Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNECE and Azerbaijan Focus on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a Country Profile on the Housing Sector of Azerbaijan, and organized the International Forum on Natural Disasters and Building and Construction Safety from 16-17 November 2010, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Event: Nexus for ICTs, Climate Change and Development [viewed]

The workshop will be held as part of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and development (ICTD2010), hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its objective is to foster discussion about key ICT- and-climate-change topics, including the role of current and emerging digital technologies in adaptation, mitigation, disaster management and strategy formulation in developing countries.  

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UNDP Supports Adaptation in Bangladesh [viewed]

11 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with Bangladesh's Ministry of Environment and Forest on a project to expand mangrove frontiers in coastal areas, which is expected to reduce the vulnerability of local communities to climate change and help them adapt to its effects.

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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Event: UN/ISDR Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

Based on lessons emerging from the Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the meeting will discuss what the disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework will look like post-2015, both in terms of governance, resources, monitoring and compliance; and how it will fit with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change framework. Prior to the formal opening of the event on 10 May, which will feature the participation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, two days of key preparatory, donor, intergovernmental and coordination meetings will be held on 8 and 9 May.  

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UN/ISDR Calls for Good Practices and Lessons Learned on Resilience [viewed]

9 November 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a call for good practices and lessons learned by cities/local governments for its "Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!" campaign.

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Event: UNU Public Symposium on Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s [viewed]

This public symposium is hosted by the UN University (UNU). Irina Bokova, UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General, will focus on the role of education in addressing climate change impact in a sustainable manner. UNESCO has recently launched a climate change initiative that supports investigation and research in areas such as advancing knowledge about climate change, preserving the biosphere, coping with the social aspects of climate change, and minimizing disaster risks.  

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EU Funds Drought Response in Bolivia [viewed]

4 November 2010: The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by droughts in the Bolivian region of Chaco, as well as measures reducing vulnerability in future droughts and enhancing the resilience of communities.

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