Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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World Bank, ISDR and GFDRR Launch Competition for Innovative Disaster Recovery Services [viewed]

2 March 2011: The Global Facility for Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Bank are launching a competition aimed at capturing innovative services, products and approaches to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

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PACC Socioeconomic Assessment Carried Out in Kivori, PNG [viewed]

28 February 2011: A socioeconomic assessment is been carried out in Kivori, Papua New Guinea (PNG), as a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, implemented by the PNG Department of Agriculture and Livestock, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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UNICEF Launches 2011 State of the World's Children Report [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released its annual flagship report, "The State of the World's Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity," on 25 February at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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IPCC Posts Documents for 33rd Session [viewed]

February 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted documents for its 33rd session and the 11th Session of IPCC Working Group III, which are scheduled to take place from 5-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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UNDP Advocates for Inclusive Development in South Asia [viewed]

UNDP23 February 2011: During the inaugural session of the World Conference on Recreating South Asia: Democracy, Social Justice and Sustainable Development, being held in New Delhi, India, from 24-26 February, Ajay Chhibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, highlighted that South Asia is at a critical turning point in its history, well placed to address inequalities and promote inclusive development to enable pro-poor growth and sustainable human development.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Capacity Resilience to Water-related Disasters in Pakistan Through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Country Team in Pakistan, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity to build better resilience to water-related disasters, as well as for more effective adaptation to climate change through the applications of space technology and flood risk management in Pakistan.  

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Event: Imagining the Worst: Foresight, Ethics, and Extreme Climate Scenarios [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. The conference will address the nexus of futures studies and ethics studies in the context of climate change with a strong focus on implications of worst case scenarios on governance processes on national, regional (especially Southeast Europe) and global level (e.g. UNFCCC negotiations and preparations for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)). In particular, the conference aims to: reflect on recent developments in ethical theory; promote ethically aware governance processes; advance futures studies; and promote the cross-sectoral dialogue of science and policy making experts.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

This is the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate of the UN Economic Commission for Eurpe (UNECE), which is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change, including flood and drought management, working in close cooperation with the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events established under the Protocol on Water and Health.  

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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