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Author of Tech in Emergencies report answers your questions

Q&A with Diane Coyle, co-author of the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation report New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts.

What key advantages does use of social media and new technologies bring in disasters?


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Clinton’s $100 Billion Proposal

I’m sure Lindsay, Aaron or Abhishek will have more on this later, but I wanted to flag Secretary Clinton’s big announcement that the United States will help set up a $100 billion fund to help poor countries adapt to the consequences of climate change and help developing countries grow in non-carbon intensive ways.   This has always been an important part of the international diplomatic puzzle. 


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Day 10 in Copenhagen: The Pressure Mounts

Tempers flared in Copenhagen today as protesters were beaten back by police outside the Bella Center, where the international climate talks were taking place. The police used tear gas to subdue the protests, and they arrested around 250 people.

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Should the US Should Give Away its Swine Flu Vaccine Stockpiles?

The San Francisco Chronicle ran an editorial yesterday by three leading global health experts, calling for the US and other wealthy countries to immediately donate ten percent of their H1N1 vaccine stocks. This isn’t as radical as it sounds – the sticking point is the time frame, not the quantity. The US has already committed to donating ten percent of its swine flu vaccines to low income countries. READ MORE

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Human Rights on the Agenda

Human Rights is back in the news. On Monday, Hillary Clinton delivered a long speech on the topic at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. READ MORE

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When a disaster strikes somewhere in the developing world, the UN Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) generally issues an appeal for donations to assist in recovery and clean-up.   Sometimes, the disaster makes global headlines and funds come pouring in (think: the 2004 Tsunami). Sometimes, though, disaster can unfold slowly, like drought in the Sahel.  And sometimes, the disaster occurs in a country whose leadership has generally hostile relations with donor countries (e.g., Zimbabwe). 


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