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2005
NOAA unveils Storm Tracker to follow tropical storms and hurricanes.
Disaster Courses in Africa
GDIN Completes Native American Field Trip
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND DISASTERS (INCEED 2005 (412kb | pdf))
GDIN partners with Swiss on Joint Conference in Davos, Switzerland
GDIN notified Christian Blickenstorfer, Swiss Ambassador to the United States, in 2004 that it accepted the offer of Walter Ammann, Director of the Department Natural Hazards in Davos, to host IDRS Davos 2006. This event will be done in partnership with long time GDIN partner Walter Hays, who manages the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction. This will be a joint event in Davos.
Navajos Hone Preparation 21 Mar 2005
Bureau of International Organization Affairs - FY 2007 Bureau Performance Plan 21 Mar 2005 (108kb | pdf)

Tampere Convention Finally into force
VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS TO BENEFIT FROM TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

Victims of natural disasters will be able to benefit from faster and more effective rescue operations starting on Saturday, January 8, 2005 when the Tampere Convention enters into force. The Convention simplifies the use of life-saving telecommunications equipment in the 30 countries that have ratified it. The Secretary-General http://www.un.org/News/ossg/sg/ said that, "from the mobilization of assistance to the logistics chain, which will carry assistance to the intended beneficiaries, reliable telecommunications links are indispensable."

TEN WORST DISASTERS 2004 (352kb | ppt)

2004

PAHO Book Offers Help on Handling Bodies after Disasters

Tsunami Assistance Drive

Delegates to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction

are invited to a discussion of the Native American Project.
Supporting documentation:
Global Disaster Information Marketplace: A Proposal (1MB .pdf)
Disaster Information Service: A Proposal (7MB .pdf)


Disaster-Response Network Planned For American Indian Lands. Nov. 23, 2004

Serguiei Balassanian

Today we learned of the passing of a colleague, Serguiei Balassanian, as a result of automobile accident. Time of death 12:00 (Armenian Local Time), November, 23 2004.

He led Armenian Seismology to success and recognition. Word reached us from Armenian Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth.

GDIN Expedition to Navajo Nation August, 2004

Assisted by Navajo Rangers, Larry Roeder, Executive Director of GDIN, will undertake an examination of natural and technological disaster-prone regions of the Navajo Nation between August 18 and August 22, 2004. This is part of a GDIN study of risks in the Pueblo and Navajo Nations, facilitated by OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development), with expert recommendations by UNICEF, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the UN Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET). The expedition into remote parts of the Nation follows an intertribal meetings of Pueblo and Navajo experts in San Fe, New Mexico on August 16, 2004, hosted by IAIA, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the GDIN Standing Committee on Native American Disaster Information Needs, chaired by Richard Luarkie, Pueblo Laguna. Other GDIN officers addressing the event are: David Baxa, Chairman of the GDIN Fund and Larry Roeder, Executive Director Director of GDIN.


Invitation (1.2MB .pdf) to Develop an Emergency Disaster Information System For Native Americans

GDIN Executive Committee Chairman Addresses Preparatory Working Group for World Conference on Disaster Reduction, July, 2004

Dr. Albert Simard, Chairman of the GDIN Executive Committee addressed an ad hoc working group of national representatives on July 15 at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations in New York. Government officials from over 24 nations gathered to discuss methods of collaboration in the creation of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, 18-22 January 2005, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. During the substantive discussions, Dr. Simard announced that he will be leading the GDIN Delegation to Kobe. GDIN Members are invited to participate in the delegation. Those wishing to do so, should email Dr Simard directly at alsimard@NRCan.gc.ca.

Navajo Nation Completes Self-Assessment Survey for GDIN and OECD Study, July, 2004

As part of a joint USG-GDIN-OECD effort, the Navajo Nation completed an in-depth study on July 29, 2004 that examines Navajo risks to disasters. This study will be used to develop a prototype disaster information network for Navajo and Pueblo nations. The effort was coordinated by Glenda Davis, Program Manager, Navajo Veterinary and Livestock Program, Window Rock, Arizona. Experts in GDIN, OECD and the US Government are now beginning to examine the data.

