Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Vows Support to Guatemala [viewed]

12 October 2010: The International Cooperation Conference for the Reconstruction with Transformation of Guatemala took place from 11-12 October 2010, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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International Day of Rural Women Highlights Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

15 October 2010: The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated by the UN on 15 October 2010, in New York, US. The Day provides an opportunity to highlight global challenges faced by rural women, including climate change.

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Event: Climate Change and the Mayan Vision [viewed]

This public lecture by Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of Guatemala, is jointly convened by the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Office in Asia and the UN University (UNU). It will focus on national efforts to address climate change and contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while respecting the Mayan vision.  

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UN/ISDR Celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

13 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) celebrated International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2010, under the theme of “My City is Getting Ready!” 

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Event: Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

This session is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO). Delegates are scheduled to discuss, inter alia: ratification and implementation of the Protocol; development of national strategies on water and health by setting targets and target dates; surveillance of and response to water-related disease; how to ensure water supply and sanitation in extreme weather events; the specific challenges of small-scale water supply systems; equitable access to drinking water; and access to information and public participation under the Protocol. In addition, MOP 2 to the Protocol is expected to adopt the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events, which were elaborated by the parties to the Protocol under the leadership of Italy.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Civil Society Campaign [viewed]

10 October 2010: In a video message to mark the "Global Work Party" on 10 October 2010, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged people around the world to join in grassroots movements to curb climate change.

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UN/ISDR Calls on Lawmakers to Take Action on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

7 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) presented an advocacy kit on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to parliamentarians at the 123rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which convened from 4-6 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNGA Second Committee Underlines Importance of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

6 October 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 6 October 2010, in New York, US, to continue and conclude its general debate, addressing, inter alia: the critical importance of deliberations on climate change, biodiversity and the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD); the need for an agreement on targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; expediting the implementation of existing climate change agreements; and new financing to help countries mitigate and adapt to its effects.

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WFP and FAO Release Report on the State of Food Insecurity [viewed]

6 October 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World: Addressing food insecurity in protracted crises."

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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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