Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN General Assembly Holds Disaster Reduction Debate [viewed]

9 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened a one-day thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) on 9 February 2011, in New York, US, which included two panels on "invest today for a safer tomorrow," and "addressing the challenges of disaster risk in urban settings."

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Austrian Municipalities Join Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

7 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 279 municipalities of Tyrol, Austria, have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!,” under the leadership of the City of Lienz.

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Consolidated Urban Dialogue Adopts Brussels Urban Declaration [viewed]

7 February 2011: The European Parliament, the European Commission and the UN-Human Settlements Programe (UN-HABITAT), with the support of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, hosted the high-level Consolidated Urban Dialogue Meeting with the EU Partners at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 January 2011.

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UNDP India Promotes Inter-School Debate on Climate Change [viewed]

2 February 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in India and the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies jointly organized the 13th Mahbub ul Haq Memorial Inter-School debate, which focused on the theme "The rich are responsible for climate change, but the poor suffer."

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Sends Messages on Twitter [viewed]

7 February 2011: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has begun sending personal messages via her new Twitter account.

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ADB Launches Project on Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a project titled "ADB Policy Options to Support Climate-induced Migration," which aims to increase awareness of, and enhance regional preparedness for, migration driven by changing weather patterns.

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CCAFS Releases Draft Report on Initial Site Selection for Research [viewed]

4 February 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a draft report titled "Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains," which selects field sites in areas that are becoming drier and wetter for continued research on climate threats to agriculture and food security.

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UNEP, UNDP, World Bank and WRI Launch World Resources Report Website [viewed]

2 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have launched the World Resources Report website, which will gather expert views on responding to climate risks in developing countries to inform the preparation of the World Resources Report.

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UN/ISDR Releases Briefing Note on Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

2 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a briefing note titled "Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation Through Effective Disaster Risk Reduction," which incorporates evidence that illustrates how climate risks are constructed and which risks can be reduced cost effectively.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Visits East Africa [viewed]

1 February 2011: During an official three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that Kenya's humanitarian challenges, caused by drought and rapid urbanization, can be addressed by sustainable recovery of livelihoods and restoring local coping mechanisms to deal with climate change-induced disasters.

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