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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria saves 27 million lives

The Global Fund is a non-profit partnership organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics.

Greek refugee reception centres pose serious risk to children due to overcrowding

Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made the conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

Humanitarian organisations and tech firms partner to create technology to predict famines

The UN, World Bank, and other humanitarian organisations have partnered up with global technology firms in an effort to prevent future famines by using technology.

Research shows flying insects spreading microplastics

A new study, published in the Journal Biology Letters, shows that plastic now contaminates our skies as well as our oceans.

Millions at risk of famine in Yemen, Save the Children reports

Any disruption to food and fuel supplies that comes through Hodeidah port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, warns Save the Children.

World hunger is back on the rise after decade long decline, UN says

Over the last 10 years, progress has been made to reduce global hunger, end malnutrition, and build sustainable food systems for impoverished countries. But as climate change and conflict plague communities around the world, global hunger is once again on the rise.

UN chief warns against continued reliance on fossil fuels

United Nations secretary general António Guterres warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” if our dependence on fossil fuels is not reduced, or entirely eliminated, by 2020. Guterres called attention to this urgent crisis and the lack of global leadership regarding climate action in a speech on Monday.

600 meter long barrier launched off San Francisco coast to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This weekend, a 600 meter-long floating barrier was launched off the coast of San Francisco, California, marking the start of a project aimed to remove up to five tonnes of debris from the Pacific Ocean each month

Thousands demonstrate to show support for climate change initiatives

This weekend, demonstrations took place in over 90 countries around the world to call attention to the urgent need to combat climate change.

Lego commits to more sustainable packaging and products by 2025 and 2030

Lego, the 85-year-old Danish toy company, has announced their commitment to create and use more sustainable packing and products in the coming years.

Proportion of migrants dying in Mediterranean increases, says UN

Despite the decline in migration to Europe since its peak in 2015-16, the proportion of those losing their lives on the journey across the Mediterranean continues to rise, according to the UN refugee agency in its latest report.

Four million refugee children are out of school, report UNHCR

The United Nations has warned that over half of the world’s school aged refugees are excluded from education as services in host communities struggle to cope. In a recent report by UNHCR titled ‘Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis’ has raised awareness of the concerning level of refugee education.

CO2 levels could damage crop nutrition forcing millions into nutrient deficiencies

A new study has revealed that rising carbon emissions could make food crops less nutritious, damaging the health of millions of people, with the world’s poorest likely to be the worst hit.

900 million children go to schools without basic sanitation facilities

A new report from the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) titled ‘Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools’ has revealed a worrying lack of clean water and sanitation in schools around the world, risking the lives of millions of children.

Global Innovator of the Year Award – Finalists Announced

AIDF are pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the AIDF Global Innovator of the Year Award 2018.

Global losses from disasters total $36 billion in the first half of 2018

The Swiss Re Institute’s preliminary sigma has estimated that global economic losses from natural and man-made disasters were USD$36 billion in the first half of 2018. Of the total losses, USD$20 billion were covered by insurance.

Prolonged drought in Central America puts thousands at risk of food insecurity

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has warned that a severe drought is affecting Central America’s Dry Corridor threatening the food security of millions of Central American people.

“We need unity and courage” to tackle global development challenges highlights António Guterres

António Guterres, UN Secretary General, released the Annual Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation for 2018 this week which measures the progress the organisation has made over the previous year in maintaining peace, protecting human rights and promoting sustainable development.

Natural disasters cost the global economy $520 billion each year

The World Bank estimates that disasters cost the global economy $520 billion each year, forcing 26 million people into poverty. Reducing the impacts of natural disasters is an issue that cuts across all of the Sustainable Goals (SDGs), and has a notable influence on SDG1, no poverty.

A state of emergency is declared in Ecuador as 30,000 Venezuelans enter the country in one week

Every day 5000 Venezuelans are fleeing into their neighbouring countries. They are fleeing violence, insecurity, poverty and a lack of food and medicine. The mass migration of Venezuelans has placed a large amount of strain on neighbouring countries.

New malaria net could save millions of lives

A new malaria bed net, specifically designed to kill insecticide-resistant mosquitoes, has been praised by scientists as a breakthrough in malaria prevention.

SDG 6: how many countries will meet the target?

WaterAid has warned that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of universal and equitable access to clean water and sanitation is unlikely to be met by many countries if current trends continue.

