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Overcoming the Challenges Facing Children Is Key to Human Progress
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Edited by B. Wisner and J. Adams
The WHO Guide to sanitation in natural disasters (Assar, 1971) summarized the essential aspects of environmental health management in disasters. These included the provision of emergency water and sanitation services; the burial or cremation of the dead; vector and pest control; food hygiene; and the assessment of the danger of epidemics following emergencies and disasters, etc. Thirty years later these aspects remain essential, though the needs, challenges and opportunities are greater.
Geneva, 17 December 2003 - Mr. Ruud Lubbers, the High Commissioner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, today signed an operational Memorandum of Understanding, to improve their collaboration in delivering durable shelter solutions for refugees and returnees.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched its annual appeal for 2004 in Geneva today. The appeal seeks 217.6 million Swiss francs to support programmes and operations around the world with an unprecedented emphasis on health programmes which account for just over 40 per cent of the total.
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GENEVA - More than 30 donor countries today confirmed record pledges of US$358 million for UNHCR programmes in 2004. This included $324 million in pledges made during the refugee agency's annual pledging conference in Geneva today, and $34 million announced earlier for the coming year (table attached).
The 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent closed today with commitments by States party to the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to taking a wide range of measures between now and the next Conference in 2007 to protect human dignity.
Protecting Human Dignity by Mobilizing Humanity to Reduce Violence, Discrimination, and Vulnerability
Statement by Mr. Jan Egeland
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
The Presidents of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called today for renewed efforts to protect the dignity of people affected by armed conflict, natural disaster and health emergencies such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Journalists invited to launch of mine-action report and press briefing on December 3
Geneva, 02.12.03 - The international
community urgently needs to act to stop the erosion of human dignity across
the world in armed conflicts, natural disasters and communicable diseases.
This is the theme of the 28th International Conference of the Red Cross
and Red Crescent that opened in Geneva today.
The conference brings together delegates from 181 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and representative of those states that are signatories to the Geneva Conventions, now 191.
Millions of young girls in the developing
world are married when they are still children, and as a result are denied
the ordinary experiences that young people elsewhere take for granted:
schooling, good health, economic opportunities, and friendship with peers.
Despite national laws and international agreements forbidding early marriage,
gender roles and marriage systems in many countries dictate the practice,
through which girls are deprived of basic rights and subjected to discrimination
and health risks.
It is important to discuss the relations
between humanitarian professionals and military people because the great
question in this relationship for humanitarians turns upon a very legitimate anxiety about difference and distinction between them and soldiers. Such humanitarian fear is not unreasonable and seems to be of two main kinds, the fear around perception and identity and the fear of cooption and assimilation.