Humanitarian aid

World Disasters Report 2020 highlights role of smart financing and space-based information in humanitarian response

Cover of the IFRC World Disasters Report 2020. Image: Indian Red Cross Society.

A new report by the world’s largest humanitarian aid network highlights global disasters, populations most vulnerable to them and the efforts of local institutions in preventing, preparing for and responding to them.


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Thu, 19/11/2020 - 15:05

IFRC says humanitarian need could double without urgent action on climate change

Les Cayes, southern Haiti, 5 October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew has struck the area. Image: Jethro J. Sérémé / American Red Cross / IFRC.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - the world's largest humanitarian organization - released a report estimating the growth of humanitarian need if current human activities continue. Published this month, "The Cost of Doing Nothing" paints a bleak picture of global need for humanitarian assistance doubling to 200 million. The price tag, the report projects, could come to $20 billion annually. 


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Tue, 24/09/2019 - 09:22

UN-SPIDER attends DLR Humanitarian Tech Days

DLR Humanitarian Tech Days. Image: DLR.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, attended the DLR (German Aerospace Center) Humanitarian Technology Days on 6 and 7 February at the DLR Earth Observation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.


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Mon, 11/02/2019 - 12:16

Crisis Connectivity Charter to aid disaster relief enters into full operation

Members of the satellite community signed contribution agreements in Luxembourg on 17 May 2018 with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), to step-up their commitments to support global disaster relief.

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 12:11

Launch of the 2015 World Disasters Report at the United Nations Office at Vienna

The World Disasters Report 2015 will be a key publication for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit 2016 (Source: UNIS).

On October 5 2015 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Austrian Red Cross, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Norwegian Embassy launched the 2015 World Disasters Report in Vienna. 


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Fri, 23/10/2015 - 12:56

How low-cost satellites could benefit emergency response

The satellites ould help identify which roads have collapsed after an earthquake

In September 2013, the private company Skybox Imaging will launch the first of 24 low-cost satellites into space with the potential of enabling first responders to see hourly snapshots of disaster-stricken areas, that could help identify which roads have collapsed after an earthquake or how quickly a forest fire is spreading. Nowadays, existing satellite imaging companies can't capture images frequently enough to monitor rapid changes on Earth because conventional imaging satellites cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Wed, 07/08/2013 - 12:04

GIS for the United Nations, from humanitarian aid to development planning

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

“GIS for the United Nations, from humanitarian aid to development planning” will be held in Geneva at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) April 3 & 4, and completed April 5 by a developers workshop.






03/04/2012 to 05/04/2012


World Meteorological Organization

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UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and ESRI

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Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS)


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Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a research based policy support organisation and an integral part of the European Commission. The JRC is providing the scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies. Our status as a Commission service, which guarantees our independence from private or national interests, is crucial for pursuing our mission. The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies.


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