Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Fifth International Conference on Flood Management [viewed]

This event is organized by the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, under the auspices of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural and Educational Organization (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. It will be organized around the theme "Floods: From Risk to Opportunity," and will consist of five plenary sessions, 20 parallel sessions, four poster sessions, special events and technical and cultural tours.  

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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UN/ISDR Launches Campaign to Increase Cities' Resilience [viewed]

27 May 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a two-year campaign titled “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready.” The campaign was launched during the First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 28-30 May 2010.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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World Bank Approves Indonesian Climate Change Project [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan ofUS$200 million to support the Indonesian Government's policy agenda on climate change.

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UNDP Releases Third Adaptation Newsletter [viewed]

24 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin. The newsletter features articles on: support to 22 least developed countries (LDCs); the Africa Adaptation Programme, financed by the Government of Japan and implemented in 20 countries; and country updates on the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) with preparatory work expected to start in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Chad and Togo.

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UN OHCHR Releases 2009 Annual Report on Activities [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has released its annual report, which covers activities and major results achieved in 2009 concerning the implementation of the 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan. The report notes that OHCHR's support contributed to increased recognition and acceptance of the human rights implications of climate change and the linkages between human rights and environment.

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UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

17 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is convening from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The event is gathering representatives from 53 regional countries and nine associate States and comprises a Senior Officials Segment from 13-15 May, and a Ministerial Segment from 17-19 May.

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IFAD and WFP Release Publication on Weather Index Insurance [viewed]

May 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) released a report on "The potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods."

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UN/ISDR Releases Second External Evaluation and Management Response [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat has released the Second External Evaluation of the UN/ISDR, initiated by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and major UN/ISDR donors, as well a Management Response to the evaluation.

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