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    6 November 2018


    Media representatives are invited to a

    Presentation on the Launch of the 2018 Edition of the World Disasters Report

    Monday 12 November 2018, 15:00 - 17:00 hours

    Room C-3, C-Building, Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    VIENNA, 6 November (UN Information Service) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Austrian Red Cross will present the 2018 edition of the World Disasters Report on Monday 12 November 2018, from 15:00 to 17:00 in Room C-3, C-Building at the Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    The 2018 World Disasters Report, entitled "Leaving no-one behind: The international humanitarian sector must do more to respond to the needs of the world's most vulnerable people", warns that millions of people living in crisis are not receiving the humanitarian assistance they need. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates 134 million people are in need in 2018. However, far fewer will receive aid.

    The report considers who are the people selected to be helped and who are not, why are there people being left behind or not being identified and reached and to what degree the humanitarian sector should be held responsible for the ones in need. The report identifies five ways in which vulnerable people and those most in need may be excluded and puts forward recommendations to international humanitarian actors to overcome those problems and leave no one behind.

    Speakers at this presentation will be:

    • Welcome and Introduction by the chair, IFRC Vice-President Annemarie Huber-Hotz
    • Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens: "The Global Framework: Leaving no-one behind and the SDGs"
    • Luc St-Pierre, Chief of Space Applications, UNOOSA: "Promoting access to space applications in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"
    • Annemarie Huber-Hotz, President of the Swiss Red Cross: "Out of reach, out of the loop: case studies"
    • Werner Kerschbaum, Secretary General of the Austrian Red Cross: "Out of sight: case studies"
    • Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General, IFRC: "The 5 ways people can be left behind. Key findings from the World Disaster Report 2018"

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    Media representatives who wish to attend the event and who are not accredited to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), should contact

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     For more information about UNOOSA, please contact:

    Ottavia Pesce 
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 
    Telephone: (+43 699) 1459 8718 
    Email: pesce[at]