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24 May 2012 description
report Wilton Park

Conference report, Monday 22 – Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059)

Key points

  • How do urban disasters differ from other humanitarian disasters?

  • How should humanitarians adapt their response to a disaster (natural or man-made) which affects a large urban population?

  • What specialist expertise, tools and knowledge are needed in an urban context?

  • How can the risks and economic and social impact of a disaster be reduced through more effective risk reduction measures in urban areas?

06 Sep 2011 description
report Revue Humanitaire

Dossier

Table ronde Haïti : sortir de la dépendance humanitaire ?

Lyonel Trouillot
Haïti : le Bien et le Mal…

Raoul Peck
« La situation actuelle en Haïti est le résultat d’un immense jeu de quilles qui a maintenant cessé de faire sens »

Jean-Hugues Henrys
« La dépendance à l’aide extérieure ne date pas d’aujourd’hui »

Alice Corbet
« L’impitoyable fatalité » de la « tragédie haïtienne » ou la représentation collective du séisme selon les médias

Hervé Boéchat
La gestion des adoptions internationales

11 Aug 2011 description

*This report contains observations made approximately six months following the earthquake of January 12, 2010.

31 Dec 2010 description

This section summarizes FEWS NET's most forward-looking analysis of projected external emergency food assistance needs, six months from now, in countries where FEWS NET has a staff presence. Overall needs at a national level are compared to typical needs at this time of year during the last five years and categorized as Above-average, Average, and Below-average/No need. A star (*) indicates new information this month. Projected lean season months that are highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

31 Dec 2010 description

Il y a un an, plus de deux millions d'Haïtiens ont vu leurs vies basculer suite à un tremblement de terre de magnitude 7.0 qui a ravagé le pays, fait plus de 200 000 morts et déplacé plus de 1,5 millions de personnes.

31 Dec 2010 description

One year ago, over 2 million Haitians saw their lives changed forever after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked their country, killing over 200,000 and displacing 1.5 million people. The world reacted quickly, sending in aid and recovery teams, pledging money and support for a rebuilding process in a country that was already living with high levels of poverty and inequality.

31 Dec 2010 description

FOOD PRODUCTION WILL HAVE TO INCREASE BY 70 PERCENT TO FEED A POPULATION OF NINE BILLION PEOPLE BY 2050. THAT MEANS A STAGGERING ADDITIONAL ONE BILLION TONNES OF CEREALS AND 200 MILLION TONNES OF MEAT WILL NEED TO BE PRODUCED ANNUALLY BY 2050. IN ORDER TO INTENSIFY PRODUCTION BY THAT MUCH ON OUR FINITE EARTH, IMMENSE EFFORT WILL HAVE TO GO INTO NEW, BETTER AND MORE INTENSIVE WAYS OF PRODUCING OUR FOOD. WE WILL HAVE TO REFLECT ON THE WISE WAY FORWARD AND SUPPORT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

31 Dec 2010 description
report Merlin

Executive summary

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 was the biggest urban disaster in modern history. An estimated 230,000 people were killed and more than 1.5 million left homeless as the capital Port-au-Prince collapsed.

As we mark the one year anniversary, the scale of the devastation witnessed in Haiti must be an urgent wake up call for the world.

Merlin is calling for support to national health workers to ensure fragile countries can respond to the growing threat of disasters.

31 Dec 2010 description

Urgence, post-urgence, reconstruction, développement... Ces terminologies, évoquées quasi systématiquement pour décrire les contextes complexes de l'aide internationale par des acteurs très différents, présents ou non sur le terrain (médias, politiques, agences Onusiennes, ONG,...) sont des raccourcis qui ne correspondent souvent qu'à leur vision très partielle, pour ne pas dire partiale d'un périmètre circonscrit. Les situations de crise chronique évoluent parfois très rapidement.

31 Dec 2010 description
report DARA

Haiti at a glance

The crisis and the response

- The US military's post-earthquake management of entry to Haiti prioritised US flights and expensive search and rescue missions and delayed the response of experienced actors.

- An influx of small, often in-experienced, INGOs reduced the quality of the humanitarian response.

- It has proven uniquely challenging to determine the number of humanitarian actors, the total level of funding and to prepare accurate 3W (who does what, where) information.

- OCHA's ability to undertake basic post-emergency tasks was undermined by …

30 Dec 2010 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

This DRM Country Note updates the April 2009 version. The Note was prepared following consultations with members of the World Bank’s Haiti DRM Country team and the task team leaders overseeing projects in Haiti. The programmatic DRM approach proposed within this document has been presented to the World Bank’s development partners. Following discussion with the Government of Haiti, a workshop was organized in mid September 2010 to further discuss the strategic vision of the National Disaster Risk Management System and the subsequent program to support the realization of this vision.

30 Dec 2010 description
report Korean Red Cross

“Impartially alleviating the suffering of people is the humanity of the Red Cross.”

2010 was a ground-breaking year for the Korean Red Cross as it greatly increased its capacity for humanitarian action. We have undertaken various activities to integrate vulnerable multicultural families and North Korean settlers into Korean society. The Korean Red Cross has also provided aid to the underprivileged and endeavored to recruit more volunteers. All this was made possible through developing diverse sources of funding.

30 Dec 2010 description
report AlterPresse

Enquête - Dans le cadre du partenariat médiatique « Ayiti Kale Je »*, dont AlterPresse fait partie

P-au-P., 30 déc.

30 Dec 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

VIDEO: Watch highlights of UNICEF's work in 2010. Produced by Chris Niles and edited by John Mims.

NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - For UNICEF and the world's children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it's worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.

The year began, tragically and ominously, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January.

30 Dec 2010 description

Human Rights Council

Sixteenth session

Agenda item 2

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Summary

The present report provides an update of the activities undertaken by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) since its reports in 2010 to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/13/26) and to the General Assembly (A/65/36). It focuses on implementation of the six thematic priorities established by the Office for 2010/11.

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29 Dec 2010 description

Solving a complex crisis requires time, creativity

Natural disasters often happens in an instant and are measured in universal terms, but recovery is much more complicated to gauge or quantify. Real recovery can take years.

One year after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in Haiti destroyed nearly 190,000 homes and left more than 1.5 million survivors homeless or displaced, visible progress has been painfully slow.

But recovery is not a destination; it is a path.

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

29 Dec 2010 description

Gennike Mayers

Tony St Germain leads a team of 12 Red Cross hygiene promoters. These volunteers travel through Port-au-Prince's many camps, providing residents with information on the practicalities and importance of proper hygiene.

"My job is to ensure that they do their job well.

29 Dec 2010 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) notes that the overall decrease in recent weeks of the cholera case fatality rate (CFR) may be a result of the impact of the humanitarian response to the outbreak, but may also be due in part to underreporting of cases in rural areas. The CFR is currently 2.1 percent countrywide and has declined by 0.2 percent since November 27. OCHA highlights that the CFR remains particularly high in Grand Anse Department. USAID's Office of U.S.