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This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces, December 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations related to community engagement have been prioritised.
About this issue
The National Humanitarian Network (NHN) of Pakistan presents the first issue of this humanitarian journal to capture perspectives in disaster preparedness and response. Focusing on the theme of governance in preparedness, the bi-annual ‘Humanitarian Resilience Journal’ covers many issues in Pakistan, including:
Institutional and legal readiness to deal with disasters:
The need for a strategic vision and the role of donors in Pakistan's preparedness
Risk assessments and safer land-use planning
Iraq’s civilian activists face severe violent repression, new report
Since July 2018, the outbreak of large-scale popular protests in Basra and other Iraqi cities has led to a wave of violent repression of civilian activists, say Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights in a new report.
By Erol Yayboke
by Jack Durrell
Climate change threatens the viability of agriculture, ecosystems, and rural livelihoods in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In a region where agriculture is a critical source of employment and income, environmental degradation, and declining and more variable productivity, could potentially cause significant displacements, posing challenges in a region already beset by instability.
Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017
The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.
The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.
Welcome to the INFORM 2019 report.
This report outlines humanitarian needs over the past three years; provides an overview of the resources made available to address these needs; describes the current size and structure of the humanitarian system; and presents an assessment of the system’s performance in addressing humanitarian needs.
AIDMI's publication of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction: Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives in India" focuses on the theme of CSR led projects in India that have had a tremendous impact on the lives of marginalized communities and victims of humanitarian crises. The emergence of CSR as a major player in India's humanitarian landscape is welcome because it has secured much needed financial resources for activities of social development which were earlier undertaken by cash strapped civil society organizations.
The essence of disaster risk reduction lies in managing the underlying factors of disaster risk such as poverty, myopic planning, lack of building codes, environmental degradation, etc. If these risks are effectively managed then the death and destruction resulting from extreme events can be substantially reduced. Over the past two decades, India has taken considerable strides to minimize the deaths associated with disasters.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled "Interplay of Disaster Risk, Climate Change and Uncertainty" and highlights how the uncertainty related with disaster risk and climate change marginalizes at-risk communities by posing a serious threat to their overall development outcomes. Not only does this uncertainty manifest itself in different ways, it is also perceived by different people differently. For instance, there is a big gap in the way scientists and climate experts and at-risk communities perceive this uncertainty.
The Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction took place from 9-13 October in Tunis, Tunisia under the theme “Towards Disaster Risk Informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development.” The meeting consisted of the 7th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and the 6th High-level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and the 4th Arab Conference on DRR. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) and the African Union Commission (AUC) organized the meeting which was hosted by the government of Tunisia.
India supports disaster management capacity building efforts in the Asia Pacific region. The country’s role throughout the region as an increasingly capable actor in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance has reinforced India’s role promoting connective partnerships throughout the region.
Children Often Suffer the Most from Disasters
Berlin, November 19, 2018 – Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones. That’s one of the key findings of the WorldRiskReport 2018 with a focus on “Child Protection and Children’s Rights.” The report was released today, one day before Universal Children’s Day, by Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr University Bochum.
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that: