Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Praises China's Work on Disaster Recovery [viewed]

© UN22 April 2009: On a visit to China, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, praised the nation's disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, as the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake nears.

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Deputy Secretary-General Links Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN20 April 2009: In a statement delivered to the International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro highlighted links between the issues of gender, disaster risk reduction, climate change and poverty reduction. The Conference, which was organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR), convened from 20-22 April 2009, in Beijing, China.

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UNESCAP 65th Session to Discuss Food-Fuel-Financial Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCAPApril 2009: The 65th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-29 April 2009. The meeting will include a report from the Committee on Disaster Reduction, the establishment of subregional offices, and a ministerial segment.

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UN/ISDR to Explore Gender Aspect of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR17 April 2009: The International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, opening on 20 April 2009, in Beijing, China, will explore how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies. According to the UN unit on risk reduction, men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms, floods and cyclones.

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UNESCO's Executive Board to Discuss Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO15 April 2009: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding its 181th session from 14-30 April 2009, in Paris, France. During the meeting, participants will consider approving the report by the Director-General on a detailed plan of action for the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change for 2009 and 2010-2011 (181 EX/15).

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UN/ISDR Asia Partnerships Meeting Addresses Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© UNI/ISDRApril 2009: A meeting of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Asia Partnership convened from 23-24 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was a follow-up action to the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which called on the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific Office, in consultation with the Asian Partnership on Disaster Reduction (IAP), to develop an Action Plan to the Kuala Lumpur Declaration.

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WHO and WMO Draw Linkages between Risks and Climate at World Health Day [viewed]

© WHO7 April 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2009, in Beijing, China, focusing on the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

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UN/ISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights March Issue [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 April 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the March 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.

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UNESCO IOC Holds Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups for Tsunami Warning Systems [viewed]

© UNESCO IOC31 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for Tsunami Warning Systems, which convened from 24-27 March 2009, in Paris, France.

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Tenth Session of the Human Rights Council Discusses Relationship of Climate Change and Human Rights, Adopts OHCHR Report [viewed]

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27 March 2009: The tenth special session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) convened from 2-27 March 2009, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The Council considered and endorsed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the relationship between climate change and human rights (A/HRC/10/61). The Council also adopted a resolution on human rights and climate change.

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