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Earthquakes, Typhoons and Famine — Oh, My!


When disaster strikes across the globe, the countries affected take measures to relieve the suffering and aid those stricken by misfortune. But often local resources are not adequate, and that is when the international community springs into action. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was founded in 1919, in response to the horrors of World War I. Today one of its key areas of activity is in disaster response and recovery. IFRC has just issued the World Disasters Report 2011, which focuses on the growing crisis of hunger and malnutrition.The IFRC is not alone — other agencies also work on disaster relief and hunger. The Bread for the World Institute issues an annual report on Hunger, the European Commission on Humanitarian Aid reports on its activities through its Annual Review, The United States provides humanitarian and disaster assistance via various programs, most notable by USAID and its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which is outlined in its Annual Report.


UN General Assembly

The 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens today. As usual, there is a large number of items on the agenda. The UN’s Dag Hammerskjold Library maintains a useful Research Guide to General Assembly Documents. There is also a Columbia University Library guide to United Nations Resources, and we subscribe to a number of online databases useful for pursuing research on the UN, including AccessUN, the United Nations Treaty Collection, UNBISnet, UNdata, and UN Commtrade.


Economic Census Information at Columbia

Looking for information from the Economic Census?  Taken by the U.S. Census Bureau every five years, the Economic Census provides a detailed statistical profile of a large segment of the national economy.  You can find information directly at the U.S. Economic Census website, or you can view a table of economic census holdings here at Columbia University Libraries.