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31 Dec 2007 description

Multiple humanitarian actors with different objectives, principles and modi operandi intervene in situations of armed conflict and internal violence in order to alleviate the plight of the victims: governmental and non-governmental organisations, international organisations, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and private companies, among others. The diversity of actors and approaches can help to alleviate suffering if they manage to act in a complementary fashion, on the basis of their respective operational abilities.

31 Dec 2007 description

This is the second edition of The Johns Hopkins and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Public Health Guide for Emergencies, a textbook that has been widely used in the classroom and the field. We are excited with the production of this second edition which captures both the experience of the Federation and the academic public health perceptions of Johns Hopkins University. We believe that the result of this partnership is an action book to help implementers built programs and activities on a solid footing.

31 Dec 2007 description



• UNMAS celebrated its 10th anniversary.

• The General Assembly reaffirmed UNMAS’ role as the focal point for mine action within the UN system.

• The UN Mine Action Team supported efforts by Member States to develop a legally binding instrument that addresses the impact of cluster munitions.

• The Secretary-General reported on progress and challenges in mine action in over 40 reports to the Security Council on a wide range of country situations and thematic issues.

31 Dec 2007 description

Author(s): Harvey, Peter

It is generally accepted that excreta disposal is given less priority in emergencies than other humanitarian interventions such as health care, food and water supply. This is despite the fact that many of the most common diseases occurring in emergency situations are caused by inadequate sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practice. Many aid agencies are aware of these facts and wish to give a greater emphasis to excreta disposal. In the past, however, they have been hampered by a lack of experience and resources to support their field staff.

31 Dec 2007 description


After 20 years of increasingly alarming scientific reports, and after ten years of record-breaking temperatures worldwide, the message that climate change is a very real threat finally broke through to catch the attention of many people in 2007, including opinion formers and policy makers around the world and also within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. However, it has not only been scientific projections but real-life experience that has caused this breakthrough.

31 Dec 2007 description


When forced to flee - the struggle of externally and internally displaced Irqais and other populations

31 Dec 2007 description


Melting glaciers, denuded slopes, expanding deserts – these images of environmental change have long captured public attention. With the threat of global climate change, the environment has moved from casual concern to the forefront of the international agenda. The scale of change is so great that society must now address the challenges of adapting to an altered environment while at the same time strengthening efforts to prevent further damage.

31 Dec 2007 description

Executive Summary

The Dengue Strategic Plan for the Asia Pacific Region (2008–2015) has been prepared in response to the increasing threat from dengue. Among an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk globally, about 1.8 billion (more than 70%) reside in the Asia Pacific Region. Development of this Strategic Plan is also important to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The goal is to reverse the rising trend of dengue in the countries in the Region.

30 Dec 2007 description

Serie manuales y guías sobre desastres

Esta publicación presenta las principales acciones para el monitoreo de la calidad del agua para consumo humano durante situaciones de emergencia y desastre, considerando las necesidades inmediatamente posteriores al evento adverso hasta la rehabilitación de los servicios, con el fin de garantizar agua segura a la población afectada. Describe además las acciones en vigilancia y control de la calidad del agua, parámetros de evaluación, y lineamientos para el adecuado desarrollo de las inspecciones sanitaria y procesamiento de la información.

27 Dec 2007 description

ROME - The year 2007 saw the United Nations World Food Programme - the world's frontline hunger agency - battling against the effects of climate change, soaring food prices, and the needs of millions of hungry people across the world.

Thankfully, the growing problem of global hunger has inspired new, creative efforts to galvanize more support to feed a hungry planet. The internet, with its immense power and reach, combined with social networking, chalked up many successes.

21 Dec 2007 description

Location map of major floods reported by news services and satellite data observation.

20 Dec 2007 description

In November 2007, States Parties to the Ottawa Mine Ban Convention met in Jordan to evaluate progress on the implementation of the ban on anti-personnel landmines. They also discussed the main challenges going forward in terms of clearance deadlines, stockpile destruction and victime assistance. An interview with Eve La Haye, legal adviser in the ICRC's arms unit.

What was the purpose of the Dead Sea meeting and who participated?

The 8th Meeting of States Parties at the Dead Sea in Jordan was the first time that States Parties to the Mine Ban Convention met in Middle East.

20 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 76,696,000 (USD 68,601,073 or EUR 46,482,424) to fund programmes to be mplemented in 2008 and 2009.


The number of natural disasters is increasing, especially weather-related disasters such as floods, storms, cyclones, drought and extreme temperatures. Whilst these increasing disasters have resulted in fewer deaths, the resultant economic losses are growing.

19 Dec 2007 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to Headquarters staff in New York on his return from Algiers, 19 December:

Thank you. I am very pleased to meet all of you this morning. And I am also pleased to be back.

19 Dec 2007 description
report UN News Service

Les concentrations élevées d'arsenic dans certains riz pourraient être réduites en améliorant les pratiques de gestion de l'irrigation en Asie, selon un nouveau rapport de la FAO Remediation of Arsenic for Agriculture Sustainability, Food Security and Health in Bangladesh.

« Des études ont montré que les fortes concentrations d'arsenic dans le sol et l'eau d'irrigation se transmettent souvent aux cultures et constituent un risque accru pour la sécurité des aliments.

19 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

In a major step forward in addressing sexual exploitation and abuse, a working group of the General Assembly today agreed on a strategy to assist victims who may have suffered at the hands of United Nations personnel.

The strategy enables the United Nations to help, in a coordinated and committed manner, victims of sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by United Nations personnel. Under the strategy, victims would receive assistance to address their needs directly arising from the exploitation or abuse suffered.