Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Warns Against Building in Flood-Prone Areas [viewed]

18 June 2010: After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.  

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UNDP Workshop Formulates Assistance Programme for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UNDP18 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Practice Team experts in gender, capacity development, poverty reduction, learning (LRC), and knowledge management, took part in a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, from 14-18 June 2010, to formulate an integrated programme of technical assistance in support of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP).

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WFP Releases Annual Report for 2010 [viewed]

June 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its annual report for 2010, titled "Fighting Hunger Worldwide." The report indicates that the number of hungry people worldwide grew to over one billion.

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UNESCO IOC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the celebration of its 50th anniversary on 8 June, Word Oceans Day.

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UN/ISDR Announces Appointment of West African DRR Champion [viewed]

10 June 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the appointment of the Chair of the Parliamentarian Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the National Assembly of Senegal, MP Abdou Sane, as West African DRR Champion.

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International Conference Carries Out Mid-Term Review of International Water Decade [viewed]

10 June 2010: Organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN, the High Level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, took place from 8-10 June 2010, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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FAO-Backed Bangladeshi Radio Assists Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Sectors [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Agriculture have set up a radio station run by and for people living in remote parts of Bangladesh, to broadcast  information to support those working in the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors.

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WMO Executive Council Meeting Opens [viewed]

8 June 2010: The annual meeting of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opened in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 June 2010, to review progress made in the provision of critical weather, water and climate services and to optimize its programmes in a changing world.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated [viewed]

8 June 2010: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

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ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 Adopts Hyderabad Action Plan [viewed]

4 June 2010: The fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) convened from 24 May-4 June 2010, in Hyderabad, India, to consider development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT), and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them.

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