Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian emergencies include large-scale natural disasters and human-generated disasters such as war, terrorism, and industrial accidents. Natural and human-generated events are reaching the scale of humanitarian emergency with increasing frequency and severity. Natural events are ever more devastating due to a number of factors, including climate change, population growth, urbanization, poverty, and economic and social inequalities. Armed conflicts are increasingly directly impacting civilians through violence, displacement, human rights abuses, and worsening economic and health conditions. Humanitarian relief aid is given by governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to meet the immediate needs of victims of disasters. Humanitarian relief aid can include food, water, medical supplies, tents, and other things required by those affected by everything from typhoons to civil wars. Also known as emergency aid, it is distinct from development aid, which aims at long-term economic improvement.

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GEO Virtual Symposium 2022

Under the theme “Global Action for Local Impact,” the GEO Virtual Symposium 2022 explored how the portfolio of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) products and services can provide insights and evidence for policy development and decision making.
Event 2 May 2022 - 5 May 2022

GEO Week 2021

GEO Week 2021 provided an opportunity for GEO to engage with its vast community, including the four regional GEOs, discuss efforts needed to accelerate action in GEO towards environmental and social impact, and consider progress by GEO in bridging the digital divide by democratizing access to data and technologies. 
Event 22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021

8th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministers in charge of disaster risk called on African Union Member States and Regional Economic Communities to increase the annual budgetary allocation for implementing DRR strategies, programmes, and plans of action.
Event 16 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

WCDRR-3

Event 14 March 2015 - 18 March 2015