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New UN disaster relief fund has committed over $170 million since March

Over $170 million have been committed for more than 250 projects in 26 countries in the seven months since the United Nations launched a new landmark disaster fund to jump-start relief operations in humanitarian crises and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the previous under-funded mechanism.

UN mobilizes portable satellite phones for disaster relief

Stepping up its efforts for disaster mitigation and relief, the United Nations today announced an agreement with the Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company to provide portable satellite terminals, a major factor in rescue operations.

UN agencies launch global campaign for education that saves lives in disasters

An English schoolgirl who had learned her geography well and was able to prevent many deaths when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Thailand in 2004 served as a prime example of how education can save lives during natural disasters as United Nations agencies launched a global campaign for education in disaster reduction in Paris today.

UN symposium seeks to enhance early warning and mitigation for natural disasters

Some 90 experts in early warning systems and natural disaster risk management met at a United Nations symposium in Geneva today to strengthen global mechanisms, especially for less developed countries, that have already helped to reduce the number of fatalities by nearly two-thirds at a time when such catastrophes have increased four-fold.

UN launches landmark disaster relief fund to speed up emergency assistance

The United Nations today formally launched a landmark $500-million fund – with over half that amount already pledged – to jump-start relief operations in future natural and man-made disasters and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the current under-funded mechanism.

Landmark UN disaster relief fund to be formally launched next week

In one week’s time, the United Nations will formally launch a landmark $500-million fund to jump-start relief operations in future natural and man-made disasters and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the current under-funded mechanism.

UN tsunami envoy Bill Clinton urges immediate steps to prevent disaster

Thousands of lives and billions of dollars lost in the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 could have been saved if disaster reduction strategies had been in place, United Nations tsunami envoy former United States President Bill Clinton said today, highlighting the urgent need to implement these measures.

Governments must do more to reduce the impact of natural disasters – UN body

Marking the one year anniversary of an international agreement aimed at reducing the impact of natural disasters, a senior United Nations official today called on countries to speed up their efforts to make risk reduction a national priority.

Disasters of 2005 not completely 'natural,' UN health agency says

The high death toll in 2005 from tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, mudslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, locusts and pandemics can not necessarily be blamed on “natural” disaster, according to the United Nations health agency which today pointed to a complex mix of human and natural factors that led to tragedy in those events.