Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
In every humanitarian crisis, concerned outsiders respond to tragedy with actions that take children away from their families and communities - often with unintended but damaging consequences. Again and again, girls and boys are 'rescued' out of affected areas into orphanages or adopted into new families elsewhere in the belief that they will be better cared for away from their devastated homes.
Using lessons learnt in emergencies, from the genocide in Rwanda to the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti, our report, Misguided Kindness, demonstrates what action is needed to …
Sixty-fifth General Assembly
66th & 67th Meetings (AM & PM)
Assembly Adopts Resolutions on Haiti, Humanitarian Personnel Safety, Assistance to Palestinian People, Minimizing Effects of Chernobyl Disaster
The surge in demand for humanitarian assistance in often high-risk environments - geared to support the growing numbers affected by the increase in frequency, scale and scope of emergencies - required effective, sustained and well-financed intervention by the international community, said delegates today during the General Assembly's annual …
In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.
Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Office of the Spokesman
School feeding programs are targeted social safety nets that provide both educational and health benefits to the most vulnerable children, thereby increasing enrollment rates, reducing absenteeism, and improving food security at the household level.
The Global Update provides food security information on trends in food access and utilization. Key food access indicators reported are food consumption, coping strategies and terms of trade. These indicators are proximate to food security status and so enable early identification of potential increases in food insecurity.
This update provides information on 34 countries for the period January to June 2010.
Three categories are used to classify the food security trend: Improved, No Change and Deteriorated.
SC/10006Conseil de sécurité
6370e séance - matin
Il faut adapter les ressources, l'équipement et la formation pour mieux répondre aux réalités sur le terrain, estiment des délégations
Dans le souci de veiller à ce que les mandats des opérations de maintien de la paix (OMP) soient clairs, crédibles et réalisables et à ce que ces opérations soient dotées des ressources voulues, le Conseil de sécurité a entendu ce matin les interventions des commandants des Forces de la MINUSTAH, de la MONUSCO, de la MINUL, de la MINUS et de l'Organisme des Nations Unies chargé de la …
6370th Meeting (AM)
Peacekeeping Head, Introducing Discussion, Says Peacekeeping Surge Has Reached Plateau, Priority Now on Consolidation of Existing Missions, Accelerating Reform
The expansive "surge" of United Nations peacekeeping of past years had reached a plateau and the priority now was consolidation of existing missions and accelerating reforms, the Under-Secretary-General of Peacekeeping Operations said today, as he introduced briefings by five Force Commanders to the Security Council.
National Security, Interagency Collaboration, and Lessons from SOUTHCOM and AFRICOM
Before the Subcommittee on National Security
and Foreign Affairs
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives
DAKAR, 27 July 2010 (IRIN) - As the humanitarian "system" becomes more complex, with new actors and overlapping mandates, different definitions of humanitarian aid, and ever-more ambitious goals, humanitarian aid watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report. [http://www.devinit.org/;
With the scale and complexity of United Nations peacekeeping operations increasing dramatically over the past decade, new and innovative approaches to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration - driven more by practitioners in the field and their local partners than by diplomats in New York - were beginning to make a difference on the ground, a senior peacekeeping official said today.
"Headquarters is catching up to the realities on the ground," said Ayaka Suzuki, Chief of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section in the Department of …
With more than 13,000 police officers serving in peacekeeping operations - from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region to earthquake-ravaged Haiti - the world body aimed to boost the number of women officers to 20 per cent by 2014 while strengthening training programmes to better prepare recruits to handle complex post-conflict and post-disaster situations, United Nations Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler said at Headquarters today.
"The continuing growth and complexity of our police components underlines the central role of promoting the rule of law in post-conflict …
During disasters, affected populations often face challenges that material assistance alone cannot adaquately address. For example, conflicts or natural disasters often separate families, disrupting normal care-giving for children, the elderly, and disabled persons. Displacement, loss of family members, or disruption of livelihoods may increase vulnerability to violence, exploitation, and abuse for men, women, and children. Conflict exposes some people to harmful threats from attacks or landmines.
ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
In 2003 the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service was created within DPKO to promote rule of law work, addressing both judicial and penal systems, in UN peace missions.
This Update introduces the work of this Service and of Justice Components working in peace missions around the world.
United States Government Accountability Office
Report to Congressional Committees
GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
Highlights of GAO-10-352, a report to congressional committees
What GAO Found
The U.S. government supports a wide variety of programs and activities for global food security, but lacks readily available comprehensive data on funding. In response to GAO's data collection instrument to 10 agencies, 7 agencies reported funding for global food security in fiscal year 2008 (see figure below) based on the working definition GAO developed for this purpose with agency input.
Special Committee on
214th & 215th Meetings (AM & PM)
Delegates Express Views on Early Peacebuilding, Civilian Protection, 'Robust peacekeeping' as General Debate Concludes
United Nations peacekeepers were performing commendably despite the complexity of mandates and the lack of key capabilities, the representative of Bangladesh told the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations today as it concluded its general debate.