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Disaster Risk Reduction in Education: Building resilience with and for children

 [Also in Russian]

Towards Safer Schools: Methodology for nationwide benchmarking of school safety

Evaluation of the UNICEF-DIPECHO Programme Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction

Children and Disasters: Building resilience through education

This 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.

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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.

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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.

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Behaviour Change Communication in Emergencies: A toolkit [July 2006]

Humanitarian practice and paradigms
This section looks at how UNICEF approaches humanitarian action via a set of humanitarian principles.

Children in conflict and natural disaster
Children are the most vulnerable in times of conflict and natural disaster.

For more information please contact:

Andrea James or Asim Rehman
Emergency Section, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS
Telephone: (+41 22) 909 5651





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External resources

Humanitarian Early Warning Service
A global multi-hazard watch service to support humanitarian preparedness

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action


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