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Urban disasters [WP1059]

With increasing global urbanisation comes increasing risk of urban disaster; but what constitutes an urban disaster? We examine crime and civil control; the role of the UN and the problem if host nations are un-willing to receive international aid.

Recorded during our meeting on Urban Risks, November 2010. We are in conversation with Sir John Holmes, Director, The Ditchley Foundation, Chipping Norton, UK; former Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations

Image: Pakistan Humanitarian Aid Flood Relief – An aerial view of a town surrounded by flood water as U.S. Marine pilots from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit begin their landing approach to deliver food supplies in support of the Pakistan flood relief effort in Pano Aqil, Pakistan, Sept. 14. – 55th Combat Camera, Photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne Gray,PANO AQIL AIR FIELD , PK

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