Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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Event: Third Lead Authors Meeting on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The World Meterological Organization (WMO) is hosting the Third Lead Authors Meeting for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Submitted comments to the the SREX Expert Review, which took place from 26 July-20 September 2010, will serve as the basis for discussions. The 30th Session of the IPCC in 2009 decided to prepare the SREX with the involvement of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).  

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UN Review of the Mauritius Strategy Urges post-Kyoto Agreement [viewed]

26 September 2010: The High-level Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States SIDS (MSI+5), convened from 24-25 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, as part of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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UNGA Tackles Climate Change, SIDS and Disaster Issues [viewed]

25 September 2010: The general debate of the UN General Assembly's 65th session started on 23-25 September 2010, in New York, US, with several speakers addressing issues related to climate change, disasters and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UN DESA Releases Report on Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

24 September 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a report titled “Trends in Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, 2010.”

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UN/ISDR Takes Part in the Launch of World Disasters Report 2010 [viewed]

21 September 2010: Speaking at the launch of the World Disasters Report 2010, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) underlined that tackling urban risk will help reduce poverty.

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Event: Workshop on Metrics and Methodologies of Estimation of Extreme Climate Events [viewed]

This event is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Climate Research Programme (WRCP). The aims of the meeting are to examine existing methods for understanding extreme weather and climate events, to identify areas for improvement in the production of reliable data and to start to develop strategies for forecasting these extreme events.  

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UNEP and UNDP Implement Climate Adaptation Project in Rwanda [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced the implementation of the Rwandan Climate Change and Development Project - Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC DARE).

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ISDR, UNDP and UNEP Co-organize African Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Development [viewed]

16 September 2010: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) convened a joint workshop from 17-20 August 2010, in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the joint UN development programming framework.

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