Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General's Message to Security Issues Meeting Addresses Threats to Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 October 2010: In a message to the International Meeting of High Representatives on Security Issues, delivered on his behalf by Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed some of the most urgent threats to security and sustainable development facing the world today, including climate change.

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UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign Launches in Kuwait [viewed]

4 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, in the Arab region, at the General Assembly meeting of the Arab Towns Organization.

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UN/ISDR Resilient Campaign Reaches 100 Cities [viewed]

2 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the city of Nis, Serbia, is the 100th city to join its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign.

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IDA Presents its Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

September 2010: The International Development Association (IDA) published a brief report on its activities relating to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development, highlighting projects to support DRR as a strategic priority in country development strategies.

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Event: World Habitat Day 2010: Better City, Better Life [viewed]

The Global Observance of the 2010 World Habitat Day will be held at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. As part of the celebration, a special meeting on the ‘Livable City in a Harmonious Society' will be held. The meeting is one of the six major discussions happening during this week on key urban topics including sustainability, urban development, the environment, economy, cultural heritage, science and innovation. As part of the celebrations worldwide, UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), is holding a special event in the areas where floods were caused by heavy rains in recent years in Mutarara village, located in the central province of Tete, Mozambique. The event will screen two films: one titled ‘The Change,' on the causes, effects and adaptation measures to cope with climate change; and a second titled ‘The River,' which features how people living near the Limpopo river in the southern part of the country have adapted to live with floods.  

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Director of the ACP Observatory on Migration Focuses on South-South Migration and MDGs [viewed]

28 September 2010: The Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, Laurent de Boeck, stated that improved management of South-South migration can contribute positively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNDP Contributes to Recovery Efforts in Pakistan [viewed]

29 September 2010: As part of the recovery efforts from the monsoon floods in Pakistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will build approximately 5,000 disaster-resistant and energy efficient houses for those left homeless in the coastal area of Thatta, where 86% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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UNFCCC Executive Director Speaks on Risk Transfer and Adaptation [viewed]

20 September 2010: UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres delivered a keynote address during the Swiss Re high-level event titled "Risk and Resiliency: Risk Transfer and Adaptation in Developing Economies," which took place as part of the Climate Week 2010, in New York, US.

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Developing Countries Call for Greater Support to Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

28 September 2010: As the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate continued on 28 September 2010, developing countries representatives urged greater global support in responding to climate change.

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Guest Article #48: Hardest Hit: The Impact of Climate Change on Developing World Farmers [viewed]

The 2010 floods in Pakistan, which ruined 650,000 hectares of monsoon season crops and displaced countless smallholder farmers, demonstrate the often tragic relationship between agriculture, weather, and food security. In much of the developing world, as in Pakistan, subsistence and smallholder farmers are already confronted with rising food and fuel prices and rapid population growth.

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