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International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development - Report of the Secretary-General (A/65/356)

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Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/251, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session. It provides an overview of the occurrence of disasters associated with natural hazards and highlights emerging trends, their implications for humanitarian action and key challenges. In respect of key challenges, the report highlights the response to the earthquake in Haiti, the transition from relief to development and the use of information in humanitarian emergencies. It also looks at progress made in enhancing capacities for disaster preparedness, humanitarian financing, displacement and protection in situations of natural disaster, and gender mainstreaming. It concludes with a number of recommendations.