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31 Dec 2004 description
report CARE

CARE has increasingly grappled with the reality that the women and men of our organization are more frequently being placed at personal risk due to the nature and character of our work. The first edition of the “CARE International Safety and Security Handbook” was written in 2000 on the premise that the rules for safety and security had changed. As such the necessary measures humanitarian organizations take to ensure the safety of their staff had changed. No longer could we rely on the perception of “good people doing good work” as our only protection.

31 Dec 2004 description

Informations and ressources about current and past Storms

31 Dec 2004 description

“Bam is still alive”

By Margriet Blaauw, Psychosocial Officer

When arriving in Bam ten months after an earthquake destroyed almost the entire city, the first images are of total devastation: piles of stones and rubble, as far as the eye can see. An IFRC poster of a little girl playing hopscotch in front of a tent, between the ruins of what once used to be her home greets visitors with the message “Bam is still alive”.

31 Dec 2004 description

Author(s): House, Sarah | Reed, Bob

These guidelines have been designed to help those involved in the assessment of emergency water sources to collect relevant information in a systematic way, to use this information to select a source or sources and to determine the appropriate level of treatment required to make the water suitable for drinking.

30 Dec 2004 description

In the 1990s events in Bosnia, the former Soviet Union countries, Afghanistan and Northern Iraq showed that humanitarian disasters are not limited to the South, Africa, or the tropics, but may strike anywhere in the world. Relief workers have had to be ever more adaptable in order to provide life-saving water supplies and sanitation facilities in areas where freezing conditions occur.

15 Dec 2004 description

FAO NEWS RELEASE 04/158e

Rome/Geneva/New York, 15 December 2004 - United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), a body that fosters enhanced interagency collaboration on humanitarian policy and operations, launched today a new humanitarian early warning service Web site, HEWSweb.

This Web site displays the latest forecasts, reports and alerts on drought, floods, tropical storms, locust infestation, El Nino, earthquakes and volcanic activity.

15 Dec 2004 description

Speech given by Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for International Development, addressing the Humanitarian Policy Group of the ODI

14 Dec 2004 description


A joint report into preventing and reducing conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched by Ministers from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on Monday 13 December.

'The Africa Conflict Prevention Pool: An Information Document' explains the background to the creation of the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool, provides an overview of the Pool's programme work and outlines the benefits of a joint approach to conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.

13 Dec 2004 description

A joint report into preventing and reducing conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched by Ministers from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on Monday 13 December.

'The Africa Conflict Prevention Pool: An Information Document' explains the background to the creation of the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool, provides an overview of the Pool's programme work and outlines the benefits of a joint approach to conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.

13 Dec 2004 description
report AlertNet

A month after the murder of aid worker Margaret Hassan, Peter Walker, director of the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University, says humanitarianism must abandon its Western baggage and reinvent itself as a truly global movement.

10 Dec 2004 description

GENEVA, Dec 10 (UNHCR) -- A record number of states have pledged the highest-ever amount in advance -- $405 million -- to UNHCR's operations in 2005, allowing the refugee agency to better plan its work in the coming year.

On Friday, UNHCR announced its 2005 budget of $1.1 billion at the annual pledging conference for donors held in Geneva.

10 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

From New York to Darfur, from Botswana to Bangkok, from Paris to Zambia, the United Nations family today marked International Human Rights Day with calls for education and action, exhibitions and panel discussions, and the co-opting of soccer - "the truly universal sport" - in the battle against the universal scourge.
Noting "the enormous efforts still required to make human rights a reality for all," Secretary-General Kofi Annan cast the spotlight on the vital role of education in the battle.

09 Dec 2004 description

9 December 2004, Rome - Global cereal production is expected to hit a record 2.04 billion tonnes in 2004, which would lead to an increase in cereal stocks for the first time in five years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in the December issue of Food Outlook.

09 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

Childhood Is A Brutal Experience For Half of World's Children, UNICEF Says -- Crucial Years Destroyed by Poverty, Conflict and AIDS

08 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

08 Dec 2004 description

FAONEWSRELEASE 04/156

Chronic hunger plagues 852 million people worldwide

Rome/Johannesburg/New York/Santiago/Stockholm/Tokyo, 8 December 2004 -- Hunger and malnutrition cause tremendous human suffering, kill more than five million children every year, and cost developing countries billions of dollars in lost productivity and national income, according to FAO's annual hunger report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 (SOFI 2004).

08 Dec 2004 description


Women and girls bear the brunt of armed conflicts fought today both as direct targets and as unrecognized "collateral damage". - a new report in Amnesty International's campaign, Stop Violence Against Women, calls for global action to challenge both the violence and the failure of governments to prevent it.

"Patterns of violence against women in conflict do not arise 'naturally' but are ordered, condoned or tolerated. They persist because those who commit them know they can get away with impunity," said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.