Press Notice 50, Session 2005-06

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS:

Announcement of evidence session on:

The relationship between humanitarian response and development assistance

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Tuesday 11 July 2006, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Natural disasters during 2005 focused public attention on the policies and practices of humanitarian assistance. In March 2006, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on the Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters. The focus of the inquiry is specifically on natural disasters (both slow and rapid onset), although we recognize that there is not always a clear distinction between natural disasters and complex emergencies.

This is the fifth of 7 evidence sessions scheduled for this inquiry. The session will focus on disaster preparedness and risk reduction, including the role of the World Food Programme and the significance of climate change for humanitarian response to natural disasters.

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At 11.00 am Jean-Jacques Graisse, Senior Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Operations, World Food Programme (WFP)

At 11.45 am Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director and Dr Saleemul Huq, Head, Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

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Detailed enquiries to Dr Hannah Weston, Second Clerk on 020 7219 0851 or [email protected]

Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

Media Enquiries: Jessica Bridges-Palmer, 020 7219 0724 or [email protected]

Committee website: www.parliament.uk/indcom