Aid worker diary: when military and humanitarian partners come together to save lives
13 Apr 2015
Dale Potter is a Civil-Military Coordination (CMCoord) officer for the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team that deployed to Vanuatu five days after Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on 13 March 2015.
As soon as my boots hit the ground, it struck me:...
Myanmar: bracing for the dry season in the camps in Kachin
9 Apr 2015
Helping displaced people have access to enough clean water throughout the year
As temperatures soar towards the end of March and with little to no rain until the month of May, the dry season poses a serious challenge to the thousands of displaced people in Myanmar. Every year, inadequate...
Kizuna (bonding) in Fukushima
20 Mar 2015
Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan,...
Major new international framework for disaster risk reduction adopted
19 Mar 2015
Representatives from 187 UN Member States adopted the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda—a far-reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) that has seven targets and four priorities for action.
The agreement was reached at the Third World Conference...
Violent clashes break out during northern Myanmar’s dry season
6 Mar 2015
The dry season is an important time for humanitarian organizations in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States. When the rains arrive in May, the unpaved roads make it difficult to reach many of the remote camps and communities that are home to 98,000 people still displaced by the...