Author: Padmini Nayagam

Registration now open: International Disaster Law Course in San Remo

The fifth edition of the International Disaster Law Course will take place in San Remo, Italy, from 18 to 22 June 2018. The course will be hosted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project, and with the support of the Italian Red Cross. Click here for more information, agenda and to...

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IFRC signs new MoU with CEPREDENAC and the CAN

By Mercedes Aguerre   In 2017, the IFRC’s Americas Regional Office signed two important Memorandums of Understanding that aim to promote the reduction of the effects of disasters caused by natural or human events and to strengthen disaster risk management systems in the region. The first one was signed in November 2017 with the Andean Community (CAN) which members are Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The second one was signed in December 2017 with the Coordination Centre for Natural Disasters Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC), regional organization which members are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama....

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Toward the North American Humanitarian Response Summit

The American Red Cross launched the North American Humanitarian Response Summit Project (the “NAHRS Project”) in September 2017 to improve the effectiveness of cross-border response to a potential catastrophic disaster in North America.

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From Law to Action: The IDRL Guidelines 10 years on

By Lucia Cipullo   November 2017 marked 10 years since the adoption of the Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance, more commonly known as the ‘IDRL Guidelines’. This landmark instrument has helped guide states in over 30 countries to develop their domestic laws and procedures for international disaster response, and laid the foundation for more effective and efficient relief operations.   Celebrations of this milestone anniversary took place in Geneva and New York in December last year, bringing together high-level panellists from governments such as Australia, Mexico and Colombia, international...

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Leadership in Disaster and Climate Policy as key pillar of the Resilience Agenda

By Maria Martinez   “Building resilience to disasters and climate change is not just a priority – it’s the only path ahead”, stated Mr. Martin Tofinga, President of Kiribati Red Cross Society, Chair of the Disaster and Climate Policy Workshop within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Council of Delegates.   At the 2017 Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory Meetings, held last November in Turkey, a room full of representatives of National Societies from every region gathered together with the IFRC and ICRC to design a common vision on how to strengthen resilience. The focus of their discussion was...

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