Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Oceans Day Celebrated [viewed]

8 June 2010: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

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ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 Adopts Hyderabad Action Plan [viewed]

4 June 2010: The fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) convened from 24 May-4 June 2010, in Hyderabad, India, to consider development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT), and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them.

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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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UN General Assembly Concludes Human Security Debate [viewed]

21 May 2010: The UN General Assembly met from 20-21 May 2010, to discuss the concept of human security, based on the report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit (A/64/701).

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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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