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Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) [New York NY]–The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of global climate change. It functions primarily as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice for small island developing States (SIDS) within the United Nations system. AOSIS has a membership of 43 States and observers, drawn from all oceans and regions of the world: Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Pacific and South China Sea. Thirty-seven are members of the United Nations, close to 28 percent of developing countries, and 20 percent of the UN’s total membership. Together, SIDS communities constitute some five percent of the global population. Member States of AOSIS work together primarily through their New York diplomatic Missions to the United Nations. AOSIS functions on the basis of consultation and consensus. Major policy decisions are taken at ambassadorial-level plenary sessions. The Alliance does not have a formal charter. There is no regular budget, nor a secretariat. www.sidsnet.org/aosis/

Disaster Recovery Business Alliance (DRBA) DRBA is an organization, a process and a product that is designed to provide an improvement in a community�s ability to deal with disaster recovery by the formation of an effective alliance between the private and public sectors of a community. It offers a tested model to assist local leaders in forming and facilitating a lifeline-based planning organization to serve a local community. It was established and funded by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and co-founded by the Department of Energy, and the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP). DRBA has formed partnerships with many public and private sector organizations such as the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and many others. http://www.acp-international.com/drba

Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE), Harare, Zimbabwe SAFIRE was founded in October 1994 and since then it has steadily evolved to become one of the larger environmental NGOs in Southern Africa, and is associated particularly with natural products development, forestry-related issues on communal land, and with participatory approaches to community based natural resource management. http://www.safireweb.org

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