Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ADB Meeting Focuses on Green Business, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

6 May 2011: The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-6 May 2011, and addressed, among other issues, green business opportunities, climate change and food security.

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UN/ISDR Announces Private Sector Commitment to Address Disaster Vulnerability [viewed]

11 May 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the finance, insurance and construction sectors have jointly committed to tackle disaster vulnerability at the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Global Assessment Report Launched at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 May 2011: Delegates from 175 governments and over 176 regional and national organizations convened on 10 May 2011 for the week-long Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR). The Platform will focus on the links between the rising cost of disasters, how local communities adapt to climate change, and the status of poverty eradication efforts before the 2015 deadline set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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UNDP, SPREP and SPC Hold Pacific Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, in collaboration with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and with support from the Nadi Meteorology Service, is hosting a three-week workshop, from 2-20 May 2011, in Nadi, Fiji, on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture for agricultural and meteorological experts.

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African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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UNDP and Samoa to Integrate Climate Change Resilience into Forestry Management [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministers of Finance (MOF) and Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa have signed a joint Project on the "Integration of Climate Change Risks and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa (ICCRIFS)."

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UNECA Executive Secretary Opens Information Science and Technology Meeting [viewed]

2 May 2011: The second session of UNECA's Committee on Development Information Science and Technology (CODIST-II) is convening from 2-5 May 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Innovation for Industrial Development in Africa.”

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IPCC Releases Documents Ahead of 33rd Session [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its 33rd session from 10-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and will be preceded by the 11th session of the IPCC Working Group (WG) III, from 5-8 May.

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