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World Disasters Report 2010
IFRC, 2010

For the first time in human history, there are now more people living in cities and towns than in the countryside. To be released in September, the World Disasters Reports 2010: Focus on urban risk, analyses the consequences of urbanization for humanitarian action. Has development aid kept pace with this dramatic shift? Why are almost a billion people worldwide living in slums? How can vulnerable cities protect themselves from climate change? What are the consequences for healthcare, for growing inner city violence? How should the Movement respond?

Available in English with summaries in Arabic, French and Spanish


Customary IHL Database
ICRC, 2010

Customary international humanitarian law (CIHL) is the basic standard of conduct in armed conflict accepted by the world community. Universally applicable, and independent of treaty law, respect for CIHL reduces the human cost of conflict. The ICRC launched a new database of Customary International Humanitarian Law Volume II in August 2010. The database includes new international case law and United Nations materials up until the end of 2007. Updates will be added twice yearly. The ICRC teamed up with the British Red Cross to initiate the project.

The Domestic Implementation of International Humanitarian Law Manual
ICRC, 2010

The people most severely affected by armed conflict are increasingly those who are not or who are no longer taking part in the fighting. International humanitarian law (IHL) has been developed as a set of rules that aims at minimizing the effects of armed conflict on these groups. The Manual on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law has been drafted mainly for policy-makers and legislators, and for those assisting them in their efforts to comply with their obligation to ensure respect for IHL.

Available in English. Sfr. 40


Owner Driven Housing Reconstruction Guidelines
IFRC, 2010

Within the relief sector, there is growing interest in approaches that allow disaster victims a role in rebuilding their homes. The Owner Driven Housing Reconstruction Guidelines are a significant contribution to institutionalizing this approach within the Movement. Intended for programme coordinators and field delegates to support participatory planning and decision-making, the guidelines include steps to ensure quality control, appropriate technical supervision and financial management.

Available in English


Not Gone, But Forgotten
British Red Cross, 2010

Finding itself supporting a growing number of destitute people who have been refused asylum but remain in the UK, the British Red Cross has published a report on this unique and vulnerable population. Many asylum seekers have come to the British Red Cross as a last resort, according to the Red Cross report, which details the humanitarian situation faced by the asylum seekers and calls for a more humane asylum system.

Available in English

Empowering communities to prepare for cyclones
IFRC, 2010

The Cox’s Bazar District, in the south-eastern corner of Bangladesh, is particularly vulnerable to tropical cyclones. The worst in recent years took place in 1991, resulting in 150,000 deaths – more than 90 per cent of whom were women and children. This briefing sets out the impact of the community-based disaster preparedness programme – a pioneering initiative to enable communities in the region to better prepare for cyclones and minimize their impact on their lives and livelihoods.

Available in English


Exhibition: Missing lives
ICRC, 2010

The wars that scarred the Balkans in the 1990s cost the lives of about 140,000 people, a quarter of whom simply vanished and were reported missing by their families. In 2010, almost 15,000 people remain unaccounted for. British photographer Nick Danziger and Canadian writer Rory MacLean have documented — in a book and an exhibition — the plight of 15 families selected among thousands still waiting for news of the fate of their loved ones. The exhibition also shows the work the ICRC has been doing since 1991 to trace missing persons in the Balkans. The exhibition opened in London in July and will visit cities across the western Balkans, and will also travel to other parts of Europe and to North America.


Looking for a few great nurses

Ever since Henry Dunant helped organized women in Castiglione, Italy during the battle of Solferino, nursing has been a core Movement activity. Today, nurses continue to perform exceptional acts in order to help the wounded and sick in armed conflict and natural disasters — as well as improve the quality of care and/or training.

The Florence Nightingale Medal, established in 1912, recognizes exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled on the part of nurses working in the field. It is awarded every other year and the ICRC will invite the Central Committees of National Societies to propose candidates for the medal in early September 2010 (the deadline for submissions is in March 2011). All applications must go through National Societies.

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. for the Federation

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

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