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31 Dec 2006 description

The 2006 Humanitarian Accountability Report is divided into three sections. The fi rst part offers an overview of progress achieved and challenges experienced in improving humanitarian accountability across the whole sector in 2006. An independent observer wrote this section following the methodology used in the 2005 Humanitarian Accountability Report. It includes the results of a survey of perceptions of humanitarian accountability in 2006.

31 Dec 2006 description

Drought is an insidious natural hazard characterized by lower than expected or lower than normal precipitation that, when extended over a season or longer period of time, is insufficient to meet the demands of human activities and the environment. Drought is a temporary aberration, unlike aridity, which is a permanent feature of climate. Seasonal aridity, that is, a well-defined dry season, also needs to be distinguished from drought, as these terms are often confused or used interchangeably.

31 Dec 2006 description

Working together

By Nana Wiedemann, Director of the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

When we send this newsletter out all over the world we often wonder: Who are the readers? What do they like to read about?

All over the world Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are working with Psychosocial Support both in their national and international programmes.

31 Dec 2006 description


Written for U4 by Jessica Schultz and Tina Søreide, CMI1


30 Dec 2006 description

Volume 1 - Recommendations

The third edition of the Guidelines has been comprehensively updated to take account of developments in risk assessment and risk management since the second edition. It describes a “Framework for Drinking-water Safety” and discusses the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, including the complementary roles of national regulators, suppliers, communities and independent “surveillance” agencies.

28 Dec 2006 description

Message 2006 adopté par le conseil fédéral

Le Conseil fédéral a adopté fin novembre le nouveau «Message concernant la continuation de l'aide humanitaire internationale de la Confédération». Il propose l'ouverture d'un nouveau crédit-cadre d'un montant similaire au précédent, soit 1,5 milliard de francs pour une période minimale de quatre ans, dès mi 2007.

L'aide humanitaire de la Confédération a pour but de contribuer à la sauvegarde des vies humaines menacées et au soulagement des souffrances.

28 Dec 2006 description

Federal council adopts 2006 message

In late November, Switzerland's Federal Council adopted a new "Message Concerning the Continuation of the Swiss Government's International Humanitarian Aid". The message proposes the establishment of a new framework credit in the same range as the preceding one, i.e. CHF 1.5 billion, for a minimum period of four years beginning in mid-2007.

The objective of the Swiss government's humanitarian aid is to help safeguard human life wherever it is threatened and alleviate suffering.

26 Dec 2006 description

Two years ago, on 26 December 2004, a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean took more than 200,000 lives and caused billions of dollars of material damage. The extent of the destruction was largely due to the absence of a regional tsunami warning system. In response to this, I immediately issued a statement that UNESCO would do its utmost to put such a system in place for the region by mid-2006. That system exists today and is capable of warning authorities in 27 countries of the impending arrival of another such killer wave. This means that the future certainly looks safer.

22 Dec 2006 description

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a $125 million five-year award to Abt Associates to strengthen health systems in developing countries with the objective of ensuring that access to life-saving health care is efficient and available for all who need it.

Weak and inequitable health systems are key obstacles in developing countries. Disadvantaged people are often prevented from using basic health services because they cannot afford to pay for them.

21 Dec 2006 description

New York, le 21 décembre 2006 - Dans un monde en perpétuel mouvement et de plus en plus touché par des catastrophes naturelles, le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a annoncé ce jour un partenariat entre la Fondation du Groupe Vodaphone (VGF) et la Fondation des Nations Unies qui va permettre d'étendre l'efficacité et la rapidité d'action - dont celle du PAM et d'autres agences humanitaires- aux interventions globales d'urgence.

Plus d'efficacité lors des crises

Une donation commune de 832,000 dollars de la part des deux fondations sera …

21 Dec 2006 description
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[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NEW YORK, 21 Dec 2006 (IRIN) - The high-level conference on the expanded United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) held in New York on 7 December was significant for two reasons: it was well attended, and the response was unprecedented, with 51 donors - including 16 new ones - pledging US $345 million for 2007.

Some donors were not yet able to confirm their contributions, while the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway, promised multi-annual funds.

21 Dec 2006 description

NEW YORK - In a fast moving world that is increasingly struck by disasters, the United Nations World Food Programme announced a partnership today with The Vodafone Group Foundation (VGF) and the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) that will help expand the efficiency and speed with which WFP - and other humanitarian agencies - respond to global emergencies.

A joint donation of US$832,000 from VGF and UN Foundation is being used to train ICT team leaders and technicians, develop new WFP information and communications technology (ICT), best practices protocol, and update WFP ICT …