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31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

17 Mar 2015 description

Foreword

Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

25 Jun 2014 description

ECOSOC/6629

Economic and Social Council
2014 Substantive Session
27th Meeting (AM)

Global humanitarian aid actors should adopt policies of solidarity with strife-torn and disaster-stricken communities rather than charity, and ensure aid workers had the requisite skills to deliver their specific mandates, experts on the matter told the Economic and Social Council this afternoon.

30 Mar 2014 description

This year the DEC has launched an extremely important appeal for Syria, and continued its work in three major responses: East Africa, Pakistan and Haiti, each of which was amongst our very largest appeals.

In East Africa, where a lethal combination of drought, conflict and environmental failure caused the first famine of the 21st century, DEC funded work has reached over 2.3m people. The huge humanitarian effort in the region has been broadly successful but the crisis has highlighted serious issues with the world’s ability to respond to very clear early warnings of disaster.

13 Mar 2014 description

The Humanitarian Compendium provides a comprehensive overview of IOM humanitarian projects for 2014 in coordination with other humanitarian partners and agencies.

30 May 2012 description

OVERVIEW: EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS

Earthquakes, as well as the tsunamis, fires, and landslides that can occur in their wake, can devastate communities in a matter of seconds—destroying homes and infrastructure; disrupting water, food, and electricity supplies; and damaging local economies. According to data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes worldwide have resulted in the death of nearly 500,000 people in the past decade.

16 Jan 2012 description
report Swiss Re

17 January 2012, Zurich

Much of the world is still vastly underinsured against earthquake risk, study finds - Underinsurance often due to low risk awareness in earthquake-prone areas - Earthquake models should consider secondary-loss factors more comprehensively

16 Nov 2011 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

I. Overview: Recovery Framework

11 Jan 2011 description

Released: 1/11/2011 12:44:35 PM

Contact Information:

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S.
Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192

Heidi Koontz
Phone: 303-202-4763

Clarice Nassif Ransom

08 Sep 2010 description

8 September 2010

To mark World First Aid Day (11 September), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is issuing an updated advocacy report: First aid for a safer future, global edition.

12 Jul 2010 description

With 58 cities already committed to "Making Cities Resilient", and 70 more preparing to participate, the campaign had made great progress, Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

"A resilient city," said Ms. Wahlström, "is a city that is able to withstand and recover from the effects of disaster." The new initiative, coordinated by the inter-agency Secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster …