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)
Conseil des droits de l'homme
APRES MIDI 23 mars 2012
Il adopte des textes sur l'assistance à la République démocratique du Congo, à la Somalie, au Yémen, à la Libye, à la Guinée et à Haïti.
Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a achevé ce soir les travaux de sa dix-neuvième session après avoir adopté, lors de sa dernière séance, quinze résolutions et une déclaration de la Présidente. Quatre résolutions ont dû être mises aux voix.
Appoints Six Special Procedures, Establishes Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund, and Concludes Nineteenth Session
23 March 2012
The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its nineteenth session after adopting 16 texts concerning, among others, technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Haiti, Yemen, Guinea and Libya, and establishing a Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund. The Council also appointed six Special Procedures.
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.
Dans un contexte humanitaire marqué notamment par le tremblement de terre en Haïti et les inondations au Pakistan, comme l'on rappelé toutes les délégations, l'Assemblée générale a adopté aujourd'hui six résolutions sur la coordination de l'aide humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies, y compris l'assistance économique spéciale.
Five years ago, on 15 December 2005, the General Assembly established the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a humanitarian fund with a grant component of up to US$450 million and a loan component of $50 million.
CERF provides funds rapidly so that UN humanitarian Agencies can jump-start critical operations and lifesaving programmes not yet funded through other sources.
CERF is funded by voluntary contributions by Member States and Observers, corporations, individuals and private organizations. Since March 2006, CERF has received pledges and contributions of nearly $2 …
Office of the Spokesman
By Nita Bhalla
NEW DELHI (AlertNet) - The aid community's emergency appeal system is "completely dysfunctional" -- most appeals are never met and millions of people are left with no relief in a disaster or conflict, economist Jeffrey Sachs said.
From Haiti's earthquake to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the floods in Pakistan, the full amount of money requested by the United Nations to help people after a crisis is rarely obtained.
UNEP Launches a New Online Resource Centre to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Relief work
Geneva, 19 August 2010 - Humanitarian action and relief efforts save lives and provide essential aid in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflicts and other crisis.
But despite this critical role, humanitarian actions can result in damage to the environment, which is not often prioritised as a life saving issue.
A new online resource centre developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will help boost efforts to reduce the environmental impact of humanitarian relief and …
19 août 2010 - L'action humanitaire et les secours sauvent des vies et fournissent une aide essentielle en cas de catastrophes naturelles, de conflits ou de toute crise majeure.
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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): plan to withdraw peacekeeping troops
Rome, 5 April 2010 - A UN report proposed a plan for a three-year phased withdrawal the peacekeeping force, MONUC. While the Congolese government has urged the 22,000-strong UN-peacekeeping force to leave in 2011 before the next national elections.
The UN technical assessment mission concluded that an ongoing presence of the MONUC force was essential in the Kivu and Orientale provinces in the east of the country.
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: SECURITY AND BASIC NECESSITIES IN SHORT SUPPLY
Rome, 23 March 2010 - For many thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the two Kivu states in eastern Congo, life back at home is tough.
With the ongoing military operations, access to basic necessities has deteriorated over the last 12 months. Access to healthcare, schools, clean water, food etc is inexistent for the majority.
However, remaining in the IDP camps was not an option.
Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.