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)
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Sixty-fifth General Assembly
The "great goals" of the world are within reach, but will only be achieved when the international community pulls together through the United Nations to secure a better future for everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told dozens of world leaders gathered today at the annual opening of the General Assembly's high-level meeting in New York.
Stressing the need for a principled and pragmatic stand "against forces that would divide us," Mr.
Sixty-fourth General Assembly
DAKAR, 20 July 2010 (IRIN) - IRIN consulted the heads of some of the largest NGO networks on what they thought should be the top priorities of the incoming UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, who is expected to take up her role within two or three months.
Those consulted include:
The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), an advocacy alliance of 75 humanitarian and human rights NGOs.
Interaction, the biggest alliance of US-based international NGOs focused on humanitarian and development …
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors and reports staple food prices in cities and towns in food insecure countries. The Price Watch presents a summary of key trends in selected markets. Prices for all commodities and markets monitored are available in the Price Watch Annex.
Summary: 10 May 2010, Brussels - Council of the European Union PRESS RELEASE: 3011th Council meeting, Foreign Affairs
President: Ms Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Main results of the Council
The Council discussed the prosecution of suspected pirates captured by ships taking part in Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta off the coasts of Somalia, ahead of High Representative Ashton's upcoming visit to Africa, notably Kenya.
The Council approved the EU report on human rights 2009.
There is no doubt that thousands of Haitians are suffering from an enormous disaster that warrants a strong international humanitarian response. Refugees International supports the relief efforts underway, as it's clear that immediate humanitarian assistance is critical. In the coming weeks and months we hope the crisis will stabilize, allowing for longer-term thinking about reconstruction and development. As Haiti moves away from this tragic event toward a brighter future, countries and aid groups must remain engaged and committed.