Friday, 24 April 2009

Report on tsunami recovery reveals need to involve local communities

Filed under: gender,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:22 PDT

NEW YORK — To better respond to natural disasters, governments should invest more in risk reduction for vulnerable communities and make sure to reflect gender concerns in the recovery processes, says a report presented today at the United Nations. Involving local communities in the recovery process, according to “The Tsunami Legacy: Innovation, Breakthroughs and Change” report, is as instrumental as installing high-tech early warning systems. The report also highlights the need for governments to incorporate disaster risk reduction measures in national development plans….

“The tsunami recovery effort has showed that by working together —and by collaborating with local communities at every step along the way— we can indeed build back better,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group.

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NBC report on NY Times’ five Pulitzers ignores military analysts report

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:10 PDT

On the April 20 edition of NBC’s Nightly News, reporting on the awarding of the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes earlier that day, anchor Brian Williams stated that “The New York Times led the way with five, including awards for breaking news and international reporting.” But Williams did not note that the Times’ David Barstow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that day “for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.” Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented the unwillingness of the major broadcast networks, including NBC, to report on Barstow’s April 20, 2008, Times article. Moreover, NBC joined ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in reportedly declining to participate in a segment based on Barstow’s article that aired on the April 24, 2008, edition of PBS’ NewsHour.

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Missing the Boat on Myanmar

Filed under: Myanmar — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 05:35 PDT

The EU should abandon a policy maintained by those with an eye on noble points rather than on new opportunities to promote change.

At next week’s meeting of EU foreign minsters in Luxembourg, the EU will extend, for another year, policies on Myanmar that are widely recognised as ineffective.

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