Resources on Emergencies
In this section you can find more detailed information and resources on humanitarian action and UNICEF's work in emergencies.
Children and disasters: Building resilience through educationThis publication provides a brief overview of major hazards and disaster risks in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. It has a snapshot of national disaster risk reduction structures and key legislations. It also briefly outlines disaster risk reduction activities related to education undertaken by national agencies and activities by UNISDR and UNICEF. It focuses on the importance of education in disaster prevention and makes recommendations on how to support and build on local and national initiatives to reduce the risk of disasters through education.
The Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action
The CCCs are UNICEF’s central policy to uphold the rights of children affected by humanitarian crisis. They are a framework for humanitarian action, around which UNICEF seeks to engage with partners. The updated CCCs continue to promote predictable, effective and timely collective humanitarian action, and to clearly outline the areas in which UNICEF can best contribute to results. Initially developed in 1998 and reviewed in 2004, the current revision brings UNICEF’s overarching humanitarian policy up to date with changes in the context in which humanitarian action takes place, including new evidence and best practices, as well as humanitarian reform, in particular the Cluster Approach.
The art of managing communication in a crisis
When vital information needs to be delivered, the media plays a crucial role. But the media these days means different things to different people. It is not only television or a newspaper. It can be an Internet social network, a telephone hotline or a village bulletin board. As long as it creates pathways for communication, it is relevant and useful.
This handbook will help you and your organisation to identify, deliver and assess your most important messages in times of crisis. It will also help choose which media is the best for a specific emergency in times of stress. In addition, it will aid in developing an internal communications structure on how to prepare for an emergency; cover an emergency; and, organize the aftermath of an emergency.
Behaviour Change Communication in Emergencies: a toolkit [PDF] July 2006
Humanitarian practice and paradigms
Children in conflict and natural disaster
For more information please contact:
Andrea James or Asim Rehman