From Hurricane Katrina to the tsunami in South-East Asia to the 2008 earthquakes in China, the world has seen an increasing number of natural disasters affecting human populations in recent years. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 created unprecedented challenges for the international community and aid agencies typically involved in responding to such emergencies. The quake killed approximately 220,000 people, destroyed the homes of 1.9 million and affected a total of 3 million.
As a result of natural disasters, over 350 million people worldwide are in need of immediate assistance each year.
How can the private sector mobilize resources to enhance the international community's response to humanitarian crises?
Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, TNT, Netherlands; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Transportation
Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General , United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …
The crisis in Haiti has required an unprecedented effort by humanitarian organizations and the private sector to save lives and re-establish critical communication and supply links.
How do first responders just back from Haiti see the current situation today the prospects for the future?
- This is the first mega-humanitarian crisis to strike an urban environment. The capital of one of the world's poorest nations has been completely destroyed and with it the nerve centre of government.