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Centro Regional de Información sobre Desastres (CRID)

Center for the cataloguing and dissemination of information on disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Funded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Regional Office of MSF, Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias de Costa Rica (CNE) and Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central (CEPREDENAC).

Division for Sustainable Development (DSD)

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). United Nations
It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels. The context for the Division’s work is the implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI)

International not-for-profit scientific non-governmental organization dedicated to the acceleration of earthquake preparedness, mitigation and recovery of large urban areas

Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

An open forum for the exchange of information on food security by keeping the world food supply/demand situation under continuous review, and issuing reports on the world food situation and providing early warnings of impending food crises in individual countries.

Institute for Environment and Human Security – United Nations University (UNU-EHS)

Institute to study and research on the vulnerability to risks and coping capacity of societies facing natural and human-induced hazards. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Early Warning Service (HEWSweb)

United Nations inter-agency partnership project aimed at establishing a common platform for humanitarian early warnings and forecasts for natural hazards and socio-political developments worldwide. The main objective of HEWSweb is to bring together and make accessible in a simple manner the most credible early warning information available at the global level from multiple specialized institutions. IASC partners include WFP, UNICEF, UNDP, OCHA, ICRC, IFRC, UNHCR, WHO, FAO, WMO, IOM, SCHR.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

It carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies focusing on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

It is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration. It serves as an international information clearinghouse on disaster reduction, developing awareness campaigns and producing articles, journals, and other publications and promotional materials related to disaster reduction.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

United Nations
Designed to strengthen the United Nation's response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters. In addition it aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN's humanitarian operations in the field.

ProVention Consortium

A global coalition of governments, international organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations aimed at reducing disaster impacts in developing countries.

UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR

United Nations Development Program. United Nations
It assists UNDP country offices to set up and provide a quicker and more effective response for natural disaster reduction, justice and security sector reform, small arms reduction, disarmament and demobilization, mine action, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and recovery.

World Bank. Hazard Risk Management

It provides technical support to World Bank operations, promoting capacity-building, and establishing partnerships with the international and scientific community working on disaster issues.

World Seismic Safety Initiative

A non-profit, non-governmental venture of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) to promote the spirit and goals of IDNDR and to act as a catalyst in helping nations improve their earthquake risk management strategies.


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