BRUSSELS, 19 November 2013 (IRIN) - Over the last 10 years, mega-disasters such as the 2003 heat wave in Europe and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami have focused the world’s attention on hazards that span whole regions. Such situations require better coordination from - and among - regional disaster authorities.

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), a cooperation framework under the UN umbrella created in 2004, met in Brussels from 12 to 13 November to draw up benchmarks tha...


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