Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance [viewed]

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be jointly hosted by the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. It will focus on the following five thematic areas: architecture of Earth system governance in the 21st century; climate governance architecture; the nexus between architecture and the other “As”; political dynamics on emerging agencies and architecture; and nuclear safety and post-disaster governance.  

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy [viewed]

16 December 2011: The Secretariats of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have convened an international organizing committee to prepare for a March 2013 High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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UNEP Executive Director Releases Op-Ed on Access to Data [viewed]

12 December 2011: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, wrote an op-ed during the Eye on Earth Summit that seeks to strengthen existing efforts and inspire undertakings to find a solution to issues that prohibit universal data access. 

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Event: Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The aim of the Fourth Session is to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. Sunday, 19 May, will be reserved for a preparation day. Monday, 20 May, will be a day for innovative dialogue. The official agenda will be from 21-23 May. The Session will include an event focused on small island developing States (SIDS), addressing partnerships toward DRR for SIDS.  

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UNEP Launches iPhone App on Ecosystems and Climate Change [viewed]

13 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an iPhone application intended to draw attention to the critical role played by ecosystems in tackling climate change. The Blue and REDD Carbon iPhone application was launched at the Eye on Earth Summit, which is convening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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WMO, Norway Sign Agreement on Climate Services in Africa [viewed]

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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WFP and Italian Energy Company Launch Alternative Energy Partnership [viewed]

7 December 2011: A €8 million partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and Italian energy company Enel has been launched to address climate change and food security through the use of green stoves and solar panels.

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