Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNDP SGP Highlights Climate Resilience Project in Mexico [viewed]

4 December 2010: On the occasion of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Mexico's National Commission of Protected Areas organized a site visit to a community-based project in the protected area of Yum Balam, which is helping a Mayan indigenous community increase its resilience to climate change.

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ECLAC Releases Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

8 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled “Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which estimates losses of around 1% of annual GDP in the region's countries between 2010 and 2100 unless a global consensus is reached on mitigation actions.

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UN/ISDR and ECCAS to Strengthen DRR and Climate Adaptation Cooperation [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR) has entered into an agreement with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to strengthen collaboration on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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UNESCO Director-General Addresses Climate Change and Education [viewed]

26 November 2010: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, delivered a keynote address at a UN University (UNU) Public Symposium titled "Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s." 

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UNEP Releases Report on Glaciers and Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with scientists and researchers, has released a report titled "High Mountain Glaciers and Climate Change - Challenges to Human Livelihoods and Adaptation."  

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UNEP Releases Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

6 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), has released a report titled "Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean." 

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OECD Paper Assesses Adaptation Options Related to Flood Risks [viewed]

November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a paper in its OECD Environmental Working Papers series titled “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options.”

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UNGA Second Committee Adopts Texts on Disaster Reduction, Climate Effects on SIDS [viewed]

1 December 2010: In meetings on 30 November and 1 December 2010, the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 65th session, taking action on various draft resolutions on sustainable development, including climate-related items.

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Event: Fifth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management: Strengthening Partnerships for Resilience [viewed]

The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management is the instrument for promoting knowledge dissemination in the areas of risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and adaptation to climate change in the Caribbean region. This Conference provides the platform for dialogue on initiatives and issues to advance the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agenda and for measuring progress in the region within the context of the Enhanced CDM Strategy and Programming Framework 2007-2012. CDM is the regional contribution to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, for global action in disaster risk reduction. The CDM Conference is a regional event of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) global platform.  

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Japan, Bangladesh Discuss Stronger Partnership [viewed]

29 November 2010: At a meeting held in Japan on 29 November 2010, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan agreed on a joint statement for a stronger partnership towards peace and prosperity in the international community and the South Asian Region, including on climate change and disaster preparedness.

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