Climate disasters have the greatest health impact children

A new report published in PLoS One Medicine has revealed that infants and children are far more vulnerable to the health effects of climate related disasters than adults.

Elections in Mali elevate the kidnap threat to foreign nationals

On 29 July Malians went to the polls to cast their vote in the country’s presidential election.

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FAO is urgently appealing for support, it has only received 30% of 2018 funding requirements so far

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has released its mid-year funding update report, revealing the world’s most underfunded crises which require urgent support.

As increasing numbers flee Nicaragua, UNHCR urges for international support

The UNHCR has called for international support for Costa Rica and other Central American countries offering refuge to those fleeing political tension, violence and human rights violations in Nicaragua.

New disaster notification app launched in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands has launched a new Disaster Emergency Notification App, developed exclusively for the island.

Over 180,000 people need humanitarian aid urgently in southwestern Syria, says UN

According to Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are particular concerns for 55,000 civilians who have been restricted by the extremist group Jaysh Khaled Bin Walid (JKBW).

‘We are trapped’, say Syrian Civil Defence in Syria

A senior member of the White Helmets in Syria called on the United Nations to increase government forces to save the lives of colleagues trapped in the south west of the country.

MenStar coalition to increase access to HIV treatment for men

A new $1.2 billion coalition between HIV/AIDS donors, NGOs and pharmaceutical companies has been created to expand the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infections in men, who are less likely to access the services.

Funding cuts threaten major aid supplies for Palestine

Despite significant fundraising activities, UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for providing life-saving support to Palestine refugees, is facing its largest reduction in funding, which is threatening the existence of many of its key assistance programmes.

New HIV infection rate increased in 50 countries last year, states UNAIDS

Due to the continuing rise in HIV infections, UNAIDS has called for countries to strengthen preventive measures and continue to improve access to treatment.

New drug for malaria could save over 8 million lives

A new drug for the treatment of malaria has been approved by the US authorities.

Menstrual health cuts across health, sanitation, education and human rights issues, urge experts

Last week at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum menstrual health received a spot light, despite not being included in the SDGs. The event highlighted how menstrual health cuts across health, sanitation, education and human rights issues.

Refugee health services are still on track despite record-breaking displacement

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)’s latest Annual Public Health Overview, health services have coped with the large numbers of people around the world fleeing conflicts and natural disasters. However, infectious diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

Low and middle income countries are leaving disabled adolescents behind

There are between 93 million and 150 million children and adolescents around the world with a disability, and of these 80% live in low and middle income countries where 80% of disabled people live below the poverty line.

UN agreement brings hope to climate migrants

Whether it is floods, droughts or hurricanes, communities facing climate change risks have gained vital protection after their plight has been recognised for the first time thanks to a global migration agreement.

55,000 children are unable to receive assistance due to Syria’s offensive

The worst displacement in the seven-year war caused by President Bashar al-Assad’s offensive has resulted in an estimated 55,000 children being cut off from aid and risk hunger in Syria.

Fuego eruption: 85% have lost their livlihood

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has revealed that 85% of people affected by Volcán de Fuego’s eruption in Guatemala last month lost their source of income or their business. The survey also found that 43% of those affected were left without land for agricultural activities.

Disaster resilience could be transformed by a Global Disaster Database

A new Global Disaster Database is hoping to use data from satellite imagery, geographic information systems and risk maps with existing information of disaster loss and damage to reduce the impacts of disasters.

International organisations increase support to Central America amid migrant crisis

International organisations are increasing their support to the migration crisis in Central America and will support the ongoing efforts of local civil society groups.

UNAIDS warns that we will not meet the 2020 HIV targets if current trends continue

UNAIDS’ new report ‘Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices’ has warned that countries are lagging behind the 2020 target for HIV reduction.

Brazil’s infant mortality is increasing for the first time since 1990

The number of infant deaths has risen in Brazil for the first time since 1990 a recent report has found. The increase is alarming for Brazil as it is often considered a model of poverty alleviation.

Less than 15% of asylum-seeking children on the Greek Islands received an education in 2017

A report by Human Rights Watch reveals that asylum-seeking children in Greece are often denied education due to a European Union-backed migration policy which leaves those children on the Aegean islands.

