Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Considers Gender Issues [viewed]

UNDP31 January 2011: Addressing the first regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), taking place from 31 January-7 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Grynspan reported on the review of the implementation of UNDP's Gender Equality Strategy (2008-2013). 

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ADB, Nordic Development Fund Support Climate Change Action in Viet Nam [viewed]

1 February 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Nordic Development Fund, a joint multilateral development institution of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, have announced a project to help Viet Nam draft and implement climate change action plans for key cities and government departments.

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First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Opens [viewed]

31 January 2011: Opening the first regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), taking place from 31 January-7 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted the importance of a strong multilateral system to respond to pressing development needs.

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IRRI and Partner Release Drought-tolerant Rice [viewed]

21 January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Nepal Agricultural Research Institute have released three new drought-tolerant rice varieties in Nepal.

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UNDP Highlights Arab Region's Development Challenges [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, noted that the Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis highlights the most pressing development challenges of the region, including high unemployment rates and climate change.

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UNDP, ESCWA and League of Arab States Launch Arab MDG Report 2010 [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States have launched the "Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." 

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