Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Japan-CARICOM Ministerial Conference Discusses Assistance Measures Related to Peace, Development and Prosperity [viewed]

2 September 2010: The second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministerial-level Conference was held on 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify assistance measures that will benefit CARICOM States in the next three years under the framework of the Japan-CARICOM Partnership Programme.

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UNU and IDB Co-Organize Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

2 September 2010: The Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity, organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), took place on 2 September 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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UNEP FI and Insurance Industry Release Statement on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

6 September 2010: Leading insurance companies within the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), together with ClimateWise, The Geneva Association, and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) have called on governments worldwide to harness risk management techniques and insurance expertise to help the developing world adapt to climate change.

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Accra Declaration on MDGs in Crisis Settings Issued [viewed]

20 July 2010: The representatives of 12 crisis-affected countries, including representatives of the G7+, met in Accra, Ghana, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in a workshop organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in countries affected by conflict.

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UN/ISDR Supports Disaster Management Training in Mexico [viewed]

27 August 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) regional office for the Americas and the UN Capacity Development for Disaster Reduction Initiative are supporting an initiative of Mexico City, Mexico, to train 10,000 public servants on their responsibilities and options to consistently help reduce risks facing their city.  

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UN/ISDR Holds Disaster Risk Management Training in Kenya [viewed]

25 August 2010: The African regional office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) in Rift Valley Province, Kenya, held a pilot train-the-trainers workshop from 25-26 August 2010, which drew participants from several African countries.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Forest Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

August 2010: The latest issue of FAO's Silva Mediterranea focuses on the prevention of forest fires in the Mediterranean region in a changing climate.

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UN/ISDR Launches “Safer Chennai Campaign" [viewed]

25 August 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) coordinated the launch of the “Safer Chennai Campaign” in Chennai, India, on 19 August 2010, marking the beginning of Chennai's intensified efforts to reduce urban disaster risks.

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Event: VI Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED6) [viewed]

This gathering of ministers of environment and of development is an agenda-setting forum to assess the state of sustainable development, identify regional perspectives and priorities, and decide concerted actions in response to imperatives posed by global and regional environment challenges. It is co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The event is based on the recognition that the Asia and Pacific region continues to face persistent development challenges in terms of poverty alleviation, better access to basic services, sustainable use of natural resources and enhanced social inclusiveness. This situation is exacerbated by emerging risks and uncertainties including the food, energy and financial crisis as well as climate change threat. In addition, the region remains particularly susceptible to natural disasters, which are likely to increase in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change impacts.  

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Event: Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

This public symposium is co-organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will be held back-to-back with the second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial-level conference and will bring together the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM member countries. The ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss the threats from climate change faced by CARICOM countries, in particular those that are small island States. These include more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level. The symposium will also explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.  

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