Over 30% of people still do not have adequate sanitation

The UN high-level political forum (HLPF) is held annually to focus on different and effective goals. This year, the forum aims to accelerate progress towards clean water and decent toilets for each person by 2030: Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Productivity of fisheries will be reduced by 12% 2050 because of climate change

The warming of the world’s oceans, which is expected to worsen, has led to the spread of aquatic diseases and an invasion of fetid seaweed. It halts fishing boats from navigating to the sea, affecting millions of people’s livelihoods.

More support for Haiti and Panama is needed, UN relief chief said

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, concluded his first official mission to the Caribbean country and Panama.

Failure to educate girls could cost the world $30 trillion per year, the World Bank said

Nearly 132 million girls aged 6 to 17 are not educated. The failure to allow girls to attend school could cost the world up to $30 trillion a year in lost earnings and productivity, the World Bank said.

Ineffective health care may take place across all countries, WHO warns

A new report conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners revealed the global dangers of poor quality health care.

Disaster displacement can be reduced by better risk management

Last year, 18.8 million people were displaced by extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and earthquakes in 135 countries around the world.

Climate change will cost developing countries billions in interest

A new study from the Imperial College Business School has revealed that poor countries could have to pay $168 billion more in interest over the next ten years as natural disasters and extreme weather events increase.

What were the most neglected displacement crises of 2017?

Each year the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) releases a list of the ten most neglected displacement crises. The report focuses on crises which have received a lack of attention from the international community and seeks to raise awareness of them to drive action.

How could crowdsourced apps improve disaster response?

A crowdsourced mobile app was used for the time during an emergency response drill in Fiji this week. The geoBingAn app allows individuals to share information on disasters such as floods, landslides and tsunamis as well as their personal needs during emergencies via smartphone or text.

Thousands of deaths in childbirth could be prevented thanks to a new drug

A study partly led by the World Health Organisation has found that a new drug could save the lives of thousands of mothers in low and middle income countries.

‘Lessons learnt on Early Warning Systems during the 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Season’

The World Meteorological Organisation, the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and a gender expert have released a review into the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season as part of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative.

UNHCR calls for more trees to be planted in countries and an refugee communities

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called for more trees to be planted in countries and areas that are home to large numbers of refugees.

WMO to step up action on water

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has amended its water strategy in light of unprecedented water threats posed by water stress, drought, flooding and lack of access to clean water.

50% of the World’s refugees live in just three countries

The Norwegian Refugee Council has revealed that just three countries are home to over half of all off the world’s refugees: Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda.

Latest OCHA report finds 2017 was a record breaking year for humanitarian crises

The United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its Annual Report yesterday, 11 June 2018. The yearly report notes the actions and activities of OCHA and other UN and civil society partners in humanitarian crises.

WHO confirms Paraguay has eliminated Malaria

The World Health Organisation have today certified that Paraguay has eliminated Malaria, the first country in the Americas to achieve this health landmark since Cuba in 1973.

Historic investment into female education announced at G7

At the G7 Summit last week Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the World Bank announced a historical investment into education for women and girls in crisis situations.

WHO and WMO to work together to protect against climate, weather and atmospheric threats

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed a legal agreement to protect communities using ‘relevant and authoritative’ data on the weather, climate and atmosphere.

Use nature-based solutions to overcome water insecurity, urges UN

The UN’s annual World Water Development Report 2018 has highlighted the need to use nature to combat the challenges of a growing population and climate change.

Hurricane Maria death toll estimate increases to 4,600

A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine has challenged the official government death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Climate change could displace millions, warns World Bank

The World Bank has warned that climate change could push tens of millions of people in the developing world to migrate both inside and outside their own countries.

World Bank and WHO set up Global Preparedness Monitoring Board for global health

The World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have launched a new mechanism to improve global health security through independent reporting and monitoring of preparedness to overcome disease outbreaks, pandemics and health emergencies.

EU to boost aid spending for education in emergencies

The European Union has set new targets to spend 10% of its humanitarian aid to education in emergencies in 2019.

By the end of 2017 there were 300,000 registered Central American Refugees

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has noted an alarming increase in the number of people experiencing forced displacement in Northern Central America. Most of these are fleeing conflict and violence.

30 million people were internally displaced in 2017

The International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have reported that over 30 million people were internally displaced in 2017. This is the equivalent to 80,000 each day.

2.5 billion to live in cities by 2050

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) have released their latest report on urban and rural estimations titled ‘2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects’.

US hurricane season to worsen in 2018

New research into predicting the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season suggests this year’s hurricanes may be even worse than they were in 2017.

