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Thursday, 18 February 2010

EU, UNESCO identify synergies for Haiti

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova yesterday (17 February) broke new ground with the EU for enhanced cooperation with the United Nations' educational, scientific and cultural organisation. Her compatriot Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, outlined joint action to help alleviate the Haiti crisis. Georgieva explained that the Commission was committed to covering educational aspects in responding to the Haiti crisis, as in her words, after securing food and shelter - even if that meant just temporary shelters or tents - the next priority must be to help children continue their education. Somewhat surprisingly, it emerged that UNESCO had developed a system for tsunami alerts, which the Commission was eager to take on board in developing early warning capacities. The system was developed after the 2004 tsunami in South-East Asia, and was recently successfully tested in a real disaster situation, Bokova said.

Source: Euractiv