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Consortium Launches World’s First Academy To Train Aid Workers In Rapid Disaster Response

The Guardian: World’s first academy for humanitarian relief to be launched “The world’s first academy for humanitarian relief is to be launched, aimed at training 100,000 aid workers from over 50 countries in organizing rapid responses to disasters and emergencies. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, launching on Monday, is a response…

Threat Of Global Water Crisis Fuels Need To Better Manage Water Supply, U.N. Says

News outlets report on findings from the U.N. World Water Development Report 2015. Deutsche Welle: U.N. calls for action as global water crisis looms “The U.N. has warned that the world will soon face a crisis of huge dimensions if water management does not improve. Population growth and climate change…

Fresh Water Supply Threatened As Global Population Continues To Grow, Study Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Global population growth threatens to outstrip fresh water supply: study “Global demand for fresh water is set to outstrip supply as a result of population growth by the middle of this century if current levels of consumption continue, a study said. … The paper, published in the…

Relief Assessments, Efforts Ramp Up On Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu As U.N. Begins Measles Immunization Campaign

Associated Press: Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu’s cyclone-stricken islands “Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu’s outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation’s landscape…” (Perry, 3/17). International Business…

Role Of Women, Health And Communications Systems Discussed At Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

U.N. News Centre: Sendai: Critical role of women in building disaster resilience focus of event at U.N. conference “Spotlighting the positive actions of women in planning and decision-making to make their communities safer before, during, and after disasters strike, senior United Nations, government, and civil society representatives [Saturday] emphasized that…

Damage Assessments, Humanitarian Aid Begin After Cyclone Pam Hits Vanuatu

The Atlantic: A Cyclone Destroys a Nation “Torrential rains and winds up to 185 miles per hour lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, downing power lines and flattening buildings throughout the country. The official death toll of the storm, called Tropical Cyclone Pam, is eight, but the…

USAID Works To Build Resilience, Respond To Natural Hazards

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: New Steps in Disaster Risk Reduction Sezin Tokar, a hydrometeorological hazards adviser with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, discusses the goals of the Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and how USAID works to build resilience and respond to natural disasters (3/13).