Integrating health and WaSH policies could save the lives of almost 700,000 children each year

New research by WaterAid and PATH has found that combining clean water, decent household toilets and good hygiene with childhood vaccinations and nutrition support could prevent 697,000 child deaths each year and millions more cases of pneumonia and diarrhoea.

IFRC has launched new humanitarian fund to mitigate and prevent natural disaster damage

Yesterday, 8th May 2018, marked world Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. To mark the occasion the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a new humanitarian fund that aims to mitigate and prevent the damage caused by natural disasters.

“Tragedies will continue to be repeated if we do not squarely address water and disaster issues”

The final outcome of ‘Making Every Drop Count’, a document put together by the High Level Panel on Water has called for urgent action to address water-related disasters around the globe. 2018 marks the beginning of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development.

90% of the world breath polluted air

The latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals the significant damage air pollution is having across the world, particularly in low income countries.

Drones are joining the fight against insect borne diseases

Drones are one step closer to combating insect borne diseases after a successful test, the UN has announced.

Natural disasters caused $314 billion in 2017, the second most costly year on record

New research by EM-DAT's Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) reveals that a total of 318 natural disasters occurred in 2017, affecting 96 million people across 122 countries.

‘Green’ coastal protection solutions could prevent damages worth $50 billion in the Gulf of Mexico

New research in the PLOS One peer reviewed journal reveals that nature-based solutions are more cost effective than artificial solutions in preventing flood in the Gulf of Mexico. The research found that the restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are some of the most effective solutions.

Strong 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria resulted in tens of billions of dollars in damage in 2017. Now, Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) predicts 2018 will result in another year of “above normal” storms out of the Atlantic. NOAA classifies storms using the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index. ACE index above 111 is “above normal,” and those with an ACE above 152 are considered “extremely active.”

Clean Water Means Opportunity for Women

Women spend over 6 hours every day collecting water. Walking hours for water prevents women from pursuing work, school and caring for the family as this is often their household responsibility. In many societies, women are seen as collectors, managers, and guardians of water. Some sources estimate that women spend up to 60% of their day collecting water, which locks them in the cycle of poverty.

Extreme weather and climate events caused more damage than ever before in 2017

The United Nations weather agency have reported that hurricanes, monsoons, floods and droughts made 2017 the most damaging year ever. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) commented:“The start of 2018 has continued where 2017 left off – with extreme weather claiming lives and destroying livelihoods”

6 months on, how is the Caribbean recovering from hurricanes and Irma and Maria?

Between August and October 2017 the Caribbean suffered two of its worst hurricanes in history causing tremendous damage: Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Irma struck first causing the most damage across Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands. Irma resulted in the death of 146 people and caused US$64.8 billion worth of damage.

Developing Countries are in need of Recovery not just Resilience

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 cost $235 billion, according to World Bank. Six years later, Japanese residents are still recovering from the natural disaster. Japan’s Reconstruction agency stated that out of the 150,000 evacuees who lost their homes, 50,000 of them were still living in temporary housing. The reason behind the delay is the lack of construction workers and rising cost of building materials.

Typhoon Damrey Takes Over Southern Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey, which hit on November 4th, has affected at least one million children over the central region of Vietnam, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Over 80,000 homes and 250,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed. Vietnam’s coastline is frequently victim to tropical thunderstorms however Damrey is being classed as Vietnam’s strongest typhoon to make landfall in 16 years.

[Infographic] Disaster Preparedness

From 2005 to 2017, there were 350 weather-related disasters. In the 20 years from 1997 to 2017, flooding made up nearly 50% of natural disasters and resulted in 157,000 deaths around the world. While the unpredictability of natural disasters is often what makes them so devastating, there are preparedness strategies that can keep homes and inhabitants safer.

Development Before Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A - In the first week of September, 50 million people around the world were affected by disasters. This sobering fact opened the Aid and International Development Forum’s Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Kicked off as Houston grappled with Hurricane Harvey, and as Miami and Puerto Rico prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the AIDF conference exuded relevance—several panelists were absent, having been called to the front lines of the disaster response.

Planet of the Apps at the Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit 2017

As part of the Global Disaster Relief & Development 2017 Summit that took place in Washington, D.C., Planet of the Apps presented some of the latest mobile applications supporting humanitarian programmes and disaster relief operations across the world.

