Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNGA Tackles Climate Change, SIDS and Disaster Issues [viewed]

25 September 2010: The general debate of the UN General Assembly's 65th session started on 23-25 September 2010, in New York, US, with several speakers addressing issues related to climate change, disasters and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UN DESA Releases Report on Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

24 September 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a report titled “Trends in Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, 2010.”

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UN/ISDR Takes Part in the Launch of World Disasters Report 2010 [viewed]

21 September 2010: Speaking at the launch of the World Disasters Report 2010, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) underlined that tackling urban risk will help reduce poverty.

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Event: Workshop on Metrics and Methodologies of Estimation of Extreme Climate Events [viewed]

This event is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Climate Research Programme (WRCP). The aims of the meeting are to examine existing methods for understanding extreme weather and climate events, to identify areas for improvement in the production of reliable data and to start to develop strategies for forecasting these extreme events.  

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UNEP and UNDP Implement Climate Adaptation Project in Rwanda [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced the implementation of the Rwandan Climate Change and Development Project - Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC DARE).

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ISDR, UNDP and UNEP Co-organize African Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Development [viewed]

16 September 2010: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) convened a joint workshop from 17-20 August 2010, in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the joint UN development programming framework.

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UNESCAP Launches Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning [viewed]

16 September 2010: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) announced the launch of a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning.

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Two Local Governments Join UN/ISDR Campaign [viewed]

15 September 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Overstrand Municipality, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique, have joined the World Disaster Reduction Campaign on "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!" 

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UNIFEM Releases Rapid Gender Needs Assessment of Flood Affected Communities in Pakistan [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has released a report that maps out the gender-related concerns from the floods for current relief camps, identifying gaps in information and flagging issues for upcoming stages of early recovery.

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UNDP Administrator Speaks on Disaster and Climate Risk Management in Moldova [viewed]

10 September 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark spoke at the presentation of the results of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) during her official visit to the Republic of Moldova, which followed the recent floods that affected hundreds of families and their livelihoods.  

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