Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

EU Strategy for the Danube Region Endorsed [viewed]

13 April 2011: The ministers of the 27 EU Member States have endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which was proposed by the European Commission in December 2010. Preparations for implementation of the Strategy are already underway.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on NEPAD Implementation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/65/L.69) at its 65th session under agenda item 62 (a) on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), regarding progress in implementation and international support. 

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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ITU Launches Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

12 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, which aims at identifying the best and most innovative concept for an application that would help combat climate change. The challenge is open until 17 June 2011.

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World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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African Working Group Agrees Accelerated Implementation of Regional DRR Strategy [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the African Union (AU) convened the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted African Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR). The Group met from 29-31 March 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: ITU Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The symposium will focus on the agenda on using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to monitor climate change, and mitigate and adapt to its effects. The symposium will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, and the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include: mitigation and adaptation to climate change; e-waste; disaster planning; cost-effective ICT technologies; methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs; and challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy. The Symposium will be preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa, to be held from 4-6 July 2011, at the same venue.  

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Adaptation Conference Concludes in Dhaka [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 28-31 March 2010, around the theme “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.”

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LDC Eminent Persons Group Releases Report [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has released its report, titled “Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity.” The report finds that the structural limitations of LDCs must be addressed in order to close the gap between LDCs and the rest of the world, and outlines objectives and targets for a new Programme of Action (PoA), including on small island developing States (SIDS) and climate change.

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Event: ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be holding its first Green Standards Week to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The event will also provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry the opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to the 17th Conference of the Parties at the end of the year. The Week will include: a Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT; a Workshop on Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards; and a Workshop on Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law.  

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