Hurricane Season and the Dawn of the Technological Response

The Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico have recently faced trial after trial with the arrival of three hurricanes into this region. As Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and Louisiana, the states faced approximately 27 trillion gallons of water from ocean storm surges and heavy rainfall. Harvey claimed the lives of 47 people in the Gulf states, and left approximately $190 billion USD in damages in its wake.

Disaster Preparedness Steps for Small Businesses

A disaster of any size can turn a small business upside-down. A single tropical storm is capable of devastating an entire city with long-term implications and millions of dollars in damage.

Interview with Christopher Smith, Director at FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The mission of the FEMA is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Individual Assistance (IA) Division's mission is to ensure that disaster survivors have timely access to a full range of programs and services to maximize their recovery, through coordination among local, state, federal, Tribal governments, voluntary agencies and the private sector.

Interview with Gemma Bulos, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Global Women’s Water Initiative

Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI) trains the stakeholder who is disproportionately affected by the lack of water and sanitation: women. GWWI trains women to become local WASH experts – technicians, trainers and social entrepreneurs – who are capable of offering a variety of WASH services to their communities, addressing water access, quality, sanitation and hygiene.

AIDF To Host Global Debate On Improving Disaster Relief And Development

More than 300 decision-makers from leading NGOs, UN and disaster relief agencies, global aid and development donors, heads of military and government emergency operations and private sector companies will gather at the Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit in Washington D.C. on 6-7th September to discuss how to address global development challenges and strengthen disaster resilience.

Interview with Christopher Ivory, VP Land Solutions at Global Eagle

Global Eagle acquired Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) in 2016. EMC has been an industry leader in providing critical communications for the humanitarian and development sectors for the past 16 years. We provide end to end satellites solutions for office applications and emergency responses for 12 United Nations agencies, several Nethope members and other NGOs. We are actively providing services in over 140 countries supporting our customers humanitarian missions which include connectivity for ERP applications, voice, HD Video, internet access, and Global Eagle proprietary Speednet service for the fastest internet browsing experience in a satellite environment.

[infographic] Disasters & Climate Change: Impact & Exposure

In the nearly twenty years between 1996 and 2015, there were 7,056 disasters recorded worldwide, which is double the number of disasters that happened during the previous two decades from 1976-1995. According to the infographic by the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF), 91% of these disasters were attributable to climate or weather-related events. This also coincides with the dramatic increase in annual average temperatures marking previous decades. This trend has resulted in 2015 being the hottest year on record during the twenty years evaluated. As a result of high global temperatures, twice as many major droughts occurred during 2015 in comparison to the annual average of 16 between the period of 2006 and 2015.

Interview with Luca Palazzotto, WASH Technical Lead at Relief International

Relief International (RI) specializes in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and chronic poverty. Funded by grants from the United States, the European Union and the international community, RI works in 20 countries between Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Interview with Carlos Glatt Russek, CEO and Co-Founder of Glatt Stove

Glatt Stove produces the simplest cook stove in the world that works with a liquid fuel containing a 90% volume of alcohol or above. The cook stove costs only 12 USD and is portable; hence you can cook whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are. The cook stove works with any clean liquid fuel because the patent is in the engineering behind the stove and the combustion process, which allows for very efficient cooking at the same temperature as a conventional L.P Gas stove. The idea behind leaving the option of fuel open is to empower communities to use local fuel and considerably reduce costs.

Disasters & Climate Change: Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees

The number of forcibly displaced people has grown from 33.9 million persons in 1997 to 65.6 million persons in 2016 due in large part to significant conflicts in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. As shown in the infographic by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF), 55% of all displaced persons in 2016 were from Syria, Afghanistan or South Sudan - also named the fastest growing refugee crisis. The rise in conflict globally has resulted in the occurrence of 20 displacements per minute last year and a new record high for the total number of people affected by displacement. To view the infographic, click here

Call for Apps Supporting Disaster Relief & Development

The Aid and International Development Forum is once again on the lookout for mobile applications that support disaster response and global development. Nominate your app to be showcased at the Planet of the Apps on 6-7 of September during the 9th annual Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit in Washington D.C., which gathers senior representatives and advisors from UN and government agencies, international and regional NGOs, investors, donors, the private sector and media.

Natural Disasters and Income Inequality

While much of the discussion surrounding economic disparity and natural disasters pertains to the affluent/low-income country dichotomy, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Wollongong assert that this issue needs to be regarded as geographically inclusive. Countries all over the globe with wide varieties of GDP ratings should look more closely at the demographics of social vulnerability within their borders.