Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Releases Mid-Term Review of Hyogo Framework [viewed]

9 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, subtitled "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters," which highlights progress made over the last five years in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and in raising the profile of disaster preparedness across international, regional, and national agendas.

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Report on Agroecology Highlights Climate Change Adaptation Benefits [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report titled "Agroecology and the right to food" (A/HRC/16/49) to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 8 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Fiji City Joins Making Cities Resilience Campaign [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Lami, Fiji, has joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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Viet Nam Cities Commit to DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that five of Viet Nam's largest cities, Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho and Da Nang, pledged to make cities safer against disasters. The pledge came at the second National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, which convened in Viet Nam, from 1-4 March 2011.

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ITU Holds Consultations on Digital Inclusion for LDCs [viewed]

7 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is hosting high-level consultations on Digital Inclusion for Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Innovation, Growth, Sustainability, on 8-9 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN General Assembly Releases Disaster Debate Summary [viewed]

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

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 73rd annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 1-3 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, addressed, inter alia, the impact of climate change on the transport sector.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Pacific Ministerial Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged UN support to help Pacific Island States reduce climate risks and respond to climate impacts, in a message to the High Level Regional Conference on climate change in the Pacific, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 4 March 2011.

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World Bank Approves Loans for Climate-Related Disaster Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

3 March 2011: The World Bank has approved loans for US$5 million for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and US$5 million for the Republic of Serbia to help increase local access to financial protection from the losses caused by climate change and disasters.

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AAP Board Meeting Builds Momentum for 2011 [viewed]

UNDP10 February 2011: The Board of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) met on 10 February 2011, in New York, US, to review progress achieved and challenges faced in 2009 and 2010, and discuss the work ahead for 2011.

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