Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank Approves Loans for Climate-Related Disaster Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

3 March 2011: The World Bank has approved loans for US$5 million for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and US$5 million for the Republic of Serbia to help increase local access to financial protection from the losses caused by climate change and disasters.

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AAP Board Meeting Builds Momentum for 2011 [viewed]

UNDP10 February 2011: The Board of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) met on 10 February 2011, in New York, US, to review progress achieved and challenges faced in 2009 and 2010, and discuss the work ahead for 2011.

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EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

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UNDP Releases Fifth Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the fifth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels.

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ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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World Bank, ISDR and GFDRR Launch Competition for Innovative Disaster Recovery Services [viewed]

2 March 2011: The Global Facility for Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Bank are launching a competition aimed at capturing innovative services, products and approaches to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

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PACC Socioeconomic Assessment Carried Out in Kivori, PNG [viewed]

28 February 2011: A socioeconomic assessment is been carried out in Kivori, Papua New Guinea (PNG), as a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, implemented by the PNG Department of Agriculture and Livestock, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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UNICEF Launches 2011 State of the World's Children Report [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released its annual flagship report, "The State of the World's Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity," on 25 February at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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IPCC Posts Documents for 33rd Session [viewed]

February 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has posted documents for its 33rd session and the 11th Session of IPCC Working Group III, which are scheduled to take place from 5-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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UNDP Advocates for Inclusive Development in South Asia [viewed]

UNDP23 February 2011: During the inaugural session of the World Conference on Recreating South Asia: Democracy, Social Justice and Sustainable Development, being held in New Delhi, India, from 24-26 February, Ajay Chhibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, highlighted that South Asia is at a critical turning point in its history, well placed to address inequalities and promote inclusive development to enable pro-poor growth and sustainable human development.

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