Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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World Bank Signs MOU with Asian Disaster Reduction Center [viewed]

16 February 2011: The World Bank and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Tokyo, Japan, to strengthen cooperation and regional partnerships for disaster risk reduction (DRR), and to enhance capacity building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention in the face of growing climate change pressures in East Asia and the Pacific.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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Event: Second Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), will focus on: the acceptance and application of disaster risk reduction (DRR) in climate change adaptation; measurable increases in investments for DRR; cities, schools and hospitals resilient to disasters; a mid-term review of the Hyogo Framework for Action; and the regional message to be conveyed during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held 8-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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Event: Natural Resources Management, Food Security and Extension Strategies: Contributions to the Design of Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America [viewed]

This workshop aims to exchange experiences between projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, El Salvador and Honduras. It will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Participants will discuss: national policies for natural resource management that help to create strategies for climate change adaptation; links between natural resource management, risk and disaster management and adaptation; and synergies between different countries.  

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