursday for the second international coordination meeting for the development of a tsunami warning and mitigation system for the Indian Ocean.

The meeting is co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

07 Apr 2005 description

Jakarta (dpa) - Corruption experts from civil society, lending agencies, the private sector and governments throughout the region gathered in the Indonesian capital Thursday for talks on how to safeguard the massive amounts of tsunami aid in the graft-prone countries where it will be spent.

05 Apr 2005 description

Washington, Washington File - In an April 1 Foreign Press Center briefing in Washington, James Bishop, director of humanitarian policy and practice at InterAction, a coalition of 160 American NGOs, said member organizations ''are aiding in all of the disciplines of disaster assistance,'' including shelter repair and reconstruction, water and sanitation, health services, provision of emergency food and psychosocial assistance.

04 Apr 2005 description

Vienna (dpa) - Austria is earmarking 25 million euros (32 million dollars) for reconstruction after the Asian tsunami disaster in which several hundred thousand people died in late December, relief coordinator Ernst Strasser said on Monday.

He said that 13 million would be donated from state funds, and 12 million had been contributed by Austrians to the nationwide fund drive ''Neighbour in Need''.

06 Mar 2005 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Mar 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China had donated 1.27 billion yuan (approximately 153.4 million US dollars) of assistance to tsunami-hit countries in south and southeast Asia by March 1, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told a press conference here Sunday.

This included 686 million yuan of government aid and 576 million yuan from the non-governmental sector.

02 Mar 2005 description
report Xinhua

BRUSSELS, Mar 2, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An umbrella group of aid organizations in the Netherlands has raised 183 million euros (240 million US dollars) through a national campaign to help the victims of December's tsunami in Asia.

25 Feb 2005 description

By Jerry Norton

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Humanitarian assistance to tsunami-affected countries in the Indian Ocean totals $6.28 billion, with Germany the largest contributor at $683 million, the United Nations said on Friday.

But if the United States follows through on a pledge to increase its contribution, it will become the biggest donor, said Hiro Ueki, spokesman for the U.N.

22 Feb 2005 description
report Xinhua

HONG KONG, Feb 22, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Winding up a three-day tour of tsunami-hit nations, former US President Bill Clinton said in Hong Kong Tuesday that the rebuilding process of the tsunami-hit areas will take three to five years.

He made the remarks while making a stop over in Hong Kong for signing his best-sell memoir "My Life" Tuesday evening at a Hong Kong book shop.

Asked about his impression about his tour to the tsunami-hit countries, he said he was impressed by the speed of the recovery of the disaster-hit countries.