GDIN Executive Director Addresses National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). June, 2004

Larry Roeder, GDIN Executive Director, attended the semi-annual conference of the National Congress of American Indians in Uncasville, Connecticut, June 20-23, 2004, during which he consulted Native Alaskans, Native Americans and representatives of the First Peoples of Canada on a GDIN proposal to develop a disaster information network for indigenous populations.


GDIN Art Contest Winners Announced!
GDIN Partner Contribution to Haiti Crisis
2003

Sergio Vieira de Mello Senior UN Official and Early Supporter of GDIN is Murdered in Baghdad Oct 2003

GDIN Mourns the Loss of a Valued Officer Aug 2003

GDIN Collaborator Dusan Sakulski Making Progress on Atlas Project Aug 2003

Algiers Earthquake May 2003 Jun 2003

Famine Has Struck Ethiopia, report from the Executive Director May 2003

Report on Earthquake in Bingöl, Turkey May 2003

SPECIAL REPORT
UN Secretary General reported 4/10/03 that functioning government in Iraq appears at an end and reiterated the responsibility of coalition forces to restore law and order, noting widespread looting in major Iraqi cities. In a Reuters interview, the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN said "Everything is over. There is no government that I represwent. I am representing my country." However Kofi annan said to CNN he wasn't certain of the Iraqi Amabssador's diplomatic status or if the diplomat had asked for asylum. No UN General Assembly action on these questions has been taken, and no UN member nation has challenged the Iraqi delegation credentials. Unknown is the location and status of other Iraqi diplomats in UN entities in Geneva and elsewhere.
A Family Preparedness Guide (276K .pdf)
(original distribution by Mayor of Washington DC; 8/02) - contains information on what to do in an emergency, creating a family emergency plan, and an emergency "go kit." Feb 2003

Personal Disaster Preparation Sheet (364K .pdf)

(created by A/DCP from Red Cross and FEMA materials, 1/03) - contains information and action steps to prepare for an evacuation, as well as guidance on disaster supply kits, first aid, shelter in place, and evacuations. Feb 2003

2002

GDIN Proposed Early Warning/Response/Mitigation Service Proposal (284K WORD) Oct 2002

Dear GDIN,
Please find below a fresh landmine Incident report in Bajaur Agency FATA Pakistan.

Landmine Incident Report, August 26, 2002.

In a landmine incident on August 26, 2002, in village Rashakai, Tehsil Khar, Bajaur Agency, FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Area), Pakistan, two persons were severely injured. Both were walking on way while the incident happened. The details of the victims are:

Victims of Landmine Incident of August 26, 2002:
S/No. Name Father/husband name Age Sex
1. Badro Hilal W/o Hazrat Jamal 45 Female
1. Zubir Shah S/o Hazrat Jamal 10 Male

Source: CMDO field team based at Khar Bajaur Agency

Faiz Mohammad Fayyaz
Chief Executive
Community Motivation & Development Orgnaization
Director
Pakistan Campaign to Ban Landmine
37, St-2, Shami Road, NWFP-Pakistan.
Phone: +92-91-5261088
Fax: +92-91-271081
E-mail: cmdopak@yahoo.com

Report of the Executive Director

(56K Word) or (20K .pdf) Jun 2002

GDIN 2002 Rome Statement

(56K Word) or (32K .pdf) Jun 2002

A Report of the Communities Working Group to GDIN Rome 2002, by Bernie Joyce

View (HTML) or (1.4MB .pdf) Jun 2002

2001
Also announcing the ESRI SDI Grant Program
This program was announced last week at the GSDI 5 conference in Cartagena, Colombia. This is an exciting opportunity for us all! Please help to promote this effort. After all, data is the key to spatial analysis!
View world map showing the countries that have citizens that died in the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, received information on Tuesday, the one week anniversary of the attack.
Click for RMS Special Report World Trade Center Disaster
IGIS meeting on June 12th, 2001