Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Asian Parliamentarian Meeting Calls for Allocating 1% of National Budgets to DRR [viewed]

30 November 2010: Parliamentarians at the meeting on "Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals," convened by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) in Manila, the Philippines, from 25-27 November 2010, called on governments in the region to allocate at least 1% of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNDP Supports Bangladesh's Mangrove Planting Efforts [viewed]

29 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Bangladesh and local communities to plant mangroves along the southern delta's coastline, as a protection against sea level rise and the increased impacts of storms caused by climate change.

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UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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UNECE Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events Adopted [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health, which convened from 23-25 November 2010, in Bucharest, Romania, adopted the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events.

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2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report Released [viewed]

23 November 2010: The 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report was released on 23 November 2010, by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, to provide an overview of work undertaken from May 2009 to mid 2010 by Forum Island member countries and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies to implement the Pacific Plan priorities endorsed in 2009.

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UN/ISDR Names Mexico City Mayor Resilience Champion [viewed]

22 November 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced it will name Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City, champion of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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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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