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10 tips for NGOs responding to Philippine typhoon

Haiyan-NGOs

Roger Yates, with over 25 years of experience dealing with these situations, including the 2004 tsunami, tips:

  1. Focus on the priorities. Don’t try to do everything at once. Accept initial levels of chaos and confusion. Immediate priorities probably include understanding how things work in the Philippines, and who is doing what; developing initial plans based on local needs, not what donors have to give; and thinking ahead when organizing initial work so it will be relevant later on. Prepare to adapt priorities as circumstances change in the coming weeks.
  2. Understand the role of the military and the government. The army will probably play a leading role in the initial response, with international assistance. They may run the airport, clear major routes, oversee logistics and provide security. NGOs should understand how the military is organized and what they see as their role — as well as how government is run. NGOs
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Medical Mission Sisters Statement to the UN

Oral Statement for CSocD 51,by Celine Paramunda the  representative  of Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, an Ngo in special consultative status with ECOSOC. Our members are present in 5 continents involved in achieving health and other MDGs .

 Madam Chair, distinguished delegates,ladies and gentle men,

 Mahatma Gandhi’s words are relevant even today, ‘the world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed”. One of the main challenges for social development is lack of resources/revenues to the governments. In order to tackle poverty, we need to address some of its root causes.  Third World Resurgence 2012 gives us following evidences where the money is going and where our attention needs to be focused to.

Last Nov members of the British Parliament were shocked at a report by Reuters that the Starbucks chain had paid no corporate income tax over the previous 3 years despite sales of1.2 billion …

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Rio +20 UN Conference

The UN conference which took place at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, popularly called Rio+ 20 was a very enriching experience for MMS delegates Molly Vadaken and Celine P who  participated in the event.

20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit,100+ world leaders and more than12,000 individuals were reported to have registered to attend the official Rio+20 event  and another 30,000 participated in one or more of the up to 3000 unofficial parallel events and 500 events organized by governments that took place throughout Rio de Janeiro. Besides at the peoples’ summit held in Flamingo Park (same venue as of 1992) several thousand activists, local and indigenous people and religious gathered to educate, protest and encourage one another for a  just and sustainable future.

Several initiatives/commitments were taken by individuals, civil society and universities. The “Future Earth” initiative, a research-based collaboration between several UN agencies and others was one among …

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