GLOBAL DISASTER INFORMATION NETWORK
497 Seaport Court, Suite 102A Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 202-647-5070 Fax: 202-647-4628
Thursday, August 09, 2001
SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 26-27, 2001 IN Washington, DC. More details
will be forthcoming the first week of September; but for now the
GDIN Secretariat is planning on a two day session of meetings to
prepare for GDIN2002. The primary event will be a meeting of the
Executive Committee that anyone may attend to look at progress by
the different working groups and take comments on what should be
accomplished at GDIN2002. Anyone interestd in GDIN may attend.
Several have recommended that we also host meetings of the Academic
Working Group, the Infectious Disease Working Group and the Americas
Working Group. A cocktail party for anyone interested in GDIN will
also be hosted on Saturday, October 27th at 7pm. If you would like
to attend any of those meetings or the cocktail party, please send
an email to Larry Roeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings will likely be held near Dulles Airport.
is Under Development
The agenda for GDIN2002 is being developed between the Government
of Italy and the GDIN Secretariat. The third edition was distributed
to the drafting team on August 8th. We hope to have a broad based
distribution the first week of September. If you would like to see
an advanced copy of the current draft, send an email to email@example.com
before August 23.
GROUP STRATEGY MEETING HELD IN AMES, IOWA August 3rd.
While in Iowa to meet with experts interested in GDIN, the Executive
Director met with Professor Tom Al Austin of the University of Iowa
in Ames. Dr. Austin chairs the Academic Working Group. A plan of
action was agreed upon to expand participation in the working group,
raise money for research and help GDIN interact with Industry. Dr.
Austin will present a report on this discussion at the October GDIN
UN WORKING GROUP
ON EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS (WGET)
TO HOLD MEETING IN CONJUNCTION WITH GDIN2002. The UN has proposed
that the June2002 session of the Un Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications
be held on the Monday and Tuesday (17/18) of the week of the GDIN2002,
thus bolstering participation at the conference, which is proposed
for June 19-20-21, with a possible field trip to a disaster site
on the 22nd. (note the agenda is still under development)
GROUP IN NEED OF A CO-PERSON.
The Americas Working Group will meet later in the season. The Co-Chairpersonis
Dr. Fernando Echavarria firstname.lastname@example.org.
GDIN management tries to have two co-Chairpersons for every working
group. If you are interested in this slot and are also interested
in helping GDIN find better ways of facilitating disaster information
in the Americas, please volunteer by sending an email to email@example.com.
The GDIN Information Facilitator Working Group has sent out a survey
examining user and providers needs and capabilities in order to
help the GDIN program propose a set of specific services at GDIN2002
in Rome in June, 2002. If you haven't filled the survey out, please
do so ASAP and send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simulation being Developed
A draft disaster desktop simulation exercise is being developed
for use at GDIN2002 and will be distributed to Working Group Chairs
in December. For questions, send an email to Larry Roeder at email@example.com
GROUP PLAN OF ACTION
The Executive Director met with Ambassador James Bishop of Interaction,
a co-chair of the NGO Working Group and worked out a plan of action
for engaging the NGO community. Further details will be further
worked out with Megan Fox of the American Red Cross, which also
co-Chairs this Working Group and sits on the Executive Committee.
An article is being proposed for publication in Interaction's journal,
as well as a special briefing on GDIN for NGO's this fall. GDIN
is also discussing using the Red Cross's world wide network to spread
the word on GDIN's value to NGO's.
Held at US Department of State
A special briefing on GDIN was held on August 1 for the following
people, all of whom were invited to attend GDIN2002.
Mr. Aram TANANYAN Deputy Head, Emergency Management, Administration,
Government of Armenia
Bahamas, Ms. Chrystal Rosemarie GLINTON Assistant Director, Social,
Services, Recovery Sub-Committee
Belize Mrs. Lillette BARKLEY-WAITE Chairperson, Housing and Shelter
Committee, City Emergency Management Organization
Botswana, Ms. Veronica Dineo MOGWE Director, National Disaster,
Management, Office, Office of the President
Botswana, LT. Col. George Modirwa TLHALERWA Lieutenant Colonel,
And Chairman, Botswana Defense Force Disaster Committee
Bulgaria, Mr. Ivan Guerguiev KARAPENEV Director, Integration,
And Humanitarian Operations Directorate, Civil Protection State
Chad, Mr. Koumo GOPINA Andreas Secretary General of the Chadian,
Cote d'Ivoire, Mr. Michel Konan KOUAKOU Section Head for Inspection,
And Investigations, Ivoirian Anti-Pullution Center
Denmark, Ms. Henriette THUEN Advisor, Commissioner for Baltic
Guatemala, Ms. Luz Emilia GONZALEZ Arce Education and Information
Manager, National Coordinator for Disaster Reducation
Malawi, Mr. Betinigo Willie GIDALA Deputy Commissioner, Disaster
Preparedness, Relief and Rehabilitation
Mozambique, Mr. Emidio Filipe Paulino DULAMO Technical Advisor,
District Planning, Concern Worldwide
Pakistan, Mr. Faiz Mohmmad FAYYAZ Executive Director of Human
Survival and Development; Chairman of Pakistan Campaign to Ban
Sierra Leone, Ms. Konah Cecila KOROMA Development Secretary, Ministry
of Development and Economic Planning
Spain, Mr. Ignacio BURRULL VALDES Sierra Leone Desk Officer, Humanitarian
Aid Office, European Commission
Spain, Mr. Javier MENENDEZ BONILLA Desk Officer for Near and Middle
Eastern; Asian; European Commission Humanitarean Aid Office
Turkey, Mr. Suat OZCAGDAS Project Coordinator of Psycho-Social
Support Centers, International Federation of the Red Cross/Red
Crescent Societies; Secretary General of Turkish Psychological
United Kingdom, Mr. Matthew BAUGH Head of Humanitarian Programs
Team, Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department, Department
for International Development