UN/ISDR

UNEP Executive Director Calls for “Climate Proofing” Economies [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP 25 August 2008: Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and

the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, spoke on risk and

climate change at the International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), which

convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008.

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UN/ISDR Publication: Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned [viewed]

Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women

to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.

Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report

shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,

climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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UN/ISDR: Towards National Resilience: Good Practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Towards National Resilience - Good practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), responds to the need

for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating

mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as

expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which

emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk

reduction (DRR).

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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Humanitarian Agencies should Engage in UN Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

Opinion Brief - Why humanitarian agencies should get engaged in the UN climate change negotiations August 2008: An opinion brief authored by Madeleen Helmer,

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Sarah La Trobe, Tearfund, and Silvia

Llosa, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, notes that

the humanitarian community has not engaged in climate debates, particularly

since attention focused on addressing the causes of climate change.

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OCHA-UN/ISDR: Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response – Guidance and Indicator Package for Implementing Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework [viewed]

July 2008. The UN Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched, in collaboration with

the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat, a

document for the implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Five

(disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels).

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UN/ISDR: Drought Risk Reduction Networks Discussed at CSD16 [viewed]

7 May 2008: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) intervened during the discussion of “drought” at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. The UN/ISDR delegation highlighted that regional and sub-regional networks that address drought risk reduction exist or are in the process of being formed, although their establishment has not been as successful as desired due to “overlapping political jurisdictions, differences in the types of participants and policy issues in each region, varying degrees of interest among potential regional participants, and different implementation timelines.”

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ISDR: Virtual Disaster Reduction Library II to be Released [viewed]

15 May 2008: On the occasion of the second International Disaster Reduction Conference, to be held in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008, the UN/ISDR Secretariat will release the 2008 Virtual Disaster Reduction Library II.

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UN/ISDR says China's freak snowstorms are ‘the new normal' [viewed]

SalvanoResponding to the recent storms in China, Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), said “the unprecedented scale, cost, and human impacts of China's freak month of snowstorms, its worst in 50 years, herald a need for the world to get ready for new kinds of disasters.”

 

Briceño said “the intensifying effect of climate change on weather, combined with global trends of rapid urbanization and environmental degradation, will lead to ever more complex disasters involving more and more people, and particularly affecting the poor.

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