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The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the comments of the Administrative Committee on Coordination on the report of the Joint Inspection Unit entitled "The involvement of the United Nations system in providing and coordinating humanitarian assistance" (A/50/687).
This paper focuses on humanitarian emergencies
generated by conflict, severe government repression in rogue states, or
natural or technological disasters that can be anticipated. Its main parts
Discussion of the nature of humanitarian emergencies, including scale, character, frequency, cost etc.
Global Survey of humanitarian developments
- Intense and simmering conflicts
- Severe government repression
- Cease-fires and political settlements
- Possible new humanitarian emergencies
Focusing on contingency planning, these guidelines
examines the following issues:
Purpose: Popular misconceptions, relationship to early warning, operations planning and needs assessment, indicators to suggest initiation of planning process.
Process: Emphases importance of process to arrive at an effective plan, describes a participatory approach and suggests mechanisms established in-country to update the plan and maintain the preparedness process.
To improve the protection and care of children
in conflict situations and prevent these conflicts from occurring, this
study proposes an agenda for action by Member States and the international
community. The following issues are considered:
- Mitigating the impact of armed conflict on children
- Relevance and adequacy of existing standards
- Reconstruction and reconciliation
- Conflict prevention
- Implementation mechanisms
In its resolution 46/182 of 19 December 1991, the General Assembly stated its deep concern about the suffering of the victims of disasters and emergency situations, the loss in human lives, the flow of refugees, the mass displacement of people and the material destruction, and set forth a number of guiding principles and measures to strengthen the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations system.
Here, we offer a brief résumé of recent
initiatives resulting from the Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda.
At this stage, it is difficult to gauge the impact of the Evaluation's
recommendations on the international relief system as a whole, but in the
two months since its publication in March 1996, it has been discussed in
numerous fora and some of its findings are being acted upon at a number
of levels. This issue reflects on findings in such areas as, accountability,
standards, monitoring and reporting. Other findings focus on early warning
Conflicts pose a major challenge for relief and development agencies working in affected areas. In this issue of Development and Gender in Brief, the debate on conflict and development is viewed through a gender lens. While gender is now an accepted development concern, gender analysis has yet to be widely applied to conflict situations. Media accounts of mass rape in Bosnia and elsewhere portray women as victims of war.
Aiming to lay the basis for incorporating environmental
factors into specific UNHCR guidance/guidelines, those outlined in this
report aims to provide a framework within which UNHCR staff will be able
- Identify and evaluate environmental impacts and assign a rough economic cost to these
- Identify and evaluate opportunities to undertake positive environmental interventions
- Select interventions combining the interests of refugees, receiving country, donors and UNHCR
Because of the risk of abuse, some essential
drugs are under strict international control. The export-import control
measures applicable to narcotic drugs, for example, make the timely international
transportation of opioid analgesics to sites of emergencies virtually impossible.
Face to this difficulty, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International
Narcotics Control Board (INCB) agreed that there was an urgent need to
find a practical solution to this problem.
This report argues for the importance for international
relief workers to have solid background knowledge about the characteristics
of modern conflict as well the social, cultural and historical dimensions
of its impact in the particular locality. It offers the following chapters:
- Epidemiology of modern conflict
- Collective experience of war and its socio-cultural dimensions
- Social construction of traumatic events
- Critique of psychosocial trauma projects for war-affected populations
- Basic principles for interventions
This document examines cost-effectiveness analysis,
i.e. the process of aid delivery rather than the outcome, as a potentially
valuable tool for the evaluation of relief operations. Its main aims are:
- Review perceptions of cost-effectiveness analysis among relief agency personnel
- Define terms involved and explore use of cost-effectiveness analysis in related fields
- Identify activities and situations where cost-effectiveness is most viable and useful
- Identify difficulties of using cost-effectiveness as criteria in assessments and evaluations
The disaster descriptions in this report cover the period of the USG's fiscal year, October 1, 1994, through September 30, 1995. During FY 1995, BHR/OFDA responded to 57 new "declared" disasters. Many of the disasters in FY 1995 required a complex mix of USG financial and staff resources.
This booklet stresses that today's multiple
and complex humanitarian crises pose challenges to the mandates and response
capacities of the United Nations and the international community. The increasing
demand for international action in internal conflicts is a reflection of
a new dimension in international relations. The document consists in two
Part I describes the current situation
Part II proposes guidelines for action.
This document is an output of the Inter-agency Standing Committee.
Calling for a comprehensive approach to disaster
management embracing prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, this
manual provides a comprehensive guide on disaster recovery at all levels
for use in planning, training and operations. Its four main sections examine:
- Concepts and principles underpinning the recovery process
- Insight into the likely impact a disaster may have upon the community
- Structures to manage disaster recovery, together with planning and operational guidelines
- Specific services which may be provided