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Satellite operators sign Crisis Connectivity Charter at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation

Stephen O’Brien says that satellite communications are the only technology immune to natural disasters (Image: UN Geneva).

On 14 October at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva, the satellite operators Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat signed the Crisis Connectivity Charter in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).

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Fri, 16/10/2015 - 12:11

NOAA satellites: 240 people rescued in 2014

The NOAA-M satellite

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that its constellation of weather satellites helped save 240 people during 2014 from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its territorial waters. The statement indicates the importance of satellite-based services as a way to further humanitarian assistance operations when a natural disaster occurs.

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Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:52

Iran: UN encourages sharing of disaster information

UN humanitarian chief Valeria Amos stated that the UN favors information sharing

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, in an interview with the Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA underscored the importance of sharing critical information on disasters. She stated that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters, as IRNA reported.

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Thu, 21/08/2014 - 12:13

European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)

ECHO logo. Image: ECHO.

The Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO) was established in 1992 and works in the area of emergency assistance and relief to the victims of natural disasters or armed conflict outside the European Union. ECHO concentrates its efforts on the funding of humanitarian aid.

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