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UN to launch online disaster management sharing network

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The United Nations will be launching an online disaster management forum on 19 April, 2007 that will connect India's National Disaster Management Authority, non-governmental organizations and relevant individuals in the private sector.

The network, which will be moderated by the UN staff, is expected to host discussion on natural calamities such as earthquakes and floods, and nuclear, biological, chemical and industrial disasters. The aim of the network would be to provide a central place for organizations in order to share information about disaster prevention and preparation techniques, and response, rehabilitation and reconstruction and recovery plans. Sharing of knowledge is expected to help in disaster management. The knowledge sharing platform can provide space for redressal of queries from aid and relief workers. Currently, the solution exchange forums of the United Nations connect 8,000 members on discussion boards, from maternal and child health to HIV/ AIDS and microfinance, through employment programmes and communication strategies for grass-roots organizations.

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