information management

UNISDR: Google plays important role in disaster relief

Speaking in Japan at the Google-hosted event, "Big Tent: The Role of Technology in Disaster Preparedness and Relief", the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) head of office Margareta Wahlström said Google and other providers of information can make an important contribution to raising awareness about disaster risk reduction in disaster-prone countries. “Experience shows that early warning messages save lives if people receiving the message know how to act - what to do when the emergency strikes.

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Wed, 04/07/2012 - 08:46

IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Regional Committee for the Western Pacific was established in 1977. In 1989 the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific was transformed into the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).

The WESTPAC areas of expertise are, namely: Development and promotion of international oceanographic research programmes; development of educational and training programmes and technical assistance; sharing of ocean data, knowledge and information; and effective planning of a global ocean observing system.

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OCHA Sri Lanka

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) makes possible the coordination between governments and the humanitarian community in case of disasters. Thus, OCHA established its presence in Sri Lank after the 2004 Tsunami.

Its main activities are: Humanitarian planning process, information management, disaster planning and response.

More information: OCHA Sri Lanka

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