Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Calls for Greater International Cooperation [viewed]

3 October 2011: At the opening of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called on the international community to work better, with a sense of shared responsibility and commitment, to prevent conflict, adapt to climate change and better manage natural disasters.

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UN/ISDR Champion Calls for “Holistic Approach” to Flood Risk in the Philippines [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that UN/ISDR Champion, Loren Legarda of the Philippines, has called for a holistic approach to flood risk, in the form of a national integrated flood warning and response system.  

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Human Rights Council30 September 2011: The Human Rights Council closed its 18th regular session, adopting 33 texts on a wide range of issues, including a resolution on human rights and climate change (A/HRC/18/L26/Rev.1), in which the Council reiterates its concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world, and has adverse implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Adaptation Challenges for Global Ports [viewed]

UNCTAD30 September 2011: Experts attending the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports," organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed strategies to adapt ports and transport systems in different parts of the world to the impacts of climate change.

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Conference on Flood Management Highlights Adaptation and Preparedness [viewed]

30 September 2011: Participants at the Fifth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM5) underscored the gaps in understanding, policy planning, and capacities to respond to flood-related risks, calling for international efforts to share innovative developments and link researchers and the development community to those responding to and mitigating impacts of floods.

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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UNESCO Holds Thematic Debate on SIDS [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, hosted a Thematic Debate on small island developing States (SIDS), outlining UNESCO's ongoing and planned contributions towards the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: International Day for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to raise awareness about how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. In 2011, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is focused on children and young people.  

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