UN/ISDR

WORLD URBAN FORUM 5 DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE CITIES [viewed]

The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.

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ACP Countries and EU Discuss Improved Partnership on Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2010: The 20th session of  the Joint Parliamentary Assembly between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU is being held in Tenerife, Spain, from 29 March-1 April 2010, to further discuss climate change cooperation, among other things.

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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UNISDR Launches Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient,” which focuses on raising political commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local governments and mayors.

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Africa Carbon Forum Hopes to Help Boost Africa [viewed]

The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, sought to help build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.

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Event: First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting, hosted by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability with numerous UN partners, will provide a global forum on urban resiliency and adaptation immediately preceding the UN climate talks in Bonn. Partners will share knowledge on: urban risk assessment; socio-economic and institutional dimensions; strategy, policy integration and mainstreaming; urban adaptation planning and practice; costs and financing of urban adaptation; and technologies for adaptation.  

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UN/ISDR, WMO, UNDP Release Preliminary Disaster Figures for 2009 [viewed]

margareta-wahlstrom14 December 2009: In a joint press conference held on 14 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have reported that the preliminary 2009 disaster figures show thatover three quarters of the people killed - and 95 % of the total affected by natural hazards - since the beginning of the year were due to extreme weather events.

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UN/ISDR Releases Outcome Documents of 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

14dic_09_0611 December 2009: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the outcome documents of the Policy Forum on Climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 26 October 2009.

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UN/ISDR International Roundtable of Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Adopts Declaration of Commitment to COP 15 [viewed]

Un-isdr2 December 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), in partnership with the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, convened the International Roundtable of Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Malta, on 24 November 2009, which adopted the Malta Declaration of the Commitment of Parliamentarians to COP15 and Beyond.

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Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Wahlström Calls for Copenhagen to Spur Practical Action [viewed]

23nov_09_0720 November 2009: In an interview with the UN News Centre, Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), explained that climate change is expected to lead to an increased number of extreme weather events, water and drought situations.

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