Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation Releases Hashimoto Action Plan II [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) has released the Hashimoto Action Plan II (HAP II), which aims to motivate, convene and galvanize its partners to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals over the next three years in five key areas: financing; sanitation; monitoring and reporting; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and water and disaster.

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Event: Pacific High Level Dialogue [viewed]

This meeting will be convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and will review progress made in implementing the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which covers the decade 2005-2015. A regional synthesis report, which assesses the countries' achievements so far and proposes a strategy for future action, will be presented for endorsement by the Pacific SIDS Government delegates during the meeting.  

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IPCC Issues January Newsletter [viewed]

1 February 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its first newsletter. The January issue begins with a message from IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, in which he reflects on the Panel's work in January related to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Chair Pachauri also notes recent media developments around the IPCC, but expresses belief "that the truth will prevail and the mal-intent of those who are behind the falsehoods that are being produced in the media would be exposed."

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European Commission Allocates Almost €7.3 Million to Central Asia for Adaptation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The European Commission has allocated €7.295 million to help Central Asian countries reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters, raise awareness among local populations about environmental changes and provide them with tools to adapt to climate change.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Addresses Impact of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 January 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the 42nd session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.

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ILRI, Equity Bank and UAP Insurance Launch Project to Insure Livestock Against Drought [viewed]

27 January 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has joined with Equity Bank and UAP Insurance to offer index-based insurance to rural herders in arid areas of Northern Kenya.

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IPCC Releases Statement on Trends in Disaster Losses [viewed]

25 January 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a statement on trends in disaster losses.

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GEF Approves Emergency Solar Power Project for Haiti [viewed]

20 January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved an emergency project to help restore power, which was lost from the Port au Prince earthquake, to key medical facilities and refugee camps. The US$3 million grant, co-financed with matching grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group, will use solar energy to produce clean electricity for medical centers, vaccine refrigeration and other critical relief efforts.

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Business UN Website Launched [viewed]

14 January 2010: The UN launched “Business.UN.org,” a new website designed to match the needs of UN organizations with the resources and capacities of the private sector.

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UNPFII Report Highlights Increased Vulnerability to Climate Change Among Indigenous Communities [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) has released the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Report, which highlights that indigenous peoples are among the first to feel the impacts of climate change even though their lifestyles are practically carbon neutral.

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