World Resilience NEWS

Republican governors as masters of disaster

republicanAn unprecedented number of current and former governors are running for the Republican presidential nomination this year, all of whom cite their executive leadership experience as a key qualification. One of the best indications of leadership ability, however, is how a governor performs when disaster strikes. “These things are unexpected tests of leadership traits,” says Carnegie Mellon Prof John T Gasper, who has studied the political effects of natural disasters on governors. “Constituents are facing hardships, and they look to their elected officials to help them.”…


Vanuatu president’s decision to leave country as Cyclone Pam approached criticised by Save the Children

The decision by Vanuatu’s president and senior disaster officials to fly to a conference in Japan as Cyclone Pam bore down on the Pacific nation in March made response efforts more difficult, aid group Save the Children says. As the category five cyclone approached Vanuatu, president Baldwin Lonsdale and the director of the National Disaster Management Office Shadrack Welegtabit left for Japan…


UNDP and Australia discuss partnership for resilience in the Pacific

The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, Chair of the UN Development Group, and former New Zealand Prime Minister, met in Auckland today on the margins of the World Humanitarian Summit regional consultation for the Pacific. The Summit, which is hosted by New Zealand, Australia and the UN, aims to identify priority humanitarian challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific and how responding to humanitarian crises in the region could be improved…



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