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27 Apr 2011 description

sted in Issue 115 - April 2011 News from PAHO/WHO

In December 2010, 26 experts from the international humanitarian community met in Cuba to discuss the use of field hospitals and foreign medical teams during emergency situations. The meeting was organized by PAHO/WHO and included representatives from international organizations, NGOs, and other interested parties coming from the Americas, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions.

12 Oct 2010 description

Improving the way scientists, NGOs and policy makers work together to address natural disasters will be the focus of a one-day conference at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday, 13th of October.

Over 150 experts from the UK 'disasters community' will explore how research, policy and humanitarian sectors can combine their experience, skills and expertise to reduce the widespread loss of life and economic damage caused by natural disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The event is part of the UK's contribution to the United Nations Day for …

30 Sep 2010 description


Natural and human-induced disasters adversely affect hundreds of millions of people every year. In an effort to minimize the impact on vulnerable populations, USAID/OFDA supports various DRR programs aimed at saving lives; protecting livelihoods, assets, and infrastructure before, during, and after a disaster; and increasing communities' resilience to natural hazards.

08 Jul 2010 description
report Maplecroft

Italy, Japan, China, USA, Spain and France rated "high risk"

New research identifying Haiti and Mozambique as the countries most vulnerable to economic losses from natural disasters also classifies a number of industrialised economies, including Italy, Japan, China, USA, Spain and France, as "high risk" environments for investors, insurers and business.

The Natural Disasters Economic Loss Index (NDELI), released by risk intelligence and ratings company, Maplecroft, evaluates the economic impact of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, …

15 Jun 2010 description
report World Bank

- Reconstruction after a disaster starts right away, but the decisions taken early on will have far-reaching impacts on the lives of those affected

- It is important to ensure that we build back better in a way that involves communities, policy-makers, government and reconstruction agencies

- A recent Bank publication brings together research, knowledge, and tools for a systematic and integral approach to the reconstruction process


WASHINGTON, DC, June 15 2010 - When disaster struck on the afternoon of May 12, 2008 in Wenchuan County …

01 Jun 2010 description

Geneva, Switzerland - Local governments are showing their commitment to protect cities and citizens from natural hazards by signing up to a new global disaster risk reduction campaign.

Davos (Switzerland), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Santa Tecla (El Salvador) and Baofeng (China) are the latest to join the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction's Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready campaign, which is aimed at guiding to process to put in place much-needed disaster reduction plans.

On 30 May 2010, leaders from eight cities - Bonn (Germany), Mexico City (Mexico), …

20 Apr 2010 description



The death toll continues to rise after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai Province in China on Wednesday morning, April 14.

28 Jan 2010 description

UNISDR 2010/01

Geneva - In the past decade, nearly 60 per cent of the people killed by disasters died because of earthquakes, the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) revealed today in a joint press conference with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

"Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard of the past ten years and remain a serious threat for millions of people worldwide as eight out of the ten most populous cities in the world are on earthquake fault-lines," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative …