Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IPCC Releases Full Report on Managing the Risks of Disasters [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its full report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).

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UNISDR Names Venetian Mayor Urban Resilience Champion [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been named Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience. The award was presented at the UNISDR Building Cities Resilience to Disasters in Europe: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Adapting to Climate Change conference.  

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UNECE, FAO Release North American Forest Sector Outlook Study [viewed]

27 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (NAFSOS), examining changes in the forest sectors of the US and Canada. 

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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ASEAN, UNISDR and Partner Convene DRR and Climate Adaptation Training [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction (GFDRR) convened the ASEAN Training Course on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), which brought together 40 mayors, local government leaders and city officials from eight countries.  

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WMO Statement Confirms 2011 as 11th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

23 March, 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the “WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011,” which indicates that 2011 was the 11th warmest year on record.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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FAO Appeals to Build the Resilience of the Horn of Africa [viewed]

FAO23 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for urgent funding to implement, over the next 90 days, a plan to give farmers and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa means to build resilience to future shocks. Activities for which the $50 million is being sought include crop and livestock production, and cash-for work programmes to restore infrastructure.

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World Meteorological Day Recognizes Weather, Climate and Water Knowledge [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Meteorological Day was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) around the theme "Powering our future with weather, climate and water." The Day commemorates the entry into force of the WMO Convention, which took place on 23 March 1950.

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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