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New Worldwatch Report
Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace
- Key Points
On Tuesday, June 12, nearly 30 diplomats, United Nations representatives, and analysts from NGOs and academia gathered at UN headquarters in New York for the release of Worldwatch's latest publication: Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace. At the event, which was co-sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Global Policy Forum, participants agreed the report would be invaluable in future efforts to address disaster and conflict.
In Beyond Disasters, Michael Renner and Zo� Chafe examine the recent experiences of Indonesia's Aceh province, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir, among others, and suggest ways to better integrate global and local responses to disasters and conflict.
The report notes that the human toll taken by natural disasters is increasing�adding to the list of deadly challenges faced by poor communities and countries worldwide. Recorded disasters nearly doubled between 1987 and 2006, while the number of people affected by these disasters increased more than 10 percent. Women, children, and the elderly are among those most vulnerable.
There is growing recognition that disasters are caused by human impacts on the natural environment as well as by short-sighted and inappropriate development patterns, settlements in increasingly vulnerable areas, and socioeconomic divides and inequities.
Beyond Disasters outlines why the intersection of disasters, conflict, and peacemaking requires interdisciplinary responses from governments, international donors, and civil society, and offers recommendations to civil society organizations and policymakers.Chapters
- "Unnatural" Disasters
- The March Towards Disaster
- Understanding Factors of Vulnerability
- Storm Clouds and Silver Linings
- Case study�Aceh: Peacemaking After the Tsunami
- Case study�Sri Lanka: A "Double Blow" to Development
- Case study�Kashmir: Physical Tremor, but No Political Earthquake
- Creating Opportunities for Peace
Worldwatch Poll: Disasters and SecurityWhat do you think is most effective in working toward peace in a disaster area?
- Strong civil society that advocates for local rights and needs during relief efforts
- Government that is willing to compromise and think creatively
- International media and aid presence, to ensure accountability
- Continued attention to the conflict and to disaster relief�not just quick fixes
Worldwatch President Interviewed on Today Show
On Thursday, June 21, Worldwatch President and energy expert Chris Flavin will appear on The Today Show as an independent commentator on oil companies� efforts to develop renewable energy technologies. Be sure to watch!
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