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World Disasters Report:
Focus on community resilience
International Federation, Geneva, 2004

The World Disasters Report 2004 focuses on community resilience. In the hours and days after an earthquake or flood, most lives are saved by the courage and resourcefulness of friends and neighbours. During slow-onset crises such as drought, many indigenous societies have developed extraordinary capacities to cope and bounce back. How can humanitarian organisations, which seek to bring aid to disaster-struck communities, strengthen rather than undermine this local resilience?

Full text available in English, with summaries available in Arabic, French and Spanish from Kumarian/Eurospan

Reducing risks and improving coordination
International Federation, Geneva, 2004

This document, a product of the XVII Inter-American Conference of the Red Cross held in Santiago, Chile, in April 2003, is designed to guide the action of the Red Cross in relation to the reduction of vulnerabilities to natural disasters in the region.

Available from the International Federation in English and Spanish.

International Federation 2003 Annual Report
International Federation, Geneva, 2004

The 2003 Annual Report highlights the work of the International Federation to bring assistance and improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It outlines the International Federation’s efforts to help member National Societies strengthen their capacities and to serve those in need in their communities.

Available from the International Federation in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Addressing the needs of women affected by armed conflict: An ICRC guidance document
ICRC, Geneva, 2004

Building upon the study Women facing War, this publication translates the findings into practical terms. Aimed at staff concerned with the planning and implementation of humanitarian programmes, the guidance document shares the ICRC’s experience with other organizations. It is an important reference tool, which addresses women’s needs on an operational level illustrating best practices and lessons learned.

Available from the ICRC in English.

Inter-agency guiding principles on unaccompanied and separated children
ICRC, UNHCR, UNICEF, World Vision International, Save the Children UK & International Rescue Committee, Geneva, 2004

This study outlines a comprehensive framework and set of principles to ensure that the rights and needs of separated children are effectively addressed. Created through close inter-agency collaboration, the publication promotes preparedness, coordination and good practice. Addressing all aspects of an emergency, the guidelines encourage the pooling of complementary skills and expertise.

Available from the ICRC in English.

Manual of nutrition
ICRC, Geneva, 2004

This is an important tool for all humanitarian workers involved in the field of nutrition. In addition to presenting an in-depth explanation of human nutrition, nutrition crisis and nutritional programmes within humanitarian intervention, the manual highlights the importance of maintaining a better understanding of the broader impact of war on all aspects of daily life. It argues that food is not just a means for survival but that it is a basic right for those caught up in the conflict, as defined in international humanitarian law.

Available from the ICRC in French.

Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity posters
ICRC, Geneva, 2004

Two posters are now available to help promote the aims of the ICRC’s public appeal on Biotechnology, Weapons & Humanity. They are intended to encourage scientists, physicians, health professionals and the wider life science community to uphold the international rules to prevent the misuse of biotechnology for hostile purposes.

Available from the ICRC in English.


Panorama 04
ICRC, Geneva, 2004

Is there still a place for humanity in armed conflict? This video provides an answer. Through a series of questions and answers, the film reflects on the relevance of international humanitarian law today. Panorama 04 is ideal viewing for all those who wish to have a general overview of the ICRC’s work to limit suffering and provide crucial protection to all those caught up in war.

A DVD will soon be available featuring all six language versions. Available from the ICRC in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland.

